Thursday, April 14, 2011

New York City - Turning into Spring

I celebrate spring by heading North, right back into winter.  While the daffodils had bloomed in Durham, the weather in NYC demanded winter coats and suggested scarfs. No matter.  The calendar says "Spring" and baseball follows the calendar.
If you remember Palindromaid A, you already know that she's smart and fun.  What you may not know is that she's a die hard Yankees fan.  For some women, shoes and handbags make their skirts fly up.  For others, it's an afternoon at the ball park.  I'm so glad to have a buddy who enjoys the latter with me!
For our 7th inning stretch snack, we eyed up and eventually bought some jumbo pretzels.  I carried back the drinks while A hauled the salty, doughy goodness.  As we made our way back to our (awesome, Stubhub deal) seats, a guy shouted, "Nice pretzels!"  We analyzed it for the rest of the inning.
I'm a fan of two of the most hated teams in sports history - the NY Yankees and the Duke Blue Devils.  And I'm not too shy about it either.
I witnessed three home runs and a Yankee W!  There was a lot to smile about.
Later, we met up with Denise and Laura for drinks at Prohibition.  Denise was rocking a unicorn/castle/rainbow shirt as a gag.   With her cardy, belt, leggings and the dim bar lighting, I had no idea until she pointed it out.  We were psyched to hear the 80's cover band, but after waiting 30 minutes for them to start, we packed ourselves off to bed.  We had a big day planned for Sunday which included the zoo!  Our NY friends (Laura and A) had never been and with the beautiful weather there were no excuses not to enjoy the outdoors.
The sea lions were hard core hams.  Look at that face!  This guy frequently propped himself up on the edge of the enclosure to hear his adoring fans.

(You can hear my high pitched awwing and oohing.  Ha! That's the kid in me!)
It's so hard to believe that bears are wild animals and not big, cuddly house pets.  This guy was awesome, just doing the back stroke, soaking up the sun.
(Seriously, this bear just kept pushing off this rock to do the backstroke over and over again - we must have watched it happen almost a dozen times!)

There was an impressive array of animals for such a small zoo.   The snow leopard and red panda were some favorites.
Overall, we thought the $12 admission was a fair price for the amount of entertainment we got - it's all relative to other NYC prices!
The chill in the air made hot chocolate at City Bakery irresistible.  I never, ever want to find out how many calories are in those pots of liquid heaven.
We eyed up the line to Shake Shack and figured by the time we got through the line, we'd be hungry again.  There was all sorts of people watching entertainment, including a woman feeding her two roly poly pugs gigantic cups of doggie ice cream.  When we read the sign closely, it definitely warned that it was too much ice cream for small dogs, but those pugs looked like this wasn't their first experience.
After the wait, we concluded that it was good.  Not awesome, but solid and given the line, it seemed like the thing to do.
I love that NYC never gets old.  I get that some people just don't prefer it, but I can't help but think they're doing it wrong.  Or maybe I've just been gone from a city for too long.  In any case, it was a great weekend and I enjoyed taking a relaxed approach to the trip.  It was like being a real city dweller instead of a tourist jam packing the schedule.

Have you been on a trip recently?


  1. Ohhh that looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to visit New York...and now I want to go even more!

  2. You were in NYC, and I didn't get to see you?! **sad face** Either way, I am glad that you had a great time. :) Also it's Shake Shack :), and I agree with you. It's solid. I think it's a tad overrated. If you are coming again anytime soon, I'd love to show you around.

  3. @Terri - Ha! Thank you - editing now! I know :( I slipped into NYC on the DL - next time, you're on my agenda for sure! I've never been to Brooklyn!