April Break 2014 in NYC

NY JJ Collage

My husband I planned a little get-away. It’s been ages since we’ve gone anywhere sans kids. We had a few things in mind that we wanted to do and only booked 2 of them, so, we pretty much decided to wing it. There is not enough spontaneity in my life, I’ve decided, a fact reaffirmed by this trip which we absolutely enjoyed from the minute we got there until the minute we left.

NY JJ Eatily

DAY 1:  We arrived late in the afternoon to the Hilton Hotel; we had a fabulous view of central park. Upon our son’s suggestion, we visited and dined at Eataly, a marketplace owned by Mario Batali on 5th Ave. I was completely overwhelmed by the people– definitely a popular establishment, one I wish was in short driving distance, so I could shop there. I felt like I was moving through a host of Italian specialty shops in Little Italy. You name an Italian food product, it was there!


We walked the city enjoying the sites and took our time taking it all in!

Day 2:

We ate at my favorite delicatessen: The Carnegie Deli, just a couple of blocks from our hotel on 7th Ave. I always get a knish, pickles and coleslaw. I wish I had room for the Cheesecake, but not this time.

So impressed by our hotel, we agreed to sit for one of those “Let us tell you about our vacation club…” meetings and were sold. We bought into the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, and we couldn’t be more excited because we’re planning a trip to Italy next year!

Because we are such a hockey family and it was the first night of the playoff rounds to the Stanley Cup games, we couldn’t resist trying to get tickets to see our favorite team, The Rangers play at Madison Square Garden. What an incredible night! The energy in the rink was electric. It was a wave of blue shirts # GO RANGERS!!!

NY JJ Rangers 2

NY JJ Rangers

Day 3:

We woke up, at a quick breakfast, then headed off to an On Location tour of television and movies. I’d highly recommend it, and I can’t believe we’ve been to NYC so many times and have never done it before, but we will again.

I can’t even recall everything we saw. The beginning was mainly on the bus, but after about an hour, we stopped at various locations.

Washington Square

NY JJ Bridge Washington SQ

NY JJ Empire State building

One of the exterior locations for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER



The Tribeca Film Festival, Robert DiNiro’s project he started to bring people into the city following 9/11

NY JJ Tribecca Film Festival


DASH in SoHo.

NY JJ Dash 2

NY JJ Dash

And my personal favorite, 2 exterior locations for Friends: Central Perk & Ross’s apartment building

NY JJ friends set

NY JJ friends set 2

And this last one is the ONLY wooden residence home in the entire city! It was owned, at one time, by Walt Disney and is located next to this previous shot of Ross’s apt. building.

NY JJ Disney house

Later that afternoon, we took the train back home. What a terrific three days. Beautiful weather, relaxing and in good company!

We’re definitely doing this again, and SOON! What’s not to love about New York?



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