|On the Staten Island Ferry|
|The reason we took the ferry...free view!|
|Line at Empire State Building|
|Empire State lit up for Memorial Day|
|Danny and the Brooklyn Bridge|
|The Surviving Tree at Ground Zero|
|Ready to see The Columnist|
By 8 am the next day we were at the Empire State Building and at the top in less than an hour. Best way to do it! After taking in the views we headed over to Macy's to see the wooden escalators. Then we headed back to our hotel for some down time before heading out to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We went to a matinee of the new Broadway musical Memphis. The music was breathtaking and had lots of dancing. We both left with stars in our eyes. For dinner, we headed down to little Italy and had an amazing meal and stroll around the street fair that was taking place. It was a romantic evening with my love.
|So excited there is no line!|
|Us at the top|
|View to Downtown from the top. The tallest building is the new building at the World Trade Center that is almost complete.|
|Wooden escalators at Macy's, the largest store in the world!|
|After the Show|
|Where we had dinner. (Would recommend!)|
|Party in Little Italy|
Our last day, Monday, was an all day bike ride around central park. My friend Catherine joined us and we may have converted another person to become a city bike rider! It was a great way to see the park. For lunch we headed up to the West Side, by Columbia University, to find the restaurant fasade used in Seinfeld television series. It is called Joe's Restaurant and is an excellent New York dinner experience. That evening, I started my conference and brought our adventure together to an end. Well, so we thought. We had a nice anniversary surprise when Danny's Tuesday afternoon flight was canceled. While it is never fun to have a cancelled flight, which messed up Danny's work schedule, it was nice to be able to go out for a glass of sparkling wine after my conference that night.
|Catherine and Danny at Bethesda Fountain|
|Danny at Seinfeld Restaurant|
|Us with the view of the city|
We are very grateful to have been able to take this trip and experience this city together. New York's lights did inspire us as Jay-Z promised, but it wasn't to live in New York. Rather, New York made us more remember the sparkling lights on the other coast. It made us long for our dreams in the city we experience and love everyday: San Francisco, our home.