10 Ways New York City Stole My Heart

I never thought I’d have the chance to explore New York City, so when I won the Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ’10 contest and knew I’d be heading to the Big Apple, I started wondering what to expect.  I thought I would be overwhelmed, thought I might feel scared or unsafe.  I thought I’d feel I didn’t belong – that I would be a fish out of water.  I was amazed to find that New York City is a very welcoming place, easy to get around, with a surprisingly safe feel.  I would come back here with my kids in a heartbeat.

And speaking of heart, here are the 10 Ways New York City Stole My Heart:

The sights. It seems like everywhere you look, there’s something worth seeing.  Here’s a peek of the Empire State Building from our cab.

empire state building

The theatre. I was fortunate enough to see Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music during our trip.  It was fabulous!

Walter Kerr Theatre

bernadette peters a little night music

The history. Looking at the  Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry, I couldn’t help but try to imagine what early emigrants thought seeing her for the first time.

statue of liberty

The people. Honestly, everyone I met was so nice and had such enthusiasm for the city.  Here’s our darling Russian pedi-cab driver, who has only been in America for two months:

russian pedi cab driver

The food. Oh, the food!  So, so, so good!

nyc pizza

The NYPD. They’re on the street corners, subway platforms, just about everywhere you look.  Here they are getting ready to supervise a Dominican Day parade that went by our hotel:

nypd

The cabs. Stepping into an New York City taxi is like stepping into another world.  You just put on your seat belt and let go of any desire to navigate or any fear of hitting something/someone else.  It’s quite a ride!

sea of cabs

The subway. They are really, really, really easy to use!  And the platforms are really, really, really hot in the summer!  Yikes.

nyc subway 1

nyc subway 2

The parks. I love the pockets of serenity alongside the busy-ness of the city.  Here’s a glimpse of Bryant Park:

bryant park 1

bryant park 2

The energy. One day we realized it was 1pm and we hadn’t even started our adventures for the day.  Then it hit us:  time has no meaning in New York City!  You can walk outside any time – day or night – and tap into an amazing energy that buzzes through the streets.  Times Square is a perfect example of that:

times square at night

  • Stacey, It was so wonderful to spend some time with you in NYC.
    It was my first time in the city as well and it truly is a magical place. Glad to hear that the trip was a success for you & I look forward to working with you on The Mabelhood for the next year!

  • Stacey, It was so wonderful to spend some time with you in NYC.
    It was my first time in the city as well and it truly is a magical place. Glad to hear that the trip was a success for you & I look forward to working with you on The Mabelhood for the next year!

  • Dennis Goedegebuure

    Thank you for sharing your story and pictures. Looks like you had a great time.
    I was following your tweets during Blogher, and looked like you got a good value out of your trip.

    DG

  • Dennis Goedegebuure

    Thank you for sharing your story and pictures. Looks like you had a great time.
    I was following your tweets during Blogher, and looked like you got a good value out of your trip.

    DG

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  • I wanna go!!!

  • Thanks, Dennis! I did have a great time, and I feel like I made every moment count. A truly magical time!

  • It would have been so fun to hit the town with you, Amanda! You were there in spirit, though, as Tricia (Once a Month Mom) talked about you a little during our night bus tour of NYC. 🙂

  • It was great to see you, too, Caitlin! Everything was so crazy, I wish we had a little more quiet time to sit and chat, but just seeing you was a total boost.

  • Oh, I love NYC! There’s something for everyone, whether you want energy or quiet. I think my favorite spot is Central Park, but I love all of it! some day I’d love to live there for a month and just discover all the hidden away places and blog about them.:)