The first stop of the day was Levain Bakery; we needed a few 10-pound cookies to fuel our bodies for the day. A little nibble here, a little nibble there...
A shot of us on our main mode of transportation:
So cool to be at the Empire State Building!
The audio tour was so informative. The Empire State Building is truly an impressive structure, and I'm amazed at how quickly it was erected-- it took just under 15 months! Another amazing fact is that only 5 people died during construction (compared to 22 when the Brooklyn Bridge was built). After looking at all of the cool photos of the workers walking around on the skeletal frame of the building with no harnesses, that fact is astounding to me!
We left the Empire State Building with plans to return that night to see the city lights from above.
Our plan was to hit Shake Shack for lunch on our way to see Matilda. Shake Shack was A LOT more crowded than we anticipated. Amazingly, with all of the things we've been managing to do every day, this was the ONLY time I felt rushed. And, boy, were we rushed. I could feel the mostly-unchewed chicken and apple sausage floating around in my stomach during the performance like a little canoe on the water. It all turned out okay, though. :)
After the yummy dim sum, we realized that we could squeeze in a visit to Grand Central Station before our second Broadway show. It was so bitterly cold by then that we just needed some place to be in out of the cold. What a cool space to be warm in!
Okay, so Matilda was cute and really fun. Wicked, on the other hand, was PHENOMENAL! Seriously so good. I wish I could take the three older kids. They would absolutely love it.
After Wicked we made a run to Magnolia Bakery for their must-have banana pudding. Everyone else got banana pudding, I got a hot drink. Then we went to Rockefeller Center, which was beautiful, but I didn't even take any photos because it was so cold I didn't want to take my hands off of the outside of my hot cup. Getting the hot drink was a bad idea, though-- the rapid temperature fluctuation between my super hot drink and the biting cold wind made one of my fake front teeth crack. Oops. But, man, did that hot liquid hit the spot. Brrrr!
It was after midnight by the time we got back to the Empire State Building, but there was no way we weren't going to get our nighttime view of the city from up in the stars.
Hello, again (cool floor)!
We thought it was cold at ground level, but it was nothing compared to the intensity of the cold out on the observation deck of the Empire State Building that night. So cold! We were out there just long enough to run around to all 4 sides to snap photos and notice that there were tons of bats overhead eating the bugs attracted by the lights. Super quick, but so worth it. I mean, look.
So beautiful, don't you think? We spent a few minutes browsing the gift shop on our way out. I bought a small gift to take home-- a set of playing cards with pictures and facts about the Empire State Building. Just the right thing for my game-playing family.
This day was so super long, but I wouldn't have changed anything about it. What a blast!