This is the view from the hotel room window. At night.
These are icicles.
This is some statue downtown.
This is a street in New York.
We looked it up afterwards and they had been at some party in White Rock. Can you imagine if that was what your life was? Flying to parties in suburbs of North American cities to judge Guido contests? Oh man....look at the dress code for this thing!
Restaurants in New York make Vancouver seem kind of silly. There are so many gluten free options. So much meat. It's amazing.
First up, the Spotted Pig. Definitely lives up to the hype. This was the first thing in New York that we did at 2AM Sunday morning. I will dream about that Hamburger. The Six Points Lager was one of the best beers I've ever had. We went back later in the week and sat next to this guy, made famous on the Office as the guy that Jim walks in on dropping a deuce at the Daycare.
Monday, I went to Katz's on my own. 15 bucks for a sandwich, but definitely worth it.
Then you've got your Lenny's, which is a pretty amazing sandwich. On the sandwich train, we went to Friedman's in Chelsea Market, which has gluten free options.
For dinner, we pretty much lived at the Risotteria. Oh my god. One of the best pizzas I've ever eaten (not gluten free) but the gluten free breadsticks are better than most regular bread you will eat. The gluten free croutons are amazing. And the risotto has me diving through cookbooks looking for recipes. We ate there 3 times.
We also found this place near Katz's called Pala. Gluten free pizza and gluten free calamari. I didn't think it was as good as the Risotteria but somebody else thought it was.
All very boring for anybody reading this, I do realize. But very exciting to look back on. The only thing I missed that I wanted to experience was 5 Guys burgers, a Papaya Dog and some street meat. Next time.
The Staten Island Ferry
Monday was set aside for the Letterman taping. I knew ahead of time that there were two tapings and that we were either going to get the Biebs or Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, we missed the Biebs show, but were treated to the screaming girls waiting for him outside of the theater. When I first got to the Theater at 3:15, they were there. When we came back to enter the Theater at 5:00, they were there. Dedicated, dedicated people.
While waiting for the Biebs, I snapped this shot of the back of Martha Stewart's head. Not even.
After that, Martha Stewart came out, Dave made fun of her and there was some food preparation involved. I wanted more Martha and I felt kind of cheated. There was little to no explanation of what she was making and it was really beside the point that all we ended up with was a bowl of white stuff that Dave then begged her to throw in his face. It was very forced.
My white whale. Never available when I'm in New York. This time, I wasn't going to miss it.Unfortunately...the flight deck with all the airplanes on it was closed due to all the ice and snow. So no Blackbird for me. The ticket seller was kind enough to sell us student tickets and it was more than worth the 15 dollars. The submarine tour is awesome. The aircraft carrier itself is amazing. There's more than enough displays to keep you busy for a few hours, even if you can't see all the airplanes.
The Federal Reserve
I was trying to come up with things to do on my own and I came up with this. It's a totally free tour, you just have to sign up in advance.
The tour guide was this girl that kept her voice at the same pitch for an entire hour. Like she was reading something in a language she didn't understand. The tour starts with a coin display. There's some pretty neat ancient coins, Ducats and whatnot. As well, they have one of the only 1933double eagle 20 dollar coins on display, which has a pretty interesting back story.From there, you move on to some displays about counterfeiting, as well as the cash management functions of the federal reserve. They have a 25 foot tall cube filled with $64,000,000 of shredded $100 bills. They give you a small sample of the shredded bills on your way out.
After that, they take you down to the vault. I'd read about the tour and I had assumed that they took you down to one of the vaults. You know, one of the vaults that isn't full of gold. But no, they only really have one vault. And they take you right down inside of it. It has 275 Billion dollars worth of gold in it. I poked my finger through a hole in the grating and touched some of it. It's kind of amazing.Yet kind of stupid. They tell you all about the process of bringing gold in and out, weighing it, etc. I asked how often a transfer takes place and they said that it had been a few years since anything had gone in and out. So, basically, there is this giant horde of gold belonging to 30-40 different countries that has been sitting in a vault since World War II.
So 10% of the worlds gold sits in a vault in the middle of New York. It never leaves. It generates no interest. It does nothing. What good can this possibly do for anybody? How is it possible that as a society we place so much value on something that we bury it in a hole and never do anything with it? It's all very weird.
Went to the MOMA. Nothing more to say.
You should go here.
Central Park Zoo
You should also go here. Surprisingly awesome. They have a tropical building in which you can wander around with all kinds of awesome birds. There's awesome lemurs. Awesome snakes. Awesome little mini deer. Awesome mongooses (mongeese? mongi?). An awesome sloth that we didn't see. Once you leave there, there is an awesome polar bear exhibit. An awesome red panda exhibit. An awesome snow monkey exhibit. A giant penguin exhibit where there's a lot of different penguins and they dive all around and it's awesome. Best 12 dollars Andrea ever spent on me.
I know. New York is all about the wildlife.
Little Piano Playing Dude (Biebs in training)
Pretty much the final thing we saw in New York as we headed home on the subway Saturday night was this little dude playing the piano. He was selling CD's. Has dad was just out of frame, dressed exactly like him. They took it very seriously, but he was absolutely killing it and had a massive crowd. I wonder what his story is.