Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Trip to NYC: Day 1

So, I figured I better buckle down and get started writing about my trip to New York if I was ever going to, or else I'd have forgotten half of what happened. By way of introduction, my friend Jon and I were thinking of what we could do for Spring Break this year, and then I remembered that our friend Randall had moved to New York last summer, and that he was always saying I should come visit. Jon happened to have some Delta dollars he could spend, and I had enough for airfare, so it all worked out amazingly well.

We started our trip on Friday, heading to the Salt Lake airport around 8, and arriving at JFK around 5 in the afternoon. Randall was kind enough to get off work early so he could come pick us up, saving us an expensive cab ride. We drove across Queens to his place in Astoria, deposited our luggage, and went out to hit the town.

First moments in NYC

We got off the subway near the southeast corner of Central Park and proceeded down 5th Avenue towards Times Square. Along the way, he pointed out the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and then realized that on Friday nights there is free admission courtesy of Target. Being a Friday night, we headed inside and wandered around in there for a couple hours until the museum was closing.

Apple Store on 5th Ave

Monet, Water Lilies - MoMA

Warhol, Soup cans - MoMA

van Gogh, Starry Night - MoMA

From there we finished our walk down to Times Square, stopping briefly to check out the Rockefeller Plaza. Once we were at Times Square, we were all pretty hungry, and Randall wanted to show us "one of the few good restaurants at Times Square", a barbecue place called Virgils. And he was right. It was good BBQ, and given its location near Times Square, not completely ridiculously overpriced. We ate meat until we couldn't eat any more, and then boxed up what we had left, headed to the subway and made our way back out to Queens.

Skating at Rockefeller Center

Times Square at Night

More photos from Day 1.

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