New York: Day 1

I planned a trip to New York City for my 31st birthday. Last October I received an email with the chance to purchase Hamilton tickets. And I acted on it immediately!

I signed myself up and the following week I was given the date and time that I could log onto Ticketmaster. When I logged in I could choose from April, May and June dates – so it was perfect to aim for my birthday! Since May 18 fell on a Friday this year, of course the tickets were sold out. Sad face. I ended up getting the tickets for Thursday night’s performance. And, omg, I got Hamilton tickets!

New York Airplane

The sole purpose for going to New York was to see Hamilton. And I dragged my husband with me. We flew in on Wednesday morning and it ended up being rainy for most of the day. The clouds were hanging over the city.


After landing into LaGuardia, we cabbed it to our hotel. We couldn’t check in yet, so we dropped off our luggage and headed out for lunch. I was suggested to check out Carmine’s, which serves family style Italian dishes. Zack and I each had a cocktail and shared a plate of pasta and meatballs.

Photo Ops

After lunch, we set out on the adventure of my long list of must-see’s. The first stop was the Hope Sculpture followed by a quick run in with the Love Sculpture. It was still raining and I was happy to have a jacket with a hood. It was a saving grace when Zack and I were trying to share the same umbrella.


Milk Bar Bakery New York

There’s nothing better than searching for a birthday ice cream shop in New York! I had heard about the Momofuku Noodle Bar that created a delicious cereal milk soft serve dessert. Momofuku expanded to open Milk Bar Bakery. The cereal milk soft serve is made with milk, cornflakes, brown sugar and a pinch of salt, it tastes just like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflake. I got hot fudge drizzled on top and it was yummy snack!

Top of the Rock

Radio City Music Hall

Rockefeller Building

Top of the Rock

We walked by the Radio City Music Hall, but did not go in. I purchased tickets to go to the Top of the Rock. We were a little bit early than we signed up for, but we were allowed to go in early. There was no line because of all the rain, so we got to go right up to the top. The place was empty! Got to stare out into the cloud over New York City. What great views, lol!

Top of the Rock

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

After being outside in the rain all day, we headed to Ellen’s Stardust Diner to stand in the rain some more. There was maybe about twenty people ahead of us in line. On the plus side, the restaurant is conveniently located on the block next to our hotel. We could see the line of people when looking down from our room’s window.

Ellen's Stardust Diner

That was the end of our first day in New York. It was a long, rainy day full of walking! You can read New York: Day 2 here and New York: Day 3 here.

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