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My First Time In New York And Surviving Snowmageddon

I honestly don’t even know where to start. New York is just one of those places that you’ve always heard about. Always dreamed about. Movies and television shows are always filmed there. I mean, Spider-Man lives there for crying out loud!


No one could ever believe that I’d never been to New York. You’ve been all over the world but you haven’t been to New York??? No people, somehow it just never happened. Calm down.


So when I found super cheap tickets, there was no way I was passing up the opportunity to go. To say I was excited would be an understatement. When we flew into LaGuardia, I literally had my face and hands pressed on the window. I only pulled away once to ask, “Is that it?? Is that it?? Is that it??” I didn’t even take any pictures, that’s how excited I was! And it was beautiful too! We got in late so all the bright and shiny lights looked amazing…


Over the next few days, we got to see a lot. Things that I’d seen on tv or in movies really stuck out to me. I couldn’t believe I was seeing them in real life! The highlights for me were Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and of course, the Friends apartment. Because, I’ll be there for yyyoooooooouuuuu……


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Exploring Central Park
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
Rockefeller Center
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
Times Square!!
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
Checking out the views from the Empire State Building
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
Amazing views!
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
The Brooklyn Bridge
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
The Friends apartment



The food was pretty awesome too. We had some finger licking good duck in Chinatown. I absolutely had to have a hot dog in Central Park. And of course….. there was pizza…..


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Lots of yummy places to eat in Chinatown
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So good!
First time in New York and Snowmageddon
This is what heaven tastes like…


Sweet mother of all that is good and pure! The pizza! And it’s everywhere!! Literally, on every block! If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I LOVE pizza. And guys, let me tell you. New York is the mothership for pizza lovers. We even had pizza at Lombardi’s, the first American pizzeria.


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Lombardi’s Pizzeria


Oh! And another interesting part of our trip was the fact that there just happened to be a frickin blizzard. And not just any blizzard. They were predicting it was going to be a “historic” blizzard with two to three feet of snow. In preparation, they even shut down the subway system (the first time ever in its 110-year history). So what did we do? We went to Times Square to take pictures and play in the snow.


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time square in the snow


We also got to sit in on a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. We happened to be walking by the studio and they needed people in the audience. I guess because of the blizzard not as many people had shown up. I’ve never been to a taping of anything, so it was pretty cool.


The big bad storm ended up not being so bad after all. Even though thousands of flights were canceled, ours was not one of them; our flight left right on time. We were told, actually, that our flight was the first to leave LaGuardia that day.


looking over New York City from a plane
Leaving LaGuardia


Even though, if our flight had been canceled, I wouldn’t have been too upset. Who wouldn’t mind staying an extra day in New York, right?


Have you been to New York? What’s your favorite thing about it? We’d love to read your comments below 🙂



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  1. Very different New York I saw…summer 2012. Times Square sure looks different!

    1. Hi Carol!

      Very different indeed! The next time we go it will have to be in the summer time 🙂

  2. So happy it was a great experience! Your first NYC trip… of many, I bet! And it was literally historical!!! Love it. Awesome photos (especially the last one!!)


    1. Hi G!!

      Yes! Definitely will be going back! We really loved it 🙂

  3. There’s so much to do and see in New York! Next you have to check out a show on Broadway. I love that you managed to eat both hot dogs and pizza!

    1. Oh believe me, there was no way I wasn’t eating hot dogs and pizza! Haha! And I had hoped we could catch a show, but there wasn’t enough time. Next time… 😉

  4. Congratulations on finally making it to my hometown of NYC! I’m so happy you had a great time! Right now,we’re living with family in NJ in preparation for our full-time travel plans starting in July. Prior to this year, I’ve lived a 3 blocks away from Lombardi’s for almost 20 years, right in the intersection of Chinatown and Little Italy. So happy you got to eat roast duck, I wonder where you had it? Luckily, you were able to leave when you did because now, all that snow has become disgusting black ice and slush. Such a fun post!

    1. OMG Brenda, if I lived blocks from Lombardi’s I’d weigh 300 pounds!

  5. If I had been in New York I would have booked it to Central Park to go tobogganing! Snow just makes everything including NYC more beautiful! Great post and photos!

    1. Hi Andrea! We saw a few kids tobogganing down some hills. They looked like they were having a lot of fun 🙂

  6. How embarrassing is it that I’ve literally lived less than 3 hours from NYC most of my life and never went? Yeah Oops. It’s one of my dream trips, though! Glad you got to go and that the snow storm wasn’t as terrible as expected!

    1. Hi Sky! I think that happens to a lot of people. Something that is so close often gets overlooked or you keep thinking “It’s right there, I can go whenever” but then you never go. You should definitely take a weekend trip!

  7. I haven’t been to NYC yet either . . . I’m hoping to go over the holidays this year! That last photo is amazing!

  8. I’ve been to NYC in the summer, but I’d LOVE to visit in the winter, especially during Christmas! That’s awesome that you got to go to a taping of Letterman! I’ve watched him basically since I was born, always been a fan.

    1. Hi Bailey! Seeing the taping was really just about being at the right place at the right time. I think NY should definitely be appreciated during the winter and summer. I’m really hoping to go in the summer too so I can compare 🙂

  9. Glad you stayed warm Buddy, you’re a very special monkey, not many of you have the chance to see snow, let alone have so much fun in it! 😀

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  10. Hahaha! Yea, I heard about that Snomageddon 😉 So thanks for the pictures, now I can see it was really serious! 😉

  11. I live in Brooklyn. While you were happily watching David Letterman, I was happily home in my pajamas on my couch because no subways = no work YAY SNOW DAY!

    It looks like you had a great time.

    1. Hi Jennifer! Well they tape the show earlier, so we were back in Brooklyn (we were staying with a friend) a few hours before they subways stopped. It was a pretty cool experience 🙂

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