Day Three in Nueva York is just about over! My parents are gone and it is my first official day alone and BOY WAS I ALONE! Let me not so briefly flash back to Monday and Tuesday!
Monday, May 27: Mom, Dad, and I set off around 8:30 am and arrived in New York around 1:30 pm. We immediately went to Alumni Hall, my home for the next month, checked in (too easy?), and moved all of my things up to my room and met my roommate, Maddi! Maddi is a drama major from Tennessee. She’s trying to graduate next semester so she’s taking some intense courses this summer. After I dropped off my bags I went with Mom and Dad to check into their hotel. Before even going to the room we walked around uptown on Madison and did shopping! We had gorgeous weather as we strolled throughout uptown and then traveled back down fifth along Central Park! We went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and decided to get a rec for dinner from the Concierge! P.J. Clarke’s was the move, my friends. It was a fabulous little (big) restaurant and YAY there’s one in DC so I can go all the time when I’m home. For dinner we had two dozen oysters and our waitress was so cute and from Virginia (she recognized our “accent”)! Dad finally had his Rueben that he had craved all day, and Mama had delicious scallops! It was such a great place and I can’t wait to go back while I’m here. That night I stayed with Mom and Dad at the Waldorf and we watched my Dad’s new favorite show, The Bachelor?????!!!!! #Help
Tuesday, May 28: Happy Birthday, Mama!!! I left 50th and Park early to head Downtown to my room to get a quick shower before my first class at NYU! I navigated my way to the Silver Center of Arts and Sciences (or something) and stopped for a quick breakfast on the way. My class has 10 other students in it and I have a super cool professor. Essentially my class is from 10-2:xx every day and a short portion is reserved for lecturing and the other is in the field — New York is the most fabulous place for an Art History class. We’re starting with the Dutch arrival in lower Manhattan and ending with the continual move uptown towards Rockefeller, etc. My class is strictly architecture based (and I get credit for it at Wofford!), but don’t worry, the great museums are on my list of things to do! Professor Ritter was extremely casual about using the subway and I didn’t have the heart to tell him right away that I a) didn’t have a MetroCard and b) had actually never ridden the Subway in my life. Not to mention I kept calling it the Metro because isn’t that what we (they) call it in DC? Fortunately a classmate (Hannah! She’s so great!) informed me that you buy a MetroCard and then put money on it (FYI $2.50 a ride!). I learned later on from my dear friend Susan at Saks that you can also use your MetroCard on the buses WHICH, as much as I will try to avoid, will inevitably end up taking at some point against my parents wishes… (Sorry Mom & Dad, Welcome to New York, I guess). Anyway so my first trip on the subway was a success. After class I had to somehow navigate my way back to NYU as Professor Ritter’s parting words were ”Well if you want to take a little ten minute walk and see one or two more buildings, great; if not, I’ll see you tomorrow!” UM… Typically I would have gone as I am trying to see as much as I can but unfortunately lil ol’ me wore a sassy LBD for my first day of class. Typically the first thing I do in the morning is CHECK THE WEATHER but, gee, I guess NYC will do that to a girl! So off I went back to the subway! Thank the heavens for Martin, another classmate, who walks entirely too fast but offers great directions — I was able to find my way back to Alumni (my dorm) and retrieve a coat before meeting my parents uptown for shopping, lunch, dinner, good company, etc!
WELL LET ME SAY… the city in the rain is no joke. The entire place shuts down, not a cab to be found. (Woah, am I famous yet? #Poet) Making my way from 9th to 50th, again, was a lengthy process. I managed to catch a cab from 9th to 30th and then RUN IN THE RAIN SANS UMBRELLA (still LBD and sandals, people) to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to find my parents! Welllllll, D & D were nowhere to be found, my phone was dead, and therefore the quivering lip followed by tear induced running mascara caught the attention of well, everyone. I’m so dramatic. Anyway… for Mom’s birthday dinner we traveled via limo to Lombardi’s Pizza. Leave it to my fam to take a limo to a pizza joint… However I will say this restaurant, unlike P.J. Clarke’s, was suggested to us by the doorman at the hotel. They say the doormen know the city better than anyone else. I buhlee dat!!!! It was divine. Thin crust, huge slices by the “pie” – simply amazing! I CRASHED THAT NIGHT.
If you’ve come this far I am so happy you’re interested in my life!!!
Wednesday, May 29: This morning I ventured back to my room again to do homework (!!!), shower, and grab some breakfast before class at 10. I used my phone for directions but I think by my next class on Friday I won’t need to use it for directions at all. I got pretty used to the subway today so I might try and take that up to the Today Show in the AM! I should be easy to spot?! Anyway — today we had a lecture and then took the 6 train down to the Brooklyn Bridge and then switched to the 5 (???) and went to South Street Seaport. Suppppper culture-filled area with tons of history architecturally. One of my favorite locations was 55 Water Street. A skyscraper that has a terrace for public use. The terrace over looks the Hudson and the area where a ton of helicopters were continuously landing and taking off (so cool!). Around 2:30 I headed back to dorm and took a catnap before venturing back out — the first time really on my own! I found the NYU Bookstore, naturally bought a t-shirt (pictures to come!), and got my NYU card (omg my picture slightly resembles my infamous passport picture circa 2005, how unfortunate…), and walked around just to get a feel of where I was (Where am I???)
So, my friends, that is where I am as of 8 o’clock this evening! It has been g0, go, go, but hey, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — WELCOME TO NEW YORK! #Thriving