My kids do really well on airplanes. They color, they read and they even fall asleep!

We’re super lucky, I know.

Not even a hour after we landed we hopped onto a subway…

And jumped right out into the city lights!

We ran across this narrow, yet very well stocked heath food store on our walk and picked up a couple things.

Definitely not a two cart (or even one cart!) aisle.

Our groovy apartment in Harlem.

If your looking for good eats in Harlem and come across a few BBQ’s chained to a fence…

Immediately find the restaurant those BBQ’s belong to and order whatever the special of the day is!

What did I find? Smothered pork chops and baked candy yams.

Lucky me!

The first place we took the boys to was the Museum of Natural History where they saw the biggest wall of preserved dead stuff…

And the coolest show on stars in a planetarium.

I totally got in trouble for taking this picture.

We went ice skating in Central Park…

There’s Ewen in the green jacket!

And I made Gaven jump on the big piano at FAO schwartz.

We realized pretty quickly that dancing on the piano is a little kid thing to do.

Time for dessert!

The wait at Serendipity was an hour long so we headed over to Dylan’s candy bar. The candy store downstairs and the toppings galore ice cream bar upstairs made us thankful for our choice!

Who needs a frozen hot chocolate when you can have this massive custom ice cream sunday?!

My Uncle Richard and Aunt Jane took us to a super nice dinner.

My family on the east coast is the best! I always have so much fun with them and I love all of the stories they tell me about my dad when he was a little boy!

Times square is an incredibly bright and silent place all at the same time.

You would think something so dazzling would also be super loud but of course there is no sound coming from the signs. It’s easy to be be put into a quiet trance by all of the energetic advertisements.

Of course this made us hungry so we shared a pretzel and a hot dog!

Seriously, restaurants in NY are super family friendly.

Look, cups with lids, coloring pages…

And a beautiful chopped salad and glass of white wine for mommy.

The streets were packed every night and I loved the wide variety people that filled the sidewalks.

Are you ready for some serious soul food?

Let me introduce you to Amy Ruth’s…

Ryan got the smothered fried chicken, collared greens and the baked mac and cheese.

I got the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Can I get an Amen?!

Jude at the 9/11 memorial.

The mood wasn’t that of just mourning but I also felt the strong spirit of the American people there. We all have our political opinons but at the end of the day we live in a incredible country.

Inside there is a memorial guide where every person who was lost that day can be located here by name, a picture, who they were, where they were that day and where their name can now be found on the memorial.

You never know when your going to run into dueling brass in the subway!

Three sleepy boys after a long day roaming the city.

This was my favorite part of the trip!

Brook Shields was Morticia Addams and being the hot mom she already is, playing the role as the sexy matriarch fit her like a glove.

Our last meal was of course a New York style pizza!

On on way home but not without wonderful memories and small tokens to help us remember our time in the vibrant and enchanting New York city!

7 Responses to New York City 2011

  1. shannon says:

    Thanks for sharing :) What wonderful memories!!! :)

  2. Lucy says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the adventures of the Vanni Family. This whole blog made me want to go back to NYC asap. Too bad about Serendipity, but Dylan’s Candy Bar is so much more fun for the littles! Looks like everyone had a blast.

  3. Melissa says:

    Thank you!! I was bummed to miss out on Serendipity but Dylan’s was so much fun! I love New York but I LOVE California even more.:)

  4. Mary Brown says:

    Looked like so much fun!

  5. Mom says:

    Uncle Richard and Aunt Jane looked very happy! You and Ryan shared a very nice gift with them. Yes, you’re our California FAMILY!!!!! XO
    PS. Buk missed you!!!!

  6. kim says:

    You have an amazing family. What a fantastic trip!

  7. Mabel says:

    Thank you for sharing. I loved the pictures and you sure did some amazing stuff. My kids wants to go to NY and go to the Natural History. Someday, when they’re older..

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