New York City – Part Two

Just to clarify, Katie and I went to New York City the week before my surgery. There’s absolutely no way I could do all the stuff we did at this point.

Friday morning we took our time waking up. I love the heavy curtains in hotel rooms that make you think it’s still dark out even while the sun is beating brightly outside.

After preparing for the day and packing up our belongings we checked out, left our bags at the hotel baggage check and headed out. First stop was Starbuck’s across the street. It was teeny tiny and all three of the tables were occupied, so we got our goodies to go and walked over to the 8th and 42nd Street subway. It’s kind of like a small mall so we were able to find a place to sit and eat.

Then we found our sub and took it up to the American Museum of Natural History – the same as seen in the movie “Night at the Museum”.

In my NYC – Part 1 post I made the comment I warned Katie about the possibility of nude paintings. No such speech was given because this was a history museum. Right? I didn’t think about the prehistoric, ancient and even more modern people who eschew clothing. And yes, the mannequins were anatomically correct.

Katie took it all in stride and looked at the exhibits without staring, while I, on the other hand, was trying not to stare. For instance, I’m sure I was wrong but prehistoric man looked to be circumcised. I couldn’t say for sure, however, because I didn’t want my 12-year-old daughter to catch me checking out the package on the hairy little mannequin. So while my interest was purely scientific, (i.e., prehistoric man couldn’t have been circumcised) I was afraid said interest would traumatize the girl.

We made it to every exhibit in the museum looking for the Lewis and Clark exhibit from the movie, but we never found it. Obviously that was just for the movie. We did find this, though:

Dum Dum didn’t speak to us, however. Must have been too early.

I snapped this shot for Taylor because what 15-year-old boy doesn’t want a picture of boobies?

I have several other pictures of dinosaur skeletons and stuffed animals and interesting textiles, but I won’t bore you with those.

We left the museum and walked across the street to sit and rest a bit in Central Park.

Our plan had been to take in middle Central Park since we’d hit the lower third last November. But we’d been doing quite a bit of walking anyway so we decided to take the subway down to Greenwich Village, find a quaint cafe and eat something delectable.

This was only my third trip into the city and I should learn a little bit more about where I’m going. We got off the subway and were a few blocks West of Greenwich Village. I don’t know what that area is called, but the street we walked down is lined with all kinds of fetish shops. Giant store windows with leather collars, S&M gear, whips, chains and an extremely buxom mannequin in a French Maid costume.

Thankfully there was a pickup game going on across the street that had us both fascinated so Katie didn’t really get a look at all that stuff. And since she was with me I was unable to run in and make a purchase. I’M SO KIDDING!!!

We made it over to Washington Square and were thoroughly delighted with all the different bands and jugglers and street performers. They were quite entertaining. First were the chess games in the park JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES!

Next was the jazz band with the guy playing TWO trumpets at the same time. He must REALLY be full of hot air.

The arch at the entrance – or in our case exit – to Washington Square

The fountain where adults cooled off their feet and kids splashed around.

A bluegrassy, hillbilly rock sort of band. These guys actually had CDs and I’m kicking myself (figuratively because I’m not into self-pain) for not buying one. Country music is NOT my thing, but I love some good bluegrass and if it has a rockin’ flavor to it then even better.

After meandering through the park and enjoying the wonderful bands we went in search of scrumptuals. I didn’t realize it at first, but this is where New York University is. I mean, I knew NYU was in NYC, but we were AT NYU. And you know college students. They require massive amounts of sugar and caffeine so we didn’t have to look long before we found Crumbs, purveyor of unique and delicious confections.

Katie chose iced tea and a Boston Cream Pie cupcake and I chose iced Hazelnut coffee and a Devil Dog cupcake. Once again, we dug in before I could take pictures. We really must learn to control ourselves.

But look at the gooey goodness in the middle of my cupcake! It was nothing short of Heaven.

After our much too short brush with edible ecstasy we made our way to the subway station – a different station – and we came upon this very cool lamp post.

Our dogs were barking as we took the subway back to the hotel to grab our bags, and then another sub to Penn Station to get the train back to Trenton. The train ride from NYC to Trenton was delightful. She had a magazine and I had my book and we got to just sit in an air conditioned car for an hour and a half. Bliss.

And this wraps up my week with Katie. Not only did we have a ton of fun, but it was cultural and maybe a little too educational for the both of us. She won’t be old enough to go to the Youth Conference next year, either, and we’re already making our plans.


  1. Angry Woman on July 12, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Um, I actually know where you got off from the subway. If you took the subway from the museum, you probably took the C train which takes you into the West Village which is a part of Greenwich Village. And I know what store you are referring to. Not to say I am a perv by any means, lol. And to answer the age old question, no prehistoric man mannequin isn’t circumsized. No, I wasn’t staring either :).

  2. Lainey-Paney on July 12, 2007 at 11:55 am

    ohhhh….we went to New York last November for our anniversary…I want to go back….

  3. Jenster on July 12, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Aim – YES! We did take the C train. Won’t be doing that with her again. LOL I’ve no doubt if you’ve walked by that store once you know which one I’m talking about. It’s hard to miss.Secondly, thanks for info on prehistoric man. I can move on to other ponderings now. :o)Lainey Paney – I think you could go there a million times and still not do it all!

  4. Her Bad Mother on July 12, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    This made me miss NYC. Bad.

  5. Katybug on July 12, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I have only driven through NYC…got really excited when I saw a sign for Yankee Stadium (a.k.a. the Evil Empire…yes, I love baseball, just not the Yankees). I’m expecting the cupcake you sent me any day now. Oh wait…that one in the picture…that one was mine? Dang. 😉

  6. radioactive girl on July 12, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Sounds like an exciting trip. I can’t believe all that you saw! That Crumbs place is like my dream! I dream of opening something like that…perhaps I should go there to do some “research”. Every time I talk about opening a place like that, my husband tells me they already have them and they are called Starbucks. He is always a dream killer, but it is probably for the best or else we would be broke and I would be quite flighty.

  7. Rosie on July 12, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    An adventure and cake? Sounds like a perfect trip to me.

  8. CindyS on July 13, 2007 at 1:41 am

    It’s a good thing you mentioned nudity because I would have never even though of that! And trying not to gawk at anatomically correct mannequins it too funny. Just imagine what your daughter was thinking ;)You know, I was really surprised when we were in Toronto on Younge St (one of the busier sections of TO) and saw a bunch of fetish stores. And these weren’t high end – they were really creepy looking. Course, I didn’t notice this until I got frustrated looking for those UBS and then I started to wonder where exactly we were ;)I’m glad that you had such a wonderful week with Katie. Sounds like just the way to spend a summers day.CindyS

  9. Burg on July 13, 2007 at 1:54 am

    How cool!That fountain is in one of my favorite movies and those cupcakes will be dancing around in my dreams later..

  10. Travis Erwin on July 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Again thanks for letting me live through your desriptions and photo lens. One of these days I’ll make it up to that part of the world.

  11. The Daily "B" on July 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    What a great post! You never cease to crack me up! Loved the Boobies pic! LOL – Deb

  12. Jenster on July 13, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Her bad mother – Thanks for visiting!Katybug – Next time you drive through NYC I’ll meet you at Crumbs!! We’ll get a fluffernutter cupcake!Tori – Check out their website: say go for it!! But just remember the little people. ‘kay?Rosie – it was pretty perfect.Cindy – There were some other very interesting things that I wasn’t able to examine closely. lolBurg – What movie??Travis – You’ll be making a trip to NYC to sign those book deals any day.Deb – The pic was rather inappropriate, but that’s how I roll. lol

  13. Burg on July 13, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I believe the movie is called “I’m With Lucy.” I’d never heard of it before, but it was recommended and I loved it! It has Monica Potter and the kid that played Elliott in ET in it.

  14. Monnik on July 14, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Sounds like you had a great trip. I can’t wait to take my oldest daughter to NYC. It’ll be a few years, though.

  15. Pokey Puppy on July 14, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Oh now i want to go there more!! Howver I will probably enjoy it more when my son is older and i too can find a “boobie” pic to bring back!! btw.. theres something for you at my site…

  16. Slackermommy on July 14, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    What fun! My kids would love to see Dum Dum. He has been a running joke in our family since we saw the movie.

  17. Eileen on July 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    What a great experience for you and Katie. I love the pictures too! We love going to NYC as a family, but tend to stay around Broadway because they want to see so many shows. There is so much more to see and do in NYC, as you pictures pointed out.How special that you two had this time together. I am sure this is a week she will never, ever forget! What a wonderful mother you are. XOXO

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