I was grateful enough to have amazing friends to give me the opportunity to see the world. This weekend I went to New York City for Thanksgiving. I flew out Thanksgiving morning. The wife (Bree Houlihan) dropped me off at the airport early. Hopped in Economy Class [way better than coach and I suggest the upgrade always] It was a shame that I missed the infamous Thanksgiving day parade. It would have been nice to see, though once I did reach the city I saw remainder of what what left of set up. Once I landed I we had to use the NJ train and subway system. It was interesting because I had yet to use a subway/train system in English. (pictured above)
Marc Hudson and I walked around the city for what seemed to be about 30 miles. Marc never gets time to do tourist like things when he is on tour so he wanted to visit as many as we could in one day. First, went to the empire state building and took the NY SKYLINE experience which incorporated a museum about the beginning of NYC roots and infrastructure. We went on this helicopter ride hosted by Kevin Bacon. We reached the top and It was amazing! (pictured above) Being able to see the entire city from one of the worlds more iconic structures. Breathtaking.
After the Empire state building we walked through central park and made our way to find some Thanksgiving dinner. Passing by Times Square (pictured above) we took a few snap shots. :p We were feeling Thai food, so we found some places around town. We ended up going to Room Service (http://www.roomserviceny.com/) Most definitely recommend this if you are in the city. Really great prices and great portions of tasty food.
We stayed in Brooklyn at Reed’s place one of Marc’s close friends. Reed has really nice home with two bathrooms. One of Marc’s friends said, “In New York, you know your really moving up when you have a place that has two bathrooms.” The View outside of the apartment was really nice not the typical brick wall of another building. (See Above)
The next day, we made our way to Terminal 5 (http://www.terminal5nyc.com/) After getting some breakfast at Jamba Juice, we went and got ready for the show. I was lucky enough to take a good 2 hour nap in the bus during sound check. Then headed to dinner with Marc at this small fancy Italian place. I was able to get a really nice glass of white wine. Yum (pictured above) We made our way back to the show and with a sold out venue two nights in a row I was pretty amazed. Bayside played first (pictured above) then Taking Back Sunday (pictured above).
Since we didn’t have to worry about load out, we went to look around the city. During Holiday time, all the stores make elaborate store front windows. One in particular captured my eye. Of course its the one with Asian influence. (pictured above) After that, we ended up in front of F.A.O. Schwartz Toy Store. I’ve always wanted to come to this store. Since we got there about 10 minutes before they closed it wasn’t as happening as I thought it would be. But, we were able to get a fortune from Zoltar.(pictured above) Ironically he was right! We then headed to a bar called High Five and met up with the rest of the guys on the tour. It was a lot of fun!
The next morning I had to wake up really early to head back to the airport. It was a bummer because I wish I could have stayed for the second show in NYC and to visit the Statue of Liberty. But It just gives me more of a reason to return back to the amazing city.