I then continued to wander and proceeded to get myself completely lost… and found myself at 14th Street at union square so a quick stop for water and some birthday cards (since I was there) so I wanted to explore more but I was running short of time because it was now 2pm and I had to get my butt back to the subway eventually and I was determined to see more of the neighbourhood while I was here.
So I wandered further and further towards Greenwich but then I found Bleeker Street again but it didn’t have Greenwich Village feel and as it turned out I was in NOHO.
Great neighbourhood and this is somewhere else I would consider living. I stood there with my map trying to work out how to get to the subway and magnolia bakery.
This is where I had a chance encounter… standing there looking like a tourist with no makeup on and hair not straightened I met someone. Strange I know. At first I was bit frightened of this very tall man but he was a big teddy bear and such a sweet heart. He said are you lost? “No” came my reply just trying to work out where I am. He liked that one and offered to take me for a coffee and at first I said no but he talked me into joining him at starbucks across the street.
So I had a coffee (hot chocolate with NO marshmallows in my case) and got to know this crazy man who took pity on a lost tourist. We exchanged details and went on our merry ways and me not really expecting to hear from him since I wasn’t looking my best but I had fun that is the important thing right?
I found my way along Bleeker Street to magnolia bakery! Wooohooo and I strolled along some of the shops and if I had known that we would have shopping time on the tour tomorrow I wouldn’t have made shopping stops.
Found it finally and channelled sex in the city because this is the one that they stopped and ate at. So I grabbed my cupcakes and then made my way to the subway since it was now 4pm and I needed to get back. It was an area of NYC that I hadn’t really seen and it was along 14th street which borders on Soho and the Meatpacker areas.
So caught the subway back after finding the right stop – public transport is so easy in this city. Made it back in a quick 20mins from the bottom of the island to almost Harlem – gotta love it.
|Found it - Magnolia Bakery|
It Would take you hours to walk it and my poor feet were feeling all the walking I have been doing the past 5 days. One of my friends were right … NYC is such a massive walking city so comfy shoes are a MUST.
Got ready for Wicked… I was really looking forward to this … but quickly checked email and sure enough the man I had just met mere hours ago had sent me an email… so I was surprised …
|Cobblestoned Streets of Greenwich|
First time in about 2 months I had put on a dress and high heels my feet didn’t really like wearing non walking shoes. Even though I put band aids on my feet screamed about wearing high heels and mind you they weren’t very high.
|the awesome set of Wicked|
So made it to the Gershwin theatre which was amazing in the décor that they had decorated the foyer with. Word of warning – going to buy anything from the bar? You need cash they don’t take card. I had to go out and get cash out sooooo annoying ! like really annoying! More walking in my shoes that my feet screamed about it.
|they dress them up good in NoHO|
Took my seat and just enjoyed… the set was amazing … I was a bit concerned that the play had been talked up so much – like a movie that is talked up so much it usually means it is not as good. The play started a little bit slower than I thought it would. I was beginning to wonder if this was a good decision but then the whole mood changed and it really stepped up.
|the Foyer at the Gershwin|
It really is a fantastic production and I would love to see it again and again. It puts a whole new spin on the whole evil witch of the west thing. I won’t give too much away but it was amazing and I really loved it.
|All dressed up and ready to go out ..|
I had forgotten how much I loved going to the theatre with seeing Mama Mia in August with my mummy and then this… I can’t wait for Mary Poppins to come to Brisbane.
|Tiles of America|
Note to self – don’t drink water at the theatre those toilets are vicious… couldn’t believe how rude people were! And the room attendant was shocking. I found the crowds very pushy and rude …
I was going to go have dinner but to be honest it was freezing and my feet were killing me so I decided to head straight back to the apartment. My feet were so glad to be sans shoes! I don’t think I will be wearing anything else for the rest of the trip other than my merrells.
|Yum Yum Cupcake|
When I got back to the apartment I chatted with my new friend on MSN with him trying to get me to change my plans for tomorrow – hell no I am not missing this tour… tourism before hormones! But getting to know him better which was the important thing. Not sure he is someone I would end up with in the long term – too demanding for me … very authoritative and I don’t like that in a boyfriend. It is like my opinion doesn’t count with guys like that… as I am getting older I am understanding myself better in a relationship and I seem to be rebelling against those qualities.
|The amazing set of Wicked|
So off to bed … excited for the following day… giving my feet a break and doing 3 tours back to back with the Sex in the City tour, Harlem and Upper West/East Side then do the night-time open bus tour.