This summer when I first arrived in the city, I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of people (and sweat) and underwhelmed by the magic of this city. Of course, most of my notion of a "perfect New York" was solely due to watching films like Sleepless in Seattle and Serendipity way too many times. I had relented to the fact that life, especially in New York City, just isn't how it's shown in movies. But now, I realize all I needed to do was add some twinkle lights and... New York City is suddenly starting to feel very magical!
This weekend was a wonderful surprise in itself when one of my Vanderbilt friends, Erica, popped into the city for a visit with her sister and boyfriend. We spent the afternoon culturing ourselves first at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) which is renowned as the home of van Gogh's Starry Night. I personally love MoMA as it also has one of the best photography collections and the building itself is a very stark, contemporary space.
We then stopped by Rockefeller Center to see the assembly of the new Christmas tree as well as the skaters on the ice rink.
Margaret trivia fact #1: I have never ice skated in my life.
Afterwards we got some Chinese food nearby. Scratch that, Erica, her sister and boyfriend got Chinese food while I smuggled in some Chipotle I had picked up (so cultured and refined I know but I was craving it!). We were struggling to get through dinner though in anticipation for what lay ahead afterwards...
Oh, do I love a Broadway musical! And this one was a steal for $31 (tip: Erica had checked with the ticket office earlier that day and bought student-rate tickets). The show was fantastic-- full of outlandish costumes and fun dancing! It's given me a new motivation to attend as many Broadway shows as possible. Because like twinkle lights, I really do think they make the city magical...
Margaret trivia fact #2: As a child, I was OBSESSED with the Sound of Music and can to this day recite the entire film. It's a gift and a curse (for my family).Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 708-9400 Rockefeller Center 48th-51st Street btwn 5th & 6th Avenue, NY NY (212) 549-5100 Mamma Mia! 1634 Broadway, New York, NY 10019