Daily Archives: March 2, 2012

NYC: Top of the Rock

The final thing I did before leaving for the airport was to go to the Top of the Rock. Since I didn’t use my CityPASS for the Guggenheim, I used it to go to the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre. It was a beautiful clear day so I could see for miles.

forced to watch two videos before we could go up

at the top

Empire State Building

wonderful view of Central Park

NYC: Shopping in New York

We stumbled upon Zachary’s Smile in the West Village and I ended up buying a dress and some accessories. They carry vintage clothing and labels by independent designers. There were so many things I wanted to try and buy in the little shop! Really nice items and worth a visit even though the lady who served us was super unfriendly.

We spent about 5 hours at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets the day before we left and there were many good deals. We took a bus there from Port Authority Bus Terminal. I bought 2 bags, a whole bunch of wristlets for my aunts and grandma, a belt and boxers for the husband and lots of clothes for the kids. And my Mickey and Minnie Mouse Sing-a-ma-jig! It’s useful to sign up as a VIP member online and print out some coupons before you go. You can get a coupon booklet there with your bus ticket but some of the printed coupons give you better deals.

Another place for outlet shopping is Century 21 in the Financial District. I bought a few pairs of shoes there for myself and the kids. Also bought some kids’ clothing there. Everything else is quite messy so I didn’t bother trying to find and try on any clothes there.

I’ve already blogged about shopping for toys for the kids at Disney Store, FAO Schwarz and Toys R Us. The gift shops in the museums are also good places to find interesting things to buy. And for everything else, there is 5th Ave.

Zachary's Smile

Century 21

most of the things I bought

Zachary’s Smile
330 West 46th St
New York, NY 10036

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917

Century 21
22 Cortlandt Street
New York, NY 10007

NYC: Tiles for America

We came across this by chance but I remembered reading about it on another blog so we stopped to have a look. It really is a very touching memorial to the events of 9/11. Tiles for America can be found at the corner of 7th Ave and 11th St.

Tiles for America


many beautiful tiles

never forget

NYC: Washington Square Park & Gray’s Papaya

I finally got to eat at Gray’s Papaya on my final day in New York. The hot dog restaurant has appeared in many books, movies and TV shows, but my main reason for wanting to eat there is that it was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s New York episode of No Reservations. I liked their hot dogs and I thought the pina colada was pretty good too.

Washington Square Arch

where Will Smith's character stayed in I Am Legend

Gray's Papaya

hot dogs and drinks

I like mine with relish

Mr Frank

Gray’s Papaya
402 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011