New York City 2018


I recently took a trip to NYC with my 15 year old son, my friend Katie and her son who will turn 16 soon. He wanted to check out the city for his birthday, and so we planned lots of things two teenage boys might like to see and do in they city.
We took the train out of Harrisburg which is really my favorite way to do New York. No worry about a car or where you’ll park once you arrive.
Below I’ll provide links to all the things we did while we were there. You can also check out my previous posts from trips to NYC for ideas too, I’ll put links to these at the very bottom of this post. Some of them no longer have photos (the really old ones) but do still have active links that may be helpful when finding things to do.
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At the end of June I took a fun two day trip to New York city with Molly. She had received tickets to Mark Ryden’s ballet Whipped Cream, and asked if I wanted to go with her. The ballet was beautiful and everything you’d expect. The costumes, the back drops, it was all so lovely. You are not allowed to take photos during the show, so the two here are just images from the promo material, but do yourself a favor and google for more photos!









Some of the places we visited while in the city…
Taiyaki-fun ice cream inside a fish shaped cone…mine was the black sesame/matcha swirl and molly had the unicorn cone which was filled with red bean paste.
On our way to get ice cream here we also came across Wu Kong. They serve magical looking ice cream cones surrounded by cotton candy!
New KamMan-Three floors, the top floor has lots of toys and bath products. The ground floor is food with a nice candy selection, and the basement level has a lot of houseware goods.
Kinokuniya– We spent a few hours here looking through all the beautiful craft books. They have such a fun kid book section too-the only bummer being that the kids books are all wrapped in plastic so you can’t look inside. They had quite a few Moomin books and in the past I’ve gotten a magazine that had a free Moomin bag attached.
Pearl River Mart-It was fun to shop in the store since we have both made online purchases in the past. This shop is apparently smaller then their previous location but while we were there they had opened up a lower level that seemed like they were just starting to fill up with goods.
We stayed at The Watson Hotel, which made for a perfect walk to and from the Metropolitan Opera House (which is so beautiful!)
We had lunch the first day on our walk to the hotel to check in at Melt.
We took the amtrak train from Harrisburg, my most favorite way to travel to NYC. It was a fun quick trip with really nice weather. We did have a quick bit of rain the second evening, but it didn’t last very long and we just sat in Little Italy with some coffee & tea until it passed.
If you have any favorite places in NYC to share I always love to hear!

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New York City was a blast!
We stayed at Metro Apartments which were awesome, and we would stay at again in a heartbeat. The location was a really quick walk to Time’s Square, and the place was lovely with a living room/kitchen/dining room area, bedroom, and bathroom.
Food stuff…
We had crepes and coffee one afternoon, pomme frites, treats to go from Milk Bar but we both ate the cereal milk soft serve there, dinner at Soy And Sake, we also ate dinner at a place across from Rockefeller center where we had pimento cheese fritters as an appetizer , but I can’t recall the name.
Since Blythecon was all day Sunday we had about a day and a half to explore the city. On Saturday we checked into our hotel at 3pm and were able to walk and hit a lot of things from our list, and then take a cab back to the hotel at the end of the night since we ended the evening near Central Park.
Nintendo World– We were disappointed they didn’t have any Animal Crossing merchandise, but very happy with both had our DS’s with us, so we got lots of new houses in the Happy Home Showcase. Plus we got to see that couple in the amazing Animal Crossing costume!
Sanrio– I wish they had more stickers, and stationary type items…although I did get to squish a penny in their machine.
Toy Tokyo– could of spent quite a bit of money here!
Kinokuniya-This is where we probably spent the most time, in the basement level pouring over the japanese craft books & magazines. It was pure heaven!
We had a lot more items on our list that we just couldn’t get to because of either time or location…
Tinsel Trading Company– We were both so excited to go here, but when we arrived after walking all over (as it was one of our last stops before dinner) we were so sad to see they had moved locations. Next time for sure!
Mimi And Coco– We didn’t make it here because we didn’t have any other plans on the lower east side, but someday!
Pearl River Mart-again just didn’t have any other stops planned near this one, but it’s supposed to be three stories, so I’m sure it would be a lot of fun.
We took the train back home late Monday afternoon, and it was a smooth ride with lots of Animal Crossing to keep us busy. So many houses to explore!
Now that I am back home again, and as far as I know my traveling for 2013 is over, I am ready to just be home for a good long while. I finally finished decorating the inside of the house for Halloween and have a big Halloween party coming up quick. I still have some Halloween goodies to share on the blog, so I’ll be posting those soon as this month just seems to be flying by!