Thank you for reading part 1 of our trip to New York!  Now, the fun continues…

The day after seeing ‘Mean Girls The Musical’ was Tony Awards Sunday and Taylor was nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Regina George!  Wowza, that’s cool!  She was busy prepping for the big show so the rest of us went to check out the red carpet and everything going on at Radio City Music Hall.

All smiles as they prep the red carpet!

In the afternoon, my mom, Mike and I went to the High Line.  It’s a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.  It’s beautiful and I wish we had more time to just casually hang out on it.

We ate lunch at a great place with burgers and hand battered onion rings then we went to Taylor’s apartment to help Suzanne and Roger get ready to attend the Tony’s with Taylor.  Yep, they were going to the Tony’s with their nominated daughter.  How. cool. is. that?  I loved getting to help them get ready!  What a thrill to see them beam with pride that their daughter was nominated.

              

We sent them off with Taylor to attend the awards then we went back to our hotel and got ready for the Mean Girls Tony watch party.  The party was with the entire Mean Girls cast and crew at a bar across the street from the August Wilson Theater where ‘Mean Girls’ plays.  We ate, drank, cheered at the TV and danced the night away!  It was probably my favorite part of the whole trip.

Here’s where I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Taylor for making it possible for us to attend the Tony’s watch party.  She did not have to offer to put us all on the list but her talent is only exceeded by her kindness.  Seriously, she’s as nice and grounded as people come.  Once the Tony’s were over, Taylor joined the party along with the other Mean Girls nominees including Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels.  Yes, I was at the same party as Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels.  (Whaaaaaa?!?!)  I’d love to tell you that I was totally cool about it – and I was to the extent that I didn’t ask for a selfie or freak out to their faces – but I couldn’t help but be in awe of this unique experience.  Again, thank you Taylor!  What a fun night!

That’s Tina Fey in the white jacket getting ready to give a speech.

Months before the trip we made reservations to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty on Monday morning.  This reservation was made WELL before we knew we’d be going to a Tony watch party the night before.  We all stayed up entirely too late to then be waking up early to climb 146 stairs on a staircase 19 inches wide but a plan is a plan and we forged on.  Boy, am I glad we stuck with it!  I’ve been to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty multiple times and although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend just going to the grounds, I highly recommend going up to the crown!  The steps getting up to it were steep and a bit claustrophobic but nothing we couldn’t handle.  Once in the crown I was surprised at how small the space is.  I expected a fairly large room given the size of Lady Liberty but it wasn’t very big at all.

                            

146 steps. Spiral staircase. Here we go!

              

The windows of the crown.  The space is so much smaller than I expected!  Looking out one of the crown windows at the tablet.

All of us in the crown!  Only 2 of the five of us hit our heads on the low hanging beams. Ha!

Again, I can’t express enough how cool this was!!  If you are going to NY, look into going to the crown.  The amount of people they allow to go up each day is limited so you need to reserve your spot in advance.  So worth it!

Our final evening in NY we went to a BBQ at Taylor’s apartment.  Her complex has this great patio area with grills and yard games.  It was nice to sit with everyone including new friends to eat and chat.  We finished the night by going to Taylor’s apartment for a Bachelorette watch party.  Even in New York we have to see if Becca finds love!  The show must go on, right?

                                                     

Tuesday meant flights home but first we went to Levain Bakery for the best cookies on the planet.  Seriously, I dream about these cookies which I why I bought 2 dozen to bring home with me!  I even took an extra carry on bag just to bring home my cookies.  The chocolate peanut butter chip is my favorite and no, I’m not sharing. 😉

                               

What can I say?  I’m dedicated to baked goods.

A quick stroll through Central Park then it was so long New York.

I can’t wait to go back and visit.  Until then, I’ve got a Levain Bakery cookie in the freezer I’m about to defrost!

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