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Trip Report 10 Hours in New York

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My boyfriend and I had a fabulous one-day trip to New York. We took "Megabus" from the Baltimore area and arrived in New York around 10:30 a.m. yesterday (Saturday). It was a gorgeous day, sunny and reasonably warm for February (nearly 50 by afternoon).

We walked from just south of Penn Station to Madison Square Garden, then over to Macy's where we did a little shopping before strolling over to the Empire State Building. The wait for the elevator was about an hour so we decided to do Top of the Rock instead. From Empire, we walked up Fifth Avenue past the big stores (stopping in Fossil to buy a watch for me - he's so sweet!).

We checked out the public library with its gorgeous main reading room, then headed for St. Patrick's Cathedral (worth a stop - really gorgeous), then the Rockefeller Center. It was so cool to see the ice skating rink surrounded by all the flags. We bought combo Top of the Rock/MOMA tickets and headed for the elevator. It takes as long to get to the 8th floor in the building where I work as it took to go 67 floors there - pretty unbelievable.

The view is incredible. We spent probably an hour on top. I took tons of pictures, and of course, we had to get one of us kissing (we saw another couple doing so and figured we didn't want to be outdone). :-)

By this time we were starving, so we headed for lunch. His sister had recommended Gabrielle's near Central Park, so we had a fair walk to get there. Loved it. Casual and romantic at the same time. Food was excellent, wine was excellent, service was excellent.

We wrapped up the afternoon at MOMA. He's not an art fan, so we kept the visit short but did see some of the highlights that interested me (esp Van Gogh).

At this point we were flagging a bit, but as we headed toward Times Square, it was getting dark, the lights were coming on, and the adrenalin kicked in. We really enjoyed just gazing at the lights and the people. The vibe is unbelievable.

We ended the day with a stop in McDonald's (because it was close to the bus station and we just needed to SIT and relax). By midnight we were back in Maryland. A whirlwind day, totally fun, and very romantic! We think we'll go back and maybe spend the night so we can take in a play, ride the Staten Island Ferry, and spend some time in Central Park. But 10 hours is enough time to get an extremely satisfying bite of the Big Apple. Thanks for the tips we got here on Fodor's!

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