I'm playing a little catch up with this post. I just wanted to document the last few things we did before the baby came. The first was the 4th of July.
We found out that most people leave the city for the fourth so there really isn't that much going on except their fireworks show. For the last 4 years we have celebrated the 4th in Omaha. As you may know from some of my past 4th of July posts, the 4th in the Midwest is pretty much the best holiday of the year besides Christmas. We were really sad we weren't in Omaha at this time and were feeling pretty home sick especially since one of my sisters just moved out to the Midwest and was having her first real Midwest 4th experience without me. However, we tried to make the best of it.
We wanted to grill because that is what one does in the 4th, but we didn't have a grill or access to one so we did the next best thing.
We went to Shake Shack for a burger. So delicious.
Before we could acquire the burger above we had to wait in the huge line. Of course.
I took a pic of this cool art installation in the park.
I took a selfie.
David in his least offensive to New Yorkers patriotic shirt. Scott Stewart for National Chairman (of college republicans)! Scott is a friend of David's from college. This shirt is at least 12 years old.
I took a pic of the beautiful Flatiron building.
After burgers we checked out Eatly across the street. So cool. We tried some hot chocolate there which was good. Eatly is like Disneyland for foodies, Zagat said. Zagat was right. There was so much to see and eat there. Their cheese selection was incredible and all the food people were ordering looked so good.
After Eatly I wanted to see firework so we headed west to see if we could get a spot for the fireworks being set off on the Hudson River. It was so crowded on the west side. Even with tons of people out of town for the weekend, this city just has soooo many people. We decided to take a pedi cab from Time Square. It was a cool ride, but WAY too pricey. I think he took us 3 avenues and it was like $30 or something ridiculous like that, but being I was 9 months pregnant, it was worth it.
Best picture I could get of us in the pedi cab. This was the last time I was in a good mood for the rest of the night.
Shortly after the pedi cab took us west we had to walk and walk and walk to find an entry point into the fireworks viewing area. There were so many people it was pretty crazy, and awful. And it was hot, of course. We finally squeaked our way into a spot and sat on the ground. Not an easy feat for me at the time and the cement was not comfortable. Once the fireworks finally started we couldn't see a thing. there were a bunch of trees and bridges directly in the way. I was so sad. We decided to just head home so we didn't get stuck in the sea of people after the show was over. We took a taxi home and I cried. As I said before. I was home sick and over 9 months pregnant.
When we got home we went to the roof and watched some illegal fireworks that were being set off by people in Harlem. The 5 fireworks we saw from the roof were better than anything we saw downtown. It was a pretty disappointing night, but the day part was okay. All in all, New York sucks on the 4th of July. Next year we plan on going somewhere cool like DC or Boston or Philly.
On the 5th we went to see Spider-Man on Broadway. The 4th of July weekend is good for getting cheap show tickets as the city is half empty. We basically got a 2 for 1 deal on these tickets which was good because it turned out to be kind of a weird musical. David had really been wanting to see it, and it was good, but so strange. It is a fun show for kids what with all the swinging and super hero/villain costumes and what not, but such a weird story and execution.
Saturday, July 13th was the Saturday before David's birthday so in honor of David turning 36 we went down to Little Italy to try Lombardi's Pizza.
David outside of the first pizza joint in America.
We were excited about trying this pizza out. It was really good, but we both thought they used too much sauce. Juliana's is still number one.
After the pizza we decided to keep with the theme and checked out Veniero's Italian Bakery: America's oldest Italian pastry shop (est. 1894). We wanted to try some New York style strawberry shortcake.
We will definitely go back to this place. The desserts were amazing. From top to bottom, key lime pie, coconut cake and NY strawberry shortcake. They were all so good.
On Sunday the 14th we continued with David's early bday celebration. I made burgers and homemade REAL strawberry shortcake.
We both liked the NY style strawberry shortcake, but David really wanted the real stuff. It's his favorite. I make a good SSC!
So that is what we did for the 4th and David's birthday. I'm glad we celebrated it early because, as you read in the last post, I was in labor on his actual birthday. Happy 36th birthday David! I love you!