Friday, December 30, 2011

Empire Museum of Shake Shack

We rocked up to the Empire State Building to only be HAMMERED by waiting lines. We only wanted to collect our New York City Pass (which Nate gifted to me as a farewell present) but that took a bloody hour and a half. We didn't even want to go up to the observatory yet!

Bailey decided that to cope with all my shopping, he was going to entertain himself by wearing everything he could.... enjoy all the photos

Borderline gay I reckon..

We decided to grab some lunch at a cheap but delicious pizza joint and then we shopped 34th street. I got myself a pair of shoes! They're really cute Steve Madden boots with a little heel on them at 40% off!

The day went by quickly, I bought my mum a 14k gold cross as a Christmas present because her current gold jewelry weirdly eroded in colour.

I was trying to make him look like a macaron

This one is for my mum. She thought the State of Liberty had more of a cat's paw pose

Then we got ourselves Starbucks so we could enjoy them as we lined up for the Empire State Building... again. This time round the line was shorter but because we only lined up for the ticket booth last time it still took about 2 hours until we finally got up to the top. Terrible huh? Plus we didn't even get to enjoy our Starbucks at the top - there was no ventilation in the line that I just sculled it to get rid of the hot cup in my hand.

We got a free audio tour and that was good to listen to! The view was beautiful, I was up there until nearly 2am. Back in those days they expected the death toll of builders to be about 1 for every floor they build so for the Empire State - they predicted about 102 deaths. There were only 5 though, 2 fell off and 1 decided to look in the elevator shaft for when it would arrive - but unluckily it was just as he stuck his head out!

I stuck my hand and head out of the barrier to take this photo HAHA

There had also been an airplane crash on a foggy day but because the building is compromised of steel work, it did nothing on the building but unfortunately had killed 14 people. It held the title of the tallest New York City building for 30 years until one of the World Trade Towers went up in 1970-something.

He has such pretty eyes!

...and pretty facial expressions

That day was the coldest I had to deal with in New York and when I went up to the top, the winds were driving at like 100 miles an hour - it was INSANE!

He could be a girl if he had my hair

The next day we went to the American Museum of Natural History and that was SO BUSY! Luckily, with our New York City Passes we got to skip the line and jump right in. I couldn't be bothered reading anything at all because there were so many people around. I love museums though, especially the shops. I bought a jellyfish paper weight, it glows in the dark. We also saw a cool Tornado Alley film at the IMAX theatre!

This reminds me of Mohabs my old security guard!!! :(

We also had lunch with our roommates Ted and Matt at a really good Thai restaurant with awesome lunch specials! Ted is originally from Philadelphia and Matt is from Milwaukee. They're really easy going lovely blokes!

We went back to 34th and 5th avenue to do some gift shopping - I picked up a Tommy Hilfiger sweater for 25 bucks! Haha its funny because I got one last year at a sale but in white for the same price and I've been trying to find a black one and voila, one year later I get one for bargain price!

We then ate at Tick Tock diner. I got myself a $19.95 New York Angus Strip Steak with creamed spinach, onion rings, fries and a salad. Geez Louise, it was a massive meal but gosh it was SO SO SO SO SO tender and delicious! Good price huh?!

It was super cold that day so we went home.
Our dizzy heads were playing up still so we took today easy. We went to the post office so I could post some gifts to my mum, Michael, Chris and Kevin. That took forever. USA post systems suck time.

My favourite tree so far! Decorated with origami animals!

Deshna and friend

We then caught the metro down to 77th and Columbus avenue for Shake Shack - a renowned burger joint. The line was pretty big at 4:30pm already, we had to eat outside! My burger was definitely delicious (I got two paddies too!) probably the best burger I've had in America yet! Bailey's was a vegetarian rip off for 7 bucks. He said it was delicious but way too small. People create a huge hype about the Mushroom burger though!

What Jew up to?

Bailey got himself a slice of pizza because by then, Shake Shack had a line going out to the corner of the street!

I went home and Bailey went to enjoy a Cro-Mag show at Highline Ballroom. Now I'm pigging out on American junk - poptarts, corn nuts, Italian sesame bread, gummy bears yum yum yum!

Um, which way is one way?

Second dinner pig

Not really feeling it after 2 hours of waiting in line hey?