Day 6 in NYC: Carlo's Bakery and Broadway

NYC, TKTS Booth,

So almost had a wifi scare yesterday because my roommate had thought she needed to turn over our modem, but thankfully, we found a solution and I can keep updating this blog :) . Anyway, our sixth day in the Big Apple was amaze balls! We started the day early attending a church related thing my mom wanted to do that is based in Brooklyn (she is a JW if you wish to know, AND RESPECT). After that we made our way down to the TKTS discount booth at the Jay St Metrotech and got tickets to the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. My sister and me were beyond excited because that is one of our favorite musicals and movies. 

Since we had time to spare between buying the tickets and when the show, we decided it was a good idea to make our way over to Hoboken, New Jersey, at Dirtsa's insistence. She really wanted to go visit Cake Boss's bakery, the original of course, not the one in Times Square. So off we went to wait for 3 hours to get in for a few cannoli.

Hoboken, Carlo's Bake Shop, Cake boss

So here is Carlo's Bake Shop in all its glory. And like I said we waited 3 hours to get in. The line went as long as across the street where you had to get a number and wait in line until it was your turn. Now it wasn't so long that that is why it took 3 hours to get our pastries, but it just happened to be that shortly after we got in line, Buddy and his crew had a meeting with Governor Christie and the small business committee (something like that). We were not happy, at first, until we started talking and became friends with a nice Irish family who was waiting in line in front of us. We had some good conversation with them and have kept in touch with them through FaceBook! Isn't it great how easily one can make friends while traveling? Anyway, after the 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got to the front of the line, and the best part, we got to take a picture with buddy.

buddy, cake boss, Hoboken, New Jersey, carlo's bake shop

We got lucky about that opportunity too since they told us we were the last people allowed to take a picture because Buddy had to leave. That also explains the weird look on my face and Dirtsa's awkwardly pointing. She was trying to tell the guy taking the picture he had to focus. After the picture we were allowed to go inside and place our order. I was able to get a shot of the inside. We ended up getting cannoli and some pirouettes. 

Hoboken, carlo's bake shop, cake boss

Then it was time to go back into the city. Since we still had some time on our hands before the show, we decided to walk around and get some pictures in. Sorry for the blurriness again. I love my Nikon D3100, but really dislike it's lack of autofocus for quick snapshots. 


Times Square, NYC, Broadway


At last, it was time for the show!!!! We were soooo excited. We were also grateful to finally have the chance to sit down since we were on our feet for the greater part of the day. If you haven't seen Phantom of the Opera live, I truly recommend it. It is one of the most magical experiences of my life. The set design was amazing and the best part was the chandelier being lifted up at the beginning of the show. The singing was even more incredible and the performers were excellent. It definitely has been the cherry on top of everything NYC, and that includes all of my time here. Enjoy the pics :)

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

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Day 4 in NYC: Exploring my New College and Time Square Strolling



NYC Queens College


So eventually on this trip we had to pay a little visit to the school that brought me out to New York in the first place or at least made it possible for me to do an exchange program and therefore an excuse for me to come. That school is Queens College CUNY. Now this appears to be the only university out here that seems to have its campus all in one place and looks like any school would with a "quad" and all as opposed to just being buildings that seem to have no relation to each other and are three blocks apart with commercial buildings in between.

So when we arrived, we decided it would be best to get a tour as again this was my first time physically there (I didn't visit before applying or even after until this day) and headed to the administration building (I forgot the official name for it LOL).
The Administration Building
Anyway, when we asked for the tour we were told we could get a map and take a self-guided tour, so basically they told us to figure it out ourselves. Well the first thing we did was to try and find all my classrooms, which since most of my classes took place in either of two rooms, didn't take too long. Since my advisor for the program had her office in the same building as two of my classes (again they take place in the same room LOL) we decide to finally meet her in person, after all she was the one that guided us through the registration part and all. Her name is Izeta and she is a very nice jolly(that's honestly the word that comes to mind) lady who really seems to like her job and was very welcoming. At the same time I feel bad for her cuz she tries so hard to make the whole group hang out for things we aren't always into.  Once we left her office we went to try to find my last classroom which was really hard to find. However, that allowed us to also walk around the part of campus and find a random red door and also find this building/museum(It's actually called Klapper Hall).

The red door
My sister in front of Klapper Hall
After finally locating the last classroom that turned out to just have an awkward entrance (and also being badly labeled on the map) we decided to head back to the apartment so we could rest up before meeting up from a friend from back home in Times Square. She was in town for a month-long gig and we were happy to be in New York at the same time. She also knew New York a little better than we did and has many friends in Broadway so we were eager to hear what places and shows she recommended. Even though she knew NYC much better than we did and more importantly, Times Square, it was still a challenge to decide where to grab dinner at. Finally we settled for Gyu-Kaku.
Although its a chain restaurant it was actually pretty good and also had a coolness factor since we got to grill our own food in the grill that's in the center of every table. We also had good conversation and ended the dinner with amore's for dessert, which I know is random for a Japanese restaurant, but still pretty cool. Andrea had to leave soon after to meet with her friends who had just finished a show so we decided to go explore Times Square.

NYC, Times Square
Times Square

New York City, Times Square,
Police Horse

Broadway, NYC, Matilda
This was so nostalgic to see since I loved the movie as a kid. Still need to go see it.

Broadway, NYC, Times Square
Posters of the shows playing. My little heart pitter-pattered.
It was honestly so much fun to walk around Times Square. It's just so pretty to watch all the lights shining bright and well the ads are pretty cool, plus it's always so alive. That being said it's also super crowded, but I actually didn't mind. I also liked seeing where a lot of the Broadway shows were playing and discussing which ones we wanted to go see. We also saw the lines of people getting ready to go in an enjoy a show. My sister got really excited about the Police Horse, although I really don't understand why New York even has them, but oh well. We also were pretty excited to go into Toys R' Us in Times Square because they have a ferris wheel. LOL So, yupp we ended the night overpaying for a ferris wheel ride and looking at toys we are all too old for, but that's just how we roll. 
NYC, Times Square, Toys R Us
The Toys R' Us Ferris Wheel

We got to ride the Jimmy Neutron car. Even more nostalgia LOL

My sister and me on the Ferris Wheel like a bunch of 5 year olds. 
Love from my 5 year old heart+ Jimmy Neutron Rockets
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