HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 -6 °C
For the last day of 2013 for the Augusto family, we had a quiet one, so not much to report on........ We were feeling a bit tired and cold so decided to hang around the apartment for a lot of the day.
We payed a visit to the 'Tom's restaurant' from Seinfeld, that was great to see, nothing like on tv inside (better in real life), but the outside exact! The plan was to call past Alice's tea cup, a little place that does great afternoon teas (like a high tea) with cute tea sets and a sprinkle of fairy dust and Alice in wonderland magic - more for me than for the boys - but once again there was a line up and it would have taken a while. So we scrapped that and were gonna call past a different cafe on our way home....... But Toms restaurant looked very inviting when we arrived and the reviews of their shakes were pretty good, we were very glad we did. Shakes, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and cheese fries later and we were warm and satisfied until our party later that night.
Next we returned home to get ready for our party in time square, not sure what to expect we caught the subway to 42nd street and were met with such a well organised event that my fears and planning around losing the boys were not significant at all. The police had well marked walk ways, lines, systems to deal with the crowds and those needing to get in or out of the area. We were directed to a line - see in photo 1 it looked like it would take all night, but 30 minutes later our tickets were checked, and we were walking to our event.
In the photo in the top right you will see a small sign below the large blue sign, that is the restaurant where we were located.
The party was great, it was at 'the counter' a burger joint in time square and it was literally a stones throw from the back of the ball. We had clear views of the crowds, the ball, the fireworks and the confetti falling at midnight. The event also was very well organised, all drinks, fries and burgers were included and they were rolled out all night. There was plenty to eat, the time flew and the atmosphere was great, adults, kids, teens all looking out for each other and having a joke with each other, it was one of the best parties I've been to.
A highlight was a marriage proposal, one of the party guests outside the restaurant in the middle of the street got down on one knee and proposed to his partner to the song marry me, it was awesome, of course I couldn't help but shed a tear and every person in the party were cheering and blowing whistles and waving through the window.
Five minutes to midnight we entered the freezing cold New York streets to count in the new year - we had an empty street with an amazing view it certainly will be a New Year's Eve we will all remember for a lifetime!
Happy new year everyone! Wishing you a year filled with more highs than lows, and may the lessons of the lows be ones that bring you joy and learning as valuable as gold!
Tomorrow, is our last full day in NYC :-(
We are leaving before the super cold of -11 hits on Thursday night - although it will be waiting for us in Washington DC!!