This was some of our only chill time, and it was definitely one of the best parts of the trip. We just talked and laughed and tweeted and snapped photos and sipped our coffee and felt so cool that we were in a Starbucks in New York.
Our second day there couldn't be without Starbucks, of course, but we didn't get it until the end of the day. Right before heading to--can you guess?--Newsies. (Don't ask. I'm having a hard enough time not talking about this yet. It's coming; be patient.)
So anyway. The official start of day number two. We got up bright and early once again, and set off to catch a ride on the Stanton Island ferry. There is of course a ferry to/around Ellis Island, but it was expensive and since the Stanton one was close and free, that is what we opted for.
After my battery dying on me the day before, I was much more careful to preserve it during the day. However, on the ferry I was taking photos and all of a sudden Bert told me that my memory card is full. Oh no. Cue mini-spazz-out moment for Jenn, after which I went through and deleted unneeded photos and everything ended up just fine, thank goodness.
Even though we didn't take the Ellis Island ferry, we rode right by, and thus we got to see the Statue of Liberty. It looked...small. But it was so cool to actually be there and see in person such a trademark of our country.
Straight off the ferry, we attempted to navigate the subway (this was always fun and exciting since we were never quite sure if we were right). We landed successfully in Chinatown. Guys, I love Chinatown. I've been to several other Chinatowns...well, at least the one in Chicago, and I didn't like it at all. I can only take so much of it. But I loved New York's Chinatown. It was so bustling and bright and full of people calling out, "For you, beautiful girl, I will give you special price!" Special prices for things that were already so wonderfully cheap. (I'm stingy, if you couldn't tell.)
We hung out in Chinatown for the better part of the day. We got to sit for awhile and watch a soccer game going on, and we briefly walked through Little Italy, which was darling but...expensive.
Our friend Marilee, who we stayed with in the city, recommended that we go to this bookstore called Strand, home to 18 miles of books. So we stopped in and wondered around. It was beautiful.
And afterwards. The whole cast came out and signed our playbills! Oh my word. We tried not to fangirl too much. Crutchie, or Andrew Keenan-Bolger (this first photo below), was just adorable--I've watched so many of his cast video blogs, and Cassie and I got to tell him so. And. AND. The three of us girls got a photo with Jeremy Jordan--the lead in the show who plays Jack! It was such an exciting night, you have no idea.
And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. We went back to the apartment, exhausted and so happy, got up bright and early the next morning, drove the long way home (but oh, these people are the best to roadtrip with), and hung out telling stories and remembering our favorite moments. It was so short when it comes down to it--so crazy and intense--but it was so wonderful too. Such an insane and incredible weekend that I'll never forget.