February 17, 2014

ain't it a fine life.

     We always seem to celebrate Valentine’s Day the date before or after the actual holiday because of our busy schedules, but it never takes away from the fun that we have together. On Saturday we woke up early and headed into New York City and caught brunch at Pershing Square, located just outside Grand Central Station. This restaurant might be shoved under a bridge, but it’s much larger and more beautiful inside than it lets on outside. Not to be cliché or anything, but it was seriously love at first bite. My three egg omelet and Jason’s steak and eggs were absolutely delicious and perfect in everyway. It was fun to sit comfortably in our seats and enjoy our food while the snow started to fall outside. 
Leaving Grand Central
Pershing Square was miraculously outside of Grand Central Station
Best brunch ever
Jason's new favorite spot
The food was so delicious
     After licking our plates clean and sipping the last of our hot chocolate, we walked down 42nd street to the New York Public Library. This is another place we have walked by many times, but never thought to go inside. The New York Public Library is the second largest library in the United States (only behind the Library of Congress) and the third largest in the world. This huge, marble building was like entering Hogwarts. Two marble lions named Patience and Fortitude guard the entrance and walking through the revolving doors you find yourself suddenly standing in the candlelight of Astor Hall. We walked through the quiet rooms of the library and admired the detailed art and architecture. Jason led me to the third floor where we entered the Rose Reading Room with a sky-decorated ceiling. It truly was an amazing sight and pilled high with so many books.
The gorgeous marble facade of the New York Public Library
Jason and Patience the Lion
Astor Hall
Rose Reading Room
Rose Reading Room
The coolest drinking fountain ever
Seroiusly, I don't know how people wouldn't be distracted from such beautiful art and architecture
Rose Reading Room
Rose Reading Room
     After our brief visit to the New York Public Library, we continued to walk through Bryant Park admiring the people ice skating in the snowy weather. We walked pass Time Square to the Nederlander Theatre to go see Newsies! Jason had surprised me with tickets the day before and we were both so excited to see our third musical on Broadway. Jason grew up watching the Disney movie and had all the songs memorized. He had been singing the songs the day since he bought tickets to the musical, and even now, I can’t get him to stop. I was just as excited to see a musical that won Best Score and Best Choreography at the 2012 Tony Awards.
Time Square
Nederlander Theatre
Even this billiboard just makesme want to sing and dance
Nederlander Theatre
     Newsies did not disappoint. Our seats were seven rows from the stage and I felt at times like they were singing to me. Newsies is a musical with a simple storyline and even simpler set design, which involved three sets of scaffolding. The songs were so fun and catchy that it made us want to get up from our seats and sing and strike with them. I loved the almost full cast of boys, and Jason and I were in awe of the dancing. Seriously, I would spend the money again just to see the choreography.
Sneaking a shot of the stage before the show begins
     We left the city just in time to miss a snowstorm. Even though it wasn’t exactly Valentine’s Day, I had the perfect date with my valentine and I’m so happy that he’s mine.
Escaping the snow just in time

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