Experiencing New York City

This past week I took my 15-year-old daughter Ashley on one of my speaking trips, speaking 8 times in three states… then two days in New York City just for fun!

Rather than blabbing all about it… here’s the picture highlights:

The flight out was very comfortable. It’s always nice when the person next to you doesn’t take up any of your elbow room at all.

After speaking at SLC2013 in PA, our good friends Chris and Beth took us to get a Philly Cheese Steak. Anyone know which place this is? (I still think I like Tony Luke’s the best)

While in the greater Philly area we had to drive by some of the Silver Lining’s Playbook shooting locations.

Forget driving in New York City… we took the train there and did our two NYC days on foot (and cab, and subway…)

Only true M. Night fans like us would stake out his film locations in Central Park (can you name the film?). Maybe we still had the bug because we drove by several of them in the Philly area as well.

Ashley had to go into the Plaza where she exclaimed, “This is where Kevin checked into his room in Home Alone!”

30 Rock

Scariest cab ride ever!!! Can you say, “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!” (Nicest cabbie ever, though… I just had to change my pants when I got out)

$46 each to go up the Empire State Building. We didn’t love Sleepless in Seattle that much.

Most amazing deli ever, with the cool bonus of being the site of a scene in a great film (note the round sign hanging high above Ashley’s table)

Taking in the 911 Memorial. Ashley had spent hours reading many of the stories from that tragic day. She was pointing out sites and facts to me along the way. (You can see the base of the new World Trade Center building in the left pic… 1776 feet tall… now the third tallest building in the world.)

A quick ride on the New York Subway.

One of the highlights of the trip, a Broadway show. We wanted to see Wicked, but were hesitant to buy the tickets at $200+ each. So we tried the Lottery where you sign up at 4:30 and then at 5:00 they pull about 30 tickets for select seats in the front two rows which they sell for $30 each. Our name was the last one called. We were ecstatic! Two tickets for $30 each.

Ashley sitting in her second row seat… we were on the inside isle. Amazing seats.

Dessert at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, home of the singing wait staff. A great recommendation from our new friend Lesa in Jersey.

Times Square after 11PM. Truly the city that never sleeps (and the most interesting people… including a different girl in nothing but a g-string┬áposing for pics with tourists each time we walked through… we didn’t take a pic of that).

One final meal before catching our flight: Angelo’s Pizza on Broadway, on the ground floor of the David Letterman show. My readers know I’m a Chicago Pizza guy… and still am. But as New York Pizza goes… wow! Good stuff.

A view of the Empire State Building from our hotel room…. and then off to the airport to fly home.

Great trip, rewarding time with my daughter… so glad to be back home on my back patio posting this!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.
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7 Responses to Experiencing New York City

  1. Sonja Clough says:

    What a fantastic way to tell your story! I felt like I was right there with you–Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Stan says:

    Just loving that you got to see Wicked from front row seats. I am a little but jealous. No. A whole lot jealous. Must have been Wicked. lol!!!! Sorry. Couldn’t let that opportunity pass by. What were the set changes like up so close? And the costumes? Don’t you just love the magic of live Theatre?

  3. Tracey says:

    “I’ll have what she’s having.” Nice pics.

  4. Ben Palm says:

    the happening. eerie scene.

  5. Paula says:

    What a great trip to share with Ashley. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  6. Patee P. says:

    Thank you for the great pics! Gave me some great ideas for our Youth Group!