Small World Vacations New York Adventure by Disney Day Two
It was still dark out when we met in the Lobby of the Manhattan Club at 6:30am. Our Adventure Guides were waiting for us and we proceeded to walk through Times Square to the set of Good Morning America. Although it's called the City that Never Sleeps, the streets of New York were quiet and deserted. It was worth waking up early.
Being the Disney fans that we are, we posed with our Mickey Ears at the Crossroads of the World near the Disney Store. (Photo by Marion@smallworldvacations.com)
From there, we followed our trusty Adventure Guide, Stefan to the set Good Morning America.
(Photo by Marion@smallworldvacations.com)
Michael Buble' on the set. Small World Vacations agents are star struck!
Small World Vacations' agents have a front row seat to the GMA news desk.
We're ready for our close up!
After our exciting morning at Good Morning America, we headed uptown to Harlem. We stopped by the world famous Apollo Theater for a tour of the legendary music venue where amateurs can become stars.
Our tour guide, Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell entertained us with stories about the neighborhood and the celebrities (James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons, Smokey Robinson and many more) that he met during his long tenure at the theater. His own story and star power rival any of those who have graced the stage at the Apollo Theater.
Next, we enjoyed lunch in the neighborhood at Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy that attracted neighborhood folk, jazz greats, authors, politicians and some of the most noteworthy figures of the 20th century such as Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Nat King Cole and James Baldwin.
Comfort food was on the menu including fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese, parmesan fries, corn bread, collard greens and donuts. We will be back for more!
After lunch, we made our way to the other end of Manhattan to visit the 9/11Memorial and Museum. It was a somber experience that evoked strong emotions in each of us. The museum is a stark reminder of the unthinkable horror that occurred on that fateful day. The reflection pools are places of remembrance and meditation after a tour of the museum. (Photo by Marion@smallworldvacations.com)
It had been raining hard throughout the day but when it came time for our trip to One World Observatory at the top of the new Freedom Tower, the skies parted and the sun miraculously broke through the clouds.
The view of the surrounding area was incredible. (Photo by Marion@smallworldvacations.com)
Our day of Adventure in New York City finished with a relaxing meal at the Tribeca Grill. This establishment is owned by Robert DeNiro and is known for its extensive wine list. The atmosphere was downtown cool and a hint of anticipation that a celebrity might walk in. The food was delicious and the conversation was lively. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.
Only one more day left....