Day 2 : Waking up after a great night sleep I was ready to embrace the day. We had breakfast at The Palace on 57th St and Lexington Ave. Fast, easy and the food and service were great. Leaving here feeling full, we hopped across the street for Starbucks, sat out front the office building ~ I don't remember what it was, but there was a circular seating area where we enjoyed the coffee and watched people go by.
We made our way down the street to the subway station and found ourselves getting off on Canal Street. Once we got our bearings ( as I tend to get miscombobulated (sp) every time I come out from under the ground), we made our way into Soho. Stores were not open yet and the streets were pretty much empty. Perfect for us as we were able to go wherever our feet took us.
My goal today was to stop in at Wooster Street Social Club. Yes, I am a tattoo addict. I got my first one at the age of 45. One of my 'bucket list' items was to get a tattoo at this establishment. We arrived at their front stoop about 11:10 am. We took some photos outside the shop as it opened at noon we felt comfortable doing so. While we were there, a couple of guys came up to the shop to open. We spoke with them for a bit, laughed lots as they were very entertaining. Their personalities were the deciding factor for me, I was returning when they opened.
We found ourselves with almost 30 minutes to fill, so of course coffee was the plan. :)
Heading back to Wooster Street Social Club, my palms were sweating, my heart was racing. I was going to do this!! I messaged my son back home in Canada and told him where I was and what I was about to embark on. While doing so, my hubby took my picture and when I saw it I laughed so hard that tears were running down my cheeks. I had the biggest grin on my face in the photo, I wasn't even aware. Hubby told me I have had a perma grin on my face since we arrived the day before. What can I say, I was just so happy to be in NYC.
In I go ~ I was doing this!! Why I was surprised that the shop looked just like it did on TV, I don't know. The staff were very friendly, very nice and an interesting combination of professionalism and kidding around that I was immediately at ease. The work Rod did on my tattoo cannot be compared to any other one I have. He did an amazing job. I had a butterfly done in beautiful blues with the body being done in the image of my most favourite cat that passed on a couple of years ago. I am ecstatic with the finished product.
When we were done there, we walked ( although I don't remember my feet ever touching the ground ) over to Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza and enjoyed lunch. Loved the place, the atmosphere was great as was the pizza.
We spent the rest of the afternoon lazily going through shops in Soho. My favourite always being All Saints, Free People and YRB for the kids at home.
Easily finding the subway, we headed back toward the hotel to freshen up go see Kinky Boots.
Two of my favourite things in NYC are riding the subway (lol ) and attending Broadway Shows. I was lucky enough to see a great one ( Pippen ) last night and was excited about seeing Kinky Boots.
The production was everything I had hoped for. I was asked which show I liked better, and I could not decide. I loved them both! Grabbing another coffee at Starbucks, we found a place near the TKTS booth to sit and people watch for a while. As much as I enjoyed that, I prefer not to be in Times Square if given a choice.
We grabbed the subway back to a very comfortable bed..... till tomorrow.