11.02.2011

My mom came to NYC for one day... which also happened to be the day of the October snow storm.

About a month ago, my mom scheduled a quick weekend visit to the city for the weekend before Halloween. She was scheduled to arrive on Friday night after a business trip and leave early on Sunday morning, only giving us one day to spend out and about around the city. 

The week before she arrived, we talked about things we could do during our day together. We discussed parks to stroll through, restaurants to try, and neighborhoods to explore. My mom flew to New Jersey early in the week and packed her favorite moccasins and sneakers, which were perfectly appropriate for the cool fall forecast for the weekend. 

And then the forecast changed... and the (now famous) snow storm of October hit New York City. 

Our plans changed with the change in weather, and my mom regretted packing her cute flats instead of her clunky Hunters. But, we made the most of our time together and still had a fun weekend. 

On Friday night, we went to the Museum of Moving Image with Brian to check out Jim Henson's Fantastic World, a temporary exhibit open until January. I had been wanting to see it for months, and was so excited as we walked the few blocks from my apartment to the museum. 
The exhibit was much larger than we anticipated, and included many of my favorite characters. It also displayed many of Jim's drawings and posters, plans for the first muppets, storyboards from various shows, and documentaries about his projects. It was pretty amazing. I was a little disappointed that there were no artifacts from my favorite Henson creation, Labyrinth, but the rest of the exhibit made up for it.
After our museum visit, we walked over to Locale for a delicious dinner before calling it a night.

On Saturday morning my mom and I headed out early armed with umbrellas, mittens, and scarves. We made our way to Rockefeller Center and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at Bouchon Bakery. We thoroughly enjoyed a pumpkin macaron, a raspberry almond croissant, pain au raisin, and hot coffee. That little raspberry creation was so amazing!
As we sat at the counter next to the window we witnessed the morning rain change to snow. Heavy, white flakes blew sideways through the streets and plaza. Tourists and New Yorkers whipped out phones and cameras to document the unusual weather, and we all stared in shock as the snow poured down in heavy blankets. For once, the forecast was right. We were smack dab in the middle of a winter fall snow storm.
We spent the rest of the day running from store to subway station making our way through Manhattan. Not even the weather gods can stop my mom and I from shopping. Luckily, we did not lose power in Queens and most of the snow was gone by Sunday afternoon. But, my mom's visit will always be remembered as that weekend is snowed in October. It was a crazy day.

4 comments :

  1. I want to go to tat bakery! nom nom nom! Send some my way!

    And I am highly considering going to NYC next year because I have never been before! So you will have to be my personal travel agent? Haha I Need recommendations on where to go and what to see!

    How fun to have your mom in town!

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  2. Thank you for reminding me that I need to get to the Jim Henson exhibit before January. I'm dying to go; it looks so fun!

    My mother came to visit me here in April once. it rained for an entire week, and she couldn't believe (being from Texas and all) that we would schlep around by foot, by bus and by train while it rained that much. When there's bad weather in NYC, you just deal with it!

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  3. My Fiance and I were Jareth and Sarah from Labyrinth for Halloween this year! (yes he looked pretty awesome as David Bowie!)

    Here is my post recapping our Halloween party where we wore the outfits if you want to check it out (and have a good laugh) :)

    http://amandadennin.blogspot.com/2011/11/boo-2011-recap.html

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  4. We got 15 inches out here in Northwest NJ! What a crazy year for weather!

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