Exploring Manhattan, Family Time, and my Second Week.

So my second week of interning is complete! I did the usual intern work, but also got to watch some new pilots, I organized a whole bunch of DVD’s (like a thousand of them), and then on Friday we got out early. Next week they are thinking more casting stuff will start so I am excited to start seeing how that part goes. We will have some really busy days in store for us, but I can’t wait!

I started watching this new show, it’s called The Quest. It is so cool! It is like a reality show, but it is set in the olden days with castles, Knights, Queens, evil sorcerers, dragons, and all sorts of mythological creatures. So there is an overall plot, but there are 12 contestants who must stop Verlox (the bad guy) from taking over the land. Anyone who is not one of these 12 contestants has a script, but the main 12 compete in challenges to show who the one true hero is. It is on ABC, and it’s on HuluPlus. So if you get a chance go watch it. It’s a little cheesy but super cool for any of the nerds out there like myself!

Besides normal internship stuff, my Mom came on Friday to visit for the weekend! She arrived around 7, on Friday. For dinner I took her to this restaurant down the block from me called Thalia’s. They have pretty good sushi and a really good mushroom ravioli. The waiter liked my Batman phone case and then was impressed by my Batman comic book knowledge and said I passed the Batman test. Next I took her to Time Square at night. Yes I know it is a mistake to go there on a Friday night once the shows are all getting out, but with all the lights it’s pretty cool looking and she hasn’t ever been to NYC before. After we walked around a little bit more and then we came back to my apartment for bed.

On Saturday we got lunch at the Playwright Pub. It’s a cute Irish/Celtic pub about 7 minutes away from my apartment, and they have pretty good food. Then we went to go see The Book of Mormon! Our tickets were 3rd row, right in the middle. We couldn’t have asked for better seats! The show was incredibly funny, but of course, it had a deeper message to it. That’s what I like about the creators of South Park, on the outside it looks like stupid humor. But really, it has a deeper, quite intelligent message to it. After that we stumbled upon this farmers market on Broadway. So we walked around that for a bit, and then I took her to the CBS building, Rockefeller Place, NBC, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, and Central Park. All of which are really close to where I live. We got dinner at a place called Melt Shop. We shared the Grilled Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese, and tater tots. I swear that place is going to be the hardest part about trying to eat healthy here. It is SO GOOD, but so bad for you. Then at 9pm we went to a comedy show at the Broadway Comedy Club. It wasn’t bad. I’ve seen better standup, but some of the guys were pretty funny. It was nice getting to do something I wouldn’t normally be able to do.

On Sunday I took my mom on a double decker bus tour of downtown. We started around Time Square, went to the Garment District, Flat Iron District, Madison Square Garden, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, The Freedom Tower, the United Nations and many other places. It is a great way to see a lot of Manhattan quickly. We had lunch in Little Italy and got some AMAZING pizza. We also stopped at ground zero. The Freedom tower was beautiful, and the church (St. Paul’s) across the street from where the towers stood) was magnificent. It was so incredibly touching to see the history of this church and how it helped so many people after the attacks on 9–11. I would love to get to go down there and explore some more.

Freedom Tower

On Monday we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We just beat the rain. It was so incredible to see Lady Liberty up close and walk through the buildings on Ellis Island. I wish we had more time there. After that we had dinner with my uncle Joe in Greenwich Village. Being a Greenwich girl at heart (my sorority’s nickname) I loved it there. It was really cool and we found some cool jazz bars. It is my goal to find some more jazz bars around the city. Maybe I can work at one of them!

It was really nice to get to see some of my family. I live alone so it was nice to get to spend some quality time with them. I am fairly independent, so it was weird realizing how much I had missed seeing my family members. Luckily I have a trip back to Ohio planned in July, and other family members are visiting this summer. I’m looking forward to showing them around the city and even seeing more of this interesting place for myself.

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
— Bill Bryson