hi, all! if you're here, it's probably because you are reading one of the two TRs i have in progress right now, both of which are listed below in my signature. if that's not the reason, then i'm sure you just clicked on this link by chance and you should definitely stick around - it's gonna be fun! if neither of the above apply to you, you're probably either brooke or anna and are checking in here to see how the trip report is coming and who SHOULD get a disboards account but who, for whatever reason, don't. anyway, i digress (is that redundant?). this is the story of how myself, my sister and my best friend went to NYC and what happened while we were there. this is the intro post, the post where i tell you who went, where we went, when we went, that sort of boring stuff. oh, and also where the index will be located with handy-dandy links to each update. i will probably be back to start the actual story tonight. thanks for reading! INDEX friday, may 22nd ~flight, arrival in NY and lunch: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32032899&postcount=20 ~times square and Toys R Us: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32072809&postcount=61 ~first subway experience & dinner at mesa grill: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32126392&postcount=92 saturday, may 23rd ~morning stroll down 5th avenue (including st. patrick's cathedral & world of disney): http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32208070&postcount=128 ~apple store, FAO schwartz & lunch at ellen's stardust diner: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32261817&postcount=157 ~WICKED! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32289749&postcount=174 ~dinner at sardi's & cheesecake at junior's: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32400209&postcount=204 sunday, may 24th ~double decker uptown bus tour & the MET: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32418304&postcount=216 ~central park: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32460164&postcount=234 ~top of the rock & dinner at blue fin: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32524253&postcount=254 monday, may 25th - memorial day ~double decker downtown bus tour: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32544643&postcount=270 ~world trade center site and st. paul's chapel: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32559789&postcount=278 ~wall street, battery park/statue of liberty and lunch: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32592801&postcount=297 ~brooklyn bridge, chinatown & little italy: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32667708&postcount=316 ~twilight cruise around manhattan: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32713814&postcount=337 ~dinner at an awesome italian restaurant, souvenir shopping and our flight home: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32855231&postcount=366 on to the cast! first, there's my little sister, brooke. actually she's not little in that she's a good 6 inches taller than me. but she's 7 years younger so that counts as my little sister. she's the reason for this trip really. you see, she moved from nashville (where we grew up) to connecticut last summer and wanted me to visit her there. ray (my hubby) wants to take a full-fledged vacation to do this as he wants to drive up the east coast. we can't afford to do that this year plus we really don't need to take the time off. so i come up with the idea of having a girls weekend in NYC instead and brooke agrees that that's the next best thing. so the rest is history (and soon to be told to you in TR form). brooke is 25 years old and works at some place in connecticut that has something to do with DNA studies. she has a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology so she's tried to explain it before but she got the science gene in the family and therefore it all sounds like gibberish to me! i'm going to use disney-related pictures to introduce the cast as this IS the disboards, even if this little TR of mine is not disney-related (hence that's why it's here on the community board instead of the trip report board). here's brooke...... the next member of our cast is anna, my best friend here in georgia. anna has actually been wanting to take a trip to NYC with me for awhile. she's been several times and knew i would love it. so when i mentioned this, she was ALL for it! anna is a fitness trainer, mom and wife superwoman and will turn 29 this saturday! this picture was taken during our december 2008 trip. that's anna closest to the camera - not the girl in the background with the scarf! then there's me. i'm dawn. i'm a 32-year-old court reporter and self-admitted total disney dork. ray, my hubby (who did not go to NYC) also loves disney but doesn't like to admit it. then he gets there and he's the first in line to buy new mickey ears. i love to plan disney trips and i've actually just become affiliated with a disney travel company that i will not mention here as not to get reprimanded (if you want to know more just PM me). we are taking a disney break until december 2010. this NYC trip was a good distraction to tide me over for a few months. we are thinking of starting a family soon so that will help with this long break, too! here's me...... our dates were this past memorial day weekend - we left on friday, may 22nd and came home on tuesday, may 26th. we stayed at a hotel called the paramount on 46th street about a block from times square. day one is comin up soon! lots of pics and details and crazy stories to come!!!!!