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  • All 3 new hostel roommates checked out in a loud ruckus early in the morning
  • Bottle of water + pieces of peanut crunch Clif bar for breakfast
  • Wating for tour had brunch at Zaro’s Bakery in Penn Station (everything bagel toasted with scallion cream cheese)
  • Madison Square Garden tour: met a Knicks dancer, sat in a skybox suite, saw some Pitssburgh Penguins on ice practicing
  • Rockefeller for NBC studio tour: saw nightly news with Brian Williams set, sat in SNL seats, saw the set!, saw make up video, saw people do a fake news cast
  • New York Public Library – had a big museum and nice reading area
  • Bryant Park – “derelict park? becomes urban oasis” – skating rink on top of fake grass and Canadian bar called “Celsius”
  • Walked around Chinatown
  • Dumplings and tea at dumpling house for lunch ($4 total, 16 dumplings, 25 cents each)
  • Simon leaves to Battery park to retrieve backpack (his New York pass was different number than we thought! – now he has two! (we cancelled someone elses :-p) )
  • Walked around Chinatown / Little Italy with Nate
  • Dinner at Da Nico (Pizza with roasted red peppers, artichokes, mushrooms, prociutto, and veal lightly breaded butterfly cut with vegetables and a side of fetticini alfredo
  • Free desert: mini fried dough with powdered sugar
  • Times Square for Planet Hollywood (finally got that shot glass)
  • Walked on the red steps on top of TKTS
  • M&Ms store
  • Hersheys store
  • Train to Columbus Circle, nice circle area with lighted benches and skateboarders, CNN building in area, nice little area in the city, skateboarder sounds almost soothing like waves crashing into the shore
  • Back home to hostel, stopped at CVS for Fuze Black and Green tea with Acai berry and Duane Reade for Haribo Happy Cola gummies (Ted’s favorite)
  • 2 new roommates in hostel (1 was actually there the night before so he probably didn’t check out)
  • In lounge settling spreadsheet (bill)
  • Writing this log while watching “Destroyed In Seconds” on the Discovery channel.