New York Day 9, September 2013 – My birthday!

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Equestrian Statue

I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday during our trip to New York City! We decided to save the American Museum of Natural History for the occasion. I had no idea the museum is so big! Luckily you can leave the museum and come back, so we spent a couple of hours in the morning exploring before taking a break to have lunch in Central Park. After spending a few more hours at the museum, we went for a birthday cupcake in Soho followed by a delicious Italian dinner from Di Palo. To end the evening, Koen, Christina, and I went for cocktails at Apothéke, a speakeasy in Chinatown.

 

Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda

Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, featuring a barosaurus skeleton – the tallest freestanding dinosaur mount in the world

 

Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda

Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, featuring an allosaurus

 

Human Origins Hall

Human Origins Hall

 

"Our Family Tree", Human Origins Hall

“Our Family Tree”, Human Origins Hall

 

The old 77th street entrance of the Museum

The old 77th street entrance of the Museum

 

Lunch to-go from Zabar's - gourmet and kosher food!

Lunch to-go from Zabar’s – gourmet and kosher food!

 

Inside Zabar's

Inside Zabar’s

 

Heading to Central Park

Heading toward Central Park (Upper Westside)

 

Lunch in a gazebo overlooking the lake

Lunch in a gazebo overlooking the lake

 

My first knish!

My first knish!

 

Koen's pastrami sandwich

Koen’s pastrami sandwich

 

Koen's coffee - which he swears is the best he had in NYC

Koen’s coffee – which he swears is the best he had in NYC

 

Our view

Our view to the right

 

Our view to the left

Our view to the left

 

Panoramic View

Panoramic View

 

Back to the museum

Back to the museum

 

African Elephants

African Elephants

 

One of our favorite wings!

One of our favorite wings!

 

With the T Rex

With the T Rex

 

Scary!

Scary!

 

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex “tyrant reptile”

 

Allosaurus fragilis

Allosaurus fragilis “strange reptile”

 

Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus excelsus “deceptive reptile”

 

Prosauropod

Prosauropod

 

Dinosaur egg!

Dinosaur egg!

 

Tupuxuara leonardii "familiar spirit"

Tupuxuara leonardii “familiar spirit”

 

Pteranodon ingens "toothless flyer"

Pteranodon ingens “toothless flyer”

 

Stupendemys geographicus "stupendous turtle"

Stupendemys geographicus “stupendous turtle”

 

Stupendemys geographicus "stupendous turtle"

Stupendemys geographicus “stupendous turtle”

 

Geochelone atlas "land turtle"

Geochelone atlas “land turtle”

 

Xiphactinus audax "sword ray [fin]"

Xiphactinus audax “sword ray [fin]”

Mammuthus jeffersonii "mammoth"

Mammuthus jeffersonii “mammoth”

 

Mammuthus jeffersonii on the left; Mammut americanum on the right

Mammuthus jeffersonii on the left; Mammut americanum on the right

 

Mammut americanum "ground dweller"

Mammut americanum “ground dweller”

 

Megaloceros giganteus "giant horn"

Megaloceros giganteus “giant horn”

 

Ursus spelaeus "bear"

Ursus spelaeus “bear”

 

Lestodon armatus "robber tooth"

Lestodon armatus “robber tooth”

 

Glyptotherium texanum "carved beast"

Glyptotherium texanum “carved beast”

 

Corythosaurus casuarius "Corinthian-helmet reptile"

Corythosaurus casuarius “Corinthian-helmet reptile”

 

Anatotitan copei "giant duck"

Anatotitan copei “giant duck”

 

Triceratops horridus "three-horned face"

Triceratops horridus “three-horned face”

 

Triceratops skulls, from babies to adults

Triceratops skulls, from babies to adults

 

Stegosaurus stenops "plated reptile"

Stegosaurus stenops “plated reptile”

 

Dinosaur mummy!

Dinosaur mummy!

 

Because of this dinosaur mummy, we have an idea of what the skin's texture was like!

I was told that this dinosaur mummy is one of the most important and impressive pieces in the entire museum!

 

Posing with Dum Dum

Posing with Dum Dum

 

Giant Sequoia, containing 1342 annual rings!

Giant Sequoia, containing 1342 annual rings!

 

Hall of Biodiversity

Hall of Biodiversity

 

Koen in front of the Tree of Life - Vertebrates

Koen in front of the Tree of Life – Vertebrates

 

Ahnighito, the largest metorite on display in any museum in the world!

Ahnighito, the largest metorite on display in any museum in the world!

 

Ahnighito, the largest metorite on display in any museum in the world!

Ahnighito, the largest metorite on display in any museum in the world!

 

Koen and me sitting with Theodore Roosevelt in the Memorial Hall

Koen and me sitting with Theodore Roosevelt in the Memorial Hall

 

Quick trip to see the Belvedere Castle after the museum

Quick trip to see the Belvedere Castle in Central Park after the museum

 

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle

 

Belevedere Castle

Belevedere Castle

 

Metrostation at the American Museum of Natural History

Metrostation at the American Museum of Natural History

 

Metrostation at the American Museum of Natural History

Metrostation at the American Museum of Natural History

 

Georgetown Cupcake in Soho

Georgetown Cupcake in Soho

 

Inside Georgetown Cupcake

Inside Georgetown Cupcake

 

Special for my birthday!

Special for my birthday!

 

Birthday cupcake and chai latte

Birthday cupcake and chai latte

 

Birthday dinner of parpadelle with pesto and tomato slices with mozzarella and pesto!

Birthday dinner of parpadelle with pesto and salami and tomato slices with mozzarella and pesto!

 

And of course a delicious wine to go with dinner!

And of course a delicious wine to go with dinner!

 

Takeaway from Georgetown Cupcake - chocolate mint and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes!

Takeaway from Georgetown Cupcake – chocolate mint and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes!

 

Birthday drink at Apotheke, a speakeasy in Chinatown! All of the

Birthday drink at Apothéke, a speakeasy in Chinatown

 

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