A week ago today I left for New York City.
I have wanted to visit New York for years; so when I found a cheap ticket and had a long weekend paired with a convenient school schedule, I knew I had to go. Thus, I packed my bags and was off to the Big Apple.
If anyone wants to know more about where I stayed and how I got around, I will definitely write another blog about the logistics of the trip. But for now, here’s a rundown of my mini-vacation in the city.
Times Square was a lot like how I imagined. It is busy and flashy and a bit crazy! I didn’t stay very close to Times Square, so I only “took-it-in” for a few minutes on my first night, which was enough for me.
See the building in the middle? The building has no tenants, and makes $10 million dollars a year just from advertising. Once again, crazy!
Since New York is a little on the expensive side, I ate cheaper meals. A block away from the hotel I stayed at was this fantastic pizza shop. This pizza totally rivalled its ancestors in Italy that I enjoyed this summer. Fresh basil and mozza are a beautiful and delicious thing. Slices are generally $4, but can be found for cheaper.
Statue of Liberty
I couldn’t go to New York without seeing the State of Liberty. On my second day in New York the weather was beautiful, so I hopped on a *free* ferry to Staten Island. The ferry is free and gets you this close to the Statue of Liberty. As a bonus, you get a gorgeous view of Manhattan. I would highly recommend the ferry ride, which takes about an hour and a half going over and back.
Since I only had 4 and a half days in the city, I decided to splurge on a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour. I got the all-loop pass, which was valid for two days. All together it was $50. Trust me, you’ll want to take it! I learned so much from the hilarious tour guides, and got to see Brooklyn and all of Manhattan (Harlem, Uptown, Downtown – etc).
The bus also got me where I wanted to go, and gave me a really good idea of the city so that when I didn’t have the pass, I’d know where to go.
Once the pass ran out, I did use the Subway to get around, as well as walking. As a well-traveled person – I found it a bit complicated and sometimes even slow. Fares are $2.25 for a single ride. If you can, avoid it. You’ll see more up on the surface.
Veggie Burger at Pier 17
This was a lunch/supper meal on Pier 17. It was a delicious veggie burger. New York has tons of options for veggies like me, as well as for just about every appetite!
Morning in Manhattan
I’m an early riser, so I loved catching beautiful views of the city like this one. This is the Empire State Building, and behind it, the sun coming up.
New World Trade Center buildings
These buildings-in-progress are the new World Trade Center buildings.
You cannot get close to the site as of yet. There is a museum that is now open, but you have to order the tickets well in advance of your trip. Nonetheless, it was still unbelievable to see the area. Few words can describe it. It’s certainly a must-see when in the area though.
From there I visited the Top of the Rock, where you can get panoramic views of New York from 70 storeys above.
The view is incredible! It was definitely the highlight of my trip, and only cost $23.
From there I also saw a taping of the David Letterman show, shopped around Chinatown, and wandered around the city… stopping of course, to indulge in treats like these.
Mint chocolate chip cupcake from Crumbs.
All in all, the trip was incredible. I would highly recommend visiting, especially when you find a cheap flight. Although a 4-5 day trip is fast, it does give you a starting point of what to do and see there for your next visit.
As for me, the wheels are already turning as to when I can get there again. While I wouldn’t want to live there, the hour and a half long plane ride there is the perfect mini-vacation.
Sleeping is optional in NYC.