Big buildings, beautiful skyline, good food,Time Square, Statue of Liberty. These are all things that we think of when someone says New York. These are all an accurate depictions of New York. The hardest part was trying not to run into people while walking and staring up at the giant sized buildings. There is always something to look at, something to have your attention on. Here are some things that we did that we think everyone should do when they go to The Big Apple.
Time Square is a must. It was definitely one of our favorite places in New York. There are screens and advertisements everywhere. We think it’s possible to sit in Time square for hours and just people watch and look at all of the big screens. But, why would you want to do that when you can shop in Time Square and the surrounding area (a must do, if you ask us!)?
The Empire State Building offers an amazing view of the big city and is especially wonderful at night! We recommend that you visit right before sunset. This way you can get a view of the city in the light, and then stay after sunset to catch the city all lit up at night. (if your lucky you might even get to watch an amazing sunset!) This is what we did, and we think it’s the best way to do the Empire State Building.
The Statue of Liberty is also something that we recommend. The Staten Island Ferry offers a great view, and it’s free! You can even get some great pics on the way over and on the way back. We also actually visited Liberty Island and Ellis Island. We liked doing both the ferry and Liberty Island, but you can definitely just do one or the other, if you like. However if you do want to do just one, we recommend paying the extra and actually going to Liberty Island.
The 9/11 Memorial is a very serene place amidst all the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. It’s kept very clean, and is actually a pretty memorial to all of the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks. There is even a museum you can visit (we didn’t visit it, but next time we go we definitely will!). After visiting the memorial, we decided it would be a good idea to walk back to Time Square (news flash: it wasn’t a good idea!), we don’t recommend that, just take the subway 😉
Central Park is beautiful even in the winter, and you could spend the better part of a day there just wandering around! We want to go back in the spring or summer months to see it in all it’s glory!
There are a lot of delicious bakeries in New York, but here is our short list of ones that should be on your must try: Carlo’s Bakery, Amy’s Bread, Schmackery’s, and Magnolia Bakery. Also, a must visit is Dylan’s Candy Bar as there is pretty much any candy you could ever dream of!
Tips for New York City: You don’t need to feel pressured into giving money into ANYbody, EVER! If you don’t want to, just don’t. There are a lot of people on the street trying to sell you stuff as well. Some of them are very pushy, but just keep walking. It might seem rude but if you stop they won’t leave you alone.
Get lost! (but not too lost, Google maps is your friend!) We got lost multiple times, and it allowed us to see more of New York than we would have otherwise, and though it might have been a little frustrating at the time, we wouldn’t change it now.
The things we learned in NYC: there are no rules (at least in the way of pedestrian walking), they honk for fun (seriously someone is always honking!), and there may be a lot of pigeons, but Georgia won’t let you pet any of them (although that’s probably for the best!)
Main lesson learned: Perseverance is key. If we would have given up and not gone to New York after the first, second, or third thing that had gone wrong, than we probably never would have had this amazing and fun experience that was New York.
We definetely wouldn’t call NYC a traveling trauma but a Traveling Triumph and a learning experience! Would we do it all over again? Yes, in a heartbeat!
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