I’m back from the Big Apple and I’m pretty sure it was just all a dream. Did I really stand on the rooftop of The Met and watch the sun set? (Yes!) Was I at the Yankees game when A-Rod got his 3000th hit? (almost!) Did I see a dead guy on the subway? (that’s true too) New York City seems to offer it all, and I want to share with you some tips that made my trip extra magical.
Remember how I was really excited to meet my first love: The Chrysler Building? It was beautiful! After seeing it in the distance for the first few days, I finally made my way to the base. With so many buildings surrounding me, I had no idea where I was! I looked up trying to find its Art Deco lotus crown and gargoyles peering down from the sky and finally I realized, “we’re there!” I was standing right at the front entrance looking for it. I found that to be a constant pattern while trying to find other buildings such as Rockefeller Center, The Plaza, The Empire State Building and Times Square. It all looks so different when you’re actually there. In order to overcome such a trial, I needed to see the city from the sky! I went to the top of The Rock-my favorite view of Manhattan.
If you haven’t caught on from my previous posts, I love old architecture. There’s something about the charm and elegance of the past, especially in a city as rich with history as NYC. The first day there, I went to The Plaza Hotel, pretending to be wealthy enough to own an apartment in the “private residences” portion of it and even asked to see inside of the ballrooms. Bride Wars was filmed there, I had to! It was just as classy as I expected. What else would you expect from Fifth Avenue though?
Across the road is Central Park- the ultimate location to get away from the noise of the city. Oh, and some the most beautiful scenes of the the skyline! I thought about staying there forever and becoming a tour guide but duty called.
The Hudson River also provides the perfect skyline picture opportunity. (see, I told you, I have an obsession with architecture that can’t be tamed) as you make your way to Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.
For a more solemn experience, but definitely memorable, the 9/11 Memorial site is incredible. If you have the chance, view it from One World Observatory at One World Trade Center 100 floors up, as well as the 9/11 Museum which goes below to the foundation of the former World Trade Centers.
Trying to be as “touristy” as possible, I would say to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and have pizza in Brooklyn. It doesn’t get much better than that! I ate at Grimaldi’s, which come to find out- has 3 locations in Vegas! So let’s pretend like I didn’t travel over 2,500 miles just to try it out…even though it would have definitely been worth it!
One tip that made it possible to see a Broadway show within my budget was the TKTS booth. We lined up around 10am at the Times Square location and had 5 tickets to see a matinee of Gigi within the hour, on a big discount! (we’re talking front row for under $100) The charming design of the old Broadway theaters, combined with the modern design of air-conditioning, has been calling me back for days now.
There’s SO MUCH TO DO! I’m already making a checklist for my next visit. Who’s coming along?