USA - New York City
I hadn’t been to New York City since I was sixteen, we were on a family trip for a cross country race my brother was in. I remember seeing all the big sights; Statue of Liberty, the piano from Big in FAO Schwarz, The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Then I got older, watched all the Sex and the City episodes numerous times and wanted to see more. I decided to venture into this massive city by myself and see all there was to see in the famous New York City. I stayed in a most lovely Airbnb in the East Village, an apartment I would be lucky enough to live in.
I don’t mind being a tourist and doing the stereotypical tourist things, so I went on a double decker bus tour that I was able to get on in Times Square. One thing that is astounding in NYC is the amount of people on the streets. There are people everywhere, I find it to be slightly overwhelming. On the bus tour I was able to see a lot of New York City architecture, Madison Square Gardens, Penn Station, The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, it was nice to get a birds eye view of the city.
After the bus tour I found an amazing restaurant called North Square and had the most delightful lunch. Then I headed to Highline Park before meeting a friend of a friend at the Chelsea Market. The Market was very cute and had places to eat and shops.
In true spirit of being a Sex and the City fan, I wanted to check out some of the highlights. I started at the Magnolia Bakery and got a cupcake, went to Carrie Bradshaw’s brownstone apartment, saw Bleeker Street and visited Central Park (on a different day). I went to SoHo and to a market in the Meat Packing District. I even met a friend of a friend at Il Cantinori, the restaurant where Carrie got stood up for her thirtieth birthday. I loved it all! That show is iconic to me and is also relatable, it was fun to see some of the place in real life. To live a day as Carrie Bradshaw is a good day.
Made a quick stop to Chinatown, got a boba tea and a bunch of plastic chopsticks for me and for souvenirs. It is fascinating how different the little neighborhoods are, you feel a completely different ambiance within just a couple of blocks.
Once day, I was trying to find the Brooklyn Bridge and got really lost. I knew I wasn’t quite where I was supposed to be when the masses of people where gone and there was no taxi in sight. I will be honest, I got nervous and walked as quickly as possible to get out of the neighborhood I was in and to be somewhere more populated, if it were dark outside, I would have been terrified. Luckily, I found my way out and ended up in Little Italy. Stopped for gelato and a café, what else would you do in Little Italy. I found the Brooklyn Bridge and started my way across, the views are stunning. The city is massive, and you can really take it in from the bridge. You can also see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge. I ventured over to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, had some lunch, stopped for a coffee and did some shopping. Once the day was complete I took a taxi back to my apartment.
Central Park was a highlight for me in New York City. I went to Sarahbeth’s for lunch beforehand and had the most amazing tomato soup. Seriously, I don’t know what was in it, but it was absolutely delightful! I took my time in Central Park, walked the entire park and saw Central Park’s Pond and Gapstow Bridge, strolled under the canopy of the Mall, took my time at the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain as it was my favorite, saw the Belvedere Castler, watched people row on the Central Park Lake, meandered through the Ramble, stopped for an ice cream near the soccer fields and sat on a bench for a bit to read my book. I spent the entire day here and enjoyed every moment.
I have some family that live in Long Beach, New York and I decided to spend a day to go visit them. I went to Penn Station and found my train and was on my way. My cousin’s wife picked me up from the station and we went to see the beach. It was gorgeous! I had no idea there would be a white sand beach waiting with the glistening of the water. We went into town and got some pizza and a pedicure and then headed back to their house for a lovely dinner my cousin cooked for us. It was a great day trip and nice to get out of the city.
The day I was leaving, I had taken the trash out of the bin to take down with me per my hosts request. I was sitting on the couch talking on the phone when I noticed the bag moving. There was a little mouse inside of the trash bag! I didn’t know what to do, I ran the trash back down to the trash bin and threw it in. I was telling a friend about that later and she told me it was probably just a baby rat, not a mouse. Either way, it was a cute little mouse.
I had a great time in New York City and am happy to have visited as an adult. It’s a big city and while I adore cities, it may be just a little too much for me. Not a place I would want to live full time but I would never say no to a visit.