My Trip in Photos: New York City!
Just about a month ago, I stepped my little foot into the Big Apple for the first time, in which it validated how little I am and how much of the world (or just the U.S.) I haven’t seen! Even though it was just a short four and a half days in New York, it opened my eyes to experience different people, culture, environment, and history. Coincidentally, I was there during the same weekend as New York IMATS (International Makeup Artists Trade Show), but I chose to opt out of the makeup convention to just enjoy being 100% tourist in the big city…and I loved it! No regrets. IMATS frequents the city once a year, but my city experience with my friend is not something that will always come around often; so there we began our NYC journey. And if you know me, I’m a total sucker for tourist attractions. In just a quick four and a half days, we hit every main tourist spot you can name for a first-timer in Manhattan, and boy it was exhausting… If you’re planning a quick four to five days trip to NYC, this agenda is definitely do-able, but be prepared to walk A LOT. I hope you enjoy my virtual tour of the Big Apple!
|Awesome aerial view of Manhattan upon our afternoon arrival in New York. Believe it or not,
this was only my second time on a plane, so I was as excited as a kid in a candy store.
|Our Broadway choice of the trip was The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre,
and ended the first night with a stroll at Time Square.
|Heading to Liberty Island to get a closer look of the symbol of New York, Statue of Liberty.|
|Let me take a selfie!|
|Beautiful view of the city from Liberty Island.|
|Took the ferry from Liberty Island to Ellis Island for a different perspective of the city view across the water, and a visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.|
| The Freedom Tower, the tallest
skyscraper in NY and
the Western Hemisphere.
|Gotta take a picture with the Charging Bull!
And I learned that this statue has no historic
significance to the city, but people love it!
|Of course, we paid our respects at the 9/11 Memorial, a place of silence and reflection.|
|Anyone visiting NY must experience the subway system! Got off the subway at the famous Grand Central Terminal. Not only it’s a grand structure, but the sight of “busy New Yorkers” there was pretty grand to my eyes.|
|Viewing north, you can see Time Square lit up like a diamond in the sky… 😉|
|Taxi taxi taxi! If not subway, taxi is your next transportation option to get around town. Started the morning strolling through the city blocks, finding our way to the Rockefeller Plaza.|
|Heading to the Top of the Rock.|
|At Top of the Rock viewing north, Central Park covers miles and miles of city blocks right in the middle of Manhattan. That place is not walk-able…we tried.|
|Getting another awesome cityscape view from high up, but this time during the day. Viewing south, you get a clear shot of the Empire State Building.|
|Seeing the streets of NY on the
hop-on hop-off bus.
|On a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus heading to Central Park. That’s my selfie with Time Square!|
|Walking in Central Park, and mesmerized by such sharp contrast between the park and the building blocks. This was also the only place that I felt people slowed down, compared to the fast paste streets just a few steps away.|
Found our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in Central Park. It’s a beautiful museum, but unfortunately it was too big to explore in our short schedule. I would definitely
dedicate one full day just to be in here.
dedicate one full day just to be in here.
|Spent a huge portion of the day sight seeing on the hop-on hop-off bus. It was a great way to get around town and hop-off wherever your heart desires to see. Passing through the Flatiron District.|
|Washington Square Park.|
|On the streets of NY Chinatown.
Had quite an interesting lunch there…
|Cool street art in Little Italy.|
|The engineer in me said when in New York, I must see the Brooklyn Bridge. We got a good view of Brooklyn across the water and almost the whole bridge from South Street Seaport.|
|Took a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge with our super tired feet.
But I’m a trooper, and I’d rather be tired than to miss any exploration opportunity.
|The most awesome thing about our trip is ending every night at Time Square, and waking up to it too. Time Square is truly alive 24 hours a day…|
|…and it’s as bright as daylight during the evening.|
Getting a last look of Time Square during the day before heading off JFK. Honestly, I will not miss the unfriendly people, the claustrophobic environment, and the dirty streets of New York City. But, that’s what makes this place unique in addition to the many adventures and tales this city has to offer. There’s still so much I haven’t experienced and I would definitely go back in a heartbeat. Well, maybe in another year… Until next time. Xoxo 😉