Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Hi there! :)
Welcome back to my blog; I just recently returned from my trip to New York City, and had to share some moments with you all. If you all have the chance to travel to New York..DO IT! It is truly one of a kind, and there is so much to do. Not to mention, there is inspiration EVERYWHERE you go. From downtown Manhattan, to Brooklyn, to even the thrill of riding the subway; however it is that you spend your time in NYC, it will always be memorable. I feel that it is best to go during the Summer time; the weather is perfect, not too hot or cold; which makes everything more enjoyable. I was able to go to some of my favorites spots and visited some new ones. I'm highlighting the spots that I know are worth going to, and some that you should just save your money.

Here we go!

9/11 Memorial ("Ground Zero") : I always love coming here. Although the meaning behind the water fountains are sad; they are really beautiful. They also have a museum of memoriabilia from 9/11 for around $24. I didn't get a chance to go inside, but I'm not sure that I would've wanted to.

One World Observatory: This is definitely worth stopping by and experiencing the most amazing view of all of New York City! The whole process of purchasing the tickets and actually going up was fast and smoothe. For $32 you get a brief tour of the grounds. You then go up the elevator to the 102nd floor in UNDER 60 SECONDS! It claims to be the fastest elevator in the world. To my surprise, you barely feel how high it's going up until you finally get up ther and see the view ! Although the view isn't exactly a "360 view" like the empire state building, it really is nice to experience it at least once while you're there! (FYI: Less expensive to purchase tickets in person! Online is more $)

Times Square: Now what kind of person would I be if I do not mention the iconic Times Square..LOL ! :) I've been here countless times, but it never gets old. I literally feel like I'm on a movie set sometimes because of how everything is overly exaggerated (in a good way, of course!). By that I mean, the advertisements everywhere, the restaurants, the entertainment. Definitely a place to visit while in New York City; Best way to go is by subway I'd say; and stay on the 42nd street stop. Going in Taxi or a car is just a nightmare; there's never parking, or if there is; it's really expensive. 

If your wondering. my lemon romper is from JcPenney ;) 

The New York Public Library: It is absolutely beautiful inside! I enjoy coming here to relax for a bit after walking around so much haha. I'd say it's one of the spots some over-look. I think it's definitely a New York landmark. 

Grand Central Station: Another location that I feel that is sometimes overlooked but it is so worth going to. Not only can you take the subway to countless destinations, it offers places to eat and light shopping; it even has a huge Apple store! Its also gorgeous to take photos.

Central Park: My favorite place in all of New York! Where else can you find such a grand park in such an enormous and busy city?!? It's magical. I love coming here to people watch or to catch a quick bite to eat around the food trucks that they have around the park. It is also where you could catch a ride on a horse carriage!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Out of all of the museums that I've visited New York; this is definitely my favorite. It is so grand and luxurious and just feels like you've taken a trip back in time with all the history that's here! General admission is $25, but if you show a school student ID you can get in with just a small donation! (As low as $1!!!)

If you guys are familiar with the "Met ball" that happens every year at this museum. It is where all the celebrities show up dressed up inspired by the yearly theme. This year was "China through the looking glass". They have a separate exhibit here of Chinese culture designed by some of the most well-known fashion designrs. Think Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino just to name a few!

The Statue of Liberty: Last but most certainly NOT least would have to be the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. If I had to pick one excursion from everything I have conquered in New York, this would be it. The whole experience from beginning to end is awesome! The journey begins on the subway (best way to get there) all the way to battery park. There you could purchase your tickets; you have the option to travel up to the Statue of Liberty's crown and the pedestal that she is on as well. To get access to that you either have to get there super early (8:30 am.) to purchase the tickets or online; otherwise general admission to the Lady Liberty and Ellis Island is $18 (again, online is more expensive..its $25!) You then take the ferry (my favorite part) all the way to the island. While getting there, you have the opportunity to take great pictures of the city. I must say its one of the best views ever. :)

I really hope you enjoyed this post and that it helped you plan your next trip to New York City. It's a place that you hear so much about, but somtimes its inexplainable because you just have to go and experience it for yourself.

'til next time!

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