Before I go on about how amazing my New York trip was, I want to apologize for my absence on my blog lately. I try so hard to keep up with it but sometimes this little thing called “life” comes a knockin’ and it’s hard to keep up with everything going on.
Needless to say, I have been going through some major life changes that have been taking up a lot of my time and energy. I wish I was a robot to keep up with a post a week, but unfortunately that’s not the case…anyway, back to this past weekend in New York City!
Jared and I drove up to New York from Charleston, SC and spent almost 4 days there over the 4th of July weekend. It was his first time there, and as you can imagine 4 days is not nearly enough time to even scratch the surface of what New York has to offer. Not a lot of people know this about me, but I was born in New York and was raised there up until the age of 7. We lived in Long Island and it was very seldom that we went to the city. Now when I am in the city, at my age, I feel like a kid in a candy store that wants to see/do it all!
Here is a recap of our trip and the things we did.
We arrived around 4 pm on Saturday. Our hotel was walking distance to Battery Park, which is where we witnessed the most beautiful sunset along the water. Pictures just didn’t do it justice. We also had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 memorial which was really beautiful and on the top of my bucket list.
After a long day of walking and driving, we indulged in one of our favorite meals, pizza, at the Cyrk restaurant in Manhattan.
Sunday consisted of walking, a lot of walking. We had to check out Wall Street and the infamous Market Street Bull. Shortly after, we made our way over to the Brooklyn bridge via subway, and strolled along the park area right underneath the bridge. We headed to an Italian joint for dinner called Gallo Nero that night.
The hotel we stayed in for days 3 & 4 was located closer to central park/times square area. So we took advantage of that and went to visit the Rockefeller Center nearby. We couldn’t make a trip to Rockefeller without going to the “Top of the Rock” observation tower. The views up there were unbelievable. It’s mind-boggling to see how large New York City really is from the 70th floor. After taking in those views, we made our way over to Times Square and grabbed some dinner at Virgil’s Barbecue, which was recommended to us by a local New Yorker. We highly recommend it as well!
We didn’t have too much time to explore since we had to catch our international flight to Rome later that evening but we knew we couldn’t do New York without visiting Central Park. I was amazed how Central Park is literally like it’s own little neighborhood with streets, traffic lights, and a group of people that make it into its own little community.
I fall in love with this city more and more every time I visit. I normally come in the colder months, so I was happy that the weather was warm enough to be able to walk around and get to do everything we did. Regardless it is beautiful anytime of the year.
Jared and I hope to be back next year. What are some of your favorite things to do/see in New York?