It’s approaching the end of the year and so… vacation time! Every year I travel back to Brazil and this time, I decided to make a quick pit stop in one the most famous cities in the world before I go back home. Awww, New York! How not to fall in love with this place and want to live there forever and ever?
As this was my first time in NY, I thought it only right to do every clichéd touristy thing that I could fit in my schedule. Fortunately I was lucky enough to have one of my close friends, who lives in NY, to show me around which made my trip and scheduling a lot easier!
When I first arrived, the weather was great, not hot but also not too cold. Perfect for a light jacket and a scarf. Now, what do you do when the weather is perfect? You try to do as many things as you can that are outdoors. Because every travellers worst nightmare is when you plan a trip to a place you never been before, and it’s raining or snowing so bad that you can’t really get out of the hotel and do anything.
In the first couple days I was bit jet leg, but that didn’t stop me from walking around the city from 10am till 8pm. NY is huge! So if you want to get the best experience, you will need at least one week to see the essential. Also, I only took the train during the day. It was faster then uber and I would never be stuck in traffic. Uber is great for the night when there’s no traffic.
The places I choose to check out were: The Statue Of Liberty, 9/11 memorial, Wall street, MET (Metropolitan Museum Of Art), Central Park, Times Square, The Empire State Building and The Brooklyn Bridge. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to fit in MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) which I’ve heard is great nor did I get to go to either of the broadway shows I was interested in because they were sold out, but both of them are on my list for my next trip to NY.
Beginning with the Statue Of Liberty, I took the ferry which passes by the statue of liberty but doesn’t go all the way to it. The view was beautiful and the ride was nice and smooth and I didn’t feel the need to go all the way to Statue. You can see the queues from the ferry and they don’t look small. In case you want to go, be ready for a couple of hours waiting.
The 9/11 memorial and Wall street are in the same area, just a couple minutes walking distance so I would recommend to do both of them in the same day. The 9/11 memorial has this surreal vibe, hard to describe without feeling it for yourself. The memorial itself looks so gorgeous it’s mind blowing. I was there for at least 2 hours, just staring at it and thinking about all that happened 15 years ago. It’s crazy to think that it’s been so long. Now, Wall street has this working vibe that makes you want to join them and work like crazy! It’s really madness during the week. Super busy so get ready for some ‘late to work’ runners and plenty bumping!
MET (Metropolitan Museum Of Art) will leave with an open mouth, seriously something else. There’re so many areas and exhibitions, you will need a full day there at least if you want to take in everything. And just leaving MET, you see Central Park in the corner. What a park! I managed to go twice and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see half of it. But what I saw, was enough to make me want to ride a bike, walk a dog or just have picnic and read a book. It’s really something.
The Empire State Building and Times Square are probably two of the most visited places in all of NYC for tourist and so of course I couldn’t leave them behind. My friend told me I was very lucky to get to the Empire State and find the place with no queues as the last time she was there she waited for 4 hours in line so she could get up to the top and only got to stay for 5 minutes because it was so cold and windy. I stayed up there for 30 minutes, mostly because you get to the top, enjoy the view and that’s pretty much it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth going it’s just not a big space, and even with the place not packed it was a bit tight to get a good place to take photos and take in the view.
Brooklyn bridge it’s where you get to see Brooklyn and Manhattan at the same time. I walked from one end to another and I felt like I was in one of those movies filmed in NY. A bit crowed, but I guess that’s just NY. Everything seems to be crowed and full of tourists. If you get to the beginning of the bridge that starts from Manhattan and walk to the Brooklyn end, you can go all the way down to the sea to see some incredible sunsets.
The view from the ferry! Hello Manhattan
This is how close you’re gonna get if you choose to get the ferry. Close enough for me.
Best way to move around the city: SUBWAY
One Trade Center
Not easy to get a photo with this bull…
The Empire State Building
Manhattan on one side and Brooklyn on the other side.