I went to NYC last week. I arrived Wednesday and took the AirTrain to the subway into Manhattan.
I got off the subway at 40th Street, and walked to Bryant Park.
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I then walked to the hotel on 56th between Broadway and 8th.
Then I met a friend for dinner at Vanessa’s Dumplings (we had Peking duck sesame pancakes and pork dumplings! YUMMY!). This was when I realized there is no escaping the people! There are people everywhere! We then went to a trivia night at People’s Lounge, which was fundraiser for the New York Women’s Foundation. In the raffle, I won a bracelet and earrings, my friend won 2 bracelets! I took the subway back to the hotel and slept.
Thursday morning, I woke up early and bought a muffin and coffee from a newsstand, then walked to Columbus Circle and sat at the southern edge of Central Park to eat breakfast.
I then went to MoMA to see the Tim Burton exhibit (FABULOUS!!) and other art.
I then met one of my bosses from my research job for lunch at Good Burger (think Five Guys but better).
Subway to Battery Park to see the Harbor,
And the first National Park on my tour, Castle Clinton.
Then I walked up to Wall Street!
To the next National Park – Federal Hall (where George Washington was sworn in).
I then walked to City Hall Park to see the Peter Coffin exhibit “Untitled (Sculpture Silhouettes)” – silhouettes of famous sculptures. Very interesting!
Then I walked another few blocks to the next National Park – African Burial Ground. Amazing. The museum portion is housed at the street level of the federal building, the burial area around back. If you don’t know about this, please look it up! It still gives me chills thinking about it.
I went back to the hotel and rested for an hour or so before taking the subway to Strand Books. I walked around Union Square and the shops for a bit, before catching the subway to Greenwich Village. I walked around there a bit, then ate dinner at Caliente Cab – really good Mexican food, if a bit pricey. Then I took the subway back to 42nd Street to walk and sit around Times Square.
Then back to the hotel.
Friday, I got up, grabbed a bagel and coffee from the street cart, and went to my final National Park of the trip – the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.
I then ran back to the hotel to check out, then took the subway back to Greenwich Village to have a slice of pizza at Famous Joe’s. Then off to the airport and back to PGH.
I had a great time! I loved the food and subway. I got used to being around so many people all the time. I loved the big, tall buildings. And the go, go, go of the city was great. I’m already planning my return trip to NYC!