This past Memorial Day weekend my husband and I, along with our best friends, enjoyed the amazing sites and food of New York City! We ended up staying outside of the city to save a little money in a small town in New Jersey called Weehawken. It was perfect, an easy 10 minute bus ride into the city and spectacular views of the NYC skyline. During our NYC endeavor we explored Central Park, The Natural History Museum, Time Square, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, Brooklyn Bridge, and also went to the Statue of Liberty, and the 911 Memorial and Museum. We got last minute tickets to see Chicago and ate various foods all over the city, including a delicious dinner in Little Italy at La Nonna’s.
Everything we did was amazing, but I would have to say Central Park, tour of Rockefeller Center, and the 911 Memorial and Museum would be my top three “can not miss” sites. Central Park is a large garden with green grass, trees, rocks, benches, pathways, bridges, playgrounds, a carousel, fountains, restaurants and a small lake. To me it was everything the movies make it out to be and more. The tour of Rockefeller Center was an accidental Purchase on Groupon as we thought we were buying tickets to go to the Top of the Rock, it ended up being one of our favorite tours. We learned about the history of Rockefeller Center and the 19 buildings it includes, as well as the history of the artwork throughout the Center, thanks to John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. We visited the 911 memorial and museum on our last day. I was in 10th grade math class when the 1st plane hit the North tower and I remember it like it was yesterday. This is the 1st museum I have ever been to where the history is of something that I lived through; it was emotional and it felt like time just stopped as you absored it all and remembered it. The memorial outside of the museum is in place of the two towers, they are beautiful and honor all those who died on September 11, 2001. This area really centers you and is so peaceful. The entire city is hustle & bustle, but within the grounds of the memorial its quiet and respectful which is very moving.
New York City is very fast pace and much bigger than I thought. Manhattan itself is divided into three parts; Lower Manhattan, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan. If you have not been to NYC I would encourage you to add it to your bucket list, even if you do a single day bus trip! My only advice is to have a plan or idea of what you want to see, and buy tickets ahead of time. There is so much to see, and lots of people, so if you have limited time in the big apple, it can be overwhelming. Happy Touring!