Wednesday, August 29, 2018

48 Hours in NYC

Last weekend, my husband and I embarked on a quick 48 hour trip to NYC. We were in town for a wedding, but since I never have been before, we went a day early to get in as much sight seeing as we could! The wedding was for my husband's law school friend, but he also had not been back since he graduated, so he was very excited to go back and act as tour guide for me. We caught an early morning flight on Friday morning and landed in New York around 10 a.m., which gave us plenty of time to see the city. Our very gracious friends hosted us at their place in Brooklyn, so after dropping off our bags, we hopped on the subway (my first time!) and headed into Manhattan. 


The very first stop we made was the 9/11 Memorial and the site of the World Trade Center. It was an extremely emotional place. We paid our respects at the site of the twin towers and took a moment to read the names surrounding the memorial. 

I recommend stopping here if you've never been. It's a very moving experience. 

Two things I desperately wanted to do while we were in NYC was eat a slice of pizza and a bagel. I'm happy to report that I successfully ate both, but unfortunately, only got a picture of the pizza. The bagel was delicious though, take my word for it. ;) 

We ate our pizza before moving on to the Financial District. 

The thing about New York City that I never realized is how tight and small some of the streets are. Being such an old city, it's not surprising, however it wasn't what I expected! The Financial District definitely has an Old World feel to it that I love. 

Next up we moved on to Battery Park where we were able to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The line to go on the ferry to see them both was crazy long, and we were pressed for time, so we opted to explore the park and catch the view from across the bay. 

After Battery Park, we took the subway to Central Park, where I was able to see the hotel from Home Alone 2! #priorities 

Central Park was absolutely beautiful. It's amazing how it truly is a small oasis in the middle of the city. 

We took a stroll down 5th Avenue where, unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to go into Bergdorf Goodman. Next time! 

To finish out the whirlwind tour of the city, we ended at Rockefeller Center! We caught a glimpse of NBC and Radio City Music Hall. 

We headed back to Brooklyn for dinner with our friends and called it a night after a long day of exploring!  


The next day, we woke up, ordered bagels, and headed to the Brooklyn Zoo! 

The sea lions put on a great show, as did the tamarins, baboons, and all of the other animals there! It's a great zoo to hit up if you're in Brooklyn and want a little respite from the city. 


Last, but not least, we headed out to Long Island for the reason we came to New York in the first place - the wedding!

It was a whirlwind of a trip, but we managed to see a ton of stuff and I definitely have a list for what I want to do next time we go! Can't wait to go back! 


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