If you missed it, I wrote about Day 1-2 here…
Day Three: Monday morning my mom and I walked to a bagel shop, since you can’t go to NY without eating a bagel! Luckily my navigation skills weren’t too bad, and we got there without getting lost. The bagel shop was close to central park, so we walked there and explored. I really wanted to see Cherry Hill Fountain, which is the fountain in the Friends opening theme song. While we walked down Literary Lane towards the fountain a street performer played Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (which happens to be one of me and my dad’s favorite songs) on his saxophone and it felt like a scene straight out of a movie. After that lovely moment we found the fountain and took some pictures!
After walking around central park, we met up with my dad and brother because we brought tickets to do a bus tour of uptown. The buses were supposed to come every fifteen minutes, but we waited an hour and a half before the next one came. Now while I don’t necessarily believe in reincarnation, I swear the tour guide is my Aunt reincarnated. Like my Aunt, the tour guide was super blunt, kind of rude, had a raspy voice, and was over the top. The bus was at capacity, so we had to sit on the bottom. After a few stops it became obvious that most people didn’t have any intentions of getting off soon, so we decided to get off and try again the next day. We walked around some and came across a little park that had some statues, which was cool.
Then we Ubered back to our apartment to get ready for the show that night. We saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on broadway. It was really cute! Their take on the classic was interesting, but also didn’t stray too far from the original. My favorite character was their take on Verruca Sault. After the show we walked around until we found a place to eat, since it was 9:30 and we hadn’t had dinner. We stumbled upon a great asian place, and I had some really good spicy wonton soup. That evening we walked around more, and went to Times Square again before calling it a night.
Tuesday we decided to try the Bus Tour again. This time it went much more smoothly and we rode the bus from Times Square to the 9/11 memorial. The memorial is beautiful, yet so heartbreaking. One of my childhood friend’s father died in the pentagon on that day, so I always think of her and her family whenever the subject comes up. After paying our respects at the memorial, we found a place to have some brunch. The restaurant/coffee shop was adorable and was the perfect little place to grab a bite. Afterwards we went into a shop next door that had a ton of vintage posters. My brother got a Seinfeld one and I got this one…
While we were in the shop it started to pour. We were going to walk to Wall Street, but it was the end of our trip and none of us really wanted to walk a mile in the rain. Instead we walked to the nearest bus stop and took the rest of the tour. When the rain let up, me and my mom went thrift shopping. The rest of the evening was pretty quiet besides, you guessed it, more walking around.
We had to be out of the apartment at 12:30, so this day was pretty short. My dad and brother got up early and rode bikes in central park. I hadn’t been feeling well, and accidentally slept in pretty late, so once I got up my mom and I walked to a coffee shop called The Jolly Goat to get breakfast.
After breakfast we packed up and got an Uber to the airport. I got randomly chosen for TSA pre-check, so that was really nice, although the rest of my family didn’t so I still had to wait for them haha. The flight back was uneventful, and now I’m home!
It was nice to get away, and I really enjoyed New York!