If you’ve wondered why I’ve been a little MIA this past week, it’s because my family and I went on vacation!
Our flight took off at 8:30am, and it’s a bit of a drive to the airport, so we left at 6:30am. I can’t remember the last time I was up at 6:30! Airport security went really well. The TSA agents usually harass my brother since he’s a type one diabetic and uses both a continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump, but this time they were really nice about it. The flight went well and we landed at Laguardia airport. From Laguardia it was about a thirty minute Uber ride to our airbnb, which was in Hell’s Kitchen.
Our apartment was 800 sq. feet, so it was a bit of a squeeze with four people, but I think we all managed pretty well. We landed at around 2:00 pm est. so we were pretty hungry and ate lunch at a restaurant called Vynl that was right down 9th avenue. We didn’t have anything planned for day one, so we decided to walk around and get a lay of the land. Me and my mom went shopping, or at least we tried to haha. We got lost and ended up walking for six miles. We did however eventually find the stores we were looking for and I got two new shirts for the upcoming school year. During our time being lost we accidentally ended up by Trump Tower, and given everything that’s currently going on I felt compelled to do this…
That evening we ate Turkish food at a great restaurant called Istanbul. After dinner we walked to Times Square. Times Square was so different than I had always imagined it. It was basically just a ton of screens and thousands of people staring at them in a trance. Honestly I found it kind of odd, but I enjoyed seeing such an iconic place. We walked around some more and then called it a night since we were all pretty tired.
Day two began bright and early again because we had tickets to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We had planned to take the metro, but we walked to the wrong station and in order to get there on time we had to take an Uber. Liberty Island was really nice! I was shocked at how small the statue of liberty actually is; I thought it was at least twice the size. Either way it was cool to see a symbol of such a huge part of American History.
Next we went to Ellis Island. The only thing there is a museum about immigration, so we walked around the museum. I always feel like the best way to visit museums is when you have lots of time and are in the right headspace. It was really busy there, so it was hard to get into it, but the time we did spend there was fun, and it was cool to learn about the history of immigration in the United States. They had some audio recordings that would play when you walked by certain parts of the set, in order to try and give you a taste of some of things immigrants heard when they first arrived in America. A lot of the recordings said things like, “Go back to where you came from.” It’s incredibly disheartening to know that this still happens to immigrants everyday in America.
After we got back to the city we decided to take the metro back to our apartment. Since it was a Sunday afternoon no one was taking the metro, and it was really quiet. For lunch that afternoon we had NY style pizza at a little shop in Hell’s Kitchen. That afternoon we walked around more, (this is a common theme lol) and then got ready to go see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. The Book of Mormon was such a fantastic show! It was hilarious, but also touched on very real issues within religion. I highly recommend seeing it!
This was my first time visiting NYC and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Travel days 3-5 will be up soon!
Have you ever been to NYC? What was your favorite thing you did there?