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WHY AND HOW I LOVE NEW YORK CITY!

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Hello everyone!! A few weeks back I remember mentioning in one of my previous posts that we went to New York city. That was the Labor Day weekend and I know it has already been a really long time since then. I know, I know. I am a lazy bum. I just couldn’t get the time to stack all the pics and decide which pics to share with all of you. I tried to sound busy just there but I doubt I was successful at all! But if you ask me what I was really doing that was keeping me so engaged, I wouldn’t really have an answer! I don’t have a solid answer as to what I do the whole day that keeps me so busy. But I am glad, I am enjoying whatever I do. And that is what really matters at the end of the day. Isn’t it?! Anyhow, today is that auspicious day when I am finally going to share my experience in New York.

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The First bridge that gives you the ‘feels’!
Manhattan Skyline from the bridge
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The famous tunnels of New York. They are very different from the ones we have in Pittsburgh.

Let me also tell you one very important thing about myself. If you read my previous post about my experience in Washington DC or Miami (day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4&5), you would know that I am an advocate of total relaxation on vacations! I believe that life is as it is full of running around and trying to get stuff done in ‘x’ amount of time, why make vacations the same!? So all my trips have been full of me and husband lazing around on a beach or in a park or something like that. Until this last one! When you are in New York, there is literally no time to relax. I mean the vibe is such that you feel energised and ready to do stuff such that sitting idle and lazing around would have felt silly and out of place and a total waste of time!

New York City is the city full of life! There is no time to waste. Mostly because there is so much to do, so many places to visit that you would actually wish that you had more than 24 hours in a day. At least I did! This was my second trip to New York in one year and I am so in love with it!

This time, we stayed at The New Yorker by Wyndham Hotels. This hotel is only a mile away from the Empire State building and gives you a great view whichever floor you are in. It was right in the middle of Manhattan and was nearby to Times Square, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Bustling with energy, you will not have a moment of boredom!

So, on the day we reached NYC, after freshening up, we went to the 9/11 Memorial, the 9/11 Museum and the One World Observatory. The Memorial is beautiful. All white and architecturally beautiful. The museum was also very informative and emotional. The One World Observatory is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest in the world. Basically, you get to go to the Observation deck which will give you a 360 degree view of New York, New Jersey etc. I would suggest going at around 7 pm during summers. And to avoid standing in queues, you can buy tickets online as well.

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One World Trade Center, reflecting what a beautiful day it was!
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Inside the 9/11 Museum, one of the staircases that survived the horrible events that day.
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9/11 Memorial. There is another one, where the other building stood.

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View from the One World Observatory.

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After spending our time there till sundown, we went to the Times Square! And THAT does not need any explanation or description. Times Square is a magical place. We spent hours on end there, without realising that it was way past midnight! Life. Buzz. Lights. Life!

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Hello, Times Square!

The next day, we decided to go the Statue of Liberty. Statue of Liberty is located on a small island and you will be taken there on a ferry. Again, the queues can be pretty long here, so my suggestion is, buy tickets ahead of time online. That’s what we did. We decided to not go till the crown of the ‘lady’ but only till the pedestal which was about 45 floors above ground. The view from there was also wonderful. We basically did not want to stand in long queues again for going till the crown.

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After spending 3-4 hours by the water, enjoying the cool breeze, we decided to head back and take the Hop on Hop off service to see the city through the eyes of a true tourist! The bus passes through China Town, lucky for us! We got down there and in our hunt for some authentic yet spicy dimsums/dumplings, we began our search! Luckily, we found an awesome joint called ‘Vanessa’s dumplings’. Delicious! We found just what we were looking for. Reminded us of the ones we get back in India. After filling our tummies like crazy, we took a stroll to the Brooklyn Bridge. The iconic Brooklyn Bridge. It is said to be the bridge of romance. It is so dreamy and beautiful (and long!), that when you walk with your partner hand in hand, the sparks are sure to fly! Your lost love, (if that’s the case) will rekindle. And I wouldn’t doubt it.

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The Brooklyn Bridge!

To end the day, we roamed around some more. When I say ‘some more’, I mean about 25000 steps per day. Of course we tracked our steps with our Fitbit.

The next morning, we decided to lay in bed, have breakfast, get ready and start for home. By the way, I forgot to mention, we drove down from home to NYC, which is about 6.5 hours away. In my experience, going back home is always more tedious and tiring! So we started early at about 12 PM, which was a pretty good decision. We reached home at about 7:30 PM.

So that was how we spent our wonderful time in NYC! I love it! And I cant wait to go there again! Let’s hear it for New York!

Have you been to NYC? How was your experience? And what are your favorite vacation places?

Till next time…

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