Last weekend, my family and I decided to do a road trip to New York City. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been there for the first time and the opportunity to revisit The Big Apple seemed fun, especially this time around when I’d be driving us there (around 6-7 hours)!
We ended up staying at a hotel located very close to Times Square, which was ideal considering the little time we were going to spend in NYC in the first place. The view from the hotel was also staggering, you’d be quickly reminded of the numerous skyscrapers out there with an incredible variety of architecture making it all so unique. Although we drove there, I can tell you already that it’s probably best that you leave your car in a garage parking somewhere (make use of those countless apps to locate cheap and good ones) because traffic can get insane quickly and finding parking is next to impossible. Most things are quite easily accessible by foot, especially if you’re down to walk a lot, but the subway system, although sketchy at some stops, is quite efficient and easy to use.
Most of our first full day we spent it walking around Manhattan, whether it was walking up Broadway Street, passing by Times Square, or walking down 5th Avenue and doing all the shopping you’d imagine. There are a lot of neat spots to stop and gaze at and among those is just watching people skate at Rockefeller Center or event watching people go by, minding their business, within Grand Central Terminal.
Since the weather was slightly better but still grey the next day, we kept strolling Central Park for then. We then took the subway and went all the way south to the Statue of Liberty View Point (we didn’t particularly want to do the huge lines or pay for the ferries to get closer to the giant green lady). We then walked our way to Ground Zero. Still very much as eery as the first time. It’s shocking to realize what used to stand right there not too long ago. We ended the day by walking a bit on the Brooklyn Bridge, which, honestly, isn’t that big of a deal. It is much more interesting during day time (which is what I did when I first went there a couple of years ago).
However, what I really loved doing throughout the past two days in NYC was visiting bookshops. I mean, come on, you didn’t think I’d skip an opportunity like that to visit some of the best places for bookworms, right? Whether it was Barnes & Noble (there are so many of them and I could never get tired of them) or Midtown Comics, it really was comforting to be around books. It was also a mandatory stop to check out the Strand Book Store. And yes, it’s still as huge and awesome as I remember it. Honestly, if you’re going to NYC, you have to go there. There’s also an awesome Forbidden Planet right next to it!
I do have to say that everything in NYC felt like it was on the fast lane. Even if there are empty benches and seats wherever you’re, the whole city is fuming, constantly moving, with everyone trying to get to their destinations quickly. Quite the life out there. We didn’t run into any trouble either but you can still tell that some people are actively struggling with mental health. At least in the tourist sectors of NYC, things didn’t look as bad as they could be. Then again, we didn’t go into some of the more… dangerous neighbourhoods. It would be hard for me to compare it to what I got to see in Skid Row, for example. 😉
Of course, visiting NYC was also an excellent excuse to pick up some of the best pizza (Famous Original Ray’s Pizza) and burgers in the city (I’ve tried Burger World and Shake Shack, and they were both fantastic). We also tried Best Bagel & Coffee, which turned out absolutely amazing! Even with such a pretentious name, the place was awesome and their stuff was delicious. Yep, I don’t think I ate a single fruit during my stay there. But hey, as per my usual tradition, once we finally got back home, I passed by Tim Hortons. Honestly, there’s nothing more comforting than picking up something at Tim’s and rejoicing at the sight of snow. 🙂
Till next time! 🙂