For all the times I’ve been to New York City, I’ve never had the chance to be a real tourist since my first visit in 2006. I’m always in midtown, usually waiting in line for a concert or roaming around Times Square until we get in line for a concert.
As much as I love Times Square, I was tired of it being the only thing I saw whenever we were in New York. There’s so much more to the city than a few blocks of gaudy lights and massive crowds of tourists. I wanted out.
And this year, finally –finally– we did!
We started the day at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nice, non-profit secondhand bookstore that doubles as a cafe. The staff are all volunteers, and extremely friendly! Highly recommend going here for any book lover!
Seeing the One World Trade Center and the beautiful 9/11 memorial has been on my list since they opened. Since I was with two people who had been to the museum before, we decided to skip it, but it’s still on my list of places I need to go.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow was a unique experience…I can only imagine what the view of Manhattan must look like on a clear day! Definitely plan on doing this a again (preferably when it’s warm).
Top of Rockafeller Center has the best views of Manhattan, in my opinion, and it’s only a little more expensive than the Empire State Building.
Central Park Zoo is small, but a good visit! Especially with this guy! He swam and hung around posing for cameras long after the trainers were gone.
Don’t ask me why but ever since I was a kid I had a slight obsession with the story about the sled dogs thanks to the movie “Balto” and have always wanted to find the statue.
And naturally, we went to a concert.
Even if it takes me another 5 years to get out of Times Square again, the memories I’ve made in New York means it will always be my favorite city in the world.