Going to New York has been in my bucket list since I was little, and now, I can proudly say that this dream came true last month.
This is going to be a long blog post so I’ll cut this into two parts.
We rode the train from Union Square in DC (Washington Blog soon) going to Penn Station in NY. While still in the train, my mind was already blown by the fact that I am already in the Big Apple. After we got off, I noticed how fast pace the city is. I thought this was only because we were in a train station but soon as we exited, there were a lot more people walking. My adrenaline rushed quickly that I just walked as fast and attentive as I can going to our hotel. I even forgot how tired and sore my feet were.
We stayed in Row NYC which is located about 5 minutes’ walk to Times Square and 2 minutes’ walk to a subway station. The hotel has nice modern interior, clean and has polite crew. They also clean rooms every day and changes towels which made me like the hotel more. This hotel is connected to City Kitchen which has a variety of foods to choose from. I definitely recommend trying donuts from Dough and Whitman’s for breakfast as they have big servings for a right price.
After resting, we went to see the famous Times Square. The movies are not kidding! The billboards are really huge! The lights are really entertaining as they bright up the place. The red stairs was packed with people so I did not had the chance to sit nor step on it. We kept coming back there during the whole stay but none of those days that I see this without people.
New York Times Square
Around Times Square we saw the HOPE and LOVE SIGN which are very hard to miss as they are really huge in size.
We started the next day getting lost at Central Park (kidding, only a little bit!). This huge hectares of land is pretty amusing. People won’t get bored strolling here, just tired as I think to get to experience the whole Central Park you need to allot your whole day in it. Our first stop was at The Great Lawn then went to see The Belvedere Castle and had a view of its nearby lake. The Ramble which has small hidden falls and lovely benches which has messages engraved in it. The Bow Bridge, which has that romantic vibe. The Bethesda Fountain where the last scene of The Avengers was shot and The Bethesda Terrace where Chuck and Blair got married in Gossip Girl. The Cherry Hill Fountain which they said is the fountain you see in the TV show FRIENDS. The beautiful Conservatory Water where we had our morning snack which by the way the chocolate brownie in the refreshment booth in here taste really good! We also had the chance to experience Central Park Mall and Literary Walk which is always used in movies and TV shows, you know that wide park where there are benches facing each other and performers and photographers are everywhere… Friends with Benefits and Glee had some scenes taken there.
Bow Bridge in Central Park
We went out the park and saw Solomon Guggenheim Museum which is located just across the street then walked a little more and reached The Metropolitan Museum which is another Gossip Girl location.
That afternoon, we went to see Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock. The view from the observation deck is awesomely breathtaking and very instagrammable! You’ll get to see the whole Manhattan… New York rather and you’ll see all the tallest buildings there is in the city. Aside from the view, I loved the blinking lights in the room on the second floor of the deck (totally recommend if you like lights!!!) We check out Empire State Building afterwards but did not bother going up as it has somehow same view as the Top of the Rock plus the lobby was so packed already with people wanting to get in.
View from Observation Deck
That’s it for now,