hello! today i wanted to share with you photos from my nyc trip. i spent almost two weeks in this amazing city that truly never sleeps. the first days i was with my sister, and after that i was by myself. after that i flew to london and scotland (post on those coming soon!).
i hope you enjoy what i’m about to show you, since i very much enjoyed this visit to the big apple.
our first day we walked around midtown (where we were staying). because of my not-so-good packing skills, we missed our early flight, thus delaying our arrival. but i was so nervous cuz i didn’t know what to pack for a whole month in london too! nyc greeted us with a cold and rainy day. it was beautiful.
the rockefeller building.
top of the rock.
my sister ^
top of the rock had to be my favorite observatory in nyc. i had never been, but i am so glad my sister suggested it. you get views no other skyscraper can beat! and also, to say you were actually inside that iconic building– so surreal!
grand central station
for me, a lot of things don’t live up to their hype, but shake shack, my lord, you were delicious and surpassed it.
ellen’s stardust diner
like i said before, my sister and i were alone exploring, but our mother, younger sister, and their friends had gone as an 8th grade graduation trip, so they were also there. we met with them at ellen’s, a 50s themed restaurant where the waiters sing. normally i would find a place like that annoying, but it was actually all right. i even sang along!
bubby’s – tribeca
this place had the best pancakes i’ve ever tried, ever. i was really, really sad i didn’t go a second time. they’re very pricy, but very worth it. i ordered the blueberry ones. besides the place looking extremely cozy and cute, we sat behind two celebrities. one of them being kendall jenner. my sister was dying, but i was too focused on the pancakes. priorities, am i right! haha
i need to remember to take photos of myself. my sister surprised me with this one.
this was such a sad museum to visit. i saw several people crying. but don’t get me wrong, it was a very good museum. as you walk it tells the story of what happened that day, in a respectful way to those who passed.
one world observatory
this is the view from the new world trace center. i’m so honored i got the chance to experience it because of all the work that went into it (although anyone can get in with a ticket, really), but…can i keep it real? i didn’t love it. i think the price was not worth it. there were a lot of tourists flighting for the best window to get a picture from; the glass was full of finger and forehead prints; the views, in my opinion, are not as breath-taking as the other two observatories we visited. i think it took us longer to get in, than the time we were there.
i’m still very happy about the photos i got though, and i’m thankful that i even get to have adventures like this!
when we visited, the bridge had just turned 134 years old, so obviously we had to go congratulate it and, for the first time, cross it.
do not be fooled by our smiling faces though! the hot sun made it a little tough to cross. at the moment i kinda wish i knew how to ride a bike… but if new yorkers walk everywhere, then so will we! (except for the times we got uber, oops.)
we found this pretty park after eating at juliana’s pizza. it was so so nice after a very long day of just walking to sit down and see families having picnics, people reading, and even a wedding!
the manhattan bridge
i am so happy i got this shot, because for a long time i was jealous of people being able to photograph such iconic beauty. dreams do come true!
american museum of natural history
a classic. one tip i have for you, go to the museum, spend all day there, once you get out, go eat at the shake shack behind it! and if there’s no space to sit, take it to central park!
such a legendary place..
upper west side
new york sunsets are the best sunsets.
i really don’t enjoy musicals, but my sister said we couldn’t leave nyc without going to a play, so we went to see wicked. i actually really liked it. the actresses did an amazing job!
i’m pretty sure the waiters hated us for being such a big group. sorry.. we met up with everyone once more for a last dinner. and yeah, that pizza was delicious!
empire state builiding
when we arrived at nyc, we purchased tickets for the things we wanted to see. one of those was the empire state building’s observatory. the night before my sister left, we remembered we still hadn’t used our tickets, so we decided to go. it was 11pm, but thankfully it is open until 2am! it was so nice to see the city at night. and the staff was so kind. we also forgot we had purchased vip until we redeemed our tickets. made us feel like a queen. p.s: don’t wear a dress on a windy day up there.
new york public library
upper west side
i was initially staying in midtown east with my sister, but once she left i moved to a cheaper hotel on the upper west side.
los tacos no. 1
i wish i could show you a photo of my tacos, but they were so good i devoured them before i remembered to do so. oops. take it from a mexican, these are authentic tacos. the owner is super nice and attentive. he even gave me a free quesadilla <3 but everything else in the chelsea market looked amazing. i could spend a whole day there.
artists & fleas
handmade items and vintage collections from local artists on one end of the market. my favorite things.
originally train tracks, this long raised park ended up being the cherry on top of a good day in the west side for me. these are probably some of my favorite photos of the whole trip. i really loved chelsea and the meat packing district + it started to rain, so i loved it even more.
washington square park
the village is so youthful and artistic to take a stroll through. i am so mad at myself because i did not take a lot of photos of amazing stuff i saw, like local shops and even a dog day care. but i have my memories and little anecdotes, and that makes me happy to have.
before leaving nyc for london, i decided to spend my last day in the calmest manmade place the city as to offer: central park. i literally spent my whole day there and did not get bored, because there is so much to see and admire. and i may or may not have spent hours just staring at the turtles in turtle pond.
i hope you enjoyed my little nyc adventures and the photos i took to accompany this post. i was sooo lucky to have been able to experience everything i saw. i really really spoiled myself and went anywhere i wanted with my sister. i cannot wait to go again!
thanks for stopping by! <3
my tips for you, if you do go to nyc:
· check out love taza’s nyc guides. i did a ton of things she suggested and my experience was amazing.
· google maps is your best friend!
· pay attention to the streets. they’re not that hard to decipher, but they’re easy to get lost in.
· go in smaller groups. you’ll be able to get tables faster. or, make reservations beforehand! i did that with almost every place i went to just because i’m inpatient.
· don’t be afraid to take the subway! there’s mta apps and websites you can check to know which route to take in realtime. i used this website since my phone wasn’t letting me download the app.
· try the least to look like tourist! walk with confidence, like you know exactly where you’re going even if you’re lost! see how others do it and imitate. also, walk everywhere.
· don’t make a strict schedule – that’s boring, and you won’t see nyc like a true new yorker! just have an idea of places you can/want to go. before arriving, i made a google drive doc i shared with my sister that had places we could go depending what area we were in or decided to visit. it included attractions and restaurants with address and business hours. it was very helpful during the planning process, and when we didn’t know what to do next in this great big city, we could just pull up the document and decide.
· getting lost is not a bad thing! don’t worry. learn to keep your cool and look at your phone for directions.
· take many, many photos. sometimes i was shy to pull out my camera or phone and snap a photo, but i look back at that now as silly. just do it. you’ll regret not taking it.
have fun & be safe! <3