New York, New York

I got to spend my 21st birthday in New York, courtesy of my aunty. (Thank you so much, Aunty!) My trip was amazing as I got to see some of my high school friends that I hadn’t seen in almost 5 years (Woohoo), spend time with family and tour New York.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S

How I felt and feel about New York 

Firstly, New York was very chaotic but full of life (even at night), a little too much for me (wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle). There never a dull moment, and oh, such good food, it is truly the city that never sleeps. This is definitely a place I would visit someday and I can totally see myself living here in my mid-twenties. Key to exploring New York as a tourist? Plan ahead of time but also be flexible with your plans.

What I got up to in New York

Boat Cruise & tour– I recommend this if you are trying to get the most of the city in about 90 minutes. The tour I went on showed a number of interesting sites such as the estimated spot of the miracle on the Hudson, statue of liberty (apparently, there are tours that include a tour of the island), Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and a lot more.

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9/11 Memorial– This location was a little emotional, a lot of innocent people lost their lives, yet, inspiring, such a beautiful memorial and tourist attraction.

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When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it DEFINE you, let it DESTROY you, or you can let it STRENGTHEN you.

Westfield World Trade CentreW- High end shopping mall beside the 9/11 memorial. Also has the train line to New Jersey.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Arts (MET)– Now, I’m not a huge fan of museums but I enjoyed this museum because there was so much to see and it was very informative. The museum is by donation.

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Fashion History display (Spot Rihanna’s dress)

 

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Egyptian Art Display

On another note, I got to sit on the MET steps (as a die-hard gossip girl fan, lol).

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Central Park– Right beside the MET and incredibly big. I hope to cycle around the whole park in the nearest future.

Time square– I’m going to let the pictures describe this place to you.

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Grand Central Station– After seeing a lot of movies set in New York, I was really thrilled to see this station. I am kind of over the hype or buzz now, but, the Apple Store there is probably the biggest Apple Store I have seen in my life.

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Wall Street– Wallstreet, wall street! As one in finance, you probably can guess why this was a “must-see” for me. There’s not a lot to see to be honest (maybe the opening and closing bells at NYSE). I just loved being there and it helped to put my dreams into better perspective.

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Wall Street Bull(s)

Brooklyn Bridge– Cycling on the Brooklyn bridge (solo) was a bliss. I had some much needed Me Time and I got to enjoy the beauty of the city. I got on one of the Citi bikes and cycled into Brooklyn and back to Manhattan (Quite the workout too).

 

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Views of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge

Washington Square Park

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Top 4 Essentials For NY– Money, Phone (google maps + power bank), comfortable shoes and a Metro card. Bonus: My purse.

Ada’s Top 7 Food Spots

  • Waffles & Dinges
  • Keens Steakhouse
  • Gaonnuri- Tongue licking Korean food with a view. Book ahead of time to get a view.
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    Gaonnuri

     

  • Julianas Pizza- Long line-up because it is that good but trying “New York Pizza” should be on your list of things to do.
  • Buka Restaurant for Nigerian Meals
  • Magnolia Bakery on Timesquare for pastries

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    Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery
  • The Skylark- top cocktail bar with a good view (Over 21 only)

Shasha’s bonus:

  • Galanga, Thai Cooking. Amazing Thai food by NYU and also get the Thai tea! Thank me later.
  • Cheesecake Factory- Good food but better cheesecake!
  • Street Food- You really can’t go wrong with those hot dogs and mangoes! Reasons why you should carry cash around.

I hope you enjoyed this post on my trip to New York. Please feel free to share with your friends, subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already and leave me a comment.

Talk Soon,

Shasha

 

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