After an inaugural sightseeing trip of NYC, we had barely scratched the surface. Ultimately, in our year and a half living out East, we visited the city 6 different times and spent two weeks worth of nights. And without question, we will return!
|View of Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry - A nice (free!) way to view the island and see the Statue of Liberty|
|Classic New York scene|
|Love this picture - Taxis, NYPD, food trucks, and Christmas lights!|
|Like the city, its decorations are larger than life|
|Central Park is a calming break from the noise and concrete of the rest of Manhattan|
We booked day of discount tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. We went to a midnight comedy show for $5 and the opening act was Wyatt Cenac, a former "Daily Show" correspondent. We randomly met and partied with a Coast Guard member on leave in the meat packing district. We took the metro to a Yankees game and on the way back, witnessed a break dancing group perform a show on the moving subway. And the list goes on and on. The highlights from our time in the city can't be found in the pages of a guidebook, which makes our memories from here so special and they come back to us in conversation almost constantly.
|Wandering the High Line, an old above ground railroad track that has been converted to an amazingly walkable city park.|
|We saw the unbelievable Bryan Cranston in All The Way - From Malcolm in the Middle, to Breaking Bad, to playing Lyndon Johnson on Broadway, Bryan Cranston is remarkable!|
|We often ate food truck dinners - The smells resonating from them are phenomenal and draw you in|
New York City has an overwhelming amount of places to eat, some cheap, some not so much, some so far out of range it is embarrassing to read the menu. Regardless, you can't walk more than a few blocks without a plethora of choices. In order to get some insider knowledge on some of the history of food in NYC, we booked two sensational tours, one focused on the various ethnic groups that have immigrated to the city, the other on the famous pastime of pizza!
Tenements, Tales, and Tastes is a walking food and history tour focused on the immigrant heritage of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy. This took us to local restaurants we never would have tried ourselves and later motivated us to check out the uniquely engaging Tenement Museum.
A Slice of Brooklyn tour took us out of Manhattan to explore the fascinating borough of Brooklyn. We tasted pies from two legendary locations (Spumoni Gardens is glorious!) and learned about the history of pizza and the area. An added bonus was seeing locations from well known movies scenes.
|The scene in Goodfellas where Joe Pesci gets shot in the garage - this is the garage!|
|View from Brooklyn - We look happy because we just ate at the famous Grimaldi's Pizzeria|
|Coney Island Boardwalk|
If you plan nothing and let the city come to you, the experiences will be extraordinary, and each hour will uncover something new. We have found ourselves in Central Park in the morning, the Bronx by midday, and then Greenwich Village late night into early morning! It is exhausting talking about, but somehow the energy of the city is magnetic and we keep going. I could probably create lengthy blog posts for each day we spent here. Condensing NYC into this post has been the toughest editing yet since starting this blog.