New York City is honestly one of my favorite places in the world. This last trip made my 6th time visiting there and I plan on going two more times this year and MANY more in the future. My town is about a 9.5 hour car drive from the city and about a 12 hour bus ride. This past December, I went with a travel company on an overnight bus trip to NYC. This particular trip is scheduled to leave on Friday evening, arriving in Times Square around 8am on Saturday, leaving from Times Square at 9pm and arriving back home Sunday morning. This is so ideal for me, even though I don’t sleep well on buses, because it is cheap and just enough time to see a lot. I am fortunate enough to have four extremely close friends that live in New York that I get to meet up with when I travel there, making lousy bus trips even more worthwhile.
Since my December trip was such a success, I decided to go again this summer and instead of going alone, my good friend Emily jumped on board with me. This was her very first time to New York, which was exciting for both of us.
We started off the day a little behind schedule, arriving in Times Square around 9am. To start off our day, we, of course, had to see Times Square first. I am a HUGE photo-op girl. I take approximately 800 photos everywhere I go. I’ve been that way since I was 13. So, after taking in Times Square, we grabbed bagels at Junior’s Cheesecake and famous bakery for under $2 (I will include my dollar breakdown at the end of this post) and caught the subway to head to the 911 Memorial and One World Trade Center.
We had our subway map all lined up and were going to be getting off right near the 911 Memorial, but we ended up having to switch trains and got off a couple blocks away instead. This worked out in our favor because we stumbled upon a huge block of different wall art spots. Emily had been wanting to find wall art in the city anyway, so this worked out perfectly. We also got to see the Oculus building, which is a mall and transportation hub. The 911 Memorial pools were incredible to see, and I know, if you’ve ever seen them, you know what I’m talking about. It’s somber and beautiful, sad and breathtaking all at the same time.
From the Oculus building, we took the subway over to Brooklyn. I have never been to Brooklyn and have always wanted to get a photo in the famous Dumbo area. We met up with Tina, who lives in Brooklyn, and she guided us from there. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, caught another subway and headed toward Central Park. Before we ventured into the park, we met Christine at the Plaza and grabbed a small lunch at Cosi, a few blocks away.
Emily had found some Pinterest inspiration before we took this trip and already knew what kind of photos she wanted to take (my kind of girl), one of which being the Bow Bridge in Central Park. I have seen Central Park several times, but never walked through it, so Emily’s agenda worked to my advantage as I got to experience new things as well. After finding the Bow Bridge, we also viewed the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, which was gorgeous.
We had dinner reservations at 6:30 and by now, it was around 4pm. Tina and Christine suggested finding a fun dessert place to visit. We decided to Uber to Dō, which I’m sure you’ve seen videos. It is a small, edible cookie dough place that has a no less than 20-minute wait across the street just to get in.
After Dō, we Uber’d to our dinner reservations at Pizza Beach. Christine picked this place for us and it was adorable. The whole place was beachy and fun, down to the staff wearing Hawaiian shirts. She also chose this place because Mr. Purple, a rooftop lounge, was right across the street. After dinner, we headed up there. There’s hardly a better way to see a view of the city than from a rooftop. This was our last stop of the day, and we headed back to Times Square. We caught one more subway ride and ended back where we started, did a little souvenir shopping, and got back on the bus to head home. It was a long and full day, but it was worth every single second.
The forecast called for rain all day, and after many, many, MANY prayers, we spent the WHOLE day rain free!!! It was truly the work of God. The weather couldn’t have been better especially after so many humid days with nearly 100 degree temperatures.
I am so blessed to call these girls my friends. Tina and Christine are part of the amazing group of girls I met studying abroad three years ago and we try to see each other as often as possible. God was so good to me in bringing these girls into my life and I know we will be friends forever. God also blessed me with Emily more recently. Living at home can get lonely, especially in a small town after coming from bigger cities with tons of friends. But, God put her in my life at just the right time. She is so fun and such a great person to be around. I am beyond grateful that I got to make memories with these three girls this weekend. It is just another day we will never forget!
What I Spent:
Subway rides (4)- $12
Uber rides (split among the 4 of us)- $8
Dinner (also split)- $10