How to Spend 12 Hours in NYC with Less Than $50


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 , 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:

Bagel- $2

Subway rides (4)- $12

Lunch- $6

Uber rides (split among the 4 of us)- $8

Dō- $4

Dinner (also split)- $10

Total- $42



One comment on “How to Spend 12 Hours in NYC with Less Than $50

  • Emma Love , Direct link to comment

    Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

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    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!


    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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