A Weekend Away: New York, NY


New York, NY. Here’s how I took on the biggest city in America in less than 24 hours.


Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of my favorite spots in NYC. It boasts 360-degree views of the magnificent and enormous concrete jungle. Other observation decks in the city include The Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) and the One World Trade Center. All of these generally have super long lines and can cost you a pretty penny. If you’re looking for a low-cost, low-key view, try Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Grand Central Station

If you’re going to take the subway in New York, which is recommended, then make sure it takes you to Grand Central Station. Grand Central has been in countless movies and emits a unique inspiration to travelers.

Central Park

Bring some bread for the pigeons like the woman in Home Alone or take a romantic walk around the lake at sunset. Whatever you decide to do, Central Park will help you relax and escape the busyness around you, which is definitely a key to success for this jam-packed vacation.

September 11 Memorial

This memorial was built in 2011 in honor of those who passed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The architectural design of the memorial is astounding and provokes intense feelings.

Brooklyn Bridge

For the history, design, or architecture fan, the Brooklyn Bridge is a beautiful piece of work. You can spend part of your day walking or biking across it, enjoying its views of the city.

China Town & Little Italy

Huge entrances and bustling masses will signal that you are in the culture-filled China Town or Little Italy. In these two areas, you will find delicious eats and interesting shops. Maybe you can even play Chinese hacky-sack in the park with a few of the locals!

Statue of Liberty

It’s pretty difficult to include the Statue of Liberty into a short, 24-hour visit of the city, so for an alternative option, head to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, and you’ll be able to see the structure from a distance. Of course if you have more time for your vacation, I definitely recommend a visit to the statue. One of my fondest (and only) memories from visiting NYC as a child was climbing up to Lady Liberty’s crown.

*My favorite building in the city is the Chrysler Building.

IMG_3077 (2)September 11 Memorial

DSC_0234 (2)Grand Central Station

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Staten Island Ferry Terminal


The best method of transportation in America’s largest city is the subway system, which runs to 4 of the 5 boroughs and can take you essentially wherever you want to go.

If you fly into EWR (Newark), the best and cheapest way to get to the city is the Airport -> Port Authority bus. While it’s not nearly as cheap as a public bus in, say, Central America, you can’t ask for much in this expensive city.


I have a few qualms about New York, but the most notable one is that their ranch sucks. It’s some sort of low-cal crap that yogis put on their salads. And I’m supposed to dunk my hot wings in that? Anyway…

We had a few good meals in China Town and Little Italy, and some $1 pizza slices at little dives, but none were significant enough to take down restaurant names. My favorite meal was breakfast at Birch Coffee.

Birch Coffee

Birch Coffee had delicious pastries and amazing coffee. The atmosphere was more of a rustic feel, and I could have spent my entire weekend there, writing and continually caffeinating myself on delicious brews.

There are so many activities to do and sights to see in New York, and it’s hard to accomplish even a fraction of these in 24 hours.

What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Comment below!

The Wayfaring Woman

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