As for the rest of my trip, I enjoyed every New York Minute. From baseball games to museums and ferry rides to skyline views, my time in the Big Apple was nothing short of amazing. While seeing the Times Square billboard in person was the highlight of my tourist-y time in NYC, here’s some honorable mentions:
It’s said that over 2,500 cyclists and nearly 4,000 people walk across the Brooklyn Bridge daily. I now understand why. The bridge is a little over one mile long with the pedestrian entrances for the walkway approximately 1.6 miles apart.
My original intent was to run across the bridge but with having to dodge other pedestrians and wanting to take photos of the views, I opted for a nice joy walk from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan and back. Along the way, I enjoyed looking at (and buying) work from local artists and taking in the Manhattan skyline.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)
Ever since hearing about the MET in college courses, I knew I had to check it out. While it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, the museum was MASSIVE and a giant maize of artwork dating back centuries. My favorite pieces, however, were the more modern prints and works. They also had an exhibit called “The New Woman Behind the Camera” that shared stories and photographs taken by women leading and breaking barriers in the early 1900’s. I found the stories and images fascinating and inspiring as I dive head first into owning my own creative business.
I even got to end my museum visit with a beautiful night view of the Manhattan skyline including the two bright lights to honor those we lost on September 11, 2021, on its 20th anniversary.
Mets Stadium & Yankees Stadium
As a sports fan, it’s so nice to spectate live sports again! Within my first week of the city, I enjoyed one Yankees game and two Mets games! The atmosphere at both stadiums were contagious and I even talked some new friends into accompanying me to the Mets games which made woo-ing and boo-ing even more enjoyable. I may even be coming home with a new Mets jersey and cap… lucky for me I've got a grandfather who also doubles as a loyal, die-hard Mets fan.
Speaking of my grandpa, this trip was made extra special by getting to travel along the streets my grandpa was born and raised on. I got to see the apartment he grew up in, and later on, the place my dad would go back to to visit his grandma. I also got to see the beautiful church my grandpa was baptized at, grew up attending, and eventually the one my grandparents were married in. It’s funny how exploring that day suddenly made the city of millions feel extremely small with a piece of home.