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Been there, done that: NYC

A few days ago, I compiled my bucket list. On this list is the desire to visit all 50 states, including Washington, D.C., and see the sights and take tons of pictures.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to pick one city in each state and highlight the things I want to do there. I’ll kill some time, and who knows, it might help you plan your next vacation.

I’m going to start on the East Coast in NYC. Minus Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo, it’s a great place to visit.

I’ve been to NYC twice before—in 2008 for my senior trip, and in June 2012 for our honeymoon.

My brother & I in Brooklyn with Manhattan in the background.
My brother & I in Brooklyn with Manhattan in the background.
Hubby & I at the top of the Empire State Building.
Hubby & I at the top of the Empire State Building.








Needless to say, there’s so much to see and do in NYC that it would take a lifetime.

When my family went in 2008, we were very touristy. We saw most of Manhattan from the top of a double-decker bus. But when the hubby and I went, we either walked (I don’t advise this) or took the subway (super easy and cheap when compared to taxis).

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t want to take the subway, but it wasn’t too bad. Just make sure to follow subway etiquette and don’t make eye contact with people. They don’t like it.

As a family, we visited the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, M&M World and Grand Central Station. We saw “Wicked” and “Hairspray” and went to the NHL store.

When my husband and I went, instead of seeing a musical, we saw a play—“The Columnist” with John Lithgow. As a journalist, I loved it. And for my husband, who isn’t a big musical fan, it was the perfect way to experience Broadway without the singing and dancing.

Of course, we went to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island and M&M World—those were must-sees. We also ventured to Central Park, and took the subway all the way down to The Strand (make sure you have a few hours to spend here). We ate at some great restaurants, and had drinks at one of the coolest bars I’ve ever seen.

Make sure you do some shopping too—Forever 21, H&M and American Eagle have huge stores on Times Square that are definitely worth stopping in at, even if you don’t intend to buy anything. It’s crazy to see a four-story Forever 21 that’s mostly underground—I think all of the clothes in the world live on Times Square.

It rained a few times while we were there, but we bought an umbrella at Duane Reade and didn’t let it stop us. No matter where you vacation, it’s bound to rain at least once while you’re there, even if you planned your trip down to a “T.” Act like a local and pretend it’s not raining—enjoy yourself and see what there is to see.

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