12 Hours in New York
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So let me start off by saying that I have never been to New York before this. The biggest city I had ever been to was Chicago and that was a long time ago, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from New York. I have heard a lot about the craziness and seen New York in tons of movies and TV shows, so I was very excited to go, even if it was only for 12 hours. Why only 12 hours? Well I went to New York on a bus trip with my mom, aunt, and cousin. The trip cost about $100 and we left Canton, Ohio at 10:30 pm on Friday, June 29. We were expected to sleep on the bus while we traveled to New York overnight, "expected" being the key word. I sat in the back of the bus and it was bumpy, noisy, and uncomfortable, but atleast it got me to New York and back! I didn't sleep for more than two hours in a row (I'm sure no one else did either) so when we got to New York at 8 am the next morning, everyone was exhausted.
Well my aunt and cousin really wanted to go to Chinatown first (to spend all their money), so we hit the subway and bought one day Metrocard passes for $7 a piece. We got off at Canal St. and started off in the direction we thought was Chinatown, only to realize (after 20 minutes of walking) that we were going in the wrong direction! So once we finally got there, the first thing we did was buy purses, wallets, and tons of jewelry. Before we were there, I didn't think I was really going to shop, I just wanted to see the sights in NYC. I now realize that Chinatown and shopping is part of NYC.
After Chinatown we rode the subway and did a lot of walking in our pursuit of Times Square. On the way we passed Madame Tussaud's and ate lunch at a really cute little restaurant somewhere near Madame Tussaud's called Pax. It was neat, clean, had a great atmosphere, and seemed healthy. They had a vast selection of sandwiches, pizza, wraps, salads, drinks, side items, and desserts. The sandwich I got was called "Thanksgiving" and it was AMAZING. It was on a pumpkin seed-based bread with turkey and a cranberry spread.
After lunch we finally made our way to Times Square. That was probably the most stunning part of the trip for me. I stood in the little median between all the traffic, people, and billboards, and was just overwhelmed with the fact that I was actually there. It was really cool seeing ABC studios (I'm a big fan of Good Morning America) and everything in Times Square.
The rest of the day was pretty crazy. We went in St. Patrick's Cathedral and it was gorgeous but I was shocked by how much it looked like the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. I felt like it was the same building! Riding the subway ended up being an experience in itself. Everyone kept their heads down and listened to music! I gather that New Yorkers LOVE their ipods.
Later in the day, we took a carriage ride through Central Park. That was really a great way to see the park. Our "driver" told us a lot about the different areas and it was fairly cheap too- only $34 for a half hour ride.
Then we made it to the second floor of the Empire State building. That's where you buy the tickets for the top and when we found out they cost $18, we decided just to shop instead.
New York was an amazing city. It was like nothing I had ever seen before and the large scale of everything is unbelievable. It definately wore me out and I shouldn't have worn flip-flops because my feet were black by the end of the day, but it was so much fun and I can't wait to go back!