Okay so here goes my last post about New York (and I’m determined to finish it today***). Even though it’s been two years (almost), it still makes me a little sad when I think about that last touristy day in beautiful New York City. Writing this post all the more makes it sadder because it just makes it seem final you know, that it really is officially done (even though it has been done for a long while now Maddie), that it’s the end of the story I’m telling.
Ok enough of that.
We started the day by getting some coffee at the Starbucks inside Port Authority. Jaz and I decided to bring the cupcakes we bought from Magnolia Bakery with us, since we weren’t able to eat them the night before. We didn’t eat it while drinking our coffee though, we ended up eating them while we were walking around Lower Manhattan. And you know what, they were still so good, even after almost 15 hours.
Our first stop for the day was Brooklyn Bridge, both a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The Bridge was completed fourteen years after the construction began in 1869.
We walked along the Bridge, but we didn’t reach the other side. It was a little too far and since we didn’t have anything planned to do in Brooklyn, we decided to turn back when we reached the middle.
Afterwards, we just strolled around Lower Manhattan. I couldn’t help but take photos of these buildings. If I knew more about architecture, I would go ahead and blab, but since I don’t, I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves!
We then had lunch at Shake Shack — I mean a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without some Shake Shack am I right? 😛
We went to World Trade Center afterwards, and checked out the shops. Jaz and I kinda went mad in Sephora trying things on, to the extent that I accidentally put alcohol on a cotton pad, rubbed it on my eye, thinking it was some kind of a make-up remover!!!
We then visited the site where the Twin Towers once stood. It’s still so sad to think that innocent lives were claimed during the 9/11 attacks…
The next stop on our itinerary was the Raging Bull. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t able to take a photo — there were so many people. Haha and I wanted a photo by the bull, Jaz and I literally tried quite hard, but still no bueno.
On our way to Wall Street, we passed by the Trinity Church. The Church is listed in the US National Register of Historic Places, US National Historic Landmark, and it is a New York City Landmark. During the 9/11 attacks, it served as a refuge for some of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, because of it’s proximity.
From the Trinity Church, we walked to Wall Street. We took a couple of photos and didn’t stay long.
We walked over to the National Museum of the American Indian the entrance to the museum was surprisingly free of charge!
I had just visited a bit of Alaska before coming to New York, and that trip was pretty eye-opening. I learned quite a lot about the Native Americans in Juneau, Haines, and Ketchikan, so when we visited the museum, I was particularly interested in the displays about them.
We walked around the neighbourhood after spending a short while at the museum.
This pretty building, which I thought was simply called the US Post Office, is actually called the James A. Farley Building.
Next stop: Empire State Building. We didn’t go to the Observatory so it doesn’t count, right? Jaz and I walked around the lobby and only looked at the displays.
The Flatiron Building (originally the Fuller Building) is probably my favorite building in New York. I can’t explain my reaction when I first saw it. It was completed in 1902, and it’s amazing how its grandeur still stands today.
After taking pictures, we walked to this little food park a few steps away from the Flatiron. It was then that I had my first bad experience throughout the trip. Jaz and I were sharing a table with a couple. I was seated next to the small pedestrian between the tables and the stores. I was happily eating my food while we tried making small talk with our table mates when all. of. a. sudden. some random dude poked/touched my lower back and before I could even react, he was already gone. It took me a few seconds to register what had happened I mean WHAT THE HECK and by that time it was already too late.
While waiting for Jaz’s mom, we went around the shops, joined the crowd and watched one of the street performances. We then headed back to Port Authority after a while, since I had to pack and get ready for my flight to Chicago the next day.
It really really really was a short trip, but even with the limited time, I’m just super happy we were able to cover a lot, I mean we visited quite a few landmarks only by foot and occasionally, the subway. To this day, I honestly still miss New York and I can’t wait to visit again and explore the city.
***nope, finished this post three days later :—-)