New York State of Mind

For those of us who live close to the Big Apple, going to NYC is a perfect day trip idea. For those people who may not live so close to the city, you can make an entire vacation around it. New York City has quite the reputation, being known as the city of dreams, the city that never sleeps, and simply the best city in the world. In my opinion, it holds up to that pressure. There are endless possibilities and places to go, including entertainment, art, restaurants, and activities. If you are interested in theater, Broadway is the place for you. Food addict? Check out the streets filled with options ranging from street food to fancy restaurants with waits even Taylor Swift herself couldn’t maneuver around.

For those people going to the city, I would like to share a few possibilities available. Firstly, always remember that it is O.K. to be a tourist once in a while. Go to the Empire State Building. Go to the Statue of Liberty (which is technically in New Jersey). But with that said, also try to check out some underground places. New York City has a ridiculous amount of small cafes, museums, and other activities that may not be known to many people because they are simply not looking for them. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do some research first. You’ll be surprised by the amount of interesting places to go that you would’ve never known were there.

I’m lucky because my (half) sister lived in Manhattan for the majority of my life and then moved to Brooklyn for a year before moving to California a few months ago. Due to this, I was able to go to the city every once in a while to hang outand see the local spots that my parents would have otherwise missed. I’ve been to amazing Chinese, Mexican, and coastal restaurants that many people probably walk right passed without noticing. Now that she moved to a new state completely, I will probably take up the responsibility of finding these places once I move to the city.

If you’re someone like me who lives close to the city and is looking for a few ideas that you could do, be sure to check out tickets for Broadway (or off-Broadway) plays. I recently saw Aladdin on Broadway and was amazed at the talented cast, the extraordinary sets, and the unbelievable musical performances. I’m a sucker for Disney so I may be a bit biased, but ever since I saw that play I have been looking for more and more opportunities to see more. I went to the city in the first place with my school because they had a discounted bus trip available. I planned to go with a bunch of my friends and took the opportunity to walk around the city and see as much as I could. (Check out the photo attached of the friends I went with) The reason I bring this up is because simple opportunities that may go unnoticed could be the greatest possibilities. So keep an eye out for those flyers or emails that you just pass by or automatically click past because you think it is unimportant. They could lead to your best memories.


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