So here is the final days of our trip. More like 1.5 days. It’s Friday morning and the three of us are completely exhausted. New York, you had worn us out! But we were not about to let a day go by wasted; we got out bed, got ready, grabbed bagel from the hotel and headed out the door for another full day. Our first stop was always coffee and that day we decided to head out to Cafe Grumpy in Brooklyn. The three of us really are big fans of the show GIRLS on HBO and it was at this coffee shop that part of the show is filmed at. So we nerded out as we drank iced coffee and enjoyed a bit of the peaceful morning. Once our coffee was gone, and we felt ready to take on the day we managed our way through the subway system once again till we found ourselves at the 9/11 Memorial.
My dad asked me last night what was the most impactful part of my trip and I told him without a doubt it was visiting the 9/11 Memorial. Even though I didn’t know anyone in the Twin Towers or in the planes that crashed, it still was life changing for me. I remember like it was just yesterday. I was sleeping in my bed when they hit. My mother came to wake me up and brought me to the TV, which was in my garage then. I sat on the couch, young, but afraid that something in our world wasn’t right and it was to big for me to understand. It was so important for me to remember that day in such a real way. I need to be reminded that our nation is not invincible and that things like 9/11 happen to other parts of the world continually. We walked around the memorial for a bit, shared our stories and then decided it was time to move on.
Our next stop was finding out how to see the Statue of Liberty. There were signs everywhere for tickets to see her, but all options were out of our price range. We asked around and found out that we could take a taxi (FOR FREE) ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, which will pass right by the Statue of Liberty (SOLD!) So we ventured on to the boat with the other hundreds of people and sailed off to Staten Island. It felt great to be on the water. After all that time being stuck waiting for a subway or in crowds of people with 100% humidity, it was great to feel the breeze, see the boat part the waters and enjoy the city from a different view. Once we got to Staten Island, we were starved. We looked around and found a pizza place. We couldn’t leave New York without trying some pizza! We sat down with iced tea and two slices of cheese pizza (that are literally the size of my face). It was perfect. After lunch, we took the next ferry back to Manhattan. This time we sat on the right side of the boat to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty herself. Pretty impressive.
On our trip back to, I told my friend that New York Fashion week was happening while we there. Her eyes got big with excitement and said, “we have to go!” Once off the boat our mission then was to find #NYFW. We got on another subway and made it to Bryant Park; unfortunately, a few years ago NYFW had moved and was now being held at Lincoln Square (TOO FAR!). A little disappointed, we took pictures in the original place for NYFW and then decided to was time to move on to a new adventure. The second thing on my list was to see the Brooklyn Bridge. My dad is a huge nerd about it. He has read about it and if you ask him about it, you better have the time for a long a conversation on how it was built. We talked about going Saturday morning, but I told them I would love to try to get there at dusk tonight if we had the chance.
We did. We made it too Brooklyn Bridge right at dusk and it was beautiful. The light was amazing. The bridge was amazing. There were big puffy clouds surrounding us because rain was coming. I loved it. I could have taken pictures of my friends there for hours… IF it hadn’t started to rain. Once it began to lightly rain, we agreed it was time to head home. There was no close subway to take us back to our hotel, so we decided to walk. WALK. WALK ALMOST THREE MILES all the back to our hotel, but in the end I think it was worth it. We found some great walls to take pictures in front of and a really creepy bug. I think it made the walk worth while at least.
By the end of that night was time to set the camera down. Carrying my camera, my wallet, my phone, and any other essentials in my bag was wearing me down. For the remainder of trip (which was less than 24 hrs at this point), I put my camera away and enjoyed our time with little holding me down. That night, after freshening up a bit, we met up with our friend for a final dinner in Bushwick. It’s a cute little part of Brooklyn that reminded me a lot of Downtown LA. Before dinner we looked at some vintage shops, and decided we needed to come back the next morning before we leave for a better look. After dinner, we said our goodbyes and made the journey back to our hotel room. We collapsed.
Saturday was our departure day, so we didn’t have much time. The one thing we had wanted to do, but had not done was shop! I looked up on a yelp a thrift stores near by, grabbed a quick breakfast and headed out again. We wandered into a cute little bakery and coffee place for our daily coffee, we found a cheese shop that smelled delightful and we stumbled upon some cute vintage shops before finding the thrift stores. I came home with a couple of tops, but most importantly, a Johnny Mathis record AND a Diana Ross and Supremes record. THAT was pure gold. It was getting close to when we had to check out of the hotel, so we rushed back just in time to gather our belongings and head out to the airport.
The rest of the trip is just getting to the airport. No glitches and time to spare, but do have to say, New York was a crazy amazing experience. My feet, a few days later, are still recovering from all the walking, waiting, and stair climbing. Would I go there again? Yes! Absolutely. Probably in the spring or fall though and probably would not try to do as much. However, I would change this trip at all. It was exactly what it needed to be and I am glad to share it with you all!