Last week I took my first adventure to The Big Apple, and what an adventure it was! Buildings as tall as mountains (kind of), taxi's everywhere, sirens and horns making a constant hum, and more people in one block then all of downtown Salt Lake (I'm exaggerating…I think). I loved it! I can completely understand peoples desire to live and (hopefully) thrive there.
I want to share some of my favorite moments and places. Here we go!
Time Square. It's iconic and wonderful! A visual delight of colors, advertising and good design. The only thing I didn't care for were the creepy Mickey and Minnie Mouse's wondering around. No, we don't want out picture with you! If we wanted a picture with you, we would have gone to Disneyland. Even in Disneyland you are a mildly creepy attraction. With your giant glove hands and popping noise. Plus, how do you make that noise? I've tried, and I'm not capable of such a thing. Maybe I've been too hard. Maybe we the weirdo’s YOU should avoid.
Our next stop, Central Park. I seriously had no idea how large Central Park is. It's massive! Encompassing 843 acres, here are some super cool thing to see while you take a walk: the Chess & Checker House, Alice in Wonderland statue and Balto statue (because I love these childhood stories), Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, Loch, Gapstow Bridge, Carousel and the Central Park Zoo. This is just a fraction of what the park has to offer. Make a day of it!
As you will quickly learn, Manhattan is large. Yes, you can walk to a great deal of sights, but if you want to see Central Park and the new Freedom Tower in the same day, you're going to want a bus tour. We road with a company called the "Big Bus Tour." The tour guides were educational and friendly, plus they drop you off in front of all the tourist destinations. It's a great way to see a lot in a short amount of time.
I think this is obvious, but while in New York get to high places. The views are unbelievable! I have never seen such a dense city. It's just building on top of buildings, with more buildings being build on top of buildings. It's jaw dropping.
"The Top of the Rock" is the building that looks onto Rockefeller Plaza. Of course, you are too high up to see the tree from the top, so make sure you stop to see the tree in all its glory. Honestly, the whole plaza was smaller then I thought it was, but it's still an impressive sight, and is a must see for the holidays!
We wouldn't be proper tourist if we didn't see the Empire State Building. What a beautiful building! The interior lobby makes you drool while the view at the top makes you weak in the knees.
I got to go on this amazing trip with my dad. He is truly the Best Dad Ever. It has been decided, so don't even try to convince me your dad is cooler then mine. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime dad, lets go back soon!
I honestly didn't know there are two memorial pools. One for the South Tower (which is the larger of the two pools) and one for the North Tower. WARNING: The pools and the museum are extremely emotional. We went through the museum and it's pretty horrific. It brings everything back like it just happened. So a warning. If you want to keep your day more upbeat, I would maybe consider passing on the museum. However, I would say it's worth going through once. Being a Non-New Yorker, there was so much you didn't know about this tragedy. Bring tissues!
On our last day we were so tired of the super cold and windy weather we decided to go to the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art). So cool! Yes, I took a million pictures of the Egyptian and Armor Exhibit. I'm going to limit my pictures because I took a million. Oh, you didn't know? My phone can hold a million pictures. Yours can't do that? Hmm, what a shame ;)
Sorry about the poor image quality. My phone may hold a million pictures, but that doesn't mean they look that great.
If you have made it this far, you are a champion! To wrap things up, I want to talk briefly about the art show. It was put on by Conception Events and housed at the Cutting Room (Bar). Overall, I think what Conception is trying to do is great! Getting artist into public spaces to show their talents. However, I would suggest against flying to be part of a Conception Event. If they are in you town, GO FOR IT, but I wouldn't invest a ton of money into getting somewhere for this event.
I found that the venue wasn't great for painters to showcase their work properly. It was dark, and when performers took the stage everyone focused on the music, not the artwork on the sides and behind the stage. I would also say, there could have been better marketing of the event. It didn't seem like a great deal of people came, and those who did, were there for their friends. As someone who traveled across the country it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm sure as Conception grows and gains notoriety, it will be an event worth traveling for, but it's currently too small to justify traveling for currently.
Overall I had an amazing time! I got to see a fabulous city I've always wanted to visit. Plus I got to send a full week with just my dad, and that is priceless to me. I can't wait to go back! Maybe next time I can bring my mom!