Where should I even start with this? We all have our own dream destinations and I guess New York has been mine since as early as I could count. Having not been for over 10 years, you could already imagine the excitement building up inside me when I was told that we were going to spend a month there in the summer holiday. I know a lot of people who want to live in New York at least once in their life (myself included) and there are so many reasons why. It’s a playground- fulfilling the interests of every person be it watching broadway shows, going to fashion week or even eating at some of the greatest restaurants in the world.
American Museum of Natural History
This is home to exhibitions of animals, tribes and just a lot of weird and interesting things. For example, we spotted a picture of the Philippine Tarsier. Also, if you’ve watched Night at the Museum, we even took photos with the famous easter island head, dum dum.
The first question i asked myself was “why can’t we have something like this back home?” It’s the perfect place to relax, take photos or jog. Or you can ride a pedi cab like we did! haha. The park is humongous (like you don’t already know that) and clean. I love the fact that there are fountains scattered around the park.
So here’s a brief description of my first steps in New York city since 2003. Our initial plan was to stay and rest back in New Jersey with our family friends on the day we arrived. But once my mom said she was going to the city for dinner, I insisted on going. The wait on the train was almost agonizing but as soon as we exited Penn Station, my eyes met with the blinding lights of times square. Guys, love at first sight is real (cheesy but true).
Museum of Modern Art
The main reason why we went to New York was so that my uncle, cousin and I could attend the Parsons summer program. I took up the digital video and photography class. And since taking photos in a classroom is boring, almost everyday we had the chance to explore the city. On one of the days, we visited the MoMA to evaluate photographs. Although we were quite rushed, I’m very glad I had the chance to visit. For all you Instagram freaks, the place is so photogenic haha.
Brooklyn Bridge (& Park)
In Manila, you mostly get around by car. Walking in New York was a big change from what I’m normally used to and to my surprise, I like it a lot. Walking along the Brooklyn bridge was on my list of things to do and the 20 block walk just to get to it was definitely worth it. Yes, my feet died but the bridge it’s simply beautiful. But keep a look out for the mad bikers!
The Brooklyn Bridge park isn’t so bad as well. I went there on a different occasion with my photography class. Our assignment was to just go around and take photos. We spent a whole hour just admiring the place. It’s colorful, peaceful and that’s what I love about it.
I met up with a few of my friends from summer camp at Coney Island. (thanks Elena for suggesting it, love you shark queen) Once again, it was extremely colorful and super energetic. I pretty much liked all the rides we rode: The Cyclone, Luna 360, Wild River, Steeple Chase, Soarin’ Eagle and Thunderbolt. The Cyclone is a wooden roller coaster which seems scary but it was actually my favorite ride. The thunderbolt looked terrifying too; there was a drop that was almost vertical. Gahhh, I just love roller coasters. By the way, the funnel cake is to die for. And most importantly, it’s best to go with a group of friends.
One more thing: the subway. New York is known for this very efficient mode of transportation and to be honest, I was anticipating for the moment to finally ride one. Why don’t we have this back home? No clue. Every tourist should go experience riding the subway at least once in their trip.
Come to think of it, we actually didn’t visit a lot of touristy spots. This clearly shows that one month isn’t enough. Yes, that’s me hinting to my parents that we should go back there next summer hihi 🙂 There’s more of New York coming on my blog so watch out!