Over the long Labor Day weekend, we headed off to the big apple to help move in my sister-in-law to college. Out of 3,000+ hopeful students who applied, only 14 girls were accepted into Pace University’s prestigious Musical Theater program. Alisa, my ultra talented little sis, was one of them.
We arrived at our hotel just a few blocks from Times Square and waited for the rest
of the to meet up so we could go enjoy the city night. We headed down to Times Square along with hundreds of others. It was already dark but the city was still so alive. Seeing Times Square on TV is one thing, but actually experiencing the buzz and thrill of excitement is another. Over 300,000 people visit Times Square everyday – that’s 6x more than Disneyland sees per day.
The next day we headed to Pace University to get Alisa situated. All my dorm room college related memories flooded back to me and I was in full blown nostalgia mode. I absolutely loved my dorm room college experience and met some of my best friends that I will have for the rest of my life.
Pace is on the lower East side right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. So after getting Alisa all set, we rode bikes across the bridge to explore Brooklyn. There are so many people in NYC and the bridge is no exception. We were dodging people left and right and thankfully none of us had any falls or run ins.
The view of the city from Brooklyn is breathtaking. Brooklyn itself is pretty breathtaking as well. We ate lunch at the cutest little fish n chips place right on the Hudson River. Perfect location not only for the views but for the people watching. New York is home to thousands of people and thousands of tourists everyday, therefore it’s home to some of the best people watching ever.
After crossing back over the bridge into Manhattan, we went straight to the hotel to change for Broadway. We saw “Waitress”, a super cute musical about a waitress’ highs and lows in life stuck in a miserable marriage and struggling confidence combined with extraordinary pie making skills and a second chance in life. It’s heart warming and heart breaking all in one, but above all will leave you feeling hungry for pie.
A hurricane rolled onto the shores of North Carolina and the effects cooled NYC down to the perfect temperature. So the next day, the boys took advantage of the extremely rare East Coast barreling waves while the girls headed to the Upper East Side to shop and site see.
A quick workout in Central Park the next morning and we were off to the Freedom Tower. Standing in the place where so many families worlds were completely turned upside was chilling. If you haven’t seen the memorial, you need to. We took a tour of the Freedom Tour on the 102 story of the massive building. The views were breathtaking and we could see what seemed like the entire city. New York City is a dream.
The last of our NYC trip was spent walking along the High Line. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It has cute little booths set up with coffee, gelato, and other snacks to purchase. We walked the full length just as the sun was setting. As a California native, beautiful sunsets on the Pacific are a usual, but watching the sun dip behind towering skyscrapers was definitely a sight to see.
I completely fell in love with the city that never sleeps in only a few short days. It seemed like we did so much but there’s still so much to see and do in this amazing city. On the long flight back to the west coast we were already planning our next trip out.