A Weekend in New York

By Melanie L.

Growing up in California, I always heard that New York City  was a dirty and loud lump of concrete. When I moved to the East Coast, however, people started telling me differently. They told me about how it is a beautiful, bright, and fast-paced way of life, which is right down my alley.

This past weekend, I went to New York for the first time. I had two days to try and cram every recommendation and point of interest I have heard about. And was I able to do everything? No, but I did try. Here is what I did when I visited New York for the first time.

First, we drove down three hours to New Haven, Connecticut because parking in New York is not fun or cheap. Then we took an hour and a half train into New York’s famous Grand Central Station.

We walked through 5th Avenue where there are many different shopping locations.

Then we went to Central Park and ate at Loeb Boathouse for lunch which was right next to the lake.

After lunch, I decided to split off from my parents and went shopping by myself in Times Square.

Then I joined back with my family and we went to eat at an expensive Mediterranean restaurant called Kellari Taverna.

After that, we went to see Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera. It was phenomenal because the set was so intricate and the costumes so detailed.  We then slept in our peaceful little room on the 15th floor of the Gallivant Hotel in Times Square which was a great location because it was easy to walk place to place and my mom got a discount on the room from work.

The next day, I woke up as early as possible so I would not miss anything. We ran to breakfast which was at Junior’s Diner in Times Square. We hopped on a taxi all the way down to see the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. We took a taxi back to Midtown Manhattan and watched another Broadway musical called Beautiful. The musical is inspired and based off the life of singer and songwriter Carole King.

Taking in the advice of friends from both coasts, I was able to find my own perspective on New York City after visiting this past weekend. I wouldn’t choose to live there because of the crowds of people, but I would love to go back many different times because it was a great experience.

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