“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” -Lovelle Drachman
So after living in a suitcase for 3 months in China, and a week back home, I was off to NYC! I love New York City so much. There’s just something about the brick brownstones and artisan coffee shops that makes me happy. I have so much to tell you guys.
I actually drove to NYC from Niagara Falls, Ontario. It took pretty much an entire day of driving and I drove through 3 states. Pretty cool though. I went through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and finally New York. The drive was pretty uneventful, I was surrounded by vast fields and farms. Then as soon as I entered New York, it suddenly turned into skyscrapers and just a bunch of people everywhere. I went through the Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour on a Friday…something I definitely do not recommend. I swear I was sitting in my car in the tunnel for a good half hour. Thats not including the time that I spent in line to get into the tunnel. The whole journey (through the tunnel) took about an hour and a half and I’m not even exaggerating. However, it was cool to think that I was under the Hudson River…but at the same time I was freaking out. I hate going over long bridges with a lot of cars, I’m always scared that it’s gonna collapse and going in the tunnel was no exception. I was having a mini panic attack- I swear I thought the tunnel was going to collapse. Good news, it didn’t (duh).
I stayed at this nice AirBnB in the Upper East Side. For those of you that don’t know, the Upper East Side is a great neighbourhood east of Central Park filled with rich people. It was so cool seeing the brownstones and apartments along Park Avenue. I can definitely see the appeal of spending millions of dollars on property on that street. (Future goals!) Here’s the view from my AirBnB:
Anyways, since I got to the city pretty late that night, I only had time to have dinner and take a stroll along Park Avenue (beside Central Park). I had dinner at a dinner called Burger Heaven. The dinner looked pretty cool and they had a bunch of people eating inside, but their burgers were pretty “meh”. I had a strawberry milkshake, which was $5.25 and absolutely TINY. I thought it was kind of a rip off but maybe I just wasn’t used to NYC prices. I also had a turkey burger which was kind of bland…like the burger came out and it was just a bun, lettuce and tomato. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you literally have no other options. It was unnecessarily overpriced and just not worth it in my opinion. (My dad got the chilli burger and it was decent, but still pretty pricy).
After the pricy and somewhat disappointing dinner, my family and I went on a stroll on Park Avenue. If you’re a fan of Pokemon Go, I recommend you checking out Central Park. There were so many Pokemon to catch and so many people playing. I literally saw a guy hop the stone fence to catch one.
My first day(ish) in NYC was pretty good. Besides dinner I was pretty content with where I was living and the neighbourhood in general. I’ll write more soon!
As always, safe travels.