Hey everyone! I’m back today with another New York City trip! I went to the city on Friday August 11th with one of my closest friends, Alicia, and her Aunt Janet. I have been to New York many many times, but this trip I did and saw so many things I have never done or seen before. It was such a breath of fresh air!
Our agenda for the day consisted of: Riding the Staten Island Ferry, visiting Times Square (of course), eating at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, doing the new NBC Studio Tour, eating ice cream in front of Rockefeller Center, walking down 5th Ave.– making stops at St. Patricks Cathedral and the The Plaza, riding a Taxi back downtown (Alicia had never been in a Taxi so we wanted to give her the experience… & he went soft on us), and finally, to end the day.. we did the One World Observatory and ate diner at the top of the World Trade Center.
So here is a more in depth look into my day in the big apple! Oh, and before I really dig in, I need to give a shoutout to my girl Alicia! She was my personal “blogographer” for the day. A lot of the pictures you’ll see on this post, she took!
Staten Island Ferry: The first thing we did when we arrived in New York. I totally recommend for anyone to do this if they want to get an awesome view of the Statue of Liberty, without actually paying to go on the island. I actually already saw the Statue of Liberty last year when Michael and I took a NYC trip. Alicia has never seen her up close and the Ferry is the perfect way to do it! It is a free ferry ride to Staten Island from Manhattan that goes right in front of Lady Liberty herself. When we got to Staten Island, we just turned around and got on the boat that took us back to Manhattan. It was a super relaxing ride and the morning breeze felt amazing.
NBC Studio Tour: The tour was cool. It was awesome getting to see where SNL and The Tonight Show are filmed everyday. However, I don’t think I would do it again, especially not for $32. If you are really into the production side of television, or you’re just really into NBC shows, then this is probably the tour for you! There were a lot of behind the scene control rooms, and sound rooms we got to see, but for me personally, it was not my favorite thing. Also, there is no photography allowed since it is a special behind the scene look at things, but it’s still a bummer. The gift shop is pretty cool (which is where these pictures were taken), but of course, like everything in New York, it was crazy expensive. At the end of the tour you actually got to do like a mock Tonight Show production with the rest of the people who did the tour with you, and they email it to you so you can share it with your friends and family. That was actually the coolest part of the tour!
One World Observatory: This was absolutely amazing, I highly recommend! The view is breathtaking. I think the $34 was totally worth it for the view alone. If you have the chance, I would definitely try to eat up there as well! They have 3 different restaurant options; ONE Dine, ONE Mix and ONE Cafe. We ate at the ONE Mix which does not need a reservations and is more casual (burgers, wings, fries). The meals are a little pricey, but I think it really adds to the experience, and since you can only eat there by paying the price to see the Observatory, I think it just makes sense.
Those were our big adventures for the day, but obviously we saw so so much more.. take a look!
Now, through the eyes of snapchat: