Empire State of Mind

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In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothin' you can't do, now you're in New York! These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York, New York, New York.

Jay-Z and Alicia keys were right. The vibe in NYC isn't like any other. I absolutely love Paris, but NYC feels like home!

This city never fails to excite me. I always feel I was made for this city!

When my friend told me to fly out to Boston and we could drive to NYC, I couldn't not go.

Having been to NYC once before, I had missed seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

With no exact plan in mind, I flew to Boston. Stayed there for the night and started the 4-hour long drive to NYC early in the morning.

Photo of Empire State of Mind 1/2 by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Empire State of Mind 2/2 by Nishitha Taralagatti

The drive to NYC was so picturesque. With the spring setting in, the drive never felt too long.

Day 1

We had booked a hotel in New Jersey, Candlewood suites, as I am an IHG member and had quite a few reward points.

In addition, our tickets to Statue of Liberty was from the NJ side as the NYC side tickets were sold out a month ago. All we could manage were the pedestal tickets though we booked a month ahead. If you want the crown tickets, you may have to book much early.

Word of advice, Please book your tickets in advance.

Once we reached NJ, dropped our bags at the hotel and got ready, took off to the cruise that would take us to the Liberty Island.

Weather gods did not help us much and the city was so foggy that day, we couldn't see the NYC skyline clearly. Nonetheless, it was breathtaking.The cruise once docks at the Ellis islands, where you can find the details of all the immigrants into the NYC. However, we skipped it and went directly to the Liberty Island. Well, how can you explain it! I can never think about NYC without the Lady Liberty.

Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Secaucus, NJ, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

There is a stall that sells lemonade, in the Liberty Island, do not miss it. It is delicious.

Photo of Empire State of Mind by Nishitha Taralagatti

We then started back to Manhattan. We were so hungry. We stopped at Broadstone Bar & Kitchen for a late lunch. The food was good and the ambience too. Their veg dumplings were to die for.

Photo of Broadstone Bar & Kitchen, Broad Street, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Broadstone Bar & Kitchen, Broad Street, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Broadstone Bar & Kitchen, Broad Street, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

After a scrumptious lunch, we wandered around the streets of Manhattan. Saw the financial district, Broadway, the charging bull, so many buildings that my neck hurt looking up all the time. Thank God, I did not fall on my face.

Photo of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Charging Bull, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

It was the Brooklyn Bridge time next. New York offers something or the other to everyone. The culture, the atmosphere, people rushing to get to some place, the number of tourists! It is somewhat difficult to take it all in at once.

Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

The One World building offers a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the city from the 102nd floor. The elevator takes you up these floors in 45 seconds flat. Ears are going to pop for sure. If you pick a good weather day, the view will be worth the expensive tickets.

Photo of One World Observatory, Fulton Street, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of One World Observatory, Fulton Street, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

How many ever times you visit NYC, you can never get tired of the Times Square. The place comes to life after the sun sets. Big Lights for sure will inspire you here! You can just sit there on the steps and watch the city pass by around you. Those big billboards with their colorful displays are worth every minute of your time you spend in Times Square.

It was not surprising that we spent almost 3 hours sitting there and talking. We left to NJ late into the night to get some sleep.

Photo of Times Square, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti
Photo of Times Square, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Nishitha Taralagatti

Until next time, it was goodbye NYC!

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