In June, my family and I took a trip to New York to visit my sister, Alex, who lives there and is going to school. The timing couldn’t have been better because my best friend, Claire, happened to be in New York at the same time for her 16th birthday! Claire and I hadn’t seen each other for a year since my dad got transferred from a base in Utah to South Carolina. With so much to see and do in only 5 days, I knew I had to make every moment count…
Almost every minute of every day, we were on the move. We saw two Broadway shows (Newsies and Once), walked through Central Park, saw the 9/11 Memorial, and ate at some delicious local restaurants thanks to Alex. The highlight of my trip was going to the top floor (floor 70!) of the GE Building at night and seeing the city. I looked down and saw all of the cars weaving in between one another, the little people walking quickly on the sidewalk, all of the lights flashing brightly. I was in a midnight city that never slept! If you ever find yourself in the Big Apple, I definitely recommend visiting the observation deck of the GE Building. With 360 degree views, it’s said to have the most stunning views of the city.
For lunch one day we decided to stop in an Italian restaurant/market named Eataly. Eataly has an amazing market with a wide variety of Italian foods and products, ranging from fresh pastas and cheeses to fun cooking gadgets. The restaurant side of Eataly is the equivalent of a gourmet food court. Each eatery (as they like to call it), has different kinds of foods from cheese and meat samplers, to pizza and pasta, to sandwiches. My favorite eatery was the panini bar where I enjoyed a caprese sandwich. Another delectable restaurant I would recommend is Carve in Manhattan. It has the best pizza.
As the final day approached, I was sad to leave, but I tried to stay positive because I knew I would be back someday. The last night was spent with Alex. We had a great night full of laughter as she showed us around her neighborhood and introduced us to the Starbucks where she works. The last place she showed us was another view of the New York skyline and it was there that we said our goodbyes. It was the perfect ending to our visit.
As I thought about my time in New York on the plane back to South Carolina, I knew that I had made every moment count.