My husband and I decided to take a trip to NYC for the weekend. He grew up in Long Island and loves the city. I have only been for a weekend with girlfriends or on an overnight. Needless to say, I was looking forward to seeing the city through his eyes. We are lucky that both of our parents are almost always willing to watch our son while we travel. We fly for free and we use our Hilton credit card for everything, so we use Hilton Honors points for most hotel stays. I recommend the Hilton American Express. 75,000 signing bonus
We landed in JFK at 8:00am. We took the Airtrain to the MTA to Jamaica station in Midtown, dropped our bags at the West 57th Street by Hilton Club. This totaled $7.50 and took a little less than an hour. After this, we immediately went to a local deli called Angela’s Sandwich Shop so my husband could get his much needed New York breakfast sandwich on a roll. According to locals, this is a must have in NYC! We used Yelp and found it a block away from the hotel & Central Park. We ended up eating here for breakfast every day we were in NY.
From there we took the MTA down to the Financial district so we could see the Ground Zero Memorial. You can skip one of the lines by ordering your ticket ahead of time online, we didn’t know this. We didn’t mind waiting and enjoying the views. The 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools. They set within the footprints of the original twin towers. It was very emotional for both of us. Being a flight attendant that was fortunate not be working on 9/11, I see it from the point of view of an American of course, but also as a crew member on the planes. I can’t even imagine what those crew members and passengers experienced. My husband was a police officer at the Capital building at the time. He was also not working when the planes hit the towers or the Pentagon. Anyone that was old enough remembers exactly where they were on 9/11. We all have our own stories. No matter what your story is, I recommend going to the Memorial. Words can’t describe it once you step inside.
There is a minute by minute timeline that runs the entire length of the room. It explains every single thing that happened throughout the devastating crash and fall of the twin towers. It was amazing and sad at the same time. The room has interesting artifacts. The half crushed Ladder #3 firetruck, pieces of an aircraft passenger window, articles of clothing of victims and firefighters. You can spend a couple of hours in this room alone. Lot of videos, pictures from all angles and stories of some amazing people. The hardest part for me was hearing the voicemails people left their loved ones on this day. I was in tears during most of the tour. They have kleenex and bathrooms in preperation for this.
After visiting this beautiful tribute and memorial to the victims & first responders, you will be even more proud to be an American than you were when you walked in.
The next day was a bit chilly, but we took a Pedicab tour around Central Park. My husband was going to be taking my stepdaughter to NYC for her 10th Birthday and wanted to see if it was something she would enjoy. (Update: She loved every minute of it. They showed her the Home Alone bridge and all sorts of things that appealed to her)It was so interesting to hear the history of the Park and for him to show us things we would have never foundbon our own. One of these things included amazing apartments on the Upper East Side that are rent controlled and have been for many years. I recommend taking the tour. They also have bike tours where you can ride your bikes through the park or take a horse and carriage. Click on the pics below & get 25% off! We weren’t aware of the deal when we went, but still think it was worth the money we paid.
Be sure to check out the High Line (also known as High Line Park) The park is built on a disused, southern viaduct section of the New York Central Railroad line known as the West Side Line. Originating in the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street. It is a little less than 2 miles and such an enjoyable walk. It was a bit chilly when we were there, but we still enjoyed it. I look forward to going in the Spring or Summer and bringing the kids with us. They have grassy areas you can picnic on during those month. Here is a website I found that had a lot of great pictures.
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