Ben and I went to New York City this summer for the first time together (we’ve been to New York separately before). Our main reason for going to NYC for an extended weekend was a celebration of Ben’s great-aunt’s 95th birthday, which is a very impressive age, so we HAD to go! 🙂
We stayed in Queens, which is a cool neighbourhood to explore on its own (and a lot cheaper) and took the metro every day to Manhattan. I always thought the metro system was way too complicated in New York, but if we could figure it out and not get lost then anyone can do it. Or maybe it’s just not as complicated as it may seem.
The first day we walked around the midtown area visiting Grand Central Terminal and Times Square. Later we met up with Ben’s family for organic hamburgers in Chelsea and a stand-up comedy show hosted by a guy from Toronto. The second day, we walked so much I had to buy a pair of shoes to change into, we biked through Central Park, strolled through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District and in the evening celebrated the big birthday at an Italian restaurant. The third day we went to a Slovak church in Manhattan and went for lunch with my, I think, second cousin and second cousin once removed? (I can never figure it out.) Anyway, it was really nice to see them and catch up. We also walked the High Line and visited the Brooklyn Bridge at night. And on our last day, (you can probably guess) we walked some more in Battery Park and Flat Iron District before catching our flight back to Ottawa.
In summary, we walked ALL of Manhattan, or at least that’s what it felt like! All in all, we had a great time. NYC is definitely a favourite city of ours and an awesome backdrop for photos!