“Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!”– Walt Whitman
I had one day in New York. One day with a lot to do.
The flight to NY was a full flight, so it was a little bit more cramped than usual. As we entered the airport, it was clearly visible how crowded the place was. I had never been to the Laguardia airport before, so this was my first time. The moment the plane taxied towards the airport, you could tell that there was major construction going on, after all, it’s New York. If you haven’t seen or heard about it, the airport is getting undergoing a major renovation and if you visit today, you can see that revamping in full effect. As we got out of the airport, we booked an Uber and began our day-long trip throughout New York.
As we landed, it was almost afternoon, so we thought of stopping for lunch before heading on to the next set of things. Our first stop in New York was to an incredible restaurant called BareBurger. With franchises all around New York and wonderful menu options for vegetarians, BareBurger is a great NYC restaurant. We went to the one right around 1681, 1st avenue, and we reached right when they were opening up. The food was delicious and it was very enjoyable.
After having lunch, we went to the Grand Central Terminal. I had never been to the Grand Central Terminal before and this was my first time. Like anywhere in New York, Grand Central was really crowded. Like the kind of “crowded” where it is impossible to get around without bumping into someone else. In Grand Central Terminal we got donuts from the Donut Plant. The Tres Leches donut was so good, and I would definitely go back and get more if I could. If you are ever in NY, be sure to stop by any of their outlets to try their unique donuts.
By the time we were done with the Grand Central Terminal, I was starting to get tired, but our trip was only beginning. We had a lot more to see and do that day. After seeing Grand Central we took a taxi to Central Park for a short stroll. We went to the Belvedere Castle and got some beautiful pictures of the landscape. Strolling through Central Park was very peaceful and fun. We even ran into an enthusiastic golden retriever and had a great time petting him.
While we would have stayed in Central Park for longer, we still had a few more places to visit. One of the most important places that we wanted to visit, was the 9/11 memorial and museum.
Seeing the memorial and paying respect to all whose lives were lost on that horrific day was something that I had always wanted to do and I am glad that I got the opportunity to do that during this trip. Walking through the museum was quite emotional and it was an experience of its own. I would recommend that if you happen to be in NY, make it a part of your list of things to do.
Before I visited this museum and memorial, I had only heard about the events that took place on that day, and I never really had a deep understanding of the events that happened. I walked through the museum and learned about all the heartbreaking, saddening, heroic, and courageous stories of that day and the days, months, and years that followed. It was one of the more emotional parts of the trip but the most important one.
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002
Finally, we were reaching the end of our trip. By now, I was exhausted and ready to relax and thankfully, for the last part of our trip, we were going to watch a Broadway show. We were going to watch “To Kill A Mockingbird”.
“To Kill A Mockingbird” (by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher) was an incredible show. The entire cast and crew did an amazing job of telling a very important story that needs to be told. You may have read the story “To Kill A Mockingbird” but if you haven’t, it basically delves into aspects of racism and injustice that took place in the 1900s (I don’t want to reveal too much). This show did a great job of telling this valuable story. As the show went on, I became absorbed into the style of storytelling and the actor’s performances. Jeff Daniels produced an extraordinary performance, and I enjoyed watching this remarkable broadway show. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a great way to spend their evening.
I think this was one of my favorite trips to New York. While I have been to NY many times, and probably will continue to go many more times to come, I feel that during this trip I learned and experienced much more than I ever did before. This trip was a valuable one and I am very glad that I went on it, and I am glad that I was able to share my journey with you guys.