Christmas In New York

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       Christmas in New York City! It was beautiful, it was magical, it was everything I thought it would be, and yes, it was just like the movies. I spent the last 5 days exploring NYC and experiencing almost everything it has to offer. 

       When planning my trip to New York I knew I wanted to see what each of the 5 Burroughs had to offer, but as you’ll see everything doesn’t always go according to plan. haha. 🙂 Needless to say, I still enjoyed my trip to the Big Apple, and 10/10 would recommend to a friend. 

       Oh, and if you know me, you’ll know that I can be a little over the top. So, it should go without saying that I had a color scheme for this trip. 😉 And you’ll notice that the captions, and titles in this post coincidentally match it as well. 

Sunday, December 15

       We arrived in New York City a little late in the day, but this didn’t stop of from exploring the city. Our hotel was located in Times Square, so finding something to do was as easy as walking out the front doors. 

Madison Square Garden

       On a hunt for food, my friend and I found ourselves in the mist of Madison Sqaure Garden. The views were absolutely stunning and I was a little overly excited to take a picture in front of the first Christmas tree we saw in the city.

LETTERS TO SANTA

       After being in New York for a few short hours, I realized that I had completely forgotten to write my letter to Santa! So, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of going to Macy’s and dropping my letter of in a mailbox that sends them straight to the North Pole! Better late than never, right!? haha. Sorry, Santa!

Times Square at night

Monday, December 16

Brooklyn

9/11 Memorial

       Do not visit New York City, without taking time to visit The 9/11 Memorial. The memorial was serene and the museum is even better. After visiting, the only word I could use to describe this experience was “intense.” The museum was thoughtful, beautiful, and did an amazing job at honoring those involved, as well as commemorating those who were lost. 

The OCULUS

       On the other side of the 9/11 museum, you’ll see a giant, funny shaped, eye catching building, and it is no other than The Oculus. The Oculus is not only a transit station, but a shopping center filled with what seemed like hundreds of designer stores.

DINNER & A MOVIE

       Tater-tots and a movie!? Sounds like the perfect date, if you ask me. We couldn’t visit Brooklyn without catching a movie at the Nitehawk Cinema, where you can order a full-course meal while watching your movie! I didn’t go all out, because I had spent nearly  the entire day eating, but munching on tater-tots while watching Queen and Slim was a nice change. 

       And if you haven’t already, go see Queen and Slim! It’s a modern day, AFRICAN AMERICAN, version of Bonnie & Clyde, and my new favorite movie, if I might add. I’m not playing with y’all, go see this movie. Oh, and what makes it even better is that some of the scenes were shot in Savannah, Georgia! 

Brooklyn Bridge

       With the exception of The Memorial, our Monday was spent in Brooklyn. We ate, toured the streets, and ended it all with a walk across the legendary Brooklyn Bridge. This was my favorite part of the day, because I kinda have a thing for bridges. 

Tuesday, December 17th

Queens

       We originally planned to visit Queens on the Monday, and the Bronx on Tuesday, but we had a slight change of plans. On Monday night, we received an Amber Alert and saw reports of a young lady being kidnapped while walking down the streets with her mother, and we found it best to just steer clear of the area. Thank God, the girl was found the following day! 🙂

QUeens Center

       If you’re looking for a place to shop, look no further than the Queens Center. With 4 levels of endless stores, you’ll have plenty of options. And y’all know I couldn’t go to New York, without stopping by a Pandora store. But honestly, I need to stop cause Pandora is going to take all of my money.

Radio City Music Hall

If you go to New York, and you don't see The Rockette's, did you really go to New York!?

       I don’t know what I was expecting when I paid to see The Rockette’s, but they exceeded ALL EXPECTATIONS! All I knew was that The Rockette’s kick, and they sure did KICK! This talented group of young lady’s put on a show with 4-D visuals, a story line, and beautiful graphic images. 

GIANT ornaments

Wednesday, December 18th

Manhattan

top of the rock

Hey Siri, Play Empire State of Mind

Christmas markets

       If you haven’t already noticed, I’m little obsessed with shopping. Visiting the Christmas Markets in Bryant Park are an absolute must. I mean… could you really pass up the opportunity of shopping all things Christmas!?

Thursday, December 19

Statue of Liberty

       No New York trip is complete without visiting the iconic Statue Of Liberty. After taking a short ferry ride across the Hudson River to Ellis Island, you can take pictures and see Lady Liberty herself, who was standing tall and looking mighty fine. 😉 

Fun Fact: The Statue of Liberty was originally copper colored, but turned green due to oxidation.
These pictures turned out super cute, but believe me when I say I was freezing the whole time. Temperatures reached 18 degrees, and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I've never been so cold in my entire life.

Battery Park

Grand Central Station

       We made our final stop in New York City to Grand Central Station. This beautiful architectural piece, was everything I expected it to be, from top to bottom. Details were in everything from the constellations on the ceilings, to the marble trim along the walls, to the rock crystal on the floors. 

next time I will

  • Visit the Empire State Building
  • Walk The High Line
  • Explore The Bronx
  • Visit Squibb Park
  • See The Flatiron Building

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