Welcome to one of the most unique cities in the world with tall skyscrapers, Spiderman and Elmo wanting to take a picture with you, and at least ten people asking if you would like a bus tour on every block. NYC in New York is definitely a stop for those who are coming from abroad and should be on the list for all in the states!
Gretel and I took a bus for the weekend since driving into the city has very expensive tolls and more financially demanding parking spots. Naturally, one spot you have to see is Times Square.
Here you can go to M&M World to get your fix of chocolate multicolored candy, a lot of top brand clothing stores, and the Disney store to get the latest Star Wars merchandise!
The buildings are covered in animated advertisements with flashing lights, and for those who are looking for the perfect picture spot look for the red stairs in the middle of the street. They are stairs that lead nowhere but provide you with a great look of the city! By the way, right under the stairs is a place where you can by cheap Broadway tickets!
As always in a big city, watch your wallets purses, and bags to make sure that you do not become a victim of pickpockets!
That’s right, while you are in Times Square you should try to see a show! Of course, try to buy them online to make sure that you get a seat! Tickets can be expensive depending on the show, but when it comes down to it these are some of the best theatrical actors on the entire planet! We went to see Aladdin and it was one of the coolest shows we have ever seen, with the entire stage being as alive as the people preforming.
People were popping out of the ground, the background was animated, and props moved on their own. Of course, the Magic Carpet flew all around the stage with Jasmine and Aladdin on top! It was money well spent!
If you end up asking yourself “With all of the shopping I did and since the show was awesome, now it is getting dark, what should I do” especially in Winter when the days are shorter, it’s time we share with you a pretty cool place to grab a drink.
230 FIFTH ROOFTOP BAR
The only catch? You just have to be 21 years old to enter 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar! No cover charge, no VIP status claiming you know famous people. You walk in, show your ID, and you can drink while getting an awesome view of the city, especially of the Empire State Building!
After riding the elevator there is an open room where there is another bar and may have a private party, but we wanted to see the skyline and be outside. What was also cool, or should I say warm, was that there were heated lamps turned on for chilly nights and something else entirely:
Igloos during Winter! That’s right! Plastic igloos where you can help yourself inside and sit down next to a heater. It is a bit louder if you have to share with strangers, but it is a nice wind breaker!
There were only about three beers on draft but they had plenty of bottles, signature drinks, and honestly the best spinach artichoke dip we have ever eaten!
After a fun night and making it back to our hotel safely (we did not feel unsafe the entire time we were there, but of course we were cautious) we woke up to continue our adventure.
We were only able to scratch the surface of the park, but it is a great break from the city life. There are many passages to walk along and many more people. Gretel and I found the perfect spot for photos as well!
This can easily be a day trip in itself as the park has a zoo and other fun things to do! The next thing on our list was to find a certain delicious shop that was in a different part of the city.
Forget the ice cream bars, this place sells cookie dough! They pasteurize their dairy so all of the dough is safe to eat, so no risk of salmonella! This place can easily get packed so make sure you go early unless you don’t mind waiting in line. We only had to wait a bit and we went right before noon!
Kyle is pretty basic so he got the traditional chocolate chip cookie dough but there is different flavors as well as different toppings! It is a small shop right near Greenwich Village, and even closer to Washington Square Park!
We hope that while you are in New York you can make it to some of our new favorite locations!
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