Recently I went on an amazing trip with my school to New York City!
The day we departed (May 21st), we boarded our Motor Coach at 5:30am and took off for the big city. We arrived at our hotel, La Quinta Clifton, in New Jersey about 12 long hours later. We had about 20 minutes to unpack and get ready, and then we got back on the bus and headed for Times Square, New York City. All I can say is that it’s absolutely breathtaking. Times Square is filled with bright lights, immense crowds of various kinds of
Times Square with Rylee
people, different sights, smells, sounds, and more
Times Square with Rylee
It isn’t hard to have fun in Times Square. We had about 2 hours of free time in Times Square with our friends to have dinner and eat. My friends and I shopped and had McDonalds. Then, around 9:00 our school group headed to the Rockefeller Center. We went up to the 70th floor to the observation deck where we experienced unparalleled views of New York City.
Top of the Rock
The view was even more breathtaking than my first steps in Times Square. NYC truly lived up to it’s name of the ‘City of Lights’ and the ‘City that never sleeps’! Afterward we headed back to our hotel.
After having breakfast at our hotel,
Rylee and Mackenzie at The Met
we boarded our bus and headed to Lower Manhattan. Then, we got off the bus and took a subway to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Met with Mackenzie, Jillian, and Rylee
Established in 1870, the Museum’s collection now contains more than two million works of art from ancient through modern times. It is one of the largest and
Art in The Met
most prestigious art museums in the world and New York’s most visited attraction. Then, we received free time to have lunch. Myself and a few others went to a place I’d never heard of before called the Shake Shack. I had a Shackburger and it was literally the best thing I’ve ever ate. Afterward, we got back on the bus and took a tour of Manhattan from a local New Yorker. This was a unique opportunity to see many homes and buildings made famous by TV, movies and historical events.
Singing YMCA at the baseball game
Strawberry Fields with Mackenzie
This included Central Park, Strawberry Fields, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Empire State Building, Times Square, and more. Afterward, around 7:00 in the evening we went to a New York Yankees Baseball game in the New Yankee Stadium. They played the Texas Rangers, and unfortunately lost.
Yankee’s Game with Tori and Rylee
However, it was still a great experience! Then we headed back to our hotel for the night.
After breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus at 9:00am and headed to the St. George Terminal, Staten Island. Then, we hopped on a Staten Island ferry and took it to Manhattan. The Staten Island Ferry provides 20 million people a year with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. This free shuttle service offers one of the best views of New York City from the front deck of the ship. This is where I had the opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty! We got off the ferry at the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan.
Dunkin Donuts coffee on Wall Street with Skye
Then, we had a Financial District Tour where we got to see Wall Street, Trinity Church, and Federal Hall. Next, we went to the 9/11 Memorial site. The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. At the Memorial, there are two large holes where the two Twin Towers once sat. The holes are lined with waterfalls, and the edge of the holes have walls with the victims names carved. The
Survivor Tree (found in the rubble from 9/11)
reasoning behind the holes is that when creating the memorial, they didn’t want to create something that people could walk over. The holes are a constant reminder of the terrible
events that happened on September 11, 2001. After spending an hour here, we went inside to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The exhibition explores the background leading up to the 9/11 attacks and examines their aftermath and continuing implications. Although I was
An artist asked New Yorkers to paint the colour they thought the sky was the morning before the 9/11 attack, and then created a mosaic
too young to remember September 11th, 2001, the museum made me feel like I was there. I could feel every ounce of pain and remorse from the victims, their families, and anybody else affected by the events that took place then. After we had finished at the museum, we headed to Times Square around 5:00 where we had some free time.
This is where I took the opportunity to meet a Pen-Pal I’ve kept in touch with for about 5 years now, Ava! Meeting Ava was absolutely surreal and awesome, it was as if I had known her all my life. I am hoping to head back to New York and visit Ava this Summer! After saying goodbye to Ava, it was time to head to The Hard Rock Cafe. I loved it! The music and decor set a wicked atmosphere and the food was great!
Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe with Jillian, Rylee, and Mackenzie
When we finished dinner, we received more free time in Times Square. My friends and I took this as an opportunity to go shopping! However, once we’d finished shopping and it was time to head to the Broadhurst Theatre to watch the Play “Mama Mia”, my friends Rylee, Mackenzie, Jillian and I got lost. After running around for about 15 minutes trying to find our way, we gave up and asked a random person for directions. Since we were already late, we sprinted; which isn’t easy in Times Square when it’s absolutely packed with people. We eventually made it to the Theatre, watched the play, which I really enjoyed, and then headed back to the hotel.
After having our last breakfast at La Quinta Clifton, we checked out of our hotel at 10:00 and boarded our bus. The last stop on our trip was at Carlos’ Bakery. The official home of the famous Hoboken, NJ bakery run by Buddy Valastro and La Famiglia. After we had finished there, we headed home!
This was the trip of a lifetime. I had a blast exploring New York City, and I’d recommend this trip to anyone up for an adventure. I’m hoping to go back soon!
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