What an amazing trip to New York City this was! The night that I took this photo was an unexpected treasure! Why NOT stand in the middle of the street in Times Square posing for a photo?
Well, it was actually about 3:00 in the morning! No taxi cabs blazing around the corner, no horns blowing, and no officers blowing whistles at us to get out of the street! I can just hear it….the usual noise of the city that never sleeps was, for a few hours, well…sleeping. I love those loud, crazy, somewhat chaotic sounds of the Big Apple during rush hour, which we all know, is every daylight and evening hour in New York City. It’s what I crave. It’s what I look forward to when heading to that jazzy, energetic metropolis!
My friends and I had 4 full days of broadway shows, fancy dinners, and great shopping! Not wanting the night to end (or the trip for that matter), we decided to see if this theatrical giant that never sleeps was capable of creating a stage for us that was quite different from any we had seen before in this city.
It was as if we had the whole city to ourselves…like an empty theater after a broadway show with all the props remaining. Of course, that was only because it was in the wee hours of the morning and there was a slight drizzle that gave us our platform to play. We discovered the big red HOPE sculpture on 7th Avenue and the big red LOVE sculpture about a block away on 6th Avenue.
Yes, that’s us on the big screen. We owned the night…At least, our night! And a great one it was!
When the daylight hours approached, we set out for a full day of sightseeing, shopping, and great food! Getting a close up view of the One World Trade Center is a must! What a beautiful and magnificent sight! When I get back to NYC, I’m definitely going to get a ticket to One World Observatory, the viewing deck at the Freedom Tower. I’ve been told it’s only a 43 second ride in one of the tower’s sky pods to the 102nd floor where you get a 360 degree view of the entire city!
Jumping on the Subway is always interesting! Lots of people watching! I always have to pay close attention to which direction I’m going and what train to get on. Once, my friends and I ended up on the opposite side of the city. We still enjoyed ourselves but definitely didn’t end up at the location we had already planned to see and thankfully didn’t end up in an undesirable location during the wrong time of day.
Our first stop…Chinatown! It’s a fun place to souvenir shop, people watch, and stop for some authentic chinese cuisine.
One of my favorite parts of New York City is taking a stroll through Little Italy! After some fun shopping in Chinatown, a nice glass of wine is definitely on the ‘to do’ list at one the many Italian restaurants. Little Italy backs up to Chinatown so these two places can make a fun visit in one day leaving enough time to get back to Times Square for some more entertainment in the evening!
Although this fun little candy shop is no longer there, I must tell about it! Remembering the days of Papabubble! This was always such a fun place to visit while in Little Italy. It was an art that you don’t often get the opportunity to see. It was very entertaining to watch these talented candy makers roll, twirl, spin, and cut the candy while forming hearts, stars, and all kinds of celebratory symbols that would be visible on the inside once finished. I still order these adorable little candies as gifts during special seasons.
If you’re needing a little help creating a great list of things to do, check out this guide to New York City that will be a great asset to your trip!
There is so much to do even in Times Square alone! Bring your walking shoes! Even though there are taxi cabs lining every street, walking can make the day adventurous if you want to explore the many stores, restaurants, plays, and other iconic places.
While planning your trip, here are a few photos to get you excited about the fun you get to look forward to in the Big Apple!