My 54th Trip To New York

Second stop, New York

Yes, this would probably be my 54th give or take trip to New York. Why? Because my family is from there and we visit around 2-3 times per year…plus, I lived there from 8-13 years old! 

From Philly to New York, it took us about 2 hours, giving us lots of time to wander the city. We met up with two of my childhood friends at the High Line near the Chelsea Market entrance. If you don’t know what the High Line is, you’re in for a treat! It’s a public park built on a 1.45 mile rail line, elevated above Manhattan. There is also a ton of artwork as you walk through the park. Pretty great for our first day in the big apple.
 On our trip, we decided to hotel hop (warning: never do this in a large city with hardly any parking). We stayed at Boro Hotel in Long Island City, the Holiday Inn Express New York in the JFK Area and Club Quarter’s Hotel by the World Trade Center. So, we were able to do quite a bit in all areas.
 
We started one of the days at Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company. Besides the amazing and unique flavors, the aesthetics on these babies are something else! 
A sesame seed bagel with a Norwegian Salmon "Lox" spread (~$8)
 An everything bagel with bacon scallion spread (~$7)

After our bagels, we went to a hidden gem in Astoria. It’s called the Museum of the Moving Image and is by far the best museum I’ve ever been to. It details the latest in digital art, covering every phase of production, promotion and exhibition of moving images. This experience was only $11 with a student ID, originally $15 for an adult. We definitely got our money’s worth because we spent about 3-4 hours here! 

In addition to its interesting history, the museum also had an arcade game exhibition, featuring video games released between 1971 and 1993. 

Go to this museum, you won’t regret it!
 
Next, we headed to SoHo to try Black Tap. But alas, it was too crowded. So, we had to try another day in the Meatpacking area and once more in SoHo. After what seemed like many attempts of trying to get into Black Tap (yes, it is that crowded — mainly because its set up as a bar), we finally got in and tried an instafamous shake. I probably wouldn’t go back because its a little too pricey for a shake, but everyone must try one in his/her lifetime. Plus, no one should eat more than one of these for obvious reasons. 
Our shared Black Tap's Peanut Butter Shake - good but deadly. ($7)

On one of our last days, we went to the World Trade Center, which speaks for itself. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a must see. 

 "No day shall erase you from the memory of time." 

Thanks for reading! Next up, Washington D.C.! 

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