Has it really been a week since Whitney was here?!
Last Thursday, Jennifer’s friend Whitney flew up from Orlando to visit. Perfect timing as it was the 4th of July! Per our summer’s theme, we spent lots of time walking around the city. This was Whitney’s first time in the city and it was a necessity to be able to take it all in! All of it….so stay with me and you too will be on a virtual tour of NYC…
Thursday night after picking her up from Newark we saw the the Rock, St. Patrick’s, the Empire, the Flatiron, and Washington Square Park. A lot to see in a few short hours!
Friday was a packed day! We started with Union Square, made our way through Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho (again, all walking…). We proceeded to see the new World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial fountains and the civic center.
Moving on to Wall Street we enjoyed a small parade celebrating the 4th of July. There were many veterans in the parade, in their uniforms. It was very neat!
Wouldn’t be a proper NYC trip without visiting Tiffany’s!
We saw Jennifer’s office building, the bull, and then came to the conclusion that we needed to sit down for awhile or just not walk anywhere for awhile. With a spur of the moment decision, we decided to take the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty a little closer. However, we were one of the last ones on the ferry and couldn’t find a great view. Preeti and Whitney proceeded to fall asleep on the ferry which sums up our energy level at this point. Once we got to Staten Island we decided to camp out at the doors to the next ferry, so we could be one of the first ones on to get a nice view of the Statue. It was worth sitting on the questionable floor for half an hour. The view was fantastic and the weather was perfect. We captured great views of Lady Liberty as well as the NYC skyline, specifically of the Financial District.
Once back in Manhattan, we walked through battery park and most of the Esplanade. We headed back to the dorm once we finished, since at this point it was nearly 5 pm. We took a “powernap”, rehydrated, and prepared ourselves for another round of walking.
We spent the evening in Brooklyn with some classic New York style pizza. We ate along the promenade and watched the sunset. We had a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyline; we couldn’t have asked for a better evening.
As we walked along the promenade, Jennifer’s GPS decided to take us the not-so-scenic route back to the subway. Let’s just say we were glad to be together in a group. We walked almost 2 miles before finding the subway back to Manhattan.
The day had truly wiped us out and we were exhausted once we arrived home.
Saturday morning started with a bang as Whitney and Jennifer explored Central Park (and crashed a wedding! Kinda…) Beautiful scenery and semi-fresh air was a relief from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Never-ending Path
The big event of the day was heading to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays. We low-key cheered for the Rays, but they unfortunately did not win. The weather was questionable in the beginning and we were super thrilled that our seats had cover. By the end of the game, the sun was shining and the temperature had risen to a comfortable level. We can now both cross of Yankee Stadium from our bucket list!
The forth of July wouldn’t have been the same without fireworks! Macy’s fireworks are a NYC bucket list item, and what’s better than watching them from a rooftop in Brooklyn Heights?! Logan was very kind to let Whitney, Preeti and Jennifer crash his party with Tyler and join them in Brooklyn. The view was fantastic! Although I must say Red, Hot & Boom’s fireworks are better, it was an experience I will never forget!
Hillsong NYC was the destination Sunday morning. The sermon was brought to us from Sydney, Australia where Judah Smith was giving a sermon. I heard Judah Smith speak before at Passion 2013; and this sermon was nothing less of spectacular like the last one I heard. If you have about half an hour I found it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e400W3ialNs
After the service, Logan, Whitney and Jennifer headed to the Soup Nazi for lunch. The lobster bisque was on point! We walked around Times Square for a bit before meeting up with Preeti at Carlo’s Bakery (can you tell we like going there?!).
Per Whitney’s request, we rode the subway all the way to 86th street. Whitney realllyyyy loves the subway (she hasn’t seen them at rush hour). Nonetheless, we ended up at the Central Park Reservoir, and again walked. Absolutely beautiful day. New Yorkers were freaking out because it was 90 degrees, but to us Floridians it was a beautiful relief.
We rode the subway back, collected Whitney’s belongings and took her to Penn Station so she could catch the NJ Transit back to the airport.
It was a crazy packed weekend, but a well enjoyed weekend. We saw pretty much everything there is to see in a weekend. It was great to see a friend from back home because Preeti and Jennifer are getting a tad bit homesick. It’s hard being so far away for such a long time. Don’t get us wrong, we are loving NYC but not being able to see our friends and family at the drop of a hat is hard. We are over halfway through and are looking forward to exploring in the time we have left before we go back to our family and friends.
We are looking forward to Jennifer’s friend Bailey visiting this weekend and the adventure we will have with her!
Until next time,
Jennifer & Preeti