Last week, we found ourselves in New York on a quick stop, post an extensive trip in India Head Camp, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with World Merit.
My husband, Suli Breaks, is an ambassador of the programme which gives 360 young people from all over the world the opportunity to tackle the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and develop action plans against them. As part of World Merit’s partnership with the United Nations, these action plans were then presented to the United Nations at its headquarters in New York City with the objective of paving our way to successfully addressing these challenges before or by 2030.
It was such a pleasure to be among these youths who were passionate about helping their local communities and what was even more pleasurable was the fact that I got to watch my husband speak at the United Nations. Watching him there, made me realise that we have come a very long way in our journey. And I am super, duper proud of both the struggles and the achievements. It’s moments like that, which makes it all worth it!
Anyway I digress, this post is about New York and how to make the most of two days there! With us being there for such a short period of time, we wanted to take in as much of the city as we could, especially as our friend (who joined us on our trip) had never visited.
Last time we were there, we pretty much roamed the entire city on foot (over a few days thank goodness) and saw so much of it, from North, South, East to West. So the pressure was on to whittle that down to just two days and to the very best bits – but wouldn’t leave us absolutely exhausted. So, if you’re like me, and find yourself spending just two days in the Big Apple, then perhaps you could follow my lead.
Below are some photos from our recent trip to Pennsylvania, a rural region where temperatures are unforgiving, yet a beautiful getaway less than 3 hours out of New York City as well as some pictures and some commentary about our two days in New York.
Whilst we were in New York, we opted to stay in Times Square because we could walk absolutely everywhere from there. I recommend that if you only really have a few days in New York and you want to see all of the attractions, it is probably best to stay close Times Square, so areas such as Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Having said that, accommodation in these areas can be very expensive.
Below is a picture of the hotel we stayed in.
So we put the Rockefeller Centre on our list because not only is it on 5th Avenue, where you can literally shop ’till you drop, but the Rockefeller Centre has the view of Central Park on the opposite side, which is one of my favourite views. Being able to see how huge the park is from above is pretty breathtaking. The location means you can practically go on foot to most places around 5th avenue, such as the Guggenheim Museum or even the Flatiron building. One attraction that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as well is the New York Library, hands down the coolest library I have been too!
Other than visiting the Rockfeller Centre and Central Park, because our hotel was situated in Times Square, we roamed the streets there and here are some of the pictures I took:
I heard about Negril two years ago but every time I went to New York they were always fully booked, I was so glad to know that they had a table free this time and I took full advantage! It is a Carribean restaurant situated in Greenwich village, the trendy part of New York and the food was really good, pricey but really good.
Another splash of culture, that we came across was this Nigerian food truck below! I couldn’t believe that I was eating Pounded Yam and Ogbono in New York! First time for everything – I suppose 🙂 All meals from this truck was $12 and its situated right outside the Nigerian Embassy, which was very handy for most people I can imagine.
We found that albeit two days may not have been enough time to see all of New York, if it is your first time, it certainly was enough time to get a taste of the culture, in a nice and relaxing way! So if you are going to New York anytime soon, hope this quick guide was useful.
Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed the photo blog & if I should do more in the future 🙂
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