New York City 2018

Prior to my oldest daughter’s senior year, we wanted to visit New York City so my wife could take my daughter’s senior pictures in so many beautiful locations throughout the city. I will not bore you with the hundreds of those pictures, but I will show you some of the highlights of our quick trip to the Big Apple. We were only in the city for a few days, so we were constantly moving, while getting each morning started with a workout in Central Park. At this point all three of my daughters were running cross country and were trying to get some miles in while on vacation… what better place than in Central Park. Central Park has so many running trails and paths to explore. The Ramble was probably the neatest area we explored. You definitely don’t realize you are in the middle of one of the busiest city in the World. Unless you have explored the park for yourself, you probably wouldn’t believe how many cool things are tucked inside the confines of the park itself.

Bethesda Terrace in Central Park
Loab Boathouse in Central Park
A rickshaw could be a good retirement option for me someday

Our hotel was close to Columbus Circle, so we were nicely located to the edge of Central Park, the subway station at Columbus Circle & within walking distance of the majority of the sights we wanted to see. After checking into our hotel, our first stop was a stroll to Times Square. I have to be honest, the first time I ever walked into Times Square, I wasn’t nearly as impressed as I thought I was going to be. Granted it was mid-afternoon and it just seemed like a bunch of people walking around, taking selfies, and staring at the tall buildings. For three teenagers, this was what they thought it would be and more. To be fair, when returned later in the evening, I found the appeal so many people were looking for…the lights. It is so much more interesting at night with all of the light displays, while the people watching is off the charts.

Times Square – Is always so busy
At least Times Square has bleachers to sit and people watch
Grabbing a bit to eat, while people watching
Chinatown was a top priority for the girls
Taking in the sights of Manhattan from Central Park during our morning jog
Sheep Meadow in Central Park

After a quick subway ride to lower Manhattan, we explored the 911 Memorial & Museum. This was such a humbling and mournful experience. The museum was well done and definitely immerses you in the experience as if you were a ground zero during this fateful morning.

What a view & tower
Escalator heading down to 911 Memorial & Museum
911 Memorial & Museum
World Trade Center staircase
Original foundation of Twin Tower
Actual ladder truck 3 inside the 911 Museum
911 Memorial Fountains
911 Memorial Fountains
Yes that man is posing with the Bull’s male parts.

After a quick stop at Charging Bull near Battery Park, we grabbed some lunch and relaxed in Battery Park and waited for our boat to Liberty Island.

Sometimes you just have to take a nap in a park. She knows the feeling well.
View of the NYC skyline from our boat on the way to Liberty Island
Statue of Liberty with the Freedom Tower peeking out from behind
Great view from our boat

The tour of Liberty and Ellis Island was nice, but is was super busy and very crowded. I wish we had planned a little bit better and found a day that wasn’t so crowded, but then again we were on a very tight schedule. The views of lower Manhattan were worth the congestion.

Lady Liberty
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Anselm Kiefer’s “Uraeus” at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center fountain

We wanted to explore the area around Rockefeller Center and see some of the main attractions in this area. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was the highlight for me.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Radio City Music Hall
View during one of our morning jogs through Central Park
General William Tecumseh Sherman Monument in Central Park
Looking for Jimmy Fallon

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5 thoughts on “New York City 2018

  1. Thanks for all your gorgeous photos. I’ve only been to NYC a few times. I agree that Central Park was a great surprise. It feels like you’ve left the city entirely. Growing up, I feared it because of all the news of muggings and other crime.

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