I apologize for the delayed post. My trip threw me off.
New York City is BIG!
I've always known that NYC was big, but I never realized how big. We stayed in Bushwick in Brooklyn. It was an hour subway ride into Manhattan. Once in Manhattan, it was another hour ride into Times Square. Nothing in NYC is close together. If you're planning a trip to NYC, be sure to give yourself plenty of travel time in between plans.
God is with me wherever I go.
This is also something that I've always known, but it was nice to be reminded. As I was driving through Maryland, everyone else in the car was asleep. I was looking out at the rolling hills and there was praise and worship was on the radio and I just began to pray and praise God, and God met me in the car.
I love New York.
I know, I know. It sounds so cliché. You see it on all of the tourist's shirts, but it's true. There is so much diversity in NYC, it's refreshing. Art can be found on every corner. No matter where you go, there is something to see. New York is fun. There is always something going on in NYC; you don't have to worry about being bored.
Seeing the 9/11 Memorial is truly eye-opening.
I was in the third grade when 9/11 took place. Even at that young age, I understood how awful the attack was. I've seen the impact that 9/11 has had on our nation and on the world. As I stood at the memorial reading all of the names on the monument, my emotions overtook me. I thought of all the family members and friends that people lost that day and thought of the children and loved ones our nation has lost due to the war because of this terrible attack, it was almost more than I could handle. The awesome thing about the memorial was as I was standing where one of the twin towers once stood, I looked up to the right to see the new World Trade Center standing there as a testament to America's strength and drive.
Subways are confusing.
I watched videos before our trip on how to use subways, but no matter how many videos I watched, nothing prepared me for the subway system. We were in New York for a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday, it was our first time ever using the subway but by the end of the day, we felt we had a pretty good handle on it. On Saturday we made it into Manhattan without any issues but once we got there, we ran into some issues. No one told us that on the weekends, subway schedules and stops change. Not only that but on the weekends they do their maintenance on the subways. So on Saturday and Sunday, certain lines were down completely. By the end of Sunday, we finally felt comfortable using the train system.
Top of the Rock has some of the best views.
There are several buildings that you can go up into in NYC to get a view of the city, but in my opinion, one of the best is the viewing deck on the Rockefeller Center called Top of the Rock. Now, mind you, I haven't been in the other observation decks (ex. Empire State Building) but I truly enjoyed Top of the Rock. Here's why. I'm sure that the observation decks in the other buildings would also have beautiful sites, but being on the Rockefeller Center allows you to see all of the historical, well-known buildings in NYC like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Whereas, if you were in the Empire State Building, you wouldn't be able to see it or capture it in photographs.
Maryland is BEAUTIFUL.
For our trip, we went from Ohio, through West Virginia, through Maryland, into Pennsylvania, through New Jersey and finally into New York. The state with the most beautiful views was Maryland. We would be driving and top a hill and see nothing but miles and miles of rolling hills, windmills and farms. It was truly beautiful. On the way home, we stopped at a rest stop in Maryland with a view that didn't disappoint. If you ever plan to take a road trip to NYC, I suggest taking the route that takes you through Maryland.
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