One of the things I loved about our trip to New York was how we got to have a plan for almost each day. I hadn’t actually had the time to make an itinerary beforehand and I got a bit of FOMO. But it turned out I didn’t have any reasons at all.
On our third day one of our partners for LinkedIn was kind enough to offer to get us on Empire State Building. So we planned our day around that, and here’s what we did.
1. Natural History Museum
When we’re visiting new cities, my boyfriend and I like to hit two things. A Botanical Garden – that didn’t work out for us this time. And the Natural History Museum in town. So since it was too cold for the Botanical Garden, we chose the Natural History Museum as it was kind of close to Empire State Building too.
Although we appreciated the pay-what-you-want ticket and overall liked the museum, we weren’t as impressed as we anticipated. And the reason is because we got to see the one in London first, that is so big and beautiful. I guess it’s really hard to compete with it.
Best part of the visit: we bet (and I lost) that my boyfriend wouldn’t ask the staff if Ross Geller works there. They didn’t know if he worked there… and they didn’t catch the reference, but it was too funny!
2. Empire State Building
As I mentioned above one of our partners at LinkedIn offered to get us in plus a tour of their offices there. We had planned for a Top of the Roc experience, but with an offer like this we had no doubts about what we wanted to do.
We got to skip the line and the ticket and get straight to the 86th floor where you can go out on the balcony and take in the view. It was a cloudy and cold day, so I guess there are better days to get there, but we were happy anyway. It’s breathtaking how you get to see so much of NYC and it’s iconic buildings and places. This is how I got to see Chrysler Building too and I loved it.
After that we went up to the 102nd floor, which is smaller and where you can’t go outside. It was pretty impressive but also crammed. And apparently you can’t get on the 103rd floor (outdoors) unless you are a VIP (think Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande).
If you are going to pay a ticket and stay in line then I would recommend checking Top of the Roc first. It has a better view of Central Park, plus you get to see the Empire State Building too.
3. World Trade Center
As our stay was coming to an end we felt some pressure to do more shopping and get the gifts sorted before our last day in the city. So our third day wasn’t as packed with sightseeing as the others. But luckily on our way out from a Century 21 outlet we bumped into the World Trade Center pools.
Neither of us was initially sure that we wanted to visit, but when we saw them from across the street we were pulled by curiosity and the beautiful lights. We only saw one of the memorial pools, but it was so impressive. They look like huge waterfalls built on where the Twin Towers used to sit.
It’s chilling how a place that is now so beautiful was witness to such horrific events. You can still feel the sadness, especially reading the names of all the people who lost their lives that day, marked on the granite of the pool. Although we got there accidentally, I think it’s worth a visit. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t remember 9/11 and sad as it is, we really can’t forget the people affected by the event.
Our third day in New York ended with us rushing back to catch the Thai restaurant in our neighbourhood still open after a day full of sightseeing and shopping.
And stay tuned for our last day in New York when we got to see DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, took the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty then bumped into the lovelies little park in Manhattan.