Welcome back to my travel blog!
I left Washington, D.C. on July 4 on a Megabus from Washington, D.C. to the Big Apple. My ticket was about $39, which wasn’t bad. It took about 4 hours and I left Union Station a little after 7 a.m. After arriving I dropped my stuff off at my friend’s house in Long Island City (first time being there!) and headed back to the southern tip of Central Park to take in the sights.
It was my fourth time in NYC (I did the whole NYE ball drop experience before!). There is always something to explore! After walking around Central Park a bit we walked into the Plaza Hotel and checked out the beautiful lobby and shops and restaurants below. Didn’t really want anything since everything was overpriced, so we headed out and walked to Bryant Park. One of my favorite places to simply people watch – a great interest of mine. ha!
Next we went to Korea Town to try some dumplings. I had never tried dumplings before so I was excited. We went to a place called Mandoo Bar. We got a seafood pancake dish, which was really good and also ordered pork dumplings, which I wasn’t really a fan of. I probably wouldn’t go there again. I felt like the waiter rushed us for no reason whatsoever since they weren’t busy. They were good, however, at filling my water! I must've drank six cups of water. Ya boy loves water and staying hydrated.
After that we walked to the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah synagogue because I read an article a long time ago (read here) about how the synagogue bought a specific building with Assyrian inspired reliefs on its façade. Three police cars were parked outside of the building, which reminded me of Paris and the heavy security usually surrounding houses of worship.
After taking in the beautiful building we walked over to Times Square! Can’t visit New York without seeing TS. It was pretty packed since it was July 4th. There was a giant screen of the American flag displayed in the center, which was cool! There also was a Donald Trump impersonator taking pictures with tourists. He asked the young man he was taking a picture with where he was from and he said he was from Ecuador. The impersonator took out a homemade green card and gave it to the young man, welcoming him to the U.S.!
The night snuck up behind us and we made it back to Long Island City to watch the fireworks from my friend’s apartment. The show was pretty long which was nice. It started after 9:30 p.m. By the time the fireworks ended there was so much smoke that both the Chrysler and Empire State buildings were nowhere to be seen. Yay for pollution! Stay tuned for what I did on my second day in NYC! Also, check out my vlog about Day 1 above!