We flew out of Long Beach, California to JFK the day before our first full day in New York. We decided to upgrade to Even More Space on JetBlue so that we could have an empty middle seat. The closest you can get to first-class! When we got to my brother’s apartment, we just had a relaxing and enjoyable night but we couldn’t help being excited about what we would do the next day. Our friends from California were also in town and we would meet up with them for the next two days. Let the New York City adventure begin!
Warning: These are your typical tourist photos! If you’re not disgusted yet–you may proceed!
First Day in New York City
We’ve been to New York Before but this day, we weren’t afraid to be tourists again.
Jessica and I took the R train to 5th Ave and 59th St. The first thing we did was look at the Plaza and explore a little (very little) of Central Park. It was such a hot and humid day in the city but we didn’t that break our spirits. We were going to explore no matter what!
The Plaza Hotel and Central Park
After seeing a little bit of Central Park, we decided to go to the Plaza and take some pictures (and see some rich folks or more tourists). Or maybe to cool off a little bit inside the hotel.
Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center
Radio City Music Hall and Times Square
Times Square is a must-see place in New York City but it is one of my least favorites. Especially on this very hot and humid NYC day, this crowded junction can be unbearable! Nevertheless, here it is:
Washington Square Park and Madison Square Park
You’d typically see people relaxing around and in the fountain at Washington Square Park. My favorites are those with their adorable dogs. I didn’t get to snap a photo but there was a really good looking Miniature Schnauzer!
We waited until night time to see the lit arch. And look! There’s the Empire State Building way in the background!
To end the night at Washington Square Park – a picture with friends… We met up with friends from California when we were at Rockefeller Center. We ended up spending the whole night with them. Of course, we would explore more of New York City with them the next day.
Flatiron Building and the Flatiron District
I apologize for the following “grainy” photos. We only had a Smartphone at this point. Lugging around a DSLR all day was just impossible in that very hot and humid day!
It was a great day!
We had a lot of fun walking around New York City despite of the stifling hot and humid weather. We walked to more places like NYU and Gramercy but failed to take pictures. When you’re chatting with friends, you forget to do so! We ended the night by going back to Queens for some Filipino food.
It was quite hard taking pictures while exploring, especially when you’re trying to find the balance between having fun and needing to blog. Due to the weather, we decided to leave the DSLR camera at the place we were staying. It’s just really hard carrying that thing around when you’re being dragged down by sweat and heat. Travel photography can really be tricky!
So we’re back from New York and we have more photos and experiences to share!