Exploring NYC: A Photo Diary

September 17, 2019
A view of the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock, NYC

Home Sweet Home…

It’s been three years since I was last in New York City and nearly five years since I made the move from the Big Apple to the Big Smoke. Still, NYC will always be home. It’s the place I grew up, after all! This trip was long overdue, and it was so nice to do a little exploring, play tourist, and reacquaint myself with the City That Never Sleeps! I definitely appreciate it a lot more, now that I live somewhere else!

A view of Grand Central Station, NYC
Ghenet stands outside Joe's Pizza enjoying a slice!
Radio City Music Hall in NYC
A view of the Empire State Building from the Highline in New York City
Yellow NYC taxis driving through an intersection

Playing Tourist…

This time around, my mother-in-law came with us, so I was able to play the tour guide and see some classic NYC sites! Things I probably didn’t do when I lived here, but that I loved all the same.

We got up early and went to Top of the Rock, after feasting on fresh bagels in the cool morning air. Wandering the High Line, and doing a drive by around the Statue of Liberty were particularly fun. We got our steps in by wandering through Grand Central Station, and strolled Central Park… all the classic things you do when you’re in NYC!

Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, NYC
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NYC
Bow Bridge in Central Park, NYC
A statue of William Shakespeare in Central Park, NYC
Strawberry Fields, inspired by John Lennon

Pizza Pizza

One of the things I’ve always missed about living in New York is the pizza. Well, the pizza and the bagels! Naturally, we indulged in a bit of both!

My favorite bagel place is Absolut Bagels on 108th and Broadway. It’s a dingy hole in the wall that is well worth the queue. Sometimes, the best places are like that! Nondescript and totally amazing!

Nothing beats an NYC slice, and while I visited my usual haunt (Koronet’s Pizza), we also went to Joe’s Pizza which had much more of that classic slice-to-go vibe! Honestly, though, it’s all so good!

The exterior of Strand Bookstore, an NYC institution
Details at Urban Backyard, a coffee shop in downtown NYC
Interior details of Urban Backyard, a coffee shop in downtown NYC

The things I loved most about being home? Going to the movies with some friends and having buttered popcorn, a cherry Coke, and a pack of Twizzlers.

Wandering through Strand Bookstore, which I would go out of my way to spend time in when I lived in NYC.

Walking the High Line, which wasn’t actually finished the last time I was home, but was one of my favorite places to go.

Views of downtown NYC from the Staten Island ferry
The Staten Island Ferry, a great way to see the Statue of Liberty for free in NYC!
A view of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry, NYC
Lexington Candy Shop, a classic NYC diner
Interiors of Lexington Candy Shop in NYC

City Slickers…

One of the advantages of visiting with people who are not from New York is that you want to share things that aren’t touristy, but that are unique to NYC. Like visiting a classic diner!

One morning, we headed to Lexington Candy Shop for a classic diner experience with some friends also visiting New York from London. Big portions, no fuss or frills, and very tasty! We also headed to Veniero’s for some classic Italian cannoli! Off the beaten track but so worth it!

There’s something about the food in NYC that is just so good! It was nice to have some time to indulge in some of my favorites! The whole trip was really great, and I’ve come away from it with much more of an appreciation for what an amazing place it is!

NYC will always be a special place for me!

Ghenet stands on a street corner in NYC, while a taxi drives past behind her
  • Reply
    September 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I loved reading this, Ghenet! I was lucky enough to visit NYC a few years back, but would love to go with this knowledge! I saw the High Line, and the main tourist spots, but that diner, as well as the pizza and bagel spots? I’m ALL OVER IT.

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      September 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      DO IT! You won’t regret it at all!

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    Moonsparkle (ZM)
    September 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Looks fun! 🙂 I’ve never been to New York but would like to visit one day. I’d especially like to go to Bloomindales and Taven on the Green because I’ve read about them and seen them on TV, so it would be cool to see them in person!


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      September 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      It’s always cool to see that stuff in person, and there’s so much more to see too!

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    Moonsparkle (ZM)
    September 18, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Bloomingdales and Tavern on the Green, I mean! lol.

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    October 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

    I’ve never been to New York City but it’s on my bucket list! I prefer to do the non-touristy stuff because usually they have crowds and I try to avoid crowds. haha ♥

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