My First Impression of New York City

I love talking with people about traveling. It always interests me to hear about where they’ve been, what they’ve seen, or places they want to see someday. Whenever I talk to people about my passion for traveling and the places I have been blessed to see, I’m always asked what I think about New York City.  Until recently, I’ve always told people, “Well, I want to go there eventually,” or “That’s another place on the bucket list.”  My response is usually met with, “You call yourself a traveler and you haven’t been to New York?” or “Well that’s the one place everyone has to see.” The opportunity presented itself earlier this month so I jumped on it!

You can’t describe New York City in one word! What I can tell you though is that pretty much everything they say about the Big Apple is true. It is one of the most diverse, liveliest cities in the entire world with a plethora of experiences waiting for you to discover. It’s true that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!

The most fascinating thing I’ve found about NYC is the ability to find yourself there. You can truly be anything you want. From the man in the subway playing smooth jazz, to the talented group of young men break dancing and entertaining people passing by in Central Park, the opportunities and possibilities there seem endless. Anywhere I went I noticed people creating opportunities for themselves. My two life long friends also sought opportunity in New York City. My best friend Andra lived in Brooklyn for a bit while starting her singing career, and my good friend Matthew moved from San Diego to Harlem and now works for himself. They both have amazing stories to tell and New York City is where they found themselves.

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My two good friends. NYC has a special place in their hearts!

New York is a city of vast contrast. You can find yourself a place that is completely still, or you can immerse yourself in the  hustle and bustle.  I was in awe of Central Park! How did this beautiful, quiet park find itself smack dab in the middle of fast paced Manhattan? Amid the calming ponds, and amazing leaves changing colors before my eyes, I forgot for a few moments that Wall Street and Times Square were not that far away!

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It’s amazing that this tranquil park can be found in the same city as….
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Times Square! Total 180 from Central Park!

I’ve heard stories about how amazing the food in NYC is, and I have to tell you that hearing about it is definitely not the same as experiencing it. I did not have one bad food experience while I was there. I’ll have to dedicate another blog post solely about my favorite places to eat there because there is just so much to say ! One of my first food experiences was getting bagels in Brooklyn with my best friend. I even chanted that whilst walking down the street much to her embarrassment. I stopped to take a photo because I was so stoked about it. New York bagels > then bagels anywhere else.

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Bagels in Brooklyn with my Best Friend!

The opportunity for this trip presented itself in the form of tagging along with my best friend while she had to work. Andra had a couple singing gigs to do while she was out there and invited me to come watch. Though I had the time of my life (this was the first trip I had ever went on with my best friend of 20 years), I didn’t have a lot of time to sight-see the way I usually do.  I did however drag her and Matthew out to one super touristy activity: Seeing the city from the top of Rockefeller Center. I’m so glad we did that. You get a different perspective from looking down at the city then from looking up.  It was an experience I will remember my whole life and I am glad I got to do it with people I love.

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We had so much fun that we may or may not have intentionally missed our flight going home 🙂 .NYC made a huge impression on this little traveler and I will definitely be going back ! There is so much I still have to see and do there. Do you have any must see suggestions for me?

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Jamie is a writer with a passion for adventure, history, and more. When she’s not out exploring the world, Jamie is at home in sunny San Diego, CA chasing sunsets and carne asada fries, preoccupied with research, or invested in a good book and a cup of tea.

5 thoughts on “My First Impression of New York City

  1. I love this post! I’m heading there in just over a week and a tad excited for my time back in America and Canada! I’m lucky I have a friend who lives there also so hello free accommodation 🙂 I can’t wait to visit all the iconic spots in NYC! it’s going to be a blast.
    x

  2. Oh goodness. There are so many things to see in the city, and I hardly know the half of it. The High Line Park is always makes for a nice stroll, especially if you can snag a bench to rest. I love walking the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn Bridge Park at sunset. The views of Manhattan from the park are beautiful! If you ever visit in the summer (late June-early Sep), there are so many free outdoor events like salsa dancing every Tuesday night at the pier, outdoor movies in so many different parks around the city, free concerts in Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, fireworks in Coney Island, etc. etc. I am sure your friends can share so much more.

    Enjoy!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Janika! I know I only had a tiny glimpse of the possibilities of NYC! I can’t wait to go back and try out your suggestions!

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