Last week at this time, I was on the way home from New York City with my daddy! We had gone up to New Jersey for a banquet where my dad was given an award for his journalism in a magazine, & he surprised me by taking me into the City on Tuesday! He had texted me the week before saying “Don’t forget our trip to NJ next week!” followed by “Pack warm… we’re going to NYC Tuesday!!!” which of cooouuurse I couldn’t be more excited about!
We woke up early & checked out of our hotel in NJ, then made our way to the ferry. If you’ve never been to NYC, staying in NJ & taking the ferry across the water is a GREAT option!! For just $14 each (round trip!), we were able to take a fun ride over & another ride back at the end of our loooong, fantastic day.
The ferry drops you off right next to Ground Zero, so we stopped there first. It was our first time seeing the memorial they have from 9/11 – the footprints of where the Twin Towers used to stand, the names of all who were killed etched into the stone.
We had tickets to walk through the 9/11 Memorial Museum, but our time wasn’t until 6:00pm, so we made our way to Time Square! They say that when hailing a taxi, you should act like you’re a local so they won’t rip you off. We should have opened the back door, climbed in, & said, “6th to 47th, please.” Instead, my dad opened the FRONT door & said, “Time Square – can you get us there?” HAHAH. We were ripped off. He shut the front door, we climbed in the back, & watched on the little map as our driver turned a five mile car ride into a fifteen mile car ride. We watched the blue dots going farther & farther to the left, & then cutting all the way over at the last minute.
When we finally got to where we were going, our first stop waaaasssss…. Chickfila. 🙂 🙂 We had a good, familiar breakfast before hitting the streets of this beautiful, iconic city. We walked by Fox News, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, & into the heart of Time Square! After moseying around for awhile & seeing a show, we landed at Shake Shack for a late lunch!
Shake Shack in NYC was a funny place. There were few tables & LOTS of people, so as a table would become available, it was like a race to see who could snag their spot the fastest! Dad waited for our food while I was on the hunt for a place to sit. Fortunately, I was able to get a table pretty quickly – a four top right in the middle of the restaurant. The funny thing is – two more people came & sat with us. Since my dad & I are both introverts, we had a pretty quiet lunch with our neighbors. 🙂
At this point, I put my camera away & took advantage of the good quality iPhone cameras have to offer. 😉 For our final stop in this part of the City, we went into Macy’s! Walking in, it felt like Buddy the Elf had done his magic. I never realized how HUGE that store is! They have restaurants, furniture show rooms, & even a bridal shop in their nine story building! We went straight up to the ninth floor – Santa Land. 🙂
Coming out of Macy’s, we could see the One World Trade Center so clearly, & since that’s where we were headed, we decided to walk there & save some money we would otherwise spend being ripped off by a cab! 😉 It was a long walk, but I think it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
We walked through the 9/11 Memorial Museum before taking the ferry back over to NJ, getting in the car, & starting our trek back home.
I can’t put into words how much I loved this quick trip with my dad! I’ve always been a daddy’s girl (like, a major daddy’s girl!) & doing this together is something I’ll cherish forever. I’m thankful to have the loving & caring dad that I do, & I’m thankful for opportunities like last week – a time to celebrate my dad’s accomplishments, & wander around a busy, beautiful city, dreaming big & making memories. I’m blessed to be this man’s daughter. <3
Wrapping up this post with our “Selfie Tour Around the City” 😉