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Day-Off In New York City

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Catch The PLANE & get INSANE

July 7th, 2018

Right after Independence Day, my two friends from Camp and I decided to spend our Day-Off In New York City.

We worked in Kent, a small town in Connecticut, so we were only 140 kilometers from New York.

new york city

Scheduled train departure: 8:31

To get from Kent to Dover, we had to leave after 7 to still have time to buy a ticket at the Harlem Valley-Wingdale station, from there it was a quick train ride to Grand Central and at 10:35 we were breathing the New York air.

new york girl taxi

Since we didn't have much time for a breakfast and we had a whole day of adventures ahead of us, we decided to find a place to eat first.

Around 11:20 we managed to find something without queues.

We sat down at the Food Market in Manhattan and ate a delicious Panini with bacon

(I wasn't a vegetarian back then 😄).

breakfast in new york

From there we walked to the station, took the 12:15 subway, and went straight to Brooklyn Hall.

brooklyn bridge

We took a walk across the famous Brooklyn Bridge and at 1:30 p.m. we were already in Brooklyn.

brooklyn bridge

Right after leaving the bridge, we noticed an interesting cafe, so we decided to try Boston coffee at "Brooklyn Bridge Restaurant & Cafe".

It ended up that only one of us actually tried this coffee, the other friend enjoyed the Chardonnay, and I had a strawberry cocktail to cool down.


After entering the cafe, we saw a typical American cart with hot dogs and pretzels on the sidewalk!

new york hot dog cart

We each took one pretzel, it tasted like a piece of paper...

girl in new york pretzel


We were in a rush, it was already 2:10 p.m., and we hadn't visited anything big yet, so we headed towards the port via Brooklyn Bridge Park.

brooklyn bridge park

At 3:20 p.m. we bought tickets for the ship to get from Brooklyn to Wall Street,

it was the fastest way.

brooklyn port

Even though we had to wait a while, we were finally out by 3:45 p.m!

The journey was really short because 5 minutes later we were already on Wall Street.

new york city girl

We walked a few steps to get to Port P-16, where we could purchase tickets for the cruise around the Statue of Liberty, which cost $31.

new york city

While waiting in line to buy a ticket, a stranger woman turned towards us, holding 3 tickets in her hand for the cruise we wanted to buy.

She looked at us, at the tickets in her hand, and then returned her gaze to us.

She extended her hand towards us, smiled and said, "It's your lucky day" and then disappeared into the crowd without a word.

It was clear that she was in the rush.

We stood there for a while, each with a ticket in a hand, trying to process what had just happened.

We were called by the sound of the ship, which suggested that it was time to board.

We quickly ran to the boarding place and took our seats.

new york water taxi staute exp

At 4:20 p.m. we were ready for our happy hour cruise.

girl in new york city

During the cruise we saw:

🗽 Colgate headquarters

🗽 Ellis Island - an island belonging mostly to the state of New Jersey and partly to New York

🗽 Jersey City

🗽 Manhattan from the most famous perspective shown in films, postcards, photos, etc.

And of course the main attraction, the Statue of Liberty, which in reality does not seem as big as on the big screen.

statue of liberty

At 5:40 p.m., after the cruise, we were walking along Wall Street.

The skyscrapers there are so tall that even in the middle of the day the streets are as dark as in the early evening.

wall street

We saw the world's largest Stock Exchange.

new york stock exchange

Business Center - the district of businessmen and business in general.

Charging Bull - a Wall Street bull that symbolizes the strength and power of the American government, but also, according to legend, brings financial success to anyone who touches its genitals.

wall street bull

wall street bull

Later, wandering the streets of Manhattan, overwhelmed by all the impressions and events, we realized that it was time to get ready for the return train!

So we took the subway to Grand Central, where we had a return train at 8:10 p.m. to Harlem Valley-Wingdale, where we were at 9:26 p.m.

grand central

This is what one of our days off, spent leisurely in New York, looked like.

pie chart

And the expenses for that day are as follows ➡

Let me know in the comment - how would you spend your day-off in New York?


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