New York City (Pt. 1)

Center of the universe! A couple of friends and I met up in NYC (coming from all over the country) and had us a long weekend of fun.  I’ve decided to break the trip up into four blog posts, divided by categories instead of place.  This blog post is for all the expected things to see and do in New York.  (NYC, at least to this tourist, is exactly like the movies.  Except more crowded!)

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In a cheesy, tourist-y manner, we decided to all meet up at Grand Central and then head out to our place in Brooklyn.  Afton was starving, so we stopped at the first hot dog stand and she ate some real NYC street food – yum!

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During a walking through Central Park (where, Mom and Dad, we successfully avoided muggings of all kinds), and there were indeed art vendors and art! It reminded me of the children’s book, Carl’s Afternoon in the Park; so much so that a place I had never been before made me slightly nostalgic for my childhood!

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During our third day there, we made it out to Little Italy!

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Where I had my first real Italian food! (Texas does not do Italian, guys.  At all.)  Unfortunately, I have a mild wheat allergy, so I stuck to an eggplant dish – and still had a bad reaction due to cross-contamination, but it was totally worth it!

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All the restaurants in Little Italy! I forget the name of our restaurant, but all the waiters were Italian (or, at least, they all spoke Italian and had Italian-sounding accents.)  The food, by the way, was incredibly delicious.

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And from Little Italy, you only need to cross a street to find yourself in Chinatown, where street vendors are hawking delicious fruits, vegetables, and fish!  (Funnily enough, I got called a gringa in Chinatown, which I haven’t been called since I left my hometown!)

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We went to Big Wang’s for second lunch, because you have to eat Chinese food in Chinatown, and also, you can’t pass up a restaurant called Big Wang’s. I got some congee, which was nice and easy on my poor abused stomach.

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The view from the Staten Island Ferry – amazing! It’s a bit awe-inspiring to look at this skyline and think of all the lives that are happening within it!

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