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Had a small getaway to New York City in the past weekend, a city that I love coming back to every so often. And every time I do, I always discover something new. This is why I love making yearly visits here, thank goodness it’s only an affordable 1 hr flight.
I still can’t believe that exactly13 years ago on this day, a tragedy happened right where my foot was standing. Now working in a 43-story building, I cannot even imagine what it would have been like being through that.. it only scares me to think about it. A moment in history that we can only wish it never happened, but all we can do now is forever remember. Looking at the World Trade Center, I can only feel how small I am compared to everything around me and how incidents like these are so out of our control. This is why we must live every day of our lives with no regrets and try our utmost to fill it with joy and laughter.
I was meeting a friend who flew in from Hong Kong and thanks to her, we landed with a nice hotel in the financial district for the first 2 night (despite the craze from NYFW). This time around, I discovered Battery Park – a harborfront park along the southern tip of Lower Manhatten. From here, you can see the skyline of New Jersey on one side and Brooklyn on the other; with the Statue of Liberty in between.
As you continue to walk West along the waters at Battery Park, you will reach the Staten Island Ferry at the White Hall ferry terminal. There are plenty of signs that says “Ferry to Status of Liberty”, so it would be difficult to get lost. I would recommend walking there because the view is absolutely worth it. Something different from the bustling city core of Manhattan. If you are not the walking type, the ferry terminal can be reached via the subway by going to Whitehall St. Station. The Staten Island Ferry is free and runs everyday. The schedule can be found on their site at www.siferry.com.
Since the ferry is free, I did not expect to get a close glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. I have seen it 15 years when I went on tours with my parents. What I enjoyed more was the side by side view of both Lower Manhatten and New Jersey’s skyline. Look at the difference!
WELCOME TO BROOKLYN
How can you visit New York and not take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge? I love everything about it minus the construction and overcrowded tourist. It was so hard to get a picture without anyone else in the background, especially if you were shooting with a wide-angle camera like myself. By now, I have been walking around in the drenching heat for 5 hrs and my poor hair has given up on me, totally flat.
This was my second time in Brooklyn and thanks to my sister, I got a chance to discover a different side of it: the festivities!!
After crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, stick to the left and walk towards Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can find all the hippest people in town at. I walked about 3 oven-baked pizzeria with super long lines; I didn’t dine at any of them but it gives me a reason to go back.
When you get to the park, they have about 6 piers and there are something different at every pier. I decided to go visit Smorgasburg at Pier 2 – a food market filled with a variety of vendors such as Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Thai, Seafood, milkshakes, and popsicles!!
The Brooklyn Bridge Park also comes with a gorgeous waterfront view of Manhattan’s skyline. Perfect spot for a date =)