Since making the most of my 4 month stay in the US is of utmost priority, I eagerly booked a roundtrip ticket to New York (via Newark) when I saw price is just $108.
After leaving our bags in my cousin’s place in Carteret New Jersey, we took the bus to the Port Authority. From there, we walked our way to find Minskoff Theater for our first agenda – watch the Lion King Musical. I got the matinee tickets for $~70. I was really amazed by this show. It was a production like I’ve never seen before!
After watching Lion King, we passed by Broadway then headed by foot (because we don’t want to take a cab) towards our next stop – the Rockefeller Center. There, we also saw the Statue of Atlas and the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
You’ve never to New York if you haven’t seen it’s iconic landmarks! Keeping that in mind, our priority for this day is to see Miss Liberty and the (at that time) tallest building in NYC – Empire State Building.
From the New Jersey side of the river, we took the ferry to Liberty Island with a stopover in Ellis Island. After taking a leisurely walk and photo-op in this two islands, we set sail again towards the NYC side of the river. From there, we traveled by foot towards 5th Avenue where Empire State Building is waiting for us. We thought of going up to the observatory but it was too cloudy that day (it’s actually cloudy/foggy our whole stay) so we decided not to.
Before we left the Empire State Building’s premises, it rained pretty hard. We quickly decided to just enter Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Almost all waxed figures are known to me and superbly life-like. Here’s some of them:
Another must-see is the mother of all parks, none other than Central Park. Lots of movies/TV shows were “filmed” here. I can’t help myself but daydream of Gossip Girl, The Happening, etc.
Central Park is really HUUUUGGGGEEE! I believe we didn’t get to see 1/16 of it. We reluctantly left the park to catch our plane back to NC.