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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


There are only three more days until I turn 26, but there are only two more days until my New York City Trip! I have it pretty much finalized.

Since I am a morning person, I'll be getting up at 4 AM (I have to set my alarm) and plan to leave here by 5 AM. I should be in New York City by 8 AM. Yesterday when I was at work (Senior Center), the director and I were talking. One of the members goes to NYC frequently and says he takes the Bolt bus from Philadelphia for $1, but he plans ahead of time. I'm not too sure about taking buses early in the morning. I feel safer on trains early in the morning and when the sun goes down later in the evening. However, if I plan a trip next time and plan it way in advanced, I might look into Bolt. I'm going to take Septa to Trenton, then NJ Transit into New York City.

The member at the Center that uses Bolt said I can purchase subway fare online through MTA. I have to look into that, but I will most likely buy a MTA card when I arrive. According to Frommer's Easy Guide  to New York City (2014), I can buy a MTA card at Hudson News when I arrive in Penn Station. My guess is there card is like Washington D.C.'s metro card (I'm only assuming this one - one of my professors gave me a metro card three years ago; I've always wanted to go to D.C. and I was thinking about it. Her son used to live in D.C., but moved to Germany, and had no use for that metro card and she gave it to me) where you can refill it online to continue using it. It sounds like that is the case for the pay-per-ride metro cards in NYC, but monthly cards are done at each month. I'd get a pay-per-ride card.

I'm going to spend my morning in Central Park. The director said there is a Whole Foods right by Central Park and I could go there to get breakfast, then eat breakfast in the park. That's what I am going to do. I'm going to spend my morning in Central Park. I'm amazed by how much there is to do in Central Park! There is a lot to see and looking at the map, it's a huge park. I'm going to see the Strawberry Fields, Shakespeare Garden, and the Sheep Meadow. I see Central Park has pools as well. I might end my day by taking a swim at Lasker Pool, which according to Walking New York, is in the Northeast Corner at 106th Street. It's totally free and apparently I could see a breathtaking view of Manhattan from the pool. It suggests if one wants to swim without children, the best time for adults would be 7 - 8:30 AM or 7 - 8:30 PM. I don't want to walk around the city dripping wet, so thinking the night swim. But, I might swim with the kids for a bit - maybe hop in from 6:30PM - 7:45 PM. How cool is that, though?

I mapped out the day, I just have to print the maps. If time allows, I'm going to go to the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. I made reservations to Balade, a Lebanese restaurant. Through the Open Table app, I wrote that it was my birthday and asked if they could do anything for my birthday. I know it probably sounds selfish, but I figured why not? It'll be interesting to see if they do in fact do anything for my birthday.

For the past few years, I did birthday flash backs. I never went to NYC on my birthday before, but four years ago when I went for a 2nd time, I went two weeks before my 22nd birthday. I've written about the first time I went with my Arabic class, but the second time I went was with my parents on a day bus trip through the township. We just stayed in Time Square. We took a bus tour, though. However, my favorite place was Madame Tussaud's. I loved that wax museum. I even took a picture with Yassir Arafat, Fidel Castro, Johnny Depp, and Lady Gaga! We went to lunch at a very expensive deli, Katz's I believe. Good food,but for the three of us, it was $150. (Balade is affordable, when I was looking at restaurants, I wanted affordable. The Middle Eastern ones are for the most part.) We decided we would not go back if we all went again. The food was good, but not for $150 and not for the crowds either. They sat us with strangers because it was so crowded. New York, New York! The pictures from my 2011 trip (the last time I was in NYC):

Very excited! :)


  1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! Let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday, even though I'm a bit premature in doing so. You'll be 26 and soon I'll be 66! I took German, too, and all I can say to that is "Es tut mir leid" (I'm sorry that I'm so old). I can feel your excitement as you prepare to head over to New York. I went there in 1967 on my high school graduation field trip and again in the summer of 1983. I haven't been back since then. I didn't have a chance to visit Central Park during either visit and wish I would have. Clearly you could spend days at the Park enjoying all it has to offer. Have a great time, Jessica Marie!

    1. Thank you, Shady! :)

      I noticed that the late night swimming doesn't start until July 6 (darn, but I'm glad I checked the site before I packed a bathing suit) in Central Park. The UN is closed, so I see another reason to go back before summer's end! I'm so excited to see Central Park for the first time, though.

      If you can, you should get back! In the travel book, NYC looks very beautiful in the fall. I've only been to Ellis Island in the fall and that was beautiful.

  2. You travel a lot, it seems. Happy Birthday in advance. Have fun!

    1. I try. I think more people travel more than I do. Like I've said, I'd like to be a travel writer some day.

      Thank you!

  3. How much did you enjoy the Madame Tussauds there? Some of my family have been to the venue in London and hated it because they considered it absurdly overpriced for the (in their opinion) limited collection of models there.

    1. It is VERY overpriced, but I still enjoyed it. That was my first time seeing wax figures! Though, my parents never want to go back because they can't justify spending that again for something they've seen already.