The itinerary that I’ve drafted for this trip is more of a guide than a day-to-day schedule. I’m one of those people who enjoy going wherever the wind takes me, but if I can have some control, I’ll take it! Top of the Rock, located in Rockefeller Center, was the first thing on top of our list. My sister and I were completely surrounded by tall, slender Europeans, who all looked like they’ve just popped out of a Ralph Lauren Ad. As we were about to get our pictures taken, the photo assistant started a conversation with us. Here’s a snippet of our introduction:
Where are you both from?
We’re from Los Angeles.
Yeah, I thought so. I like LA.
Are we that obvious?
Yeah, just like New York, you both got that swag.
I guess my sister and I didn’t have to worry about looking like a tourist after all — #LASwag!
Our day was further spent exploring Midtown. We stopped by the Grand Central Terminal, Pershing Square, Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, and Bryant Park.
In the evening, we headed out to Chelsea and Greenwich Village alongside our cousin, who is studying design at Parsons. He taught us the subway system, and I came prepared with the Transit app, which I highly recommend for anyone in NYC. We grabbed dinner at Ootoya, located on W. 18th St. Check out my Yelp Review here! We spent the rest of the night passing through the neighborhoods, and stopping by Washington Square Park. As I was observing the people around me, a homeless man approached us asking for a quarter. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any small change or cash to give away. Caught off guard, he began cursing and pointing at us, “I’m just asking for a fucking quarter!” Wide-eyed and a little shaken, we eventually got over it as a woman sassily shouts, “Nah-uh! I’m not giving you anything!” The man responds by walking away, looking a little frightened. Just one of the many hilarious scenes you’ll find in New York!
We eventually ended up in Madison Square Park. It was good to catch up with my cousin, whom we haven’t seen or talked to in years. I was getting to know him and his experiences out in the big city. It’s so admiring to see someone so passionate about their studies, especially about fashion. When my cousin first started his semester at Parsons, he had, unfortunately, spent it with Hurricane Sandy. Being from California, this crisis was entirely new to him. Apparently, my cousin says he feels a lot safer walking around in New York at 2 o’ clock in the morning than in Los Angeles. There are always people around in New York regardless of what time it is. Surely, this is a city that never sleeps!
Top of the Rock // View of upper Manhattan
Top of the Rock // View of lower Manhattan
Grand Central Terminal
New York Public Library // Audrey Hepburn filmed a scene here for Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Washington Square Park
Stay tune tomorrow for more of my travel updates!