“New York, the land of opportunity!” by Shola O

New York is without a doubt one of the most incredible and innovative cities in the whole world, there are so many things to do/admire and you’ll most probably never get tired.

On getting there it felt familiar from films and TV.
You know, the yellow cabs, steam coming up through subway grilles, the hot dog stalls, neon lights in Times Square, towering skyscrapers.
I couldn’t get enough of it.
  My family and I stayed at Residence Inn Marriott New York, Downtown Manhattan.
It’s so close to the World Trade Center.
We booked 2 rooms for 4 nights, which cost $2250.
The prices probably change.
The hotel is really nice and cozy and it’s close to a lot of the tourist attraction sites.
 If you are anything like me, that is someone who visits a country and likes to see main tourist attractions.

New York should not be an exemption
If you find yourself in New York and will love to see the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, you will need to get New York City Pass.
They cost $116 per adult ($92 aged 6–17)
Here’s a rundown of the places I visited!

The Statue of Liberty 

The Statue of Liberty is undoubtedly the icon of New York. The statue stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
To view the statue up close, you should catch a ferry out to Ellis Island.
Visiting the liberty island was a beautiful experience, y
ou see, the Statue of Liberty isn’t just a huge statue of a lady, she’s a symbol of hope and freedom for the millions of people who emigrated to the USA.

The Empire State Building 

The Empire State Building is best viewed from the Top of the Rock.
The top of the Empire State Building might be New York’s most iconic viewpoint as it is directly in front of it’s south facing viewing platform.
It was cool to see how big Central Park was from that height.
We also had a great view of the Chrysler Building.
At night it looks so cool! There is a light show every night.

The 86th floor of the empire state building

Times Square 

We’ve all heard about Times Square!
If you want to see the sky lit up with lights then this is your place to do so, it’s quite amazing to look up and appreciate.
It’s definitely worth a trip during your stay in the city, it’s also in the heart of the theatre district. 

 Brooklyn Bridge 

Brooklyn Bridge is by far one of the most beautiful bridges that join Manhattan to the outer boroughs.
Seeing the Brooklyn Bridge many times in the movies, I thought I should be familiar with it by the time I got there.
But the truth is, no movie can tell how it feels, until you see it personally.

 The 9/11 Memorial  

The Memorial Park is a beautiful tribute to all those that lost their lives in the attacks.
The site has all the names of those that lost their lives during the attack.
If you want to learn more about the events, the museum serves as the leading collection of artifacts and documentation of September 11, Inside you can hear firsthand accounts of survivors, see pictures and video footage of the attacks and see recovered objects such as wrecked recovery vehicles, large pieces of warped metal.
It’s located on the sight of where both towers used to stand and is definitely a must when visiting the city.

Staten Island Ferry  

The Staten Island Ferry is a must do activity when you’re in New York, it’s completely free and it’ll take you past the Statue of Liberty and offer fantastic views back across to Lower Manhattan, there’s even a bar on board! 

American Museum of National History 

This museum got me Awestruck regardless of the wing I wandered through.
Top things to see are the Dinosaur Halls on the fourth floor, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, the Dark Universe Space Show in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, a 3D IMAX show in the LeFrak Theater, and at least one special exhibition like the Butterfly Conservatory.


Charging Bull and Wall Street 

The Charging Bull is another significant monument in the city, located down in the financial district.
This sounds crazy but they say once you rob the testicles of the bull. 
It gives you good luck. 

World Trade Center

The World Trade Center, also known as the freedom tower.
It links Tribeca to the Financial District and brims with innovative architecture, renowned public artwork, and grand open spaces. The World Trade Center is home to dozens of smart, creative and growing companies including Moody’s, Condé Nast, WilmerHale, BMI & MediaMath.


The world-famous wax museum featuring life-size, amazingly lifelike replicas of well-known figures in history, culture, politics, sports and entertainment … you’ll think you’re standing next to some of the most recognizable people of all time at Madame Tussaud’s! and guess what? It’s open 365 days a year! 🙂

I also visited Connecticut, stayed there for 3 days. The state is really beautiful and quiet. It’s a whole lot different from New York City. Thank you for reading and I hope you decide to see New York!

With Love,

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