Hey guys!! I have already posted about our first day in New York City, and now I would like to share with you what we did the next day. So my parents and I spent the first night at our hotel, the New York Marriott Marquis. My cousin went back to her place in Brooklyn while my aunt and uncle went home to New Jersey. They let us explore the city on our own for a few days before meeting up again on the day before our flight back to Manila.
I woke up early morning and took the time to mesmerize at the wonderful view from our hotel room: it was Times Square!! My dad got us breakfast from the big McDonald’s downstairs as my mom and I got all dressed up ready for the day’s activities. After we were all ready, we went down and had some photos in Times Square.
We decided that the easiest way to get around the city was to take the hop-on and hop-off bus tours. A hop-on and hop-off bus tour has designated stops around the city and we just have to go to the stop to get on a bus. The tour has a sequence, so we can get off at the next stop if we want to. There were plenty of tour companies to choose from, but we decided to go with the Grayline Downtown Tour, since we had a great experience with them when we went to the Grand Canyon. Luckily for us, the first stop of the tour is in Times Square so that was where we got on the bus.
Along the way, we passed many famous New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building and SoHo, but we got off at the 10th stop which was the 9/11 Memorial. It was still a 5-minute walk from the bus stop, but it was okay. We saw the Freedom Tower as well as the two ‘pools’ where the Twin Towers once stood. Around the landmark, names of the victims where engraved.
I couldn’t quite describe how I felt when I saw the site. It was nice that I was able to see it, but at the same time I couldn’t help but feel sad for all the victims of the tragedy and their families.
Afterwards, it was starting to drizzle a bit but the tour went on. We passed by Wall Street, East Village, the United Nations, and many others.
The second to the last stop was the Rockefeller Plaza and we were really looking forward to going to the Top of the Rock, which is the observation deck to view the city. Most people say that the Top of the Rock has the best view of New York. However, the drizzle turned into strong rains, and we were not sure if we would still go because we didn’t want to get wet from the rain. But we thought that even if we go back to the Times Square stop, we would still get wet anyways so we got off at Rockefeller.
We purchased 3 tickets for the Top of the Rock and we were led to an elevator that would get us to the observation deck. There was an indoor lounge where you could see some of the view but we went out to see the entire view of the city. That was only the lower part of the observation deck, which was still covered with glass. There were stairs that led us to the topmost part of the building and the view up there was one of the most marvelous sites that I have seen. Even if the skies were dark because of the rain, the view was still very beautiful. (It is the topmost picture of this post!)
After staying at Top of the Rock, we went back to the ground floor of the Rockefeller building to have some ice cream. Then we went out of the building to look around the Rockefeller Plaza.
It was really windy and it was getting pretty late so we decided to go back to our hotel. It was quite near so we just walked going back to Times Square. It was getting really cold but after around 10 minutes, we could see the bright lights of Times Square once again, and that ended our fun and rainy day in New York.