FIRST TIME VISIT TO NEW YORK



New York, a city that never sleeps, a city that every one dreams to visit at least once in their lifetime, is such a lively and vibrant place that one can always get a way to entertain them.

New York City often referred to as The Five Boroughs is the most populated city of the United States of America. The main highlight of my trip was the famous borough Manhattan.

All thanks to the popular US sitcoms especially my favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S that visiting New York City was on top of my bucket-list. This city is stuffed with amazing museums, impressive attractions, theatres and a crazy nightlife (city that never sleeps, remember).



FLYING OVER NEW YORK

MAKING A LANDING AT JFK AIRPORT

Me and my friend Navi visited NY a few years back in the month of March. We landed at JFK airport where Navi's Uncle was there to pick us. Navi's Uncle and Aunt lived in Queens, so we had planned to stay at their place (could we get any luckier). After claiming our baggage and making an exit from JFK, we could see Navi's uncle waving. We hopped into his car and made our way to the Queens.

Sliding down the window and gazing the city, all I could see was soaring skyscrapers, yellow cabs, people rushing on the side-walks and something interesting in this entire hustle bustle. This city was just how I have imagined it.



THE ICONIC NYC TAXIS

CITY OF SKYSCRAPERS 

It was just a 20 minutes ride to Queens - largest of the five boroughs of New York. We had such a warm welcome at Navi's aunt's place. We had our lunch and a quick nap after that. We had an entire afternoon to explore the borough on foot. The sky was clear but the weather was chilling and it didn't matter after all we were stepping out to stroll around the capital city of the world.

EXPLORING THE CITY

ONE OF THE BUSY STREETS 

After walking around the city for a couple of hours we went back to our place and had an amazing dinner. Post dinner we played card games, watched TV and felt like we are at our home. Navi's aunt's family was awesome.

On our second day in New York, we planned to go to another borough i.e. Manhattan. So after having our breakfast, we headed off to the land of skyscrapers. Navi's uncle drove us to the city.


CROSSING QUEENSBORO BRIDGE

A VIEW OF MANHATTAN FROM THE BRIDGE

All we could see was tall buildings, people rushing, yellow cabs and the city's great diversity. People from all over the world come to this city with lots of dreams and yes indeed, this city has made many of the dreams come true.


A REGULAR STREET IN NEW YORK CITY



I was extremely excited to visit Manhattan. This day we saw the major attractions of Manhattan. Check it out.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE

STAUE OF LIBERTY

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

It took us a whole day to cover maximum attractions in Manhattan. We saw Empire state building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty and Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the day we ate the famous NY street food from various stalls on our way (duh no one should be on a strict diet while visiting NY).  


SPOTTED INDIA's FLAG 

This day we didn't opted for shopping but only driving through the Manhattan. Before setting the sun we headed back to the queens as it was Navi's aunt's birthday. And guess what I tried my hands in making a homemade pizza for the first time along with the guidance of Navi's cousin. And yeah it was damn yummy - everyone told so. After having this pizza party cum birthday celebration at home, me and Navi went straight to our room and called it a day.

The next day we spent with Navi's aunt's family. We explored many streets of Queens. We went to a Gurudwara (a holy place for Sikhs) and had our lunch which is typically called a Langar. In the evening we just walked around this borough of New York, bought few things from shopping centres and went back to our place.

So the fourth day in New York, we probably wanted to visit the famous Times Square and do some shopping (which was truly the best part of my trip .wink).


ONE OF THE SHOPPING STORE IN MANHATTAN

A BUSY SHOPPING STREET IN TIMES SQUARE

So I and Navi went along with her cousin. We took a subway from Queens to Times Square, which is the most efficient and cheapest way to travel in NYC. After about 40 minutes journey we finally stepped at Times Square.


We went to various shopping stores and bought so many things from different brands (being shopaholic and touristy).
MAJORITY OF THEM ARE CARRYING SHOPPING BAGS

After a lot of walking around and shopping, we decided to get some pizza (being in NY you shouldn't miss having a pizza). And when finally it was sunset, Times Square came to life. It was all lit up with those bright lights and big screens. It seemed as if I myself was standing on stage of a concert with houseful. Though I don't know what I would be doing on that stage. Wink again.

AT PIZZERIA TIMES SQUARE

ME AND NAVI IN WHITE

WALKING AROUND TIMES SQUARE AT NIGHT

ONE OF THE HUGE SCREEN 

FATHER DUFFY SQUARE

BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE BIG CITY

 After having a time of our lives at the Iconic Times Square, we went back to the Queens by taking a subway. Navi's aunt prepared a special dinner for us. The dining was all set with the lovely food. That was extremely sweet of her. After having the most delicious food and spending our last day chitchatting about our quintessential experience of New York, we went to asleep for the last day in this amazing city

Next day we had an early morning flight, so we said goodbye to our beautiful host family and to this incredible city of New York.



SEE YOU SOON NYC

There is something really special about this city that no period of time is enough to explore it. It was just four days that I got to spend in New York but worth it. I just loved NYC and am very eager to visit this city once again. Hope really soon.

Hope you enjoyed my experience in New York. Check out my other fun travel posts.