On Mar. 6-9, I got the wonderful opportunity to explore and learn in New York City.
I attended a journalism conference where I got to learn from professionals and listen to their experiences. Editors from VICE were there to share tips, advice and what they look for when listening to pitches from writers. It was an inspiring experience and will help me work on improving myself.
Not only was it an educational experience, I got to enjoy the some of the sights and attractions of the city. The only other time I had been in the city was to catch a flight, so it was exciting.
One thing you learn fast is that everything is insanely expensive.
My first night there I got to spend $40 to go to the Empire State Building and see the amazing view of the city from the 86 floor observatory deck. A great view and cool experience, but, in my opinion, not worth $40.
Times Square was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Stores are open until 2 a.m., the area is completely packed at all times, and there are people trying to shove CDs in your hand and make you buy them every time you walk through. That was new for me.
There are signs all over the place that actually say: “NO STANDING ANY TIME.” It does make sense considering how crazy it is up there, but I still wasn’t expecting to see that.
On my second day, I got the opportunity to see “Wicked” on Broadway which was absolutely amazing. It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
Day three consisted of a water taxi tour which was awesome and really fun. It was about $32 for an hour tour ride. I saw the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the World Trade Center, Ellis Island, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty.
Before the flight home on Saturday night, I made time to stop at M&M World. It was three stories and the top two had walls of M&M dispensers. If you’re ever there, definitely a place you need to visit. I also visited Central Park and did a carriage ride for about $90. On this tour, you can see some famous places from some of your favorite films and TV shows including the Cherry Hill Fountain from the Friends theme song, the bridge from Elf, and the Plaza from Home Alone 2.
After this adventure, I made a stop at Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery for some red velvet cake which was delicious, before heading to the airport to come home to Myrtle Beach.
I accomplished a good bit in my short trip there and can’t wait to go back.