While I hope to return there some day soon, my trip to New York was…awesome. As a birthday present, my mom bought me tickets to see Chicago the Musical on Broadway (since I am playing Roxie Hart here at Capital). So, my childhood friend Eddie and I decided to make a six full-day itinerary (official, right?) around the musical and visit the city we hadn’t visited since 8th grade. We traveled by plane, taxi and subway.

If you ever get the chance to visit, it’s a crazy city. People move fast, have headphones in and keep their heads down (generally). It is (a little) dirty and there is scaffolding everywhere, yes, but that’s what a city is (cue The 1975 song).

Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. So instead of writing a massive essay, here are some of my favorites pictures from the trip.

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The Freedom Tower.

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9/11 Memorial.

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9/11 Memorial.

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Wall Street.

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Road with Bike.

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Flatiron District.

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Flatiron Building.

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Our corner hotel room. We stayed at the New York Marriott Downtown. It’s located in the Financial District. We took the metro everywhere we needed to go. It was really handy, actually. We bought a $30 unlimited ride metro-card that was good up to seven days. The metro is a little dirty… and hot… but, it really was the most efficient way of getting around.

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Central Park.

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Central Park- Lots of horses and carriages.

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Museum of Modern Art- We went on a Friday night when they were handing out free tickets from 4pm-8pm. I’m not sure if this is only a summer thing, but it was nice to save a little bit of money.

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The New York High Line. This is a really cool place to go. In Chelsea/Meatpacking district, there is an above-ground railroad that has been refurbished and made into a mile long garden. It’s beautiful.

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Me and the High Line.

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Some kick ass coffee. It was literally so delicious. Please, go try it. I purchased this from a little stand in the New York High Line.

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The High Line.

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For lunch one day, Eddie and I went to a place called “Serendipity.” The wait was very, very long but the food was worth the wait. We went there because they are best known for their “frozen hot chocolates” which are massive and… well, delicious, of course.IMG_8910 IMG_8915

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A very, very nice looking floor.

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Top of the Rock over Central Park. Eddie and I bought a pass called “Sun and Stars.” This allowed us to go up during the day, leave, and come back when the sun sets. It was $40, but well worth it because you got to use the same pass twice in one day.

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A.. Top of the Rock selfie.

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View over the empire state building.

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View over Central Park.

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Inside Top of the Rock.

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Grand Central Station.

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Some beautiful decor.

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Beautiful Sunset.

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Top of the Rock at Night.

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Like I said above, my mother had bought me tickets to see “Chicago” on Broadway as my 20th Birthday present. It was awesome to see the show I was about to perform at school done on such a different level.

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Eddie and I sitting in our balcony seats.

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A bagel I had at a shop called Pick-a-Bagel. I have to say.. it was quite delicious.

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The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We took the metro from the financial district over to Brooklyn to visit these gardens. There weren’t many tourists and it was calm, well-maintained and beautiful. Students can purchase tickets for $5 a piece.

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They had a Japanese “Hill and Pond Garden” which was one of the most peaceful places we had been during the trip. They also had a Shakespeare Garden, a Flora Garden and a Rock Garden. (it was a huge place).

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The Brooklyn Bridge. We took the metro over to Brooklyn and then walked the Brooklyn Bridge back. It was a good decision considering we got to see the entirety of the bridge but didn’t have to walk down and all the way back.

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A bomb-ass mocha coffee and croissant from Aroma Espresso Bar.

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SoHo.

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Georgetown Cupcake (delish).

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Battery Park at sunset. There were a lot of runners and bikers here… but still, very peaceful.

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Hudson River.

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View from the Staten Island Ferry.

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A bracelet I bought on the street that broke in five days 🙂

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Times Square!

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and… My legs as we waited to board our flight back home 🙂

I hope you liked my pictures! It was the bomb.com to travel to New York. If you have any questions about any of the pictures or certain places we went, feel free to comment. I’m hoping to go back one day…

Love,

Jordan

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