Empire State of Mind

A lot of people migrate to the bigger cities for inspiration, action, romance, or just to stare at the different types of people that lurk around every corner. Some visit for the food…

New York City is one of my favorite places in the entire world. Watching the hustle and bustle of the culture is something that will never get old to me. I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I could be seen as a “city girl” and.. well.. they ain’t wrong!

Times Square

The best part of the entire city is, by far, Times Square. Everyone has somewhere to be and at times, it’s like nobody else exists. You can tell the tourists apart from those who live in the city and see these things on a daily basis. Tourists take the time to look around and gawk at everything that stands in front of them. I was obviously the tourist… like my picture? 🙂 Those that live in the city just walk with tunnel vision and always have that look of determination on their faces; those looks that go long with the thought of “get out of my way you dumb tourist” (which I got a few times).

While walking through Times Square I did notice that everyone standing around is trying to make money in some way, shape, or form. I was almost taken away by the Disney characters that were trying to take pictures with everyone. At one point, my friend grabbed me by the arm and drug me away from the characters… all I could do was laugh.

 Aside from the hustle and the bustle, New York City is notorious for….??                             …………..SHOPPING! I had to make an appearance at Tiffany’s and decided I wasn’t leaving empty handed. This was also the case for The North Face, Oakley, Macy’s, Fossil, and a few other stores that I walked into. (Ooops).

Tiffany & Co bag with my new favorite ring inside!

When I was posting some of my pictures of the different places I stopped to eat, I was told that I ate at the McDonald’s of pizza places. “That pizza place is basically on every street corner in NY”. Welp, I can see why! The pizza and Mama Sbarro’s was to die for!!!

I also tried this place called Dallas BBQ, right in the middle of Times Square. That would have been the last place that me and my friend stopped before we headed back to the train station to head out of the city. We, of course, couldn’t say no to the Texas-sized drinks that were on their menu.


Mama Sbarro’s and Dallas BBQ were the two places that I would revisit as far as food goes. We did try a place called the Applejack Diner and I would have rather chewed on the sole of my shoe after walking through the city all day than to finish the food that they put in front of me. So I let it sit on my plate and we left. Yuuuuuuck!

Then, finally… I had to make a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, because you can’t go to NYC without seeing the city from WAY up high. I have done this every since time I go to the city and every single time I fall in love with the view as if I’m seeing it for the first time. If you do this, be sure to go all the way up to the 105th floor. You won’t regret it!


And yes… I recommend doing it at night!

Empire State of Mind

No, these photos weren’t edited. This is the city (it’s beautiful as it is and it don’t need no stinkin’ filter!)

So the next time you’re in the city, take as many pictures as you want and post em all!!! I will never stop taking pictures of NYC, I fear that if I don’t take pictures, things will change while I’m not there and I won’t even notice because the moment I get there, I blink.. and the day is over in a New York minute.

Do you have a favorite city?


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