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Ieasha In The City

Visiting NYC for the first time and stopping by Little Italy

It's been a few weeks since my first trip to New York City. I was excited, and I think it lived up to the excitement. I got in a lot of walking, and was able to see things that were only a reality to me through television. I saw a lot, but there's still a lot I didn't get to see, and I can't wait to return soon.


As you know, my New York adventure started in Long Island at my family reunion. It was the first time that I had even attended a reunion on this side of my family. There were a lot of firsts going on during that week. I met people I had only heard of through stories, and many of them I was meeting for the first time. I learned things like how my grandfather got his nickname, and I got a really nice breakdown of the family tree. They were able to trace it back five generations, and that was simply mind blowing. I ate some of the best pancakes that are now on my top five list (remember I'm a pancake connoisseur😂) and it was a great way to start the trip before heading to NYC.


Took a night tour through the city and Brooklyn. Picture of Grand Central Terminal

The moment I stepped into NYC I felt a bit claustrophobic. So many tall buildings, and everything so close together, gave me a bit of an uneasy feeling but I was ready to take on the city. The hotel we stayed in was very nice, and definitely worth the four-star rating. Of course, it was small, but it was still very chic. I felt comfortable being here the entire time, and the staff made things easy and accessible for us.


Delicious Junior’s cheesecake.

First on the agenda in the city was food, and by food I’m talking about pizza. Now, you know I’m from Chicago, and nothing beats Chicago style pizza in my opinion but I was willing to give New York style pizza a chance, and I'm glad I did. The flavor was delicious, and since there is a pizza shop on almost every street, you will never have to look far for a slice. My goal was to have a slice every day, and I did miss one day but there were other items that made-up for this shortage. If you head to New York City make sure you check out Little Italy for delicious Italian food, go to K town for some fabulous Korean BBQ chicken, and stop by Sylvia’s in Harlem for some amazing soul food and wonderful hospitality. Top it all off with my new favorite cheesecake from Junior’s, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


Took a stroll through Bryant Park

Along with eating well in the city, you're also going to exercise. Now, I know you're thinking this is a vacation so what could I mean by exercise. What I mean is you're going to be walking. A LOT. I'm so glad I packed my walking shoes I had just purchased because they came in handy. The first day my husband and I got in over 17,000 steps, and that's even with us using a tour bus. Everything is accessible, it's just preparing yourself for the journey that comes along with such a big city. I saw the Empire State Building, walked through Bryant Park, and you know I stopped by the theater district and Times Square. We took a virtual ride at a place called Rise New York, and everything about that place from beginning to end was so good. The history they give you leads all the way up to the virtual ride at the end. I Highly recommend stopping there if you're in the area.


Standing on the ruby red steps in Times Square

I took lots of recommendations and tried to fit in everything I could, but there was so much, and I'm keeping a list so my next trip will already be set. I think my most disappointing part was not being able to visit Central Park because we were rained out, but next time it will be first on the list. Overall, I must say what a trip! It will definitely be one of the highlights of my 2023, and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to have so many wonderful experiences in the city and all at once.




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