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10 Things I learned During My NYC Stay

statue of liberty 2I stayed in the city for a few days with my boyfriend for my birthday and although it’s only about an hour from me, there was still so much I haven’t seen. So, we acted like total tourists and learned a lot of awesome things. Check this out, especially if you plan on visiting the Big Apple one day!

-The Titanic was supposed to dock on the Hudson River before it sank.

-Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, ironically enough, he owns two floors of a beautiful building in Battery Park- just minutes from Wall St. (his building is the middle glass one, he owns the two top floors)

leo dicaprio home

-The Statue of Liberty was donated to us from France. It’s green color is because it is made of copper and throughout the years it slowly has turned from its regular color.

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-The George Washington Bridge is the busiest bridge in the United States.

-A lot of water towers are placed on top of buildings, so everyone living in them will have no problem with water pressure while showering around the same times.

-Wall Street is called Wall Street because there literally used to be a wall in the middle of it. Simple explanation, huh?

-6.7 million people travel to and from NYC everyday to work. This is more than triple the amount of people that actually live there.

-In the 70s and 80s, NYC was known as one of the most dangerous cities to visit. Nowadays it has improved tremendously but still has its areas that are not so great. (Back in the day the worst part was The Lower East Side)

-Ever wonder what it would cost to live in NYC? A months rent for an apartment (a small one) runs anywhere from $2,000-$3,500 a month! Give or take a few hundred dollars here or there, depending on size, location, etc.

-NYC will soon be home to the worlds tallest building – The Nordstrom Tower (1,775 feet high) – just a foot smaller than 1 World Trade Center (AKA “The Freedom Tower”)

Now, a heads up on a few things:

NYC is extremely fast paced and congested with millions of people, walking the streets you will have to move and bump into people to get around. The drivers can get a bit intense too, especially the cabbies. If you’re walking across the street when the sign says not to, people will honk at you until you run and move.

Times Square allows a lot of things that certain areas of the U.S. would never. Women can walk around topless, as long as it’s not for business purposes (yet they still take tips though for photos… Mmhmm)

[Note: all photos were taken by me :)]

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                                                                            The beautiful Brooklyn Bridge

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"The Freedom Tower"
                                                                              “The Freedom Tower”

under the bridge

sunset

New to the City – The Daily Post Writing Prompt

The Daily Post has asked its followers to participate in a writing prompt called, BYOB(ookworm). Followers are asked to write a blurb for the book jacket of the novel you would possibly write someday.

New to the City

Christmas time was Isabelle’s favorite time of year, especially in New York City. She would throw her scarf and boots on and trek 13 blocks to work each day, not minding as she took in the bright sight of the holiday decorations. She lived in the city for almost a year now, along with her roommate who she has been friends with since she was 8. Ava was like Isabelle’s friendship soul mate, she could not picture her life without her in it.

Isabelle had a decent job at a publishing company, trying her best to work her way up the corporate ladder. She would work crazy hours each day and sometimes on weekends too, but she knew in the end it would all be worth the trouble. Another trouble being that her boyfriend of three years was back home in Westchester and they only saw each other some weekends.

She was used to walking home late at night by herself; the city was always swarming with people so she never felt uneasy. Plus, her father trained her in boxing when she younger, so she felt confident about herself and always kept an eye on her surroundings.

She walked up the two softly-dimmed flights of stairs to her & Ava’s undersized apartment. When she went to put the key in the lock, she noticed the wooden door was cracked open. She pushed slightly and what she saw made her stop dead in her tracks. Her laptop was smashed along with the valuable China plates her mother let her take with her when she moved. She stepped slowly over her Bukowski books that lay scattered on the floor.

“Who would do such a thing?” She thought. She didn’t want to make a noise but knew she had to get Ava’s attention – if she was even in the apartment. She crept slowly down the hall to Ava’s lime green bedroom. It was her favorite color, said it made her feel cheery and optimistic when she awoke each morning. Ava was nowhere to be found, but tiny drops of blood decorated the wood floor. Were they Ava’s? Isabelle’s heart started to race faster and faster, she could hear it pumping through her eardrums. The sound was deafening her as she realized Ava’s cell phone sat beside her bed. Isabelle was going to have to find her best friend another way.