Literally Just Pictures Of New York (And Some Fun Stories)

Ok, this isn’t literally just pictures of New York, but don’t expect anything helpful from this.  If you’re looking for something informative, head elsewhere.  You won’t find it here.  I would suggest some of these posts or this East Cost road trip plan.  This post will be more of a small collection of pictures from my trip to New York in high school, that I don’t mention very often, and a few little fun things I remember.

The Korean Restaurant

A bunch of us when to a Korean Restaurant not too far from the Empire State Building for dinner one night.  I’ve mentioned on here I’m not a fan of Asian food, but I was even less of a fan as a sophomore in high school.

I don’t remember what I got, but I do know that I tried a piece of octopus and it wasn’t horrible.  I also got grape juice I think, or pear, I know I tried both, and it had whole peeled grapes in it.  I drank one through a straw, somehow.  The pear juice also had chunks of pear in it.



I remember seeing Pinkberry on an episode of the Hills and I thought “I need to go there!”  Then, not too far from the Korean restaurant, was a Pinkberry!  We obviously had to go.

In case you din’t know, it’s a fro-yo shop with I think mostly cereal add-ins.  There might be other things, but we just got cereal.  I think I just got vanilla with fruity pebbles and it was delicious.  Someone else got coffee with Captain Crunch and I would not recommend it.


Canal Street

I feel like I was super excited to go here, but I don’t really know why.  Pretty much everyone on the trip bought a knock-off Prada or Dolce and Gabanna purse.  What a steal!  Going back now, I might wander around there for pictures or something, but I don’t think I’d buy much.


Little Italy, or the best manicotti ever

After wandering around Canal Street, a few of us went to a cute little Italian restaurant in Little Italy.  I got the manicotti and it was soooo good.  I’ve tried it a few times since then and it hasn’t been even close to that.  It’s always dry, but that place had it perfect.



I think it was our first morning in New York after driving straight from Wisconsin.  We headed to the Today Show filming (I’m pretty sure that’s what it was) and saw New Kids On The Block performing.  I had no idea who they were then, really, but It was still exciting, I suppose.


Empire State Building

I don’t remember all that much about this, other than the ride up in the elevator, the gift shop, and that it was extremely windy outside.  We were there in early March I think, so it was wintery and cold already, but up on the observation deck/floor, it was very windy making it even colder.


Ellis Island

It was another chilly day, but not really horrible.  I remember a lot of pigeons (below) where we were waiting to leave from.  The ferry ride over was fun.  I remember looking at the lists of names of people that came over.  I remember the creepy Statue of Liberty mask in the gift shop.  And I remember the fudge.



I don’t think we actually ate at McDonalds here, but it was the first time I ever saw one that is multiple floors and others that deliver.  I would later encounter another McDonalds in Taipei that was two floors and all kinds of fast food that delivered in Antigua, Guatemala.


Have you been to New York City?  What did you do there?  Did you like it?  


9 thoughts on “Literally Just Pictures Of New York (And Some Fun Stories)

    1. Thank you! I definitely like Asian food more now (after going to Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines) but I still don’t eat it too often. I do like it more though!

  1. LOL, I live here and have never gone into a pinkberry. There is a McDonalds in lower Manhattan on Broadway that has two levels AND a piano player. That’s a pretty cool high school trip! Mine was to Six Flags in South Jersey. Woo hoo!

    1. Haha that’s the only pinkberry I’ve ever seen in person. And that sounds like a fancy McDonalds! It was for choir. We never went on a class trip, which usually happened freshman year, because we couldn’t agree on where to go. It was usually six flags in Chicago, but apparently most of my class wasn’t having it.

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