Although I always wanted to travel from a young age, I grew up without the means to venture out that far from home, so I knew I met the love of my life when he proposed that we go to New York City three months after we started dating, to see a Sonic Youth concert in Williamsburg. Sadly, this was the last Sonic Youth concert in America, too, because the band split up later that year.
We stayed with his family in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but we spent the bulk of that week in August, 2011, exploring Manhattan.
For my first trip to New York City, I purchased a CityPass. Obtaining a Citypass is always a helpful and affordable option whenever you're traveling to a city for the first time.
A CityPass is an organized booklet full of discounted tickets for all the famous, albeit it touristy, sites. I typically purchase a Citypass the first time I visit a city, because it helps me save time and money. For instance, with a CityPass ticket, I can skip long lines at museums and fit more activities into my day.
I also strongly recommend utilizing public transportation in the city. Driving a car in any city is nightmarish, but especially in New York City. And taking public transportation is a nice way to people watch, too, which is always fascinating in New York City!
During our trip, my boyfriend and I explored the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Little Italy, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bronx, and the New York City Public Library.
My first trip to New York City was a magical, life-altering experience. I came home from that trip wide-eyed and set on doing whatever it took to spend the rest of my life traveling the world.