I took a trip to my backyard this past weekend. No, not the dirt lot behind my dorm building, but the city I live in which I sometimes forget is so rewarding. I have the privilege of studying in one of the most thriving places in the world–New York City.
Central Park: If you’ve never been, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. What you may not know, however, is that you don’t have to pay a thing to enjoy the 843 acres of pure beauty. The “park” stems from 59th Street to 110th Street. One of my favorite hangouts is on the Great Lawn, considered to be one of the most famous lawns in the world, where you can have a picnic, throw a frisbee, have a photoshoot, or watch a show…all for free! It’s located at Mid-Park: 79th to 85th Street.
Here are a few of our highlights:
The Chelsea Market was a blast too. It’s important to know that there is no admission fee to browse through the hundreds of shops, markets and galleries. Not to mention, everything is so visually pleasing. It gets packed easily, especially at lunchtime on a Saturday, but the experience is worth the hustle and bustle. It’s also been named one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world. You could stay for hours getting lost in the beauty of the market.
I finished off the weekend with a much-needed (finals getaway) bike ride to the Brooklyn Promenade for lunch.
Not only does the Promenade provide one of the best views of the city, it has some of the most outstanding array of food options in the city. We sat down at The Paris Cafe and ate to our heart’s content.
When I think of the times I get to spend with friends and family, versus the money I could be spending just to benefit myself, I realize that these experiences are worth so much more than I can imagine.
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What are you waiting for? Your backyard awaits.