New York City
Last weekend I decided to take a trip to New York City. You would be surprised how close it is to Boston. A bus takes 4-5 hours (depending on traffic) to get from one city to another. The ride from Northeastern to South Station takes about 20 minutes, depending on what time the train arrives. I usually take the orange line to downtown crossing and from the Red line.
There are a large number of different bus companies available. I usually take the Lucky Star or the Mega Bus because of their cheap prices. The Lucky Star is a bit sketchy and they always make a 15 minute stop, but the prices are always excellent. Normal tickets are a maximum of $25 one way, but you can usually get discount tickets that are $15. This weekend I had decided to try something new and I bought a Mega Bus ticket which is only cheap if bought in advance. I paid a total of $40; a bit more pricy than Lucky Star but I wanted to check out a new company. The bus was late which was not too good of a sign but it was a nice journey despite the freezing temperature.
Friday night, I got off the bus, freshened up and I went out with some friends in the meatpacking district, the streets were crowded and full of life.
During the day I walked around the city on my own. I walked from my friend’s place (the New Yorker, located on 8th avenue and 34th street) to Washington Square Park. It took me 45 minutes to get there; but walking there and back allowed me to have some exercise and admire the city. I took this picture: (and YES I did use some Instagram filters but look how lovely it turned out!)
Saturday evening I went to my friend’s party in Brooklyn. It was the grooviest apartment I have ever been to. The walls were covered in mirrors! Here is a picture I took at this party:
Sunday: I woke up early and my friend Brooke and I took another walk. We walked from the New Yorker to the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping for brunch, and proceeded to cross the bridge, which we crossed again. We then walked to SoHo where we stopped to watch the World Cup game (United States v. Portugal) and walked back to the New Yorker. We walked for hours and miles but it was worth it, walking around cities is one of my favorite activities.
My bus left Monday morning, it was a beautiful weekend. I just want to emphasize on how accessible New York is from Boston. Maybe next time I will go to Philadelphia, it’s only 1 hour away from New York City.