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In a New York Minute: Midtown Tour


View of Manhattan while landing in Laguardia.

“Do I look like a weed kinda guy?” D joked as we headed out of packed Times Square. Just then a second man approached him and muttered a few words while we were passing. “Apparently I do” D shook his head with a look of disbelief. Realizing that two men had just asked D if he wanted to buy some weed I laughed and sang, “In a New York minute everything can change, in a New York minute things can get pretty strange.” Ear worms of Don Henley singing this song have been constant since starting our midtown tour.

I looked at my watch, it was half past eleven and we had already walked 14,000 steps. I regretted my shoe choice and made mental note that I would not be wearing these the remainder of the trip. Since landing in Laguardia at 5:00 pm there had already been a whirlwind of happenings. D has been the best tour guide, but our joking and bantering back and forth has made it even more fun. I guess that is what happens when you’ve been with someone for 23 plus years; it just continues to get better.

When D picked me up at 5:00 he knew we had traffic to contend with so our first stop was just a stones throw away. Off we went to see the Unisphere. This is located at the Worlds Fair site at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens. We parked for free and took a nice walk around where we were also able to see the Astro-View Observation Towers which were last used in 1964 at the Worlds Fair. These are also called “saucers” and were used in the movie “Men In Black”.


Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

After traffic died down we headed toward the city during sunset. I started to get butterflies in my stomach as we drove across the George Washington bridge, anxious for the evening ahead. There are two uncertainties in New York City that I quickly discovered; public restrooms and free parking. Word of advice, take a precautionary pee whenever you see a restroom {aka go even if you don’t need to go}. If you don’t want to pay $10 every half hour for parking then don’t be afraid to walk a little further for a free spot, because they do exist.

We started our downtown tour at the amazing underground Apple Store. It is a must do, see, and feel experience! From there we walked towards Times Square and hit all of the following iconic sights along the way…



Apple Store, 767 5th Ave., New York City, NY

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (photo not shown)

Museum of Modern Art (photo not shown)


St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Radio City Music Hall

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Rockefeller Center


Times Square/Broadway


New York Public Library


Grand Central Station


Chrysler Building


United Nations

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Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, U2 Concert D attended last summer.

Morgan Library & Museum (not shown)


Empire State Building


Flatiron Building

Thank you for joining us on our Downtown Tour. We covered A LOT in only one evening. Tomorrow my feet and legs may be screaming but I can’t wait to check spending a beautiful day in Central Park off of my bucket list.

Photography credit: Douglas Coover {aka cutest.photographer.ever.}

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  • Reply
    October 9, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Congrats Amylia, I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award for all you’ve done to inspire me in my own blogging journey!

    You can find my official nomination for you on my post at https://www.scenicsuitcase.com/blogger-award-recognitions/

    Congratulations again!

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      Amylia Coover
      October 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Stephanie, THANK YOU I am truly honored! This award came at just the moment in time that I needed it. Serendipitous? I think not! What a blessing.

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