9/11 Memorial & Museum


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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is an educational and historical institution that commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The Memorial

The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood at the World Trade Center site. It occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features the two biggest manmade waterfalls ever constructed in North America, and two reflecting pools. The names of the victims are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding the pools and the white oak trees that surround the plaza give the memorial area a sense of calm from the bustling metropolis.

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The Museum

The 9/11 Museum, honors the victims of the attacks through videos, audios, and personal stories of those who experienced these tragic events. It features guided tours, exhibitions, and the displays artifacts, including large steel pieces of the facade of the original North Tower.


The Museum is open to the public every day of the week and tickets can be reserved online on the Museum’s website. On Tuesdays, free tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis, after 4:00 pm.

Displayed artifacts and tributes


“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.” -Memorial.org


9/11 Memorial

Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Open Daily

Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m.

Fri and Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.

Note: An average visit takes approximately two hours.

Where: 180 Greenwich Street. New York, NY 10007.

Click here for details on the various options to get there.


Central Park North


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In comparison to the busy, tourist filled paths of the lower half of the park, the quieter north half of Central Park almost feels like a completely different place. Here nature is the focal point and the winding paths create an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city around you. There are many great photo opportunities in the park no matter what time of year you visit. In order to fully enjoy the experience as I capture the sites with my camera, I decided to split the park in half around 82nd St with the Great Lawn being my center point. Here are my top photo spots in the northern half of the park, from the Great Lawn to 110th st.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Head north from the Great Lawn and you will reach the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, here you can get some great shots of nature, bridges, and views of the east and west skylines across the reservoir. The path closest to the water is a running path so be mindful of runners and stick to the walker-friendly Bridle Path. There are many openings connecting the two paths that you can use snap some quick pictures.


Cast Iron Bridges

Bridges No. 24, No. 27, and No. 28 are the three cast iron bridges that span the Bridle Path around the reservoir. Bridge No.. 24 and No. 27 are on the southern end of the reservoir near the 86th st transverse road and are two of the oldest cast iron bridges in the US. Bridge No. 28, also known as the Gothic Bridge, is located on the northwestern side of the reservoir and is a favorite among photographers.


The Pool

North of the Reservoir is the quaint, lesser-known pond known as the Pool. Surrounded by grassy lawns, beautiful trees, and hidden waterfalls, this is a great spot any time of the year. The pool is just north of the 100th street entrance for easy access from the upper west side.


The Ravine

Near the Pool is the only stream valley in the park known as the Ravine. Here the city views are blocked by the trees and nature is the focal point. Walk along the path to escape the city and capture the beauty of the Loch, waterfalls, bridges and arches, and the nature around you.


Glen Span Arch and Huddlestone Arch

On either end of the Ravine are two arches that are favorites in the park. Glen Span Arch is located on the southern end of the Ravine and is known for its geometric stones and views of the waterfall from the pool. The north end of the Ravine is home to Huddlestone Arch. Made of uncut boulders held together by gravity alone the arch makes for a unique place for photos.

Other locations

There are quite a few other locations that are worth mentioning but were unable to make the list because of season or renovation.

Conservatory Gardens: Best visited in the spring and summer months. The gardens hold a vast amount of flowers, plants, and fountains perfect for an instagram snap.

North Meadow Butterfly Garden: Best visited in the spring and summer. The flowers and plants found in this meadow are home to butterflies and hummingbirds in the warmer months of the year.

Wildflower Meadow: Located between the North Meadow and the Ravine is a meadow full of wildflowers that are local to the New York area. Visit in the warmer spring and summer months to see the flowers in full bloom.


Central Park South


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Where is your favorite place in Central Park? Let us know in the comments.

59th Street to 110th Street between 5th and 8th Avenues is home to Central Park. The 843 acre park hosts about 25 million visitors every year making it one of the most visited urban parks in the United States. It’s not surprising that there are many great photo opportunities no matter the time of year. I wanted to enjoy the park as I explored with my camera so I decided to split the park in half around 82nd St with the Great Lawn being my center point. Here are my top photo spots in the southern half of the Central Park from 59th St to the Great Lawn.


Gapstow Bridge

Gapstow Bridge is in the south-eastern corner around 62nd St. Capture the beauty of the park with a view of the city skyline in the background. The famous Plaza Hotel can be seen from the north side of the bridge and in the winter you can see the Wolfman ice skating rink from the south. On calm days reflections of the bridge and the cities skyscrapers will reflect off the pond making for beautiful photos.


Central Park Dairy

Just up the path from Gapstow Bridge is the Central Park Dairy. What is now a visitors center and gift shop was originally built to provide a safe place for families to purchase fresh milk for children while visiting the park. Located in the original children’s district, the gingerbread-like building provides a whimsical backdrop for your photoshoot.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_Carousel#/media/File:Central_Park_Carousel_snow_jeh.JPG


Head west up the path from the Dairy and you’ll find one of young park-goers favorite attractions, the Carousel. With 57 hand-carved and beautifully decorated horses, this 111-year-old carousel is a great Instagram snap waiting to happen.


The Mall

From 66th St. to 72nd St. runs the only intentional straight path in all of Central Park. Framed by rows of American Elms the Mall is one of the most visited and photographed areas in the park. Take in the beauty on one of the rows of benches lining the walkway or stroll through the local vendors and street performers that set up here when the weather is nice. No matter what time of year you visit, you are bound to get great photos.


Bethesda Terrace

Located at the north end of the Mall is beautiful Bethesda Terrace. The arches, tiled ceiling, fountain, staircases, arcade, and views of the lake are only a few of the things that make the Terrace the perfect place for photos. The beauty of the area makes this a favorite among visitors so go early for your best chance at photos sans crowd.


Bow Bridge

Just west of Bethesda Terrace is one of the most romantic spots in New York City. Between the beauty of the bridge itself and the views around it, Bow Bridge is a favorite spot for couples as well as photographers and filmmakers. With the Ramble to the north, Cherry Hill to the south, and stunning views of Central Park West, 5th Avenue, and the Lake, you can get a great shot from any direction.


Obelisk (Cleopatra’s Needle)

The Obelisk, better known as Cleopatra’s Needle, is the oldest man-made object in Central Park and one of the oldest Egyptian obelisks in the world. The Obelisk in New York is one of three in the world known as Cleopatra’s Needle the other two being located in Paris and London. Despite their name, the obelisk in central park and its twin in Paris were actually made in 1475 BC, thousands of years before Cleopatra reigned. It was moved to the park in 1881 near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other locations

There are quite a few other locations that are worth mentioning but were not on this list because of season or renovation.

Strawberry Fields: The memorial to John Lennon is open year round but the best time to visit is in the spring and summer when the plants are in bloom.

Cherry Hill: Located near Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill is best to visit at the end of March through April when the forsythia and azaleas are in bloom.

Loeb Boathouse: Visit in the warmer months to get snaps of the paddle boats on the lake and around the famous boathouse.

Belvedere Castle: The castle is currently under renovations but will be open later in 2019. Check the Central Park website for updates.

Shakespeare Garden: Best visited in the warmer months when the roses are in bloom.

Arches: There are an abundance of arches in Central Park that make for great Instagram shots.


Percy's Pizza - the Quest for the Best $1 Slice


NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite New York pizza place so far?

We’ve been on a quest to find the best dollar pizza slice in NYC & so far Percy’s pizza, located on Bleecker street, in the Greenwich Village nightclub district, is the winner! The compact, brick-walled counter serves inexpensive, thin-crushed slices. A great option to eat on a budget.

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Well cooked, foldable, crispy and the fresh-tasting sauce distinguishes it from any other ¢99 and $1 pizza we have tried in the city. Percy’s is especially great when it’s hot right out of the oven, and it can actually stand on its own, not needing heaps of seasoning post-purchase.

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A pizza pie at Percy’s goes from $8 for the classic cheese and up to $18 for any three-toppins pie. Plain slices start at $1 and most topped slices are $1.50. 2 slices and a drink go for $2.75!

Note it’s cash only, like most dollar slice spots.

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Hours: 11 am - 2 am

Where: 190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (a 29 minutes subway ride from Our Place)

Phone: (212) 388-1355 (for pick up).


Miss Favela


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Williamsburg, a must-stop while in NYC, is home to a particularly energetic place. Samba, caipirinhas, feijoada and great vibes are Miss Favela’s offer to locals and visitors. A real taste of Brazil!

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Miss Favela is a cozy restaurant inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s bars concept. It offers a great cuisine selection, Brazilian common drinks and beer, and a vibrant environment.

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Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

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We visited on a Saturday afternoon and by 3 pm the place was already full, so, if you are going on a Saturday, you may want to consider arriving a little early to grab a seat.

This spot is for everyone, there were families having lunch, couples having a drink or cup of coffee, friends celebrating birthdays (us!) and even though every seat was taken, more and more people kept coming in!


So if you’re you looking forward to a warm, relaxed, and cheerful evening… go check out Miss Favela and dance the day away to the sound of live Samba music!


  • Live music days: Thurs. Sat. and Sundays starting at 2 pm.

  • Everything on the menu

Cost: beer from $7 - cocktails $12 + / Appetizers: $6 - $12 / Brunch: $14 fixed price / Mains: $20 - $24

Happy Hour: 2 for 1 drinks at the bar until 7 - Tuesdays and Fridays

Where: 57 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (a 19 minutes bus ride from Our Place)


The Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park


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While there are many places with great views of the New York City skyline, one of my favorites is Brooklyn Bridge Park. From Pier 6 off Atlantic Ave to the Manhattan Bridge is a mile and a half greenway perfect for a day escape from the skyscrapers and busy streets of the city. If you are looking for some Instagram worthy pictures, start your trip at Pier 6.


 Head to the end of Pier 6 for some great snaps of the southernmost point of the city. In the warmer months, spend time at the sand volleyball courts or take the family to the playground. From Memorial Day to Halloween you can catch a ride to Governors Island on the weekend ferry or hop aboard the sailboat Pilot to learn a bit about the history of the famous boat built in 1924.


From Pier 6 head north to Pier 3. Relax on the lawn and take in the views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. Visit in the warmer months for shots of the city with the lush lawn and plants around the park. Use a telephoto lens and a tripod (or a steady hand) to snag a photo of Lady Liberty across the harbor.


Just down from Pier 3 is the remnants of what was once Pier one. This spot is a favorite for photographers to get amazing shots of the city at sunset with the old pillars in the foreground. I recommend getting to this location early to scout your spot as it does get busy during golden hour.


The next stop on the list is the corner of Water St and Old Fulton St. This area has an abundance of Instagram ready locations such as the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, The River Cafe, the Brooklyn Bridge lookout, and this cute Elmhurst Dairy truck.


On the other side of the bridge is another popular sunset photo spot, Pebble Beach. From here you have great views of Jane’s Carousel, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline with the setting sun. Another spot in this area is St. Ann’s Warehouse. Snap a picture of the bridge through the windows in the courtyard for a picture of the bridge not many people think to get.


From Pebble Beach head to the corner of Water St and Washington for the last stop on this list. Here you can get find one of the most iconic views in Dumbo, the Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge. Be prepared to wait in line for your chance to take your picture as it is a hot spot for many people wanting to get the perfect shot. Come during the day for the best lighting to showcase the red brick buildings, cobblestone street, and the bridge.

Getting there: There are many ways to get to the park from anywhere in the city. Take the F train to York St, the A/C to High street, or the 2/3 to Clark street. If you are staying in Manhattan, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.!


Roosevelt Island


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NYC from another perspective

There are dozens of great spots for the perfect city picture in NYC, like the famous observatories with amazing views. But if you’re looking for a different photo-spot and want to see the city from another perspective, you must visit its islands.

The two-mile long and one street wide Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens on the East River.

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Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

How to get there?

Take the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the aerial view. The cost is $2.25 with MetroCard or single pass (one-way); it departs every 15mins every day from 6 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. You can also take the NYC Ferry for a $2.75 one-way ticket, or the F train subway line, which has a stop on the island. The Roosevelt bridge (which connects to Queens) is another option to walk, bike or drive into the island.

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Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

What to see?

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Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Austere church from 1888.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

This park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President Roosevelt. It’s located on the southern tip of the island.


Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox.

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Blackwell Island Lighthouse

Fifty-foot-tall stone lighthouse located at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, built in 1872.

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The Octagon Tower

The octagonal tower, built in 1834, now part of a luxury buildings complex, was originally a mental hospital

Views from the Tram and Island


There you have it! If you’re visiting New York City take the opportunity to walk around the often overlooked Roosevelt Island, it offers amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, and it’s perfect for a break from the chaos of the city.

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Where: Between Manhattan (west side) and Queens (east side) on the East River. - See details on the various options to get to the island.


Wah Fung No. 1


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Chinatown is known for having an abundance of great places to eat at an unbelievably low price point. One of my favorite stops is Wah Fung No. 1 on Chrystie St. just off Hester. The menu is limited to roast duck, pork, or chicken served over rice with a side of cabbage, but what they lack in variety they make up for in flavor. Don’t be surprised if there is a line out the door when you arrive, but don’t worry, the guys inside keep it moving quickly. While there isn’t seating in the restaurant they are located across from a park with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy your meal on a nice day.


Recommendations: Everything I have tried has been absolutely delicious, but the hands-down best deal is the pork, or chicken, over rice special. For $4.25 you get a generous amount of perfectly roasted pork or chicken over steamed rice and cabbage topped with sauce.

Cost: Everything on the menu is under $10 with most items being around $6 making for a super affordable and delicious option.

Where: 79 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 (right off Hester)

Hours: 9 am- 7 pm

How to get there: Take the B or D to Grand St or the F to East Broadway (a 35 minute subway ride from Our Place)