In October of 2014, me, Paul, my sister, and her hubby all went to NYC together for the New York Comic Con (yes we are all pretty nerdy at heart). I was SO incredibly excited because not only had I never been to comic con before, but I also had never been to NYC before! So it was a win win for me.
We took a couple days off and made it an extended weekend. We stayed in a little hotel in NJ and during the times we weren’t at comic con, we explored the city. I remember walking through Liberty Park with Paul and being completely floored by finally seeing NYC up close, in person, and walking in an area that I’m pretty sure has been in a dozen movies in my lifetime alone. Felt so surreal.
Below, Paul and I made a trip out to Ellis Island our first afternoon there to see the immigration museum and also the Statue of Liberty. It only felt right to do so since he himself was an immigrant in the modern age. Honestly, it was kind of an emotional experience for us. Especially me. Because this very building brought in the great people of the world that made America what it is. And gave us so much rich culture to share amongst our neighbors. No other country in the world has a history with immigration like this one does. And I think that’s super rad.
I remember sitting there trying to think and embrace how it must have felt for people to really see the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Back before photos and video, you would have only heard stories about the icon. The kind of hope it must have brought some people for a new beginning had me sitting on this cleared out ferry gazing at the statue in great admiration. Then I remembered I could go see it up close in person.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The next day we spent exploring the heart of NYC. We took a bus into the city from our hotel which was right outside our hotel. We didn’t make any particular plans, just had a million things we wanted to see, so we just flowed with the day and we all had a great time doing it.
One of my favorite places was actually the Disney store in Time Square. I remember walking in there and they were playing the most amazing pieces of Star Wars music. They also had quotes from the movies painted on the walls upstairs and little animated X-Wings that flew across the ceiling and walls. I remember watching it in awe and just being completely taken by the whole thing. It was the first time I really realized the depth of Disney owning Star Wars might not be such a bad thing after all. Because that whole experience was refreshingly magical. Besides, Disney and Star Wars have always been two of my most favorite things ❤
Then of course we had to take a visit to the Nintendo Store 🙂 and my inner nerd was completely satisfied when I saw the Zelda Treasure Chest. Just so you know, when you walked up to that chest, it recognized you and legit played this noise. I kinda fan-girled.
After that we headed to the Natural History Museum! I really wanted to see their T-REX skull as I got to see Sue in Chicago. Plus I just like any excuse I can get to go to a museum.
Then, after some dinner we headed to the comic book store Midtown Comics before hopping on the bus back to our hotel in New Jersey. And while walking to the comic book store, we got some great views of the city at night. It’s almost like it took on a whole other life you simply cannot experience in the day time.
This HUGE convention was held at the Jarvis Convention Center and I remember being some of the first to get there. Within just a couple hours, thousands of people flooded into there and every corner was filled of every kind of nerd you can imagine. Booths filled with amazing collectibles, props, and art work. Panels, celebrities, big names in the comic industry…. you name it and it was most likely there. Well, except Star Wars collectibles. There wasn’t as much as I expected there to be 😦
Nonetheless, we had an amazing time embracing our inner nerds, seeing all the amazing costumes people dressed up in, and exploring some of the new and exciting things the comic world had to offer. Oh, and not to mention, a real working animatronic costume of Bumblebee from Transformers. That pretty much made my day. Also, all of these photos from Comic Con were taken with my Galaxy!
After spending all of Saturday at Comic Con, Paul and I spent our last morning on Sunday doing some last bits of exploring. We headed for the Empire State building, 9/11 memorial, and then had a late lunch at a place called Kat’z Deli. And also, this is when the enormous scale New York city truly holds really sank in for me. This city seems to never end.
Once we got our final fills in of the city and some good food in our bellies, we headed back to the bus station which dropped us off at our hotel, got in our car resting our tired bodies to tackle the drive back home to Cincinnati. I am so happy we were able to do so much in such a little time frame and honestly, a city like that I could go every weekend for a year and still find something new to do!
I made sure to take video clips throughout our exploring in NYC and put together a fun video for my Vimeo account. Check it out below.
So on that note, ’til next time New York.