From 2/16/17- 2/21/17 = 5 days


I knew I was going to like New York city before even going. Made it to all five Boroughs (Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) in less than 5 days. Although San Francisco has a special place in my heart, I think New York city is probably the best city in United States. When it comes to cost of living, New York is just shy of being more expensive than San Francisco, but you get so much more for your buck (5 Boroughs to explore food, events, activities, museums, etc). The experience would have been much better if I didn’t have Bell Palsy… But it was still a great time. 

Pace of Life

Perhaps, because I am in my 20s, I enjoy the fast pace lifestyle that New York provides. Yet my friends living there told me that it can get exhausting.


Projected/planned $500-750 

Actual Expense:

    1. Airfare $312+22 (insurance) $334
    2. Living Accommodations $368  
    3. Transportation (suggest purchase 7-day unlimited: $31)
    4. Spent $150-200 in span of 5 days (dining out, food, tourist destination tickets, etc)
    5. Total: ~$1000

Metrocard and Subway

  • $31 – 7-day unlimited on regular Bus and Subway
  • Free Transfer between subway and bus within 1.5-2 hours
  • Ways of Using Metrocard:
    • With Turnstile (in Subway Stations)
    • Don’t swipe, and make turns. Swipe and walk in, then push
    • When swipe, have the blackstrip facing you, not too slow and not too fast
    • “Swipe at this Turnstile Again” – swipe again, don’t switch
    • “Just Used” – wait 16-18 min, walk to another station, or ask for staff to let you in

Taking The Express Bus

  • Try to avoid Express Bus, but if you have to. Select Bus Service:
    • Go to the machine at the stop
    • Follow the directions on the machine
    • Obtain ticket and keep it (there may be officers or MTA employee will come and check ticket randomly)

Taking The Regular Bus

  • Dip metro card in the slot, lower left corner
  • Remember to get back the metro card


  1. Central Park (free)
  2. Chinatown
  3. Statue of Liberty (Free – far view; On island – $18.50+)
  4. Empire State Building ($24 – Main deck)
  5. Times Square (free)
  6. Highline park (free)
  7. American Museum Of Natural History ($17 – Student, suggested admissions, 10:00am – 5:45pm)
  8. Metropolitan Museum of Art ($12 – Student, suggested admissions, 10-5pm daily)
  9. Museum of Moving Images ($11- Student, Free Friday 4-8pm)
  10. Transit museum ($10 Tues – Fri 10-4pm)
  11. Wall Street/911 Memorial (free)
  12. Walk on Brooklyn Bridge (free)
  13. NY Aquarium (Adults $11.95 10-4:30pm daily)/ Coney Island


  1. Ippudo Ramen
  2. Soft Swerve
  3. Sake Sushi (Sushi Buffet)
  4. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
  5. Bibble and Sip
  6. Koreatown
  7. Flushing Food Court?


  1. Timbuk 2 Command Backpack
  2. Timbuk 2 Yellow X-Small Messenger Bag 2013
  3. bago Packing Cubes For Travel – 10 Set Luggage and Accessories Organizer System

Museum of Moving Images

Museum of Sex

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Times Square


Empire State Building

Bull of Wall Street

9/11 Memorial

Brooklyn Bridge

Chelsea Market

Statue of Liberty

Grand Central Terminal

American Museum of Natural History


Friends in New York



I am definitely coming back to New York one day. If I ever had the opportunity to move there, I would take it.


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