A Quick Weekend in New York City

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

It's been awhile since I've been to New York. I know it was before I self-published my first short story - which takes place in New York - but if I recall right, the last time I visited was when I was about to be a sophomore in college. So...it was 2012. 6 years ago. Wow.

But anyway, it was good to be back in this city again, even it was for a little while.

So, cue the highlights.

The Burger Joint

It's become tradition for my family and I to go to this burger place whenever we come to the city, even when it's super late at night. That's exactly what we did; we got into New York very late, and within 30 minutes, we were at this super secretive, super cool, super delicious burger shop.

It's behind the check-in desk at the Parker New York. Just follow the burger sign, turn a corner, and you're there.

The only things on the Burger Joint's menu are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheeses, and fries by the paper bag. And, yes, the burgers are delicious.


Hey, Sav, you may be asking me, Haven't you talked about Norma's before? Isn't it in California? Well, yes. There is a Norma's in Palm Springs, and yes, I've raved about it. But there is a Norma's in New York with a slightly different menu, but guys. It's SO good. I got the nutella and fruit crepes.

Keep in mind that if you do visit New York and want to try Norma's, make sure you get an OpenTable reservation. They don't take anything else.

Ground Zero

Last, but certainly not least, we went to Ground Zero, also known as the September 11 memorial.

We had never been to this part of New York before. But this place holds even more significance for me because I remember where I was the day 9/11 happened.

I was 9 years old, and I was in a homeschool group at the YMCA. We had just finished our gym period, and were about to start arts and crafts. When we went into the arts and crafts room, they had the scene on TV: two towers burning. A plane had just crashed.

It was somber to visit the place where so much tragedy happened, but it was so nice to see how the city gave back to the families who lost loved ones that day. They place roses on the names of the victims around the fountain that marks where the old towers were on their birthdays. A whole entire mall was built (the white building shown below) to symbolize peace and tranquility in a place that must bring back hard memories.

And on top of that, they are rebuilding a second tower next to the new One World Trade Center. This shows how strong of a city New York is, and how they aren't letting the tragic actions of seventeen years ago keep them from being even more unified in the future.

Thanks for reading my recap of New York! Have you been to this city lately? What is your favorite part of NYC?

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