It’s been years since I’ve been to New York, but I often find myself thinking of the city and dreaming of when I will return. As someone who grew up in the suburbs, there’s something about the hustle and bustle of the big city that I find so captivating.
As most tourists do during their first time in the city, we went to the top of Rockefeller Center to catch a glimpse of the city from above.
This moment reminded me of the scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off where Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron lean against the glass windows of Sears Tower and look below at the people of Chicago.
“The city looks so peaceful from here.”
“Anything looks peaceful from 1,353 feet.”
Of course, we had to see the city from the top of the Empire State Building as well.
The serenity of looking at the city from the top of skyscrapers reminds me of how small we are in this big world and how insignificant our day-to-day worries are in the grand scheme of things.
At ground level, on the other hand, the bustling city is exhilarating and everything seems larger than life.
Speaking of larger than life, we also took a ferry to Ellis Island and visited the Statue of Liberty. Standing at the foot of that colossal monument was a surreal experience.
As the child of immigrants, being in a space so integral to the immigrant narrative in America (though vastly different from my own family’s immigration story) was overwhelming. I’ll always remember the story my dad told me about when he first moved to New York for residency shortly after immigrating to the United States with his dad and brother in the ’80s. He saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time and said to himself, “I’m an American now.”
Have you been to NYC before? If so, what are your favorite memories in the city? Leave them in the comments below!