By: Puja Mohan

This past spring break, my friends and I took a trip to the city that never sleeps, the city so nice, they named it twice, the Big Apple.

New York City was bustling the weekend we arrived. The rush of the city is like no other, yet somehow the chaos was both endearing and exhilarating. We attempted to cover all realms of the city, including fine dining and desserts, museums, nature, famous landmarks, retail and stores, cultural landmarks and architecture.

We started out observing the classics, such as Times Square, Central Park, One World Trade Center, the 9/11 memorial, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and Rockefeller Center. Another day we ventured over to the Met and American Museum of Natural History. Both free of admission, the museums offered a captivating perspective on art, history and science over the course of time from around the world that was both informative and intriguing.

And of course, no trip is complete without some delectable meals. The Plaza of Food Hall as well as Chelsea Market were locations that offered a variety of worldly cuisines, which made the selection difficult to choose from. One dessert location was Dominique Ansel, where it offered a beautiful chocolate caramel mousse cake and cookie shots, chocolate chip cookies shaped like a shot glass filled with vanilla milk. We also went to Black Tap, which offered large shakes decorated with sprinkles and chocolate chips around the glass with layers of cakes, cookies or brownies with fudge, nuts and other elaborate decorations sprinkled about – known as Freak Shakes. Holey Cream was another dessert location, which offered donuts filled with ice cream and pretty much any toppings you could think of.

Near where we stayed, we ate from an elegant bakery called The Greek from Greece Bakery, where it offered several breakfast items as well as authentic Greek food. We also stopped at food locations around Little Italy and Chinatown, as well as restaurants such as Ofrenda and Trattoria Dell’Arte, which offered nicely plated and delicious meals.

Aside from food, we visited several places to simply enjoy the architectural beauty, including Grand Central Terminal, the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Soho, the HighLine, as well as travel the Staten Island Ferry to enjoy the city view at night.

Having been my first trip to the Big Apple, this journey was by no means a disappointment. We were constantly roaming the streets of New York, crowding into the NY subways and pushing through crowds in the city. Needless to say, the livelihood and energy of the city is like no other, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend to everyone and anyone.