My friend Nicole and I have this thing where we go 5-6 months without seeing each other and one day we'll call each other up to go out and shoot photos. We'll always get on the topic of traveling and where we want to visit next. When we got back this time, we found a super cheap flight to NYC in two weekends also remembering that both of us had $50 travel credit with United Airlines from the time we went to Seattle Washington and had delays on our outbound trip. In the end, we each paid $60 for a round trip to New York and couldn't pass it up.
We decided against am Airbnb and chose to stay at Pod 51 in Midtown. I have to say, it was the perfect location but it was a small room and you don't have a bathroom for yourselves. There are 4 bathrooms on each floor, each with their own showers. We never ran into problems with bathrooms not being available though.
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We headed to the World Trade Center and checked out the mall. Incredible architecture, photos for days. We ended the trip with a visit to the Rockefeller Center.