Taking a ride on the #payitforwardexpress

On my second full day in NYC, as I mentioned in BlogHer Part I, I took a boat ride with Hanan (Lilac City Momma). We had both received tickets to the #payitforwardexpress by tweeting good deeds that we had done, and there were about 60 bloggers chosen to participate. The #payitforwardexpress was sponsored by fellow BlogHer attendees Madame Deals Media and Mommy Needs Her Coffee.

We were able to choose from four bus trips on Gray Line New York or a 90-minute boat cruise on CitySightseeing New York Cruise. A few of the bus trips were "hop-on, hop-off," but I LOVE boat rides, and the 90-minute time appealed more to me as well. It was about 90 degrees that day in New York but once the boat pulled away from the harbor we were able to experience some cool breezes, and it was nice to see all of the NYC attractions that I might not have been able to walk/cab/get to otherwise.

The ride was called the Midtown Cruise and we rode by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 1 World Trade Center (the WTC memorial, and also going to be one of the tallest NYC buildings again), Brooklyn, and many other buildings and attractions. During my first time in NYC in 2007, my college roommate, her sister, and I took a boat ride but it left from Battery Park, and it stopped at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; I actually was able to look up some of my ancestors (who immigrated here from Russia) in the Ellis Island database, which was pretty cool. The CitySightseeing cruise doesn't make any stops, but you still get to see a decent amount of the city, and it leaves from Pier 78 on the east side rather than Battery Park, which is near the southern tip of Manhattan.

Check out my photos below and also Lilac City Momma's photos at her site. Thanks again to Madame Deals, Mommy Needs Her Coffee, and CitySightseeing for an excellent ride!

*Disclosure: I received 1 ticket on the CitySightseeing New York Cruise in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

A sailboat out on the Hudson 
Athena and Hanan (Lilac City Momma)
1 World Trade Center.
It will be 1776 ft. tall in honor of the Declaration of Independence. 
Old factory
The Statue of Liberty off in the distance

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