11 Things You Have To Do In New York

11 Things You Have To Do In New York

You'd probably be satisfied with just the pizza

I recently took a short trip up to Manhattan with my girlfriend for New Year's weekend, and it was the most fun I've had in a long time (even when I got sick). I'm not much of a people person, and I soon found out not many New Yorkers are people persons, either! I fit in right in my element. We spent each day doing something different to achieve the full New York experience.

Next time you plan to take a visit, check these places out! You won't be disappointed.

1. Central Park

Sadly, I was too sick to run, but my girlfriend got to run the outer loop in Central Park, and it was a full 90 minute loop! It's a nice park to stroll through or, if you're a runner, you have got to check it out. It mimics an Alice in Wonderland vibe, which distracts from actual exercise. Plus, it's free!

2. The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building had an incredible view of the whole city and beyond. It was about 15 degrees and snowing when we went, but I'm confident it'd be nicer during the spring and summer time! It's more expensive once it gets closer to the holidays (like everything else) so make sure you plan ahead to save some money!

3. Top of The Rock (Rockefeller Plaza)

This has breath taking views of the city on multiple levels that make the experience more fun! As you keep climbing, the views get prettier. There are many angles to look from, and the top level is open-roof. I went at night time, and all of the city lights made it perfect for photos!

4. The MET Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a vast collection of art galleries that travel through all time periods. It was nice to see all of the artwork, read about the artists' ideas, and taking a break from the cold outside!

5. A Cruise Around Manhattan

Honestly, I didn't think we'd be on time for this cruise because we found out that it's pretty hard to travel from the East Side to the West Side of the city in 20 minutes. We started running through people, snow, and lights in our big puffy jackets and boots, but we made it, and it was worth it. I got to see One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. It was a beautiful cruise, and I'd definitely recommend it! (Plus, they had hot chocolate!)

6. Call A Taxi

This one is more of an experience. Taxi drivers in NY won't see you if you're doing a wave that you'd do if you saw an acquaintance on the sidewalk. You have to wave as if you're seeing your best friend you haven't seen in 2 years! You'll feel proud of yourself once you get one. It's an accomplishment (at least for me!).

7. Ice Skate in Rockefeller Plaza

Even if it was 15 degrees outside, ice skating was a MUST. Ice skating with tourists and visitors watching over you was an experience to remember! They'd take photos and wave to complete strangers. It was a fun hour, even if I couldn't feel my fingers and toes by the end!

8. Times Square

If I could describe Times Square in one word: OVERWHELMING--In the best way possible. The whole block is lit up with signs, advertisements, and stores. Ladies: Forever 21 is a must-go-in store! Four floors of clothes – can't beat that! Also saw Spongebob on Broadway; Best. Night. Ever! If you go to NY strictly for Times Square, you won't be disappointed.

9. Eat Pizza

Duh. You have to eat NY pizza!

10. Chinatown/Little Italy

Chinatown and Little Italy was a nice way to end our trip. Stopping by and looking at all of the stores was relaxing and fun. Plus we found a delicious ice-cream shop (Yes, we ate ice-cream when it was 10 degrees out)!

11. The NBC Store

Can't forget to get souvenirs like the tourists we are! I could spend hours in that store!

Pro tip: When traveling by train, DO NOT forget bags you pushed underneath the seat. R.I.P some of our gifts for friends, sorry guys!

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11 Must-Go To Day Trips In North Carolina

For the wanderers and curious...

It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie’s Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville

This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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'Culling' The Bullsh*t; Taking A Deeper Look At The Antibiotics In The Livestock Industry

You want the truth? Here it is.


As many people have seen around the internet, one of the hot topics is having cattle or other livestock antibiotic free. This has lead to a movement that is not only incorrect with their basic information, but they are hurting family farms across the nation. This stems from the idea that antibiotics contaminate meat products and will affect the consumer. In this article the main points that "justify" the antibiotic culture will be broken down and simplified. I hope by the end of reading this you will be more knowledgeable about this subject, and will make the best decision for you and your family.

1. "If you don't specifically buy antibiotic free meat, you will buy meat with antibiotics in it."

The FDA has control check on the processing line when livestock is processed. This means that the likelihood of any "antibiotic filled" animal to make it through is slim to none. If by chance a ranch or feedlot gets flagged by FDA, they will be fined with a bill in the thousands. This type of flag will make it difficult for that ranch to ever sell livestock in the normal market again. This is only one of the incentives for ranch owners to stay in the clear.

2. "Antibiotics are used to promote growth"

This statement is false. Antibiotics are used to treat an illness. Yes an animal might gain weight after treatment. But that is because when we are sick we tend to not eat as much. Once you start to feel better, it stirs up your hunger. Antibiotics are and have never been used to promote growth.

3. What happens to the animal on an antibiotic free farm when it gets sick.

Let's do a comparison example. If your child got sick what do you normally do? Take them to the doctor and if he prescribes a medication for them you would provide the correct amount to treat the illness. This is the same way with the livestock industry. Most antibiotics and medication in general are a prescription based. Therefore, a vet will need to sign off on the treatment of the animals. While most ranches will treat the illness and move on, antibiotic free farms need to move that animal off site to another ranch. Some of the time they have a secondary place where those treated animals go to live out their life. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane.

These are only a few of the antibiotic free lies that surround the livestock world. And I am not saying for someone to completely change their beliefs over one article, what I am saying is do your research. From both sides of the argument. Then base your final decision from what you have learned. The agriculture industry has many that oppose that will use fear-tactics to push their agenda. And although we are not a perfect industry, we are a very important part of society. And we hold high standards for ourselves because of that.

Thank you for reading,

if you have a suggestion of what I should talk about next leave a comment.

-Chrystal B.

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