the big apple
19.11.2012 - 24.11.2012
J'adore New York it is pretty cool. When I first turned up I have to say the city intimidated me alot and I wished I had my sister with me but as I travelled and built my own confidence I remembered my time in London and my romance with New York began.
I arrived quite early and luckily was allowed to check in early. I was staying in a 10 bed HI hostel down on 103rd street which although a bit far was right next to the subway so pretty awesome. As you walk in you realise straight away that this is a big hostel and not one of the cozy personal ones. Do not misunderstand the hostel is great but clinical slightly. As you walk in there is a wall of opportunities to meet fellow travellers via guided walks or hostel welcome parties or nights out. I did not try the guided walks mostly because I like to wonder around and also cos I do not wake early. The others were good but the two nights out were poor on organisation but saved by my fellow travellers.
New York subways are fairly easy to figure out but with luggage hard to manoeuvre, walking up all those steps is ok but doing it with a suitcase stressful. I did hear of an abandoned subway stop on the 6 line and even visited it. I first saw it online and it is quite impressive unfortunately the real site is limited to the entrance and the speed at which the train passes by.
The sites, well there are so many and I went to all that I could possibly visit. I was gonna be in New York for almost 6 days so I had bought myself a week metro card and I have to say this was one of my better decisions, walking across the brooklyn bridge when exhausted was one of my bad decisions but still def worth it for the views. Although with the recent hurricane and general upkeep there was alot of work being done to the area and the bridge itself. The 9/11 memorial was in my words stunning usually you have to buy tickets ( something I was not aware of) but the day I went they were giving them out free. They've converted the two tower bases into never ending water pools symbolic in my words of the fact that the memories of those lost will never be forgotten.
On the site there was also this battered tree which looked liked it had been damaged by a fire. This tree in fact was one of the original trees at the site in it's heyday. The tree had survived the fall of the buildings and hurricane sandy and still can be seen to sprout leaves - a true survivor!!!!
I also visited the financial district made famous by the metal bull. Trying to get a picture of the bull on it's own or with me was so hard tourist are so annoying lol. I also visited grand central terminal which was kinda cool and pretty and the united nations building. The un building had a tour but I was too late and never really made it back. Down on 30th street west there is the art district, here an old set of elevated train tracks have been converted into a walking garden in the sky. The piece runs about 20 blocks and allows you to views which at some points were stunning. What was even better was the calmness of the garden in the hectic city. It was quite cold on the day I visited but I thoroughly enjoyed it, you could see new jersey from this vantage point and feel the spray of the sea. Truly mesmerising.
On one of my days I felt the need to be extremely touristy and had to do a tv tour. Unfortunately I did not have the budget for what was quite an expensive tour. So what else could I do but to ask the Internet for help which it gladly did by supplying me with a DIY guide to the SATC tour. Through this visited Aiden's shop ( so not impressive ), many show shops, the bar Aiden and Steve buy (picture did not come out ), Samantha's home in the meat packing district, the magnolia bakery where Carrie and Miranda ate cake ( yep they did eat), the Holy Trinity church where Charlotte and Trey got married and or course Carrie's famous stoop. It was here that I meant two English girls who pointed me in the direction of the friends homes and so I saw both the buildings used fir Monica and Ross's homes. It was truly fun and allowed me to travel through my favourite New York district of Greenwich. I visited china town and little italy but for me this was the best with it's old buildings restaurants and local bars and clubs. In the bars I met many New Yorkers both by birth and choice and they were uber friendly and made my nights fun although on one night I was denied entrance to a club but as the girls there were mainly bought in for the entertainment of those who were rich and of eastern background ( so SATC episode with Carrie and her European friend) I did not mind the denial of entrance.
So the night before Thanksgiving i was convinced to go out and party and the night was not what i expected i enjoyed the parties and the dancing got denied from one place BASTARDS and ended up in a small bar drinking with locals eating pizza it was a long night and i got home way to late and overslept for the Macy parade.
The parade itself was long but amazing i really enjoyed watching the floats an experience i think everyone needs to have
The day after is Black friday a crazy day of mad sales i just went to Macys the sale was ok i gotta say the sales at outlet malls is better but the experience amazing. i dunno how bewildered and helpless i felt that night it was scary with the stampeding customers.. they do not even give you baskets to put stuff in and i even had to haggle the prices as they were different from the website but luckily i got all the presents i wanted to get and got out 4 hours later. this was a hard day i mean only earlier i was at the parade and then had thanks giving at the hostel (awesome food) went out drinking and then travelling to the sales man i was tired.
For my last day i walked around central park...this is an amazing big park and it will take years to see it all and i will be back.
There is so much to say but the rest is all mine