A Day in New York City is nothing short of magical. As I walk down Fifth Avenue, craning my neck to look at the tall buildings around me, I am mesmerized by sheer enormity that is New York City.
The energy is electric and pulses through me like blood through my veins. This city has a hold over me like no other ever has. I’m not quite sure what it is; the architecture, the food, the shopping, the parks, the culture or the sophistication. Perhaps it’s Broadway, Empire State or the Brooklyn Bridge. Whatever it is, I doubt I will have the same love for any other city.
This is my third visit to the Big Apple and I am just as taken by her as I was during my first visit all those years ago.
I would be happy to spend hours endlessly walking along the cities streets taking in the sights, especially the spectacular architecture, but of course this city offers so much more. So I happily drag myself off the streets and visit some of the highlights of this city.
Either love it or hate it, Times Square is like nowhere else in this world, especially at night. I decide to take in a Broadway show to kick off my New York adventures. I love musical theater; I think I must have been a dancer in my last life! After being in the dark of the theater, walking outside it felt like it was day time. The lights from the billboards are incredibly bright. These are the kind of billboards I don’t mind reading!
Sometimes the craziness of Times Square can be a little over whelming, this is where the serenity of Central Park works its magic. Not all parts of Central Park are peaceful though. Take for example Strawberry Fields; Thousands of tourists flock here every day to have their photo taken on the ‘Imagine” plaque. After I enjoy my ‘tourist moment’ I find somewhere a little quieter to sit and feel the warm sun on my face. I like to watch the squirrels chasing each other; something that the average American takes for granted. As a lover of all things nature simply walking around the park taking in all the flora and fauna is enough to keep me happy. But there is of course an abundance of activity in Central Park, enough to keep anyone busy for days.
I begrudgingly leave the park and visit the World Trade Center memorial. More than 10 years later and I still get emotional when I think of all those innocent lives lost by such hateful acts. The memorial is moving and I am surrounded by emotions from people who were more affected by this tragedy than myself, living on the other side of the planet.
But there is no time to dwell what things we cannot change so I move on to High Line. The very cleaver NYC city council has turned an old overhead rail line into a charming public park, or walkway. As I followed the path from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street I came across sculptures, lush gardens, artwork and wonderful views of the Hudson River and the NYC skyline.
A visit to NYC would not be complete without walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, so I did just that. I walked from the Manhattan side over to the Brooklyn side. I had never been across the bridge before so I was pleasantly surprised how lovely the Brooklyn area is! And the views of Manhattan are nothing short of spectacular. This is especially evident at night!
As wonderful as those views were, the night views from the Top of the Rock, or Rockefeller Center, were even more amazing. I prefer the views from here over Empire State because I can see the Empire State in all its lit-up glory. Whereas if you are on top of the Empire State, you completely miss it. The view of Manhattan at night is magical. I could have stayed up there for hours, but stomach told me it was time for pizza.
Every time I visit New York I just about live on pizza. Now, I know pizza comes from Italy and I am sure they do a wonderful job, but I have never tasted a pizza quite like a New York pizza! And when you can have a meal for under $5 which includes a drink, well, why would you eat anything else? It’s a good thing I always do a lot of walking in New York with all the pizza I consume.
There is always more to do in New York than I have time for but that’s okay because each time I leave I know Ill be back again!
Have you been to New York City? What did you like/dislike about it?