Whether it’s the buildings, shops, parks, billboards or food New York City does everything big, so I guess the nickname suits. I spent 6 days in NYC after camp, with Philadelphia and DC in between the day, and I was amazed by some parts and despised others.
I went to Times Square on my first night to meet people from camp. Apart from not actually being square the first thing I noticed was the billboards, it took my eyes a while to adjust to the immense bright lights advertising various goods that I had minimal interest in. The over-crowdedness added to my discomfort as I tried to manoeuvre my way between people from the tube station to the red steps to meet everyone from camp. Luckily, they were standing a few metres in front of the red steps in a relatively uncrowded area. I never ended up going up the red steps though. We all had a catch-up of our travel plans and then sung some songs from camp. Other tourists gathered around us and start to record us all which I thought was quite funny tbh. We all went to some bars across Times Square then for a well deserved beer!
The only other Times I went into time Square was to go to the HardRock Cafe, which I thought was awesome, to get my obligatory t-shirt and to Hershey’s world and M&Ms, which I thought was annoying that you couldn’t just buy a bag a randomly flavoured M&Ms you had to choose out of lots tubes and put them into a bag.
Time Square for me was overhyped, dirty, crowded and the street performances I thought were dyer.
In a city of skyscrapers Central Park is a welcome sight. Stretching for around 60 blocks I spent time exploring and a few hours sitting by the lake and on one of the various fields in sun. It was extremely busy both times I went to Central Park but the weather was scorching! Definitely one of my favourite parts of Manhattan. The pictures say more than my words.
It’s second nature for me to go to one of the highest points possible within a city and look down. Seeing the world from above is something I always like even though I’m not a fan of heights. The lights and the movement of people and cars, and the vast distance of sight is awe inspiring. The Empire State provides all this and more, 80+ floors up.
Both of these architectural masterpieces we happened upon by accident. A walk up 5th avenue led us to both and they were both gems to behold. For different reasons of course. Grand Central is an iconic transport hub with architectural significance that attracts many. The flat-iron building is more of a recent finding for me, an oddly shaped building with apartments for those with plenty of money.
Slightly out of the way, located on 16th street & 5th ave, Union Square is a less touristic area of the city and where I stayed for the first 4 days of my trip. A park square surrounded by numerous restaurants, shops, bars and cafes it was a great place to relax and get food. A subway which went directly to the centre of Manhattan and easily to the south was also ideal. An organic market was there daily with various foods and plants to buy.
This post has been long overdue but I have been really busy since arriving home in the U.K. Hopefully, I’ll have part II up within the next two days, which will involve the Brooklyn bridge, natural history museum, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, my hostel and Ground Zero.