The Statue of Liberty with the New York skyline
New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can do. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. New York has been called many things and you have to say that the allure of the city never fails to entice. I lucky enough to visit the city last week and i honestly don’t know where to begin telling you about my trip. It was my first time in the United States and frankly, i was a little bit nervous. New York is always described as a big city so i didn’t know how i would cope among the hustle and bustle of determined New Yorkers.
On arrival, the first thing that struck me was the magnitude of how big the city was. Everything has been supersized and you honestly need comfortable shoes for zipped along the different avenues and visiting all the must see attractions. On the first day, we headed to visit Lady luck herself, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Having seen the statue in countless films, i was awestruck by how majestic it actually was and how well it contrasted against the blue and grey New York skyline. You have to get on a ferry to visit the islands and as the island turned the corner, i was amazed by Ellis Island. For those of you who don’t know, Ellis Island used to be used as an immigration centre of sorts, 1892 to 1954 and it was where people would be processed when people arrived looking to live in the US. It is fascinating to walk through the centre and learn about the different methods they used to ensure that the people they were letting in to the country were willing to work and able to contribute.
I was lucky enough to have a hotel on Times Square so it was brilliant being able to be in the centre of the city to soak up the atmosphere of the city. Times Square itself is fascinating to see, it literally meets every cliche you have seen in an American film or TV show. The smoking grates, yellow cabs, the towering blocks and the neon lights are all present in their glory and you do feel as though you are in the heart of the city.
The Flatiron Building
Washington Square Arch
Ghostbusters fire station
Friends apartment building
The Empire State Building
New York Public Library
Due to the fact that most of the knowledge we have about the city is from films and TV, it was fascinating to see the places where some of our favourite shows and films were filmed. I did get very excited to see the Friends apartment building and rather deflated when i learnt that not much of the show was not actually filmed in the city at all, it actually in a studio. Nevertheless, i liked seeing everything in context but it was hard to shake off the feeling that i was on a film set rather than in a real city.
I really enjoyed by visit to New York and it is a brilliant city to venture in and become a part of. The shopping experience in the city is worth it alone, i have bought so much and i will be doing a haul soon.
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