One of the best cities in the world!
NYC is great! So much to do and NEVER a dull moment. It can, however, be EXTREMELY expensive. I'm within driving distance so it's easy for me to get to for the day. However, if you are planning on staying overnight, be concerned about location and ease. The subways make it easy to get around so consider staying away from the heart of things and find a balance of convenient yet affordable. It will take a bit of searching but it's possible. The Pennsylvania Hotel is just a suggestion...it's not swanky, but very close to Grand Central. I hop off the train, check in or either drop off my bags and leave for the day. The MetroCafe and Wine Bar was absolutely fantastic. For me, there is also nothing that beats shopping the in the Village.
Its easy to get around
All of the numbered avenues reach Houston Street, with the exception of Fifth Avenue, which runs into Washington Square Park. The avenues with even numbers run one way, north to south. The avenues with odd numbers run one way, south to north. However, the East side numbered avenues run the opposite way. There is so much to see even waiting in line at tkts (Times Square) to get my half price ticket to a show in Broadway was interesting.
Walk through Central Park on a...
Walk through Central Park on a sunny fall day.
Walk anywhere in the city. Each trip will be a unique experience. Or drive, it's the next best thing but see my warnings about driving in NYC. Sunday Brunch with my husband every week followed by a walk through different parts of the city.
New York offers more than just...
New York offers more than just about any other city I can think of, so it's very hard to pin down one particular thing. If you're only there for a day, though, I'd do a circle trip around Manhatten Island. It gives you a good sense of the scale of the place. And if you're there at night, don't miss Times Square (See photo)
watch the New Yorkers at work...
watch the New Yorkers at work and at play. You may be too engrossed in exploring the world famous attractions but there is always something more interesting happening in NYC - A capella performances in subway stations, acrobatic breakdance along avenues, brilliant musicians seeking their lost souls, and artists demonstrating their artistic skills. I've seen all happening in the metropolis. So NYC's entertainment not only encompasses an extravaganza of musical shows in Broadway and everyday MTV Top 10 countdown in Times Square, but also include those often discreditable rest.
No visit to NYC would be complete without gandering at the entire Manhattan from the 86th or 102th storey of the Empire State Building. If you're going to date someone, not necessary from Seattle, that's perhaps the most perfect rendezvous. The sunset view from the top was lovely; the west side foreground would be beautifully silhouetted, with the Hudson separating Manhattan and New Jersey. And after dusk, the aglowed skyscrapers en masse were truly a feast for the eyes.
The copper green Lady Liberty is perhaps the most distinctive icon of USA to the world. Her crown is reacheable via a spiral and creepy flight of stairways that connects from her feet. It was quite a silly decision to go up there, after realizing I had been in line for over 2 hrs to see only peepholes for seconds. The Liberty Island is accessible only by ferry service from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The panorama of Manhattan is best captured from the Liberty Island or on ferry, so is the independent lady.
From Battery Park, the Wall Street's Financial District is only couple streets away. Dominated by walls of towering skyscrapers, mostly banks, it is an epicenter of stock exchange activities, specifically at the New York Stock Exchange. Nonetheless, I'm still wondering what those wild gesturing is all about. In the close vicinity, a statue of George Washington stands in front of the Federal Hall National Memorial, commemorating the location where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president. Overlooking the everyday activities happening at the Stock Exchange, perhaps only he understands what's the best play of everyday.
Going east along Wall Street and north on Pearl Street, you will hit Fulton Street, where to its extreme right end is the South Street Seaport. The seaside region is represented by a huge historic ship and is populated with exhibition galleries, street vendors, cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants. This is where you can best capture a spectacular panoranic shot of the Brooklyn Bridge.
I'd really like to be walking on the historic Brooklyn Bridge again. I remembered the morning urban walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan is one of the most refreshing I've ever had. The backdrop of the cable mesh that suspends the bridge is the gorgeous collection of Manhattan skyscapers. And every corner is apparently a virtual small magnet attraction to my eye. This, I recalled makes me drift very often from the pedestrian to the cyclist pathway. The Brooklyn end can be reached by subway from Manhattan to High St. station.
A whole world by itself, Chinatown is located at the lower east side of Manhattan. I had wanted to totally avoid the human traffic in that area but still I swung by, for couple reasons - to eat authentic Chinese food inexpensively and shop for a TAG HEUER watch which costs me only 10 bucks. You bet it's still working. Little Italy is just north of Chinatown. The cafe waiters along the italian street seem to relentlessly beg passer-bys to sit for awhile and taste their array of home-made delectables. While it may not be what you'll get in Italy, they've got pretty good enough varieties.
Among the many museums found in NYC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) should be the most worthy of praise. It houses an impressive collection of works which include paintings, sculptures, antiquities and handicrafts from all over the world. And it's one of such you can spend your entire day scrutinizing the beauty of every art piece.
What's worth mentioning is the Flatiron Building which probably is the most impressive Renaissance architecture in NYC. Shaped like a wedge of pie, it perfectly marks the intersection at the Y-junction formed by Broadway and Fifth Avenue. I have yet to figure out what business is going on in the building.
This Big Apple is genuinely crunchy. Composed of fascinating myriad sights and sounds, it is no doubt one of the best cities in the world. Whether you're on the theatrical Broadway or the most photographed Times Square, the ambience is enough to convince you that your trip planning is well worth your while.