The BIG Apple!(NYC #1)
A number of you Dear Readers have asked about our trip to New York so what better excuse than to take part in Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday letter ‘B’ with the title of the BIG Apple!
New York is certainly an experience. Before we left we were told that it was like being at the movies or on a film set and I can quite agree with that. It is the density of the buildings as well as their height that can make it feel quite claustrophobic. I should point out that we visited Manhattan but New York includes Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn. In fact Manhattan is the smallest of the 5 boroughs but that is where the ‘sights’ are.
We got ourselves City Passes before we arrived and were not disappointed with the sights that were included. The Statue of Liberty is so impressive especially if you think of the millions of people who have passed her hopefully on their way to freedom as citizens of the USA. Of course, that was not always the case but she certainly stands proud at the mouth of the harbour.
I have included those icons that you will know in the slideshow but I wanted to mention the HighLine which is described as a park but is a walkway built on an old elevated railway on Manhattan’s west side. It is such an imaginative use of derelict land and really creates a unique view of that side of the area.
Both hubby and I had things we wanted to see and do. Not necessarily icons but those things that mean NYC to us and most from watching films and TV. These included a yellow taxi, a cart from which to eat a hot dog, a school bus, a set of fire escapes out side buildings as well as air-conditioning units on window sills. They were all there!
Ground Zero is a MUST to visit. I was really surprised at how small the footprint of the towers actually was. They have been turned into wonderful pools with constant running water and the names of all those killed around the edges. It is very poignant with Freedom Tower being constructed alongside.
Time Square isn’t! I thought it would be a large square with that ticker-tape going all the way round but it is in fact quite small. It is very bright though and so very, very tall.
Here is a selection for you to savour.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip but are not in a hurry to return. That is not because it is not a vibrant place like nowhere else on earth but because there are other parts of America that we want to see. We do know that we can do a long haul and that has given us the confidence to have another go!
Do make sure you visit Jenny’s blog to see what other ‘B’s folks have posted!