For many many years I had been talking about visiting New York and as I celebrated a special birthday this year (Not 29 any more. No, not 39 either) this trip was a birthday present to myself. Some might think, oh that sounds like a midlife crisis – well, so be it. But instead of getting myself a flashy sports car I invest the money in travel instead.
I’ve been here for two days now (well, 1 1/2 really) and what can I say, I love it. I have seen many of the major sights already but have yet to try my luck on the subway. I like to walk to get a feel for a new place or city, a habit my feet don’t always appreciate.
So I wanted to share a couple of first impressions and experiences:
For a city that has to struggle with a lot of traffic there aren’t many ‘city cars’. The overall attitude seems to be ‘the bigger the better’. Maybe it’s the need to conquer the urban wilderness. I can count the number of small cars on one hand so far and for good measure I put the only VW Beetle into the count as well.
Cyclists seem to have a suicidal tendency. Not just because they even attempt to cycle in this mad traffic but because of the way they drive. It’s more likely to get run over by a bicycle than a car.
I never thought I could get a worse sunburn whilst walking in the shadows of skyscrapers than lying on a mediterranean beach.
Central Park is amazing and was just the right choice for a long walk after arriving here. There are some other beautiful parks and squares throughout the city which makes it feel quite green actually.
I like Little Italy, it feels like being on a holiday whilst on holiday. Reminded me of some Italian places I’ve been to.
I’ve never seen that many people on one bridge than on Brooklyn Bridge.
The High Line was a marvellous idea and gives you a bit of a break from all the hustle and bustle while still getting new impressions of the city.
Times Square is just madness and somehow looks bigger on TV. A wide-angle lens from an upper floor can work wonders.
Some other well known buildings of the city:
Just a few observations so far. Obviously there’s more to see than just your usual sightseeing destinations but that’s something for a later date, just too many photos to go through and there’s so much to do and see…