By the time you’re reading this I will have packed my suitcase already and hopefully be fast asleep. It is soon time for me to leave but my plan is to make the most of the last couple of hours.
I had a fantastic time, the weather was brilliant, people friendly and helpful, my suitcase will be ever so slightly heavier than on arrival and in return my wallet lighter.
In the end I will probably be the only first-time visitor to the Big Apple who hasn’t been on top of a skyscraper. To be honest it was never a priority and I don’t feel I missed out. I preferred to ‘stay on the ground’ and experience the city and its people. More often I found myself sitting in one if the parks or squares like everybody else and enjoy some live music if I was lucky.
A couple of further observations:
Roosevelt Island was just enchanting and a quiet possibility to watch Manhattan’s skyline and the tram ride is just an additional bonus.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was a personal must and well worth the money. Be prepared to be screened airport style before boarding the ferry and to queue very very long for your way back.
Ground Zero made me sad. I think I’ll never understand humankind completely.
There are some nice bars in Greenpoint. But the drinks were too good and it was dark anyway so no pictures.
Oh and one more piece of advice. Turn off your government and emergency alert notifications on your phone. Woke me up with a very unpleasant alarm in the middle of the night because it was raining and there was a flash flood warning. I don’t think they handle rain very well because it wasn’t that bad.
That’s it for now. The roof terrace soon closes and it’s time to start the struggle with my suitcase. I will give you a roundup and some not so touristy impressions once I’m back and well rested.