Our New York Experience
Visiting New York
I grew up with New York, I think we all did, through movies and sitcoms we all experienced New York from a distance. I was time embark on our New York Experience.
I think everybody should visit New York at least once in a lifetime. I found New York to be nothing I like I expected it to be, yes the monuments are all there waiting for you to see, but it’s New York’s character that took me by surprise. Now I understand what all the fuss is about, why so many stories and songs praise this dynamic city and like so many others, I LOVE New York!
Arriving in New York
Arriving late at night I will never forget the lights of New York, spreading out as far as the eye could see, like a giant glittering spiders web, it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
We had booked a shuttle bus to transfer us from JFK Airport to our Hotel in Manhatten. We waited and waited and kept being told it was on its way, which was fine until 1 am when they turned off all the lights and closed the terminal and we were pushed out on to the street. So here we were two terrified Australians on a dark street in New York City waiting for a shuttle bus that was almost 2 hours late. Thankfully the shuttle bus finally showed up and once we saw the lights of the New York skyline we were so over the moon with excitement that all terror was forgotten.
Getting Around New York
Our choice of transport in New York city was a combination of walking, subway and Hop On Hop Off Bus.
Our accommodation was on 27th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue a perfect position to catch the 28th Street subway and the 23rd Street subway lines. We loved our Hotel, it had a funky, rough around the edges bohemian feel, unfortunately they have given her a makeover, changed her name and now charge accordingly.
This is in a great area for exploring New York, it is an easy walk up to the to the Empire State building and many other tourist attractions. We walked from one end of Manhatten to the other and discovered so many different neighbourhoods. We even walked up to Times Square at 1am in the morning when we were suffering from jet lag. I admit walking in New York in the early hours of the morning was a little scary, but there were many people around along the way and Times Square is still jumping, full of light, noise and life, no wonder they call it the city that never sleeps.
The subway is one of the easiest ways to explore Manhatten. We found it the quickest way to get from one end of Manhattan to the other, especially if you want to visit the World Trade Centre Memorial or take the Staten Island Ferry.
Staten Island Ferry
Speaking of the Staten Island Ferry, the ferry is free and passes the Statue of Liberty as it makes its way to Staten Island, it is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty if you are stretched for time. While passing I tried to imagine how immigrants must have felt looking at the Statue of Liberty as they came into New York harbour and a new life in America.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
New York was the first place we had ever used the Hop On Hop Off Bus, and yes it’s touristy but you learn so much about the city and it’s attractions that I became a Hop On Hop Off Bus convert.
New York Eats
Well where do I start! New York is such a cultural melting pot and this is reflected in the many styles of cuisine, from food cart to restaurant there are thousands of choices, a food lovers paradise on the grandest scale. We enjoyed the deli’s that have everything from bakery to salad bar and hot buffet, perfect for picking up a quick lunch.
Eating in New York is like being in the movies, we got to try such things as pretzels off the cart, chilli dogs from Gray’s Papaya, massive New York style pizza slices and ate Indian, Greek and Mexican food off street carts.
New York is a capital of fine dining and we passed many beautiful restaurants, but we never had time to try them, we were so spoilt for choices in New York.
La Guardia Airport
After our experience at JFK Airport we were a little wary when it came to catch a flight to Boston from LaGuardia Airport. We took a cab to La Guardia and were relieved to have an uneventful trip to the airport. LaGuardia is closer to Manhattan than JFK and as we were leaving early in the morning it was a quick easy trip.
Would I Visit New York Again
Would I visit New York again? Yes, in a heartbeat Yes! Our New York Experience was one of the most exciting cities I have ever been to and if I were young I would go and live there in a minute.
There is so much to see, Broadway, art galleries, museums, monuments, Central Park and iconic buildings. New York’s mix of cultural and social differences create a cast of characters that make people watching a shear joy.
In visiting New York I have discovered that New York isn’t all you see in the movies and TV shows, to me New York (Manhattan) is a series of villages where people of the same ethnic background, social beliefs or artistic temperament meet with a sense of community.
New York is one of my favourite cities in the World, where else could you mix with so many cultures, thoughts and ideas without leaving a city. Our New York experience is something I will never forget and hopefully an experience I can repeat someday.
There is no way you can cover the range of things to do in New York city, the task would be never ending but if you have experienced something you want to share I would love to hear your story. Feel free to leave a comment.