„In New York, concrete Jungle where dreams are made of, theres nothing you can’t do!”
I have always been in love with New York and by living in Massachusetts, it only takes a four hour bus ride to get to „The Big Apple” , „The city that never sleeps” , „The urban jungle”, whatever you want to call it… Last weekend, I took the chance and accompanied two of my friends, Michelle and Luisa on their trip to New York. We left early on Saturday morning and stayed at an Airbnb in Queens. Unfortunately we didn’t have that much time to go and visit every touristy thing that you could probably see, but we narrowed it down to a few really cool spots.
First things first, we went to the famous time square which is overwhelmingly big and all the lights are just driving you crazy after a while. It’s a lot to take in, all the people, the lights, the noise and the big screens with commercials all over the super tall buildings. It is interesting that the time square is such a popular spot in Manhattan, because a real New Yorker would never go there voluntarily.
Afterwards we went to 5th Avenue, the famous shopping street with a lot of luxurious stores and important business buildings. On our way to Tiffany’s, we had to pass the Trump Tower, where Trump apparently stayed while we were there, so the security level was set really high. In front of the building were a bunch of police officers from NYPD and some special forces with pretty big and scary guns. The street was blocked as well and you could only get by with a security screening.
New York during Christmas is gorgeous, but packed. It took us ages to get through the crowd to take a look at the huge Christmas Tree in front of the Rockefeller Center. Music was playing all over town, lights were shining from every building and every tree. It was simply stunning.
Something more serious and an actually really sad visit was the 9/11 Memorial. The last time I was in New York, at the age of four, the skyline of NY showed two towers that looked exactly the same. The twin towers were still standing when I live in New Jersey with my Family. Now, 15 years later, it is shocking how much time passed since the attack of 9/11. Usually the city is super busy and really loud, but as I was standing at the ground zero, which they turned in to a beautiful memorial, it was dead quiet. People don’t really talk there and it has a really unique and special feeling to it. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the museum, but that is definitely on the list for my next visit.
Another point on my list for the next time in NY is the Statue of Liberty. This time we only went to the Battery Park and saw the statue from far away, but we enjoyed some street performance there from a pretty cool group that did some stunts and dances to entertain the crowd.
The last landmark we visited was the Brooklyn Bridge. We didn’t walk all the way over it, because there were so many people and bikes that it was almost impossible to cross the bridge and actually enjoy it, but we definitely enjoyed the view. Also, the architectural aspect of the bridge is pretty impressive as well.
The time went by so fast and after a short walk in Central Park, we headed back to the bus and made it home safely an hour earlier than planned.
I really enjoyed the short trip to the Big Apple and I am really much looking forward to go there again. Hopefully pretty soon.
Hugs, Katharina ❤