New York, New York
Hey folks! It has been a while seen I haven’t written an article here… Sorry about that, but between the graduation, the moving to New York, and the start and end of a job, I have been busy.
But here I am again, ready to write! So, I wanted to write a special article, about New York, as it is now the city I am living in. I must say that its pretty cool, New York being such an amazing and vibrant city!
Time Square is like the heart of New York, where it never slips, always lighted. Its very impressive at night, and so crowded.
- There, you will find the Hard Rock Café, mythic place. When my parents came to see me, we had a few drinks at the Hard Rock, and it was really cool. I like the atmosphere there, all the rock music decoration and all.
- Then, you can’t miss out on the M&M’s World! This store is huge, full of m&m’s products you wouldn’t even expect, and fountains of m&ms where they are sold by weight.
- The Hershey’s store is pretty impressive as well, even though I haven’t been inside. I am sure it is worth having a look at though!
- The Toys’R’Us store is quite fun as well, as they even have a carousel for kids. You definitely go back to your childhood once in there, and it feels great!
- Most importantly, the main square in Time Square is just breathtaking. By night, you see all these lights, all these people, and all these Time Square characters going around.
Picture 1: Hard Rock Café; Picture 2: Hard Rock Café Bar; Picture 3: Hershey’s; Picture 4: M&M’s Statue of Liberty
Picture 1: Time Square; Picture 2: U.S. flag in Time Square
Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center
The Empire State Building is the must go to have an amazing view of all New York. The best, I think, is to go at night, when all the lights are on, which gives such a wonderful look at the city.
- You can book tickets online or buy them directly at the building.
- It costs $32 for Adults to access the 86st floor ($55 for express pass); it costs $52 for Adults to access both the 86th and 102nd floors ($75 for express pass). Check info here.
The Rockefeller Center is very famous as well, especially for its giant Christmas Tree and its ice rink up every year. There are also different attractions, including the Top of the Rock. It is an observation desk, from where you also have a panoramic view of the city. It has become very famous over the last years, and even though I haven’t go there yet, I recommend it!
- You can buy tickets both online or directly at the building.
- It costs $30 for Adults; there are offers at $45 to get both access to the Top of the Rock and the MoMa museum. To know more, click here.
Newt to the Rockefeller Center, there is the Radio City Music Hall, where shows are played. It is also called the Showplace of the Nation.
Picture 1: The Empire State Building by night; Picture 2: View from the Empire State Building; Picture 3: The Rockefeller Center; Picture 4: Radio City Music Hall, at Christmas.
This is probably to most well known park worldwide, and I understand why! This park is not just huge, its beautiful! You can spend a whole day there, wondering around.
- The north of Central Park is mainly an actual park, vegetation and trees all around with the conservatory garden as well.
- When you reach the center, you have the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.
- Going south, there is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lake, which is the central point, where you will find restaurants. I have been to the Boathouse, and it was pretty nice! Not too expensive, which was nice. You can also rent a boat at the Loeb Boathouse and go around the lake.
- Left to the lake, you will find the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, and on the right you will find the Strawberry Field, which is a living memorial to John Lennon. It also has the iconic Imagine rosace.
- The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace are also very nice to see.
- Its mainly green when at the very south of the park, although there is the Central Park Zoo on the left.
I think that next time I’ll go to Central Park, I’ll just rent a bike and go around biking. If you like to run, its also a pretty good place to do so!
Here is a map of Central Park.
Picture 1: The Lake; Picture 2: Rosace “Imagine”; Picture 3: Alice in Wonderland Sculpture; Picture 4: Central Park Reservoir
The High Line and the One World Trade Center
Friends have been telling me about the High Line for a while, and I finally went to see what it is. Basically, its a linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.
- You can start (or end) near Chelsea Market.
- You will have a view on the Hudson River and Jersey. There are vegetation but also parts of old rails, which is very cool. There are also seats and benches, where people can just sit and relax. Some deckchairs as well, which are on rails and can be moved thanks to wheels.
- To add to the beauty of the place, you will see famous street arts (see below)- Banksy‘s Einstein “Love is the answer” and Kobra‘s “V-J Day in Time Square”
If you ever start the High Line at W 34th Street and end at Chelsea Market, keep walking on the river side. From there, you will see the One World Trade Center, the new tower built where the Twin Towers were. The building is just amazing! The architecture is beautiful and its one of these buildings you see for far away!
- There is now an observatory desk open, from which I am sure you will have such an incredible view of the city!
- Next to the new tower, you will see the North and South pools, in memory of the Twin Towers. This is called Ground Zero.
- There is also the 9/11 Memorial Museum, next to Ground Zero. Not far away, there is the Saint Paul’s Chapel. This chapel served at a refuge and rest center for recovery workers of the World Trade Center side when the 9/11 attacks happened.
Collage: The High Line; Picture 1: View from the river side; Picture 2: The One World Trade Center
Washington Square Park and Lower Manhattan
The Washington Square Park is situated in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village, a very nice place to walk and have a coffee. When going to this park, you will always see many people, especially young ones, as the NYU is very close. But a lot of entertainments as well: dancers, musicians, psychics etc.
SoHo, which stands for “South of Houston”, is well known for its variety of shops, from trendy boutiques to national and international chain store outlets.
Little Italy, East of SoHo, is where the large population of Italians is. You will find a few Italian stores and restaurants there.
TriBeCa, which stands for “Triangle Before Canal Street” is south of SoHo, and were once dominated by industrial buildings, which have now been replaced by residential buildings and lofts. It is also home of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Chinatown, East of TriBeCa and south of Little Italy, is where a large population of Chinese people is. It is one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia, demonstrating its importance and popularity. There, you will walk by many small shops, where people actually stop you for you to buy there stuffs. You will find all Chinese or Asian products you want there.
Picture 1: Washington Square Garden; Collage: Little Italy and Street arts
What did you like the most when visiting New York? That’s only a part of what’s to see in this great city, so keep posted!
Enjoy your day 😉
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