“Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leavin’ today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York “
As Frank Sintara sings in one of his great songs (click here).
But is New York really that amazing?
You can decide for yourself. I’m only gonna show you what I saw. Both pretty and amazing places as well as dirty streets. You judge. I’m just a traveler that takes you on adventure. So bear with me.
New York and how I got there
Let me give you some background on how I ended up in New York. Just in case you haven’t read last post about Mackinac – a turtle island. Long story short I was working on Mackinac Island as an employee in The Grand Hotel as part of my work&travel USA experience.
I left the island on a ferry, which took me to Macinaw City. Next day I took a bus there to Detroit. Another next day I had a flight from Detroit to New York City. Very early in the morning and… Guess what.
The moment I got to NY all my electronic devices stopped working! Like my phone went bananas and even after I switched to the older one, which I had just in case I still couldn’t make or receive calls. My power bank died and there was no freaking Wi-Fi there. I was screwed.
I had no way to contact my host from Couchsurfing. And no idea how to get to the address I thankfully already had. But for all I cared, I was in New York.
New York, New York
As you might have noticed so far, my New York experience wasn’t all that great at first. Let me tell you more: it gets worse.
I needed to get going. I had three days and I couldn’t waste it. I managed to find a way to get to my host. Mostly. I needed a bus from the airport to the city. Well… It took me around 40 minutes and quite a few buses before I made it in. It was a real jungle. Only the strongest will…
Survive. Get on the bus.
But I made it. Somewhere. And there I had to take a subway. And by subway I mean the subway not the sandwich subway. But to be fair, I did both. Then I managed to get to Manhattan and found my way to bus terminal. And that’s where it got even more difficult.
I found the right line, right place and right bus. What could possibly go wrong, you ask? Well, let me elaborate! I still needed to get out on the right bus stop and that’s where I failed. Miserably.
Missed it. Made my way hell out of the city. Took a deep breath, found the right bus stop to go back, bought another ticket. This time I asked the bus driver to let me know, when to get out. Well… He didn’t. He even tried to charge me for going further than I had the ticket, as I made it back to bus terminal.
So… Here we go again. I bought a ticket. I found the right bus. I asked a bus driver to tell me, when to get out. He did. And so I made it to Jersey and my host Jonathan came to pick me up. Yes. It was also raining.
Manhattan is where most of the attractions are too. Therefore, I also spent most of my time there. And it was freaking amazing! It was magical and I loved it.
To be honest, before I went to the USA, I wasn’t sure if I should go to New York. Like… It’s not capital, it’s nothing connected to what I was interested in. But a lot of people suggested me NY. And this one time I followed the advice. It was a right call.
Central Park was the first thing I decided to see. Except I walked like an hour or so from bus terminal. Where was the logic of that, I have no idea. And every 5 meters I could feel the smell of marijuana. Anyway, I went there. I knew it’s huge, but daaaamn. The place is enormous! I spent there a few hours and saw only tiny bit of it. And horses.
So first, I went to the zoo. It might not be the most amazing zoo I’ve seen in my life, but it was still quite impressive. They had seals, red pandas, penguins, grizzly and many other animals. But let’s be honest with each other, seals where the most fun.
It’s amazing, how you can see the towers in the background. It’s really a huge, green rectangle in the middle of the city. Amazing!
I went to the zoo. And in the zoo there was also a tiny 4D cinema. Ice Age was so much fun with all the special effects. Snow and wind and shaking chairs. No wonder there is always so many people in Central Park. It’s an amazing pace, where whole families can spend time together. And I wasn’t exactly alone either, was I?
Chilling after a tour around the zoo.
New York attractions
As I mentioned before, most of the attractions are in Manhattan. Except Brooklyn bridge and of course Statue of Liberty. No I haven’t forgotten about it. I just never went there. From what I know it’s a whole day trip and I didn’t have that much time. It also wasn’t my priority. I prefer walking around, checking things, trying food and observing the everyday life.
No need to explain this one, am I right? 🙂
The Top of The Rock
In the Rockefeller center there’s a viewing tower, where you can look on the whole city from very, very high! It’s amazing!
The Times Square
One of more amazing and surprising places in New York was the Times Square. Naked ladies with feathers in their hair? Yes! Fancy car race? Sure!
Wonders of the New York
For the record, it’s not part of the building. It was a glass cube in front of it and it was colorful and empty inside. And I have no clue, why it was there. But it was.
New York at night