Being stuck on Long Island for two weeks due to railway services down after Hurricane Sandy a trip to the city was well needed – actually a few trips.
With less than five weeks until I board the plane back to Scotland I have felt a mad rush to see everything New York has to offer.
Last week a couple of my Australian friends (who are also on exchange) and I travelled into the city for a day of sightseeing.
Starting at midtown Manhattan we walked the whole lower length of NYC which included – Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Meatpacking District, Financial District, Chinatown and Little Italy.
We went a little off our wanted route getting to Chelsea and found ourselves in a bit of a dodgy street. After a few shouts, glares and comments we crossed over to the affluent area of Chelsea- just on the next street! It really is crazy how different one street to another is in the city.
We stumbled upon the Chelsea Market which is home to cafes, delis, vintage fairs, boutiques and cake shops and very much has a London feel to it.
This place was fantastic and was just the sort of shopping experience I was looking for early morning, after all what better way to start the day than a highly decorated cupcake. We strolled around the market which was decorated still for Halloween (as New Yorkers) missed out on our Halloween this year due to the storm) for around two hours and decided to leave before we got caught up and started buying lobsters with the locals and overpriced crafts.
Walking along the Hudson River was a treat on a briskly cold day. Although we were standing in one of the most polluted cities in the world you couldn’t help but notice the clean(er) air. Strolling down the sidewalk alongside the Meatpacking District and through Tribeca you could see the money ooze out of the apartments –Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltro and Meryl Streep all have houses here in this wealthy area of Lower Manhattan. With its views of the Hudson River, range of expensive restaurants and jewel dripping boutiques you would have to be the likes of those mentioned above to live here.
We then walked through the Financial District at the bottom of Manhattan, here we gazed over the river again with a view of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn. We were then faced with the famous Charging Bull statue so we rubbed his, excuse my language, balls for good luck and carried on along Wall Street like it was the normal thing to do, stopping by Tiffanies and looking in Hermes.
Next stop was Chinatown; I wasn’t a huge fan of the area. It is crowded, dirty and too different for me, I felt overwhelmed by the different surroundings which were so foreign compared to the different parts of New York. We quickly passed through the area and into Little Italy for dinner – pizza of course was on the menu.
We ended the day by taking the subway back up to midtown Manhattan where we took in the evening, before the train ride home, watching ice-skaters at the Rockefeller Plaza.
Although the Christmas vibe definitely set in watching this, before I start playing Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ on repeat, Thanksgiving is still to come.
Next week we have time off university to relax for the Thanksgiving holidays. I will be spending mine at a friend’s in Staten Island and in the city watching Macy’s parade – bliss.