It was October 2016.
Our first year of housesitting in the Northern Hemisphere had come to an end. It was time to head back downunder for a short period. Though we were not quite finished with housesitting for the year as we had one in Queensland and New Zealand to look forward to while catching up with family and friends.
Usually, we head back via Asia, this time I had managed to obtain a visa [yes I needed one, the squire an ESTA, on my part there is a long story about a rebellious younger self].
Here are some of the places we stayed, visited and our thoughts on NYC.
Once we got through immigration [OMG what an experience that we do not want to repeat!!]. After surviving that we were on our way to enjoy the delights of New York for just over a week.
Finding a cab was not a problem as there seems to be an abundance of them all over the place. Though when we told the driver, our destination we were not surprised at his reaction to our AirBnB location. As we stayed in Queens – check out our accommodation here. We told him we enjoyed staying in a local neighbourhood than a hotel environment plus the cost of hotels in New York City was not in our budget. Even though he did try and push us towards Manhattan, it would’ve been easier for him to get a return fare to the airport.
We stayed in Queens.
Forget the media hype about how dangerous New York is supposed to be, use your gut instinct, common sense and treat people/their way of life with respect. Move out of the tourist areas, and your experience of New York will be more insightful.
We found the subway not the easiest of systems, though, with most things, it was more straightforward to use after learning from our mistakes of getting on the wrong platform/train!
For more information about New York subway through a New Yorkers eyes, go to New York City by natives. This is one city where I spent more time looking around and just trying to absorb as much as I could than actually taking photos. Of course, I did manage to take some, though the experience of what I was capturing outweighs the quality!
Then there is the shopping experience. When entering a vast shop such as Macy’s make sure you if bringing a partner, that a ‘meet up plan’ is foolproof. Ours was not, and we spent an hour or more looking for each other. The doorman when I approached him with my dilemma replied: “You would not believe how many times I have heard that!” At the same time trying to get a grip on my accent, he alerted his colleagues on the different floors.
My suggestion to him was to have a room labelled “Lost Husband or Property”.
After what seemed like hours, we were united, and left Macy’s with no desire to go near an escalator for the foreseeable future, no shopping done and an amused doorman!
This place needs no introduction, an impressive structure to remember the lives lost.
This bookstore [ Three Lives & Company] was a delight to spend time browsing the shelves, the staff were friendly. We loved it.
Another bookstore we found and enjoyed was Book Culture. Thought the “Blind Date” was a brilliant idea.
Central Park, you could literally spend days here, we spent just one day walking, eating a hotdog [it had to be done!], and sitting on a park bench people watching.
One highlight of our time in New York was walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and seeing the city from a different aspect.
With its compact size and streets packed with architectural treasures, cafés, atmospheric booksellers and quirky, art galleries and shops, NYC was a pure delight for us.
With a city of over 200 nationalities, you can literally see the world by just stepping across the street and onto another block. Every neighbourhood offers a dramatically different version of New York City, the ones that stood out for us were Brooklyn, Manhatten, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Meatpacking District [The Highline] and the Upper West Side.
Have you experienced NYC? I would love to hear your thoughts on this wondrous city.
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