So, New York overall….
Things I did:
- Empire state building
- Statue of liberty
- Staten island ferry
- Central park
- Bethesda fountain
- Waldorf astoria
- World trade center
- Rockefeller center
- McGees (How I met your mother pub)
- Times square
- Bryant park
I think I did pretty well to squeeze all of the above in, and go to a wedding in New Jersey with about 55 hours in the city.
The wedding was one of the Brits marrying his American fiance in New Jersey. It was a great reception, nice venue, amazing food. I loved how they announced the bridal party who came in in pairs to Walking on Sunshine.
Bryant park – I stumbled across this park by accident. It was a magical little park with an ice rink and some old music playing over the speakers. Little permanent shops in huts around the edge and a calm and quaint atmosphere made it a lovely place to visit on a sunny Sunday morning. I bought a snowflake necklace and a pretty ring.
The Hostel – I stayed at the Chelsea International Hostel. I was nervous about staying in a hostel but had little choice. I imagined noise, drink, teenagers and grubbiness. The room was clean (I had a private room) and breakfast was provided. The staff were amazingly helpful throughout my stay and I would recommend it to anybody in need of somewhere to stay in New York. Airbnb continued to be amazing after the debacle, checking in with me. My intended host messaged a couple more times apologising, but she never did seem to grasp that what appears to her to be a bit of an inconvenience is very different to the person who is on their own in a strange country with no idea what to do or where to go. Also, a late check in is not okay in a city where you cant take your luggage anywhere with you in case you are a terrorist.
Christmas trees – there were Christmas tree shops on the corners of many streets. It smelt lovely walking past and I enjoyed seeing all different trees and stands, reindeer and decorations made from trees and wood.
I did everything I wanted to do and all the stuff on my ‘if I have time’ list. I got lost a few times, took cabs, subways and eventually figured out that Downtown in Manhattan is away from busy bit (the opposite Toronto where Downtown is the busy bit). I found that, as they say, the city does not sleep. I found that most of the New Yorkers I met were rude and unhelpful, in particular if they were in a customer service role. I did love the way they say coffee though… “cworfee” – great accents. I also enjoyed the amount of street music everywhere. Dancers, singers and entertainment in all different forms. It was great to watch and I think every city should have more of this.
I missed Toronto and Canadians, and Tim Hortons. I wasnt expecting to miss Toronto so much after being away for a day!! I enjoyed the touristy things I did, I enjoyed my shopping and I did some fun things. I didnt think there was a city I would like to live in less than London, but this is it! I know my trip was a little tainted with a lot of bad luck, but would I go back to New York? At this moment, I will politely decline and, as I am back in Canada, say “Sorry”.
Its good to be home.