15 March 2012

Battery Park Blues

Parks, Parks and er more Parks, they can be places for having lazy days with friends or being inconspicuous whilst waiting for a mystery encounter? Parks like Battery Park possess a deeper significant compared to any other park that I have previously been to as this one over-looks the Hudson River in New York City! Battery Park is a place that's somewhat ordinary but also has a flare of understated style and elegance. For me this place brings back some of the focal scenes from the motion picture featuring Madonna, 'Desperately Seeking Susan' now that puts Battery Park on the map for me!

With the sun shining at around 4 pm the silhouette of our Lady of Liberty shone in the distance from the banks of the Hudson River over-looking this park in-question. To be honest I did half expect the Queen of Pop (Susan) to strut down the promenade past the stone benches in her famous 80's regalia. Even though Madonna herself didn't turn back time 23 years it would have a moment to cherish. As I looked into the distance the every day 'NY Waterway' ferries sailed past along with the 'Statue Cruises' boat taking excited tourists to Ellis Island and Liberty Island. A site that's proving difficult to put into words, my current thought process wasn't very rational at that time! Even though I desperately wanted to seek Susan it didn't put a dampener on my day it sort of made it more interesting. I needed to use my imagination to believe what the actual film site could have looked like back in the 80's. 

New York City is a place that I'm learning to love and I believe that my feelings for this city will only grow stronger as time goes by. Well, I've been to Hyde Park in London and Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham too, but nothing compares to the likes of Battery Park. I will admit that the wintry state of the park meant that there wasn't much living foliage due to the cruel cold degrees of the winter weather but that didn't matter to me. Battery Park you reign supreme to me! I must remember to keep my feet on the ground for this last month has been a whirlwind, being in one of the world's most iconic city's has been amazing, but somehow I don't think things will be getting any less surreal for a while!

Battery Park City happens to be located within the Financial District, close to New York City's Downtown. I found this part of NYC quite edgy and business orientated, something that I really liked about this part of town. My aim for this year is to throw away the guidebook I was given at the start of my placement and follow the NYC Subway map to get lost so I find new places that aren't strictly meant for the tourist's view! Battery Park City showed me a new insight to New York City for I had only seen the Times Squares area that's always rammed with tourists who do nothing but clutter up the place. The nearby Chinatown is completely different for other reasons, let's just say Battery Park's ambiance put me at ease!

As shown in the photo captured to the right the weather was crisp and quite cold, with the bright sky shining on the skyscrapers they looked perfect! I need to get a grip for this I must sound like a bumbling mess when talking about this park and the crazy emotions it made me feel but I kid you not I loved every second spent at Battery Park. The visit to this part of town was completely spontaneous, something that isn't really my thing as I like to have most things planned to military precision but it never did me any harm. Looking back to my recent trip to Battery Park, I hope that I make a return visit to this area of NYC because it definitely made my day! A happy camper I certainly was! 

With the affluent sprawl of Manhattan making the surrounding vistas of Battery Park look so amazing, It dawned on me that I'm here in America, well New York for the best part of a year. Cliche as this may sound but 'I'm Living the Dream!' The atmosphere made the moment feel more real as the heavy volume of tourists trundled past with their Kodak's and backpacks. One can be very grateful that I'm living here rather than just visiting for a weekend unlike the masses. Enough of that baloney please! I don't know whether it was the time of year but I imagine things to have looked more alive but from the things that I did see, I loved every moment of being back in they city again.

Battery Park is amazing! My visit to this New York City urban park was outstanding, so I guess I must do my best to return soon but I have a whole city to discover yet so I'll give it my best shot! One more thing I loved about Battery Park was that it has a chilled out vibe for New Yorkers live life in the fast lane so it was nice to see something that didn't feel stressful to be around, plus tourists litter places like rubbish does so I loved that feeling of freedom. There's one thing that I'm finding about myself is that I'm not a tourist, so I shall now refer to myself as a traveller who aims to desperately seek adventure! Don't get it twisted! 


Battery Park You Are The Best ! ! !

Joseph Harrison