30 August 2012

New York City: Empire State of Mind

New York City, there's no other place like it! Bright lights and that big city feeling are all rolled into one. So many things to see and do, where does one begin? From the oasis of Central Park to the hustle and bustle of Times Square, finding something for everyone can be accomplished. So take your seats and prepare to be dazzled by this star-spangled city and get your one stop fill of this amazing and encapsulating city that will take your heart. 

New York City has so many different sides to it will change your life! Dramatic I know, but I have the immense privilege to live very close to this mesmerising place! If you desperately seek that adventure then a trip to Times Square! The approach to Times Square by foot is out-of-this-word, there's just no other way to explain the bright lights and the constant sea of hustle and bustle as New York City's epicentre loves life as one! I just didn't think this place was real, well it's very real and is one place in New York City that gives you that 'Empire State of Mind!' This part of NYC is definitely a kaleidoscope of colour, which beams down and throughout the streets that surround Time Square. I must admit that its a tourists paradise for its no secret that everyone wants to be part of the NYC vibe and I want a slice of a that action for myself! Times Square is famous for its towering advertisements that look so much better after the sun has set, I know that I won't ever forget this piece of New York City! 

Times Square also home to NYC's Theatreland, London has the 'West End' but NYC has 'Broadway!' At the moment shows like 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' and 'Evita' are just two of the many shows that are currently wowing audiences who have travelled from all over the world to visit 'Broadway'. One more thing to remember is to visit the TKTS booth in Times Square to secure some amazing discount tickets for a whole host of shows. Broadway constantly is constantly unveiling new musicals, for 2014 Aladdin and Kinky Boots will be premiering for the world to see. Word on the street is that Cyndi Lauper will be involved with the new Kinky Boots Musical production! I have a sickly feeling that I won't be able to see half of these new upcoming new shows, but I'm going to make damn sure I get to at least one Broadway show this year! I suggest that you don't waste no time, so book those theatre tickets now!

Now, if you have a head for heights and want to see this majestic city from the clouds then this next spot is for you. Brace yourself, the Empire State Building offers visitors a bird's eye view of New York City and its only costs $25.00. The Empire State Building is located close to New York City's Penn Station and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) is the iconic towering landmark that makes everyone weak at their knees. Believe me I'm not too fond of heights but its a once in a lifetime experience that simply has to be done. If the weather is kind to you then take on the Empire State Building early on in the afternoon to ensure maximum exposure of all the sites, keep your eyes peeled for the Statue of Liberty as she's there guarding New York's waters. It's quite bizarre because from the top the yellow taxi cabs all look like busy little ants zipping through the streets of the city! Choose to experience this marvel during the day or at night for NYC is the city that never sleeps! Up, up and away in New York City!

Picture the scene that's captured above for NYC is a maze of streets and neighbourhoods that challenge each and every local and tourist alike. Like any provincial city that's got the world looking at its every move New York City keeps it real just about every day of the week, well multiple that by fifty two because NYC is nonstop! Grabbing a bite to eat should never feel like a task, fear not NYC has some of the best food in town! Take the subway downtown from the tourist traps to Chinatown NYC for a unforgettable sight, there's so much more to that Oriental part of town for the Vietnamese food is to die for! Stray away from the guide book by taking a chance on Downtown because New York City keeps it 100% real, there's just nothing that this captivating and energetic city hides from its residences and visitors! I love New York City with all my heart, there's nowhere else I would rather be right now! 

Get your sea legs ready for a boat ride to another period in time, marvel at one of the most iconic sites that New York City has to offer. Perched on Liberty Island is the Statue of Liberty. The Lady of Liberty waves her torch over the Hudson River, guiding the many vessels that cross the waters throughout the night. Honestly, the Lady of Liberty is a formidable figure, in my opinion she looks every inch the 'Glamazon'. Just across the water is Ellis Island, once home to New York City's largest Immigration screening centre. Ellis Island holds many exhibits that depict the struggles and journeys that people of the past made to reach the United States of America. Now I understand how New York has developed into a city that is such a melting pot of sub-cultures and variety making NYC a tough place to find the best international food and culture in one place! 

So, imagine that you've just stepped off the ferry from Liberty and Ellis Islands back to Battery Park. You will have entered a film location for one of the 1980's most iconic films that was based in New York City. This film has to be Madonna's breakthrough film "Desperately Seeking Susan." Battery Park, a place that made its way into Madonna's movie that painted its background around Battery Park, that's why the film in-question looks sensational. I loved my afternoon at Battery Park, kidding myself that Madge would rock up to the park and be waiting for her date but life is life so I didn't see Susan. Forget Hyde Park because the Downtown district is only a heartbeat away from the shores of the Hudson River, why not take a river cruise to see for yourself?! Be sure to take your Kodak as its one of those places that makes you want to take countless snaps of the sites around. 

Ever noticed the only green space on a map of New York City? That's only Central Park, a park space that has to be one of the famous open spaces in the world!? I'm sure there's someone else from another country wanting to contest that fact?! Nonetheless, Central Park offers a slice of tranquility within the mayhem that New York City has tonnes of, so taking a break within the gates of the world's most famous park sounds like a plan? I have been to Central Park only a few times because my New York City days are all about seeing and doing the most that I can for Newark, New Jersey always calls me back at the end of each sightseeing day! I won't go into my time spent at Central Park because I just don't want to! Take a picnic for the afternoon or buy a hotdog from one of the food stands outside the main gates? This might sound cheesy but I don't care! Central Park is a open space that I'm not going to stop loving for its picturesque and still holds its own fierce attitude because this is New York City after-all! 

Believe it or not! New York is the Empire State of Mind for nothing is impossible and what is on offer to experience isn't for the faint hearted either! I don't live in NYC but I make it my mission to get over there at least a couple of times each month. From the glitz and glamour of Broadway to the towering heights of the Empire State Building this North East coast city has truly stolen my heart and given me my senses to take from each experience whilst in this city. The Lady of Liberty shall always remain a statuesque figure over the Hudson Bay to serve and protect the waters that surround Manhattan Island and the rest of the state. Please never make me leave this euphoric state because this Empire State of Mind is just too good for words! Fate brought me to this part of the United States of America so I'm going to take every opportunity to get over here and explore more than just the top tourist traps!  

New York! New York! The City That Never Sleeps! 

Joseph Harrison

1 comment:

Alix lion said...

That's really informative sharing! I'm impressed. I'm a tourist and I love to visit USA due to its stunning destinations. New York is most famous City of USA that provided outstanding attractions for visit. The Empire State Building's Observatory is the highlight of New York's skyline, reaching 1,250 feet above the city. Get a stunning views of the city and beyond from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. I had a great experience to visit this landmark last month by the bus tours from new york . It was mind-blowing!