“New York!!!! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York!!!
These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York” – Empire State of Mind , Alicia Keys
New York City is one of the global centers of international finance, politics, communications, film, music, fashion, and culture, and is among the world’s most important and influential cities. To most Asians it is also synonymous with Friends, Sex in the City, Gossip Girl, and plot for most disaster movies. New York City (also referred to as “New York”, “NYC”, “The Big Apple”, or just “the City” by locals), is the biggest city in the United States.
Most of our of itinerary was concentrated to visit Manhattan. It is one of the five famous Burroughs (the other 4 are Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island) of New York City. It is home to some of New York’s and the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Broadway, Wall Street, and the famous universities New York University and Columbia University. Manhattan was also home to the famous World Trade Towers.
Coming from Jersey City we travelled via subway to reach this city. We came off at one of the stations and walked along 5th avenue. It was an awesome sight…just like in the movies. The most people I have seen were in this city and the crowd was much diversified. It truly was an ‘urban jungle’ with its skyscrapers and congested population and buildings. We are in luck, as the veteran’s day parade was also in progress in 5th avenue as we arrived.
Our first stop was the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street- The Empire State building. Just citing the name of this building only one movie comes to my mind and No! It’s neither King Kong nor Sleepless in Seattle. It’s ‘Love Affair 1994’ (Warren Beatty/ Annette Bening). This is one of the best romantic movies I have seen and the stars are real life couple. To summarize the story: The two of them meet on a flight to Sydney which is forced to land on a small island. Both are engaged to others they become romantic on board the ship sent to take the plane passengers to a larger island. Before parting ways they both agreed to meet on the top of the Empire State Building 3 months later to see if the attraction was real. And then… I suggest you see the movie and I promise it’s worth your time. So when we reached the front of the Empire State Building all i can say was the famous quote by Terry McKay (Annette Bening) from that movie ”I was looking up”. That’s all I could do… looked up at this 102 –story landmark and enter its revolving door. Aweeesoomee!
More leg work as we walked and walked along the parade with the veteran soldiers. I was cold but I am having a blasts. How often do you take that afternoon walk and doing it in the streets of New York? Priceless right? Our next stop was between 48th and 51st streets- The Rockefeller Center… an ohhh… to make this thoughts documentation complete we stopped for a tea at McDonalds because the cold is freezing our butts off. Really we picked the wrong time to come up here why we didnt schedule it on spring?
Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., is a complex of 19 commercial buildings. Since 1933, NBC has been located at 30 Rock. Past and current shows produced there include “The Tonight Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.” The “Today” show is shot across the street. Also this is where you can find Radio City Music Hall, New York City’s largest theater.
Moving on we also visited the Times Square at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. I will never leave Manhattan without taking my picture at this prominent sight. This was still lucid in my head while logging in a social network site I saw a picture of a friend of mine standing at this famous landmark I was inspired by the photo and said to myself “someday…” Today’s the day and thanked God for bringing me here… to finally set foot and have my picture taken where all broad way plays premiered and the site where the annual ball drop and New Year’s Eve countdown took place. Priceless!
We took one of those yellow cabs to go between 59th and 110th street and between Fifth and Eighth Ave. also known as The Central Park. Just a quick trivia – Wy New York Yellow Cabs are yellow? Because John Hertz, the company’s founder, read a study that concluded yellow was the easiest color for the eye to spot.
We were freezing in this park but I could not forget the color of the trees and to describe it in detailed …it seems that nature has one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep the green colors of the leaves was transformed into the vivid autumn reds, oranges, gold, and browns before the leaves fall off the trees. The colors are truly breathtaking. Central Park was ‘the mother of all parks’ someday…perhaps, I will have the chance to roam this place again.
At this park we never leave without trying — The New York Hot Dog. Vendors all over the city sell hot dogs with pushcarts on city sidewalks and in parks. It’s a must for tourist and surprisingly the taste was delicious.
Manhattan means “island of the hills” in the language of the Algonquin Indians
Muppet creator Jim Henson and Sesame Street director Jon Stone regularly dined together at the now-defunct Oscar’s Tavern in midtown Manhattan. One day they were served by an extraordinarily rude, grouchy waiter. They were so amused by the experience that they decided to immortalize the gentlemen as a character on Sesame Street. They dubbed the puppet “Oscar the Grouch”.
Times Square is named after the New York Times Building