Me and my best buddy Sharni have just celebrated an anniversary, we’ve now known each other for 20 whole years! That is not a milestone that can ignored and seen as though we have never been on holiday together (madness I know!) we decided to go big… to the Big Apple to be precise. Or, in the immortal words of Alicia Keys, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
We had been planning our trip for months and when the big day finally arrived we were ridiculously excited. Not that it ruined our appetite or anything… fuelling up for the 8 hour flight!
After a good night sleep we got up early and headed down town to get our NYC trip off to a windy start on the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
There are a lot of sight seeing boat tours that will take you out to Liberty Island and give you a closer view than the ferry but they will cost you when the commuter ferry it still gives you a great view and its absolutely free! Plus you get a great view of the Brooklyn bridge thrown as well… just a little tip from me to you.
After leaving the ferry we visited the 9/11 memorial site, a.k.a. Ground Zero.
There are two huge cascading square, double step waterfalls that disappear into nothingness. It is a beautiful and poignant dedication to the tragedy of the terrorist attacks that have left a black mark in American history.
Its an oddly stunning place. The water running over the slate looks like it is sparkling as the sun hits it. I guess whoever designed must be a believer that something beautiful can come out of even the most terrible times.
From there we left the memorial site and wandered through China Town, where you will find a lot of this…
We carried on our wanderings through Little Italy and Soho. We stopped to grab some lunch on the go, in true New Yorker style. It was a little place called Andi’s Deli on the corner of Broadway and Reade Street. It was the world’s biggest burrito and damn tasty!
We continued through Greenwich Village taking in the architecture that is so stereotypical of this big city.
I particularly loved this building covered in fish eating dogs and dogs eating fish. Only in New York.
We then re joined Broadway and headed north. We walked past Madison Square Garden, which looked amazing all lit up. I wish we could have gone to see a basketball game but there were none on whilst we were there unfortunately.
As we carried on up we got our first site of Macy’s, the world’s largest store. Plastered across is their Christmas motto – Believe. We didn’t go in but never fear that was on the agenda for tomorrow, we’d be back!
We finished our day with the glow of the neck achingly massive Empire State Building. A fitting end to a momentous first day!