View from Manhattan bridge
We went to NYC simply to see a friend. Getting out from the airport, we took a taxi to the apartment which my friend rent. The first impression was...."Mannn...this city is ugly!". Hehehe. People are allowed to have opinion, right? So that's my opinion of New York. Arrived in Manhattan, we found out the apartment was not very nice, so we moved to Mariott Hotel in Times Square. The hotel itself, i'll described it in a separate review. But the city...here is the story.
This part of the city reminds me of Milan. And while i was still bringing my memory of Milan, there's so many Italian speakers around NY. So it feels even more like a city in Italy. We know that many Italian (like 1 million of them) migrate here few hundred years ago, but we never realize their culture is still shown.
Posing in front of Christophoro Colombo statue
We spent our first day with walk (a lot!)....Unlike our home, Houston - where everyone drives, in NYC everyone walk (or many of them). The street are easy to follow, because is using number only. 1st street, 2nd street and so on till 100 something. Then the main avenue which crossed the 1st, 2nd and so on street is called 1st, 2nd up to 7th avenue. Easy, no? We walked from 73rd street up to 1st street (that took us 2 hours!). We passed times square, broadway, empire state building, rockefeller center, UN office, church where Mr Big from sex and the city got married to Natasha, MnM shops (hihi) and central park. When the street with number finished, we entering "Little Italy" where all basically are Italian (i said so...so pls accept it), then China Town (where people offer catalogs of fake bag.
...and when you seems interested, they bring you to the back of the shop - hidden,closed room with racks of louis vuitton...all fake, made in China kind of thing). Then when china town finished, you arrived in the financial district where you pass by wall street, nice men with suite then you arrived in battery park where the boat going to Liberty statue docks.
Thats how we completed our first day. Went back to the hotel...i can't feel my legs. The next day, we went the same route and walk from broadway (where the hotel we stay located) to Battery Park. We then board the boat to Liberty Park. The ticket is only 12USD. This ticket doesn't give you access to the statue, but only to walk around to Liberty Park. If you want access to the statue, you need to buy the ticket with sign of "access to monument" prior to depart - because when you already there, no more ticket with access are offered.
Cab and smokey road...like in the movie
And to get this type of ticket is bit difficult, always fully booked if you didn't do the booking far in advance. Yet, there is access to go to the top of Liberty Statue and that even more limited to 30 people per day only. From the park, we went to imigration museum which used to be first door of entering US for immigrant coming from Europe. Beside the story of US immigrant, there's also some statistic shown in many types of giant chart (2 meter by 2 meter size) of how people have been moving around the world. Who are they, their etcnic background, their sex, their country of origin, their country of destination and so on.
Coming back from there, we had dinner in Bubba Gump (Forrest Gump's restaurant) and went to bed....suffer from walking the whole days.