Exploring the Big Apple
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Woke up early today and walked down the block to grab a quick bite to eat. The weater was a bit warmer than I had expected at 47 degrees and sunny. This was still pretty cold to me since it was 70 degrees when I left L.A. I decided to walk over to Madison Square park and the Flatiron. NYC is just amazing - there is so much activity going on at any one time. It reminded of when I lived in London as both are pretty fast paced cities. Something about New York, however makes the pace seem even faster.
When I was in NYC in 1997 I was a bit turned off by the brusque nature of the citizens, however this time my experience was MUCH different. People were so friendly and helpful. I can't recall anyone who refused to help me or just ignored me, unlike my previous visits. I wandered over to Chelsea and into the Chelsea Wine market, which is a very cool adaptive re-use of the old Nabisco manufacturing building. There are food stalls, specialty shops and bakeries, and there was a even a sample sale going on! I didn't see anything too cheap though - when I go to a sample sale in L.A I usually look for rock bottom prices! ;)
What really struck me is how similar this biscuit company building is to the one in L.A. They're nearly identical. While the one in NY is offices and the wine market, the one in L.A has become luxury lofts in the industrial setting of the arts district. From here I decided to walk over to Soho and check out the various shops. What a cool neighborhood! lots of cool things going on. Afterwards I grabbed the subway and went ovet to the Met. The Musuem is massive on a scale similar to those seen in Europe. I felt as if I was entering the British Museum or the Louvre. After 2 hours of browsing the wonderful collection, I decided to make my way to Times Square.
When I was here in 97' Times square was still flashy an all, but pretty seedy as well. I saw my share of porn shops and undesireable people. My how it changed over the course ofa decade. Everything was cleaned up and there were Tons of people everywhere. It's funny, other than the lights and the live theatres, there's nothing that special about Times Square. The businesses in the area are far from unique- I mean I can go to Toys R' Us or TGI Fridays in L.A, but there's something about the energy of Times Square that's intoxicating. After this it was time for Dinner - we went to a Thai restaurant in Chelsea called Spice, which was delicious!
After wandering around for a while and taking the obligatory photos, it was time to pay a visit to the meatpacking district. I had heard lots of stories about this area, however I was surprised by just how much this area has gentrified. Former warehouses are now home to chic clubs and restaurants. A 3 story Apple Store looms overhead as the trendy Gansevoort Hotel pumps trendy music. I just enjoyed the scene and liked people watching on this chilly friday night! By about 1am I was exhausted having covered much ground in one day. It was time to head back to the hotel.