Back in NYC
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Once I got back from the States, I had to do a lot of catching up with people. A group of us had a bit of a Uni reunion one weekend and thought 'let's go to NYC' in the new year. Great! We organised it pretty quickly and went at the end of January. The last time I was here, it was hot, this time it wasn't! I was looking forward to seeing the city on a weekend as well, as last time the trip took us to Boston for the Friday and Saturady nights.
I flew on my own for the first time as we all live in different cities and getting on the same flights would have been expensive. This was fine. I watched a few films, did some reading, and was there without noticing the time. I got checked in and met up with the guys for a few drinks.
The next day I managed to get up at a reasonable time and get some of that New York breakfasts and coffee I'd been missing! I stayed just off Time Square and was particularly happy with that. I did some shopping on 5th Ave and in the Soho district, and seen as the pound was strong, at that point, compared to the dollar, I got some great deals! In the evening I went to MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) on a TB recommendation (which I'm very grateful for). It was really lucky - it's free to visit on Friday after 4pm, which was spot on timing for us! I loved it in here. I've become quite a big fan of art in a short space of time and now I try to get to see a few museums when I've got a bit of time.
The Saturday morning didn't happen! We all needed some valuable 'sleep time' after Friday, but when we all came to, it was a day to do your thing. Some guys wanted to go see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, but for me that was all still fairly fresh from the summer. Instead I wanted some 'chill out time' in Central Park. I did go to the 'Top of the Rock' (The Rockefeller Centre) and have a look around St Patrick's Cathedral though in the early evening.
After a brief snooze, shower, shave, etc we went out for the night at the Meat Packing district. There were quite a few really cool, but very pricey bars down there. It's quite pretentious as well and we couldn't get into a club being that we were in a small group of three guys. Nevermind. Not to be put off, we found another bar and met a load of New Yorkers, played some fuseball, got badly drunk and staggered into a taxi and off to another club. I don't have an accurate memory after that, but I do remember climbing into bed at around 5am highly satisfied with my level of inebriation.
The next afternoon I got up for a late lunch adn decided to walk off the hangovers and do some site-seeing. I went around the city and saw the Manhatten and Brooklyn Bridges, Wall Street, Grand Central Station, the World Trade Centre Site, the Library and a few other buildings. I chose to get the sub back up as walking was proving difficult by this stage, but that proved to be a bit of a mistake. I was due to meet the guys in a bar on 52nd street and 2nd Avenue. Instead I must of snoozed off for a bit before I realised I'd gone too far. I got off the sub to have a look around and get my bearing and there in the distance was Manhatten.
We piled out onto the streets with hundreds of other fans and just soaked up the scene. Everyone was best friends all of a sudden; all hi-fiving, all singing, jumping around, and between us, we managed to block off 2nd Avenue for a while until the police showed up and moved everyone back into the bars or on their way. It was great fun and I'm so pleased I was part of it. Back in the bars everyone was still on the vibe and so we got stuck in. I made a lot of friends that night, but it certainly wasn't difficult.
On our last day we had to take it easy.
We decided to get some food after the game and head straight to the airport. It was a great weekend and I still feel New York City has a lot more to offer despite being twice now and doing almost completely different things. I'll be back again at some point, I'm sure of that.