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Is nthis really art?
Like the title says, I wasn't really sure what's the what in New York City. I've known lost of things about New York but at a minimal level. So I've heard the names - Empire State Building, Soho, Wall Street, 5th Avenue, but wasn't quite sure what were they representing. I've managed to read something on the plane and some stuff that I gathered in the hostel and that led me to my firm believe that what I needed to see, the minimum that is, was Empire State Building, Central Park, The Twin Towers- or rather the place were they were, Chinatown, Times Square (also by daylight), Broadway (more or less done- because my hostel was located there), Brooklyn Bridge, and naturally The Statue of Liberty.
Well, I have to say I DO like the Smart car, but to call it art...?
The rest would be decided on the way.

What I needed to do first, though, was to move to my next sleeping place, another hostel - The Big Apple Hostel (female only rooms, slightly dirtier look but much closer to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which would come in handy the next day). I was just a couple blocks away so me and my friend dragged my suitcase in the late morning, checked me in the hostel and in a short time started towards the Museum of Modern Art (Daniel, the Portuguese guy opted for it).

MoMA was ...modern which is not something I'm very interested in, lol ;) Both me and Daniel decided that some of those painting must have been chosen randomly. What exactly is so special about a canvas completely in black with one white spot in the middle? ;) Really not my thing.
Times Square once again
I liked Andy Warhol's exposition, though, and paintings by Monet, Matisse and other French painters.

I didn't know a board with flight hours for arrivals and departures was art too.... or a Smart car... Very modern indeed. I'm not sure if this was before the museum or after but somewhat in the morning we passed by the Port Authority and within it the Greyhound office so I could buy a ticket for a bus that would take me the next day to King of Prussia. Relieved to have secured a connection to my next destination, having the ticket in hand, I felt free to be a proper tourist ;)

Next thing on our list was food ;) since we didn't have much for breakfast, or rather nothing at all. We went into a small restaurant and got an expansive lunch that consisted of huge mushroom, very hard bread (one of the Italian kinds) and lots of grass in a not so tasty sauce (might have been some speshul kind of herb or vegetable but I’m ignorant to that kind of cuisine.
Empire State Building...
;) Water was for free though, which is good because the sun was pretty hard on us, and I was still in long jeans - didn't have time to find anything else.

We walked around curiously eyeing all the serious workers that come out to sit and eat their lunch in front of the Rockefeller center - veery serious looking businessmen and businesswomen. On our way we've seen again Times Square (still impressive) and the 5th Avenue - I'm not sure I even noticed where I was back then. We took a longer break around Empire State Building where I decided to go up and see the panorama of New York while my friend, who have already been to the top of that famous building, decided to wait for me in the Empire State bar.

The line wasn't very long and soon I found myself buying a ticket for a ride to the top.
...and the view from its top
The elevator was very fast and I barely felt the change in altitude. What awaited me on top were masses of people taking pictures. OK, maybe there weren't that many but enough to make me move very slowly, which I don't like. I've asked someone to take a photo of me and took plenty of photos of all the New York. I didn't let my love for buying souvenirs detain me there, I ignored most of the souvenirs, just pausing to check the magnets (I collect them) and to contemplate the King Kong memorabilia (I finally remembered that the big monkey did in fact climb the Empire State Building - hm I've never really seen the whole movie...).

I found Daniel in the bar, sipping a bear and watching a football/soccer game. Since it was pretty good (the game) I decided to join him. I bought my first American bear, wasn’t bad, but unfortunately I can't remember the name (it was something specific for that local though).
Me, right outside the Central Park


We went next to take subway to the Central Park. Did I mention that I like to use the metro/subway in every country that I visit? well, I do. They're so different. New York subway is not my favorite, though. Not very inviting, or clean. I like the Budapest or Vienna or Paris one better.

Central Park was a bit of let down too. I'm not sure what I have expected, might have been some unreasonable thing, since the Park is pretty much this -a park. Only there were way too many people for my liking. And I must say I like Warsaw parks better (I'm a patriot ;)) After a quick stroll there ( Daniel wasn't a big enthusiast of the Park either since he found it a bit artificial - a rectangle in the middle of the city, plus not a really good place for running since the asphalt of the paths is so hard) we walked down from the Columbus Square - which is very nice to a car rental bureau for Daniel to rent a car for his upcoming trip to Canada. And soon we were saying our goodbyes and going in different directions, both of us to prepare for the next stage of our journeys.
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Is nthis really art?
Is nthis really art?
Well, I have to say I DO like the …
Well, I have to say I DO like the…
Times Square once again
Times Square once again
Empire State Building...
Empire State Building...
...and the view from its top
...and the view from its top
Me, right outside the Central Park
Me, right outside the Central Park
New York
photo by: herman_munster