My trip to the concrete jungle

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View from Wellington Hotel.

New York was a place I had always wanted to visit and so when the opportunity came up to go there I jumped at the chance. I had always been in awe of the City, inspired by movies and TV Shows, particularly Sex and the City! I went with a lot of anticipation .....

Landing in JFK airport was the first eye opener. The airport felt like a small city in itself, thankfully we navigated our way out of there easily and before I knew it I was standing on New York soil. We hailed our first cab and were greeted by a broad smiling New Yorker. Our drive into the city was a cool experience with our very friendly taxi driver singing classic motown songs to us while we took in the views of the city.

We were staying in Wellington Hotel, midtown Manhattan. This location proved fantastic, a short walk away from everywhere it felt.

Inside the Empire State Building.
We had organised some tours as part of our package deal, the first of which was the trusted hop-on-hop-off bus around the city. I'm a big fan of these buses, I find them an excellent way to see the "main" attractions but also gather your bearings, that way I can go off and plan where I want to go back to and spend more time. I was mesmerized by the attractions I had been so used to seeing on TV, the Empire State Building, Central Park, driving through Harlem and seeing the Apollo theater, witnessing people going about their daily New York lives, Broadway, Madison Av, the list went on.

As it was late March I expected the weather to be less than kind to us, I was pleasantly surprised by the beaming sunshine.

Across the Hudson.
This made it all the more enjoyable to stroll around the city.

Our next trip was up the Empire State Building. The queue was as long as I had been told it would be, but it was ushered down pretty quickly. Stepping out on to the viewing point was exhilarating. This was what I had waited so long to do. It was a glorious day and I could see to the edge of the earth. It was breathtaking and everything I had anticipated. While my travel companions hurried along I was stuck to the spot looking out in the distance at the Financial District. I became snap-happy with the camera to capture what lay before me. It seemed a little eerie, the city looked calm and peaceful from up that high, but I knew down below it was hustling and bustling with life. Although a common "tour" option, this became the highlight of my New York trip.

Looking over NYC from the Empire State Building.

We spent a couple of days strolling around the city and shopping (who doesn't shop in Manhattan?). We flagged down a yellow cab, and asked the driver to take us to the Disney store. Much to our embarrassment the Disney store was only 2 minutes away, if we had continued walking we'd have reached it in no time. The cab driver either thought we were hopeless tourists or lazy ladies. This was before we got to grips with the map reading, so hopeless tourists we were!

Our mid-afternoon helicopter ride was upon us, and while being nervous that it was my first time on a 'copter, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As with most tourist-trap 'copter rides it simply wasn't long enough, but it was something I intended to only do once. We followed this by a night cruise along the Hudson.

I'd always been fascinated by the New York skyline lit up at night. It's even more impressive to see with your own eyes. The only downside was the chill factor, the temperatures dropped dramatically after dark. I was more than disappointed that my camera couldn't take decent night pictures! Aside from the screaming school kids who appeared to be on a school trip and felt the only method of communicating with each other was by shouting, the night cruise was awesome.

The tours and trips we did were all excellent and I'd highly recommend them all. They're awesome ways to capture New York.

The city that never sleeps certainly lives up to its name. There was so much to do and see I didn't know where to look! It has an amazing vibe, an energy that is hard not to get wrapped up in. Everyone we came across was welcoming and kind.

The pizza slices were enormous! </random>

I loved my short break in New York. It isn't a place for the faint-hearted that's for sure, and certainly not a "relaxing" holiday. It's non-stop, hyperactive and fast .... but for me that's what New York is all about. All anticipations I had of the place when stepping off the plane at JFK were not only met, but exceeded.

 

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View from Wellington Hotel.
View from Wellington Hotel.
Inside the Empire State Building.
Inside the Empire State Building.
Across the Hudson.
Across the Hudson.
Looking over NYC from the Empire S…
Looking over NYC from the Empire …
The City that never sleeps.
The City that never sleeps.
Empire State Building.
Empire State Building.
Times Square.
Times Square.
Never a shortage of cabs in the ci…
Never a shortage of cabs in the c…
Broadway, baby!
Broadway, baby!
Heading to Harlem.
Heading to Harlem.
NYPD!
NYPD!
The famous Madison Ave.
The famous Madison Ave.
City life.
City life.
Times Square.
Times Square.
Visiting Mr. Trump.
Visiting Mr. Trump.
Ground Zero.
Ground Zero.
Can you guess where?
Can you guess where?
In the shadow of the Empire State.
In the shadow of the Empire State.
Famous yellow cab.
Famous yellow cab.
Wellington Hotel, midtown Manhatta…
Wellington Hotel, midtown Manhatt…
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