Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
New York Travel Blog› entry 11 of 12 › view all entries
So onto New York, a 4 hour train ride from DC. Not doing a hostel this time as want my own bed to sleep in and anyway all the hostels are miles away from the action. So it is the Hotel New Yorker for me which is just a couple of blocks away from Penn station so dropped my bag off and off to explore the big Apple.
This is my first time in New York - it is exaclty as you imagne it to be - big, busy and brash. Walked up giving Macy's - frighteningly the World's largest store - a wide birth and decided to go up the Empire State Building.
After the events of 11 September 2001 it is once again the tallest building in New York and is definately a "must do" for the tourist.
Once at the top you get a fantastic look of Manhattan. From the financial distorict to the south, the Hudson to the west, Brooklyn to the east and Central park to the north you can see for miles even on a day when it was hazy. Look lots of pictures of the buildings but I guess nothing is the same as seeing all those taxis hundreds of feet below moving around like little ants. Getting down was far less painfull than going up as there was virtually no queue (does everyone else walk down?).
Grabbed some food and went down to Times Square for dusk. It was smaller than I expected but there was the huge mass of illuminated signage and advertiments that takes your breath away. It was still very humid, even at 8pm so I wandered in and out of shops taking advantage of their air conditioning.
Was standing on the second floor of the M&Ms store looking out over Times Square. Alisha Keys Empire State of Mind was playing over the store's sound system and I had a big smile on my face - really thinking that this is New York.