NEW YORK CITY
"Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York..."
A song I now relate to, and makes me long to really be a part of it. My first experience in New York, and it is true what everyone I spoke to before hand said to me:
"You need to go there to really understand what it is like."
From the moment we came out of the subway, the city just sprouted up around me and instantly made me feel minuscule amongst the cloud scraping buildings. Instantly I felt within a movie set, finding myself distracted by such everyday American things like the taxi cabs and neon lights.
Our arrival in NYC was late afternoon, but I knew as soon as I stepped in that city, I needed to be let loose to see as much as I could in the 5 days we were there. My poor suitcase felt the impact as it was hurled into the, typically small, big city hotel room. I caught a glimpse of the warm brick wall view from the window. I welcomed the laughable veiw and turned right back round to join the bustling crowds on the pavements below.
Immediatly I was drawn to Times Square. The iconic, movie set location 5 minute walk from where we were staying. All I can say is WOW.
Ok WOW does not do this justice. The lights, the crowds, the smell of stomach churning street food, the oversized cars honking angrily at each other in a jam they could hardly move an inch in - it was brilliant.
The whole New York City experience was forcefully packed up in this one area of glowing
advertisements and city smells.
With our first day in the city consisting of only a few hours, that was all it took for me to fall in love. And it welcomed me with a roof top bar we came accross by chance. Wandering the parallel streets brought us to the Marriott Vacation Club on W 37th Street. Climbing the endless floors by elevator and being greeted by the Empire State itself. We had really stepped into a roof top oasis and a concrete jungle all in one.
First day done, and fallen head over heals with NYCs magnetism and charisma.
In a city that never sleeps, I needed it...