Tomorrow, I’m jumping on a plane and flying to the place I’ve wanted to go to since I was a child – New York.
I know this sounds like a lot of people’s dream but I don’t mind. Ever since I saw the film, You’ve Got Mail, with my Nan on one of my childhood sleepovers, I’ve dreamt of walking the streets of the ‘Big Apple’. I was even a dancer in a nativity play once where I ‘Rockettes’-style danced to Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’ with my classmates – clearly, a highlight.
Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to walk around Central Park in the sunshine with not a care in the world, enjoy a slice of cheesecake with coffee in Cafe Lalo and see the colours of Fall as the crisp nights draw in. Just like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in one of my most watched films of all time.
This desire to go to the ‘city that never sleeps’ only deepened throughout my life by watching Serendipity, where I then wanted to ice skate in Central Park, watching Sleepless in Seattle, where I then wanted to climb the Empire State Building and watching Sex in the City, where I then wanted to walk the galleries of MoMA and enjoy a cheeky Cosmo. All these ideas of how New York should be and feel like have formed in my head and whilst I’m excited about going, I’m also terrified.
I’m terrified that all these moments may not match up to how I imagined they would be. After years of dreaming about what it’d feel like to stand in the middle of Times Square and jump on the Staten Island ferry, I just don’t want it to be a disappointment. I’d rather love it and spend the rest of my days trying to move there then regret going and ruining my fascination but time will tell.
Green Ranger and I have planned to stay at Marrakech on the Upper West Side for our three days away and then venture as far as we can in the short amount of time we have. Our to-do list consists of; the Empire State Building at sunset, Times Square, Grand Central Station, the Rockefeller Center (and its Christmas tree), Radio City Concert Hall, Cafe Lalo, Central Park ice rick, Liberty Island and Ellis Island on the Staten Island Ferry. If we have time, we’re hoping to visit Greenwich Village, MoMA, the Brooklyn Bridge, Katz’s Delicatessen and the World Trade Memorial too.
Being super organised, we’ve somehow managed to get onto a Hard Hat tour of the abandoned hospital wings of Ellis Island where the immigrants who were too unwell to join the USA were held and sadly, died. Only a small number of people are allowed to explore this area at a time and tours are strictly limited, so we feel fairly lucky to be able to do this while we’re there. We’ll definitely be taking our DSLR too, so I’ll take some snaps to post on my return.
I guess this only leaves me to ask, if you’ve been before, what are your tips and tricks for New York? I’d love to know!
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