The Big Apple

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.  – Simone Beauvoir

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Last year I was lucky enough to take a trip to New York as part of a journey down the east coast of America, from Boston, through New York down to South Carolina. Its so true what the say, the city really does never sleep…

New York is a city that every road you walk down, you feel like you’ve seen it before in a movie. I always had this idea that New York was a huge place where everyone wears designer clothes and order ‘Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiatos’, but really it is a city where anything goes. People go to build dreams and empires, some achieve and win and others loose but still have the honour of saying they got to experience that New York atmosphere that so many of us long to absorb…

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We did so many things while we were there, in only 2 days we took a boat tour around the island, went to times square and (best of all) went into the ‘reeses’ superstore – pure heaven!

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Up the top of the empire state the views are like nothing comparable and although you can see all of New York (in good weather) you still feel like a small fish in a very, very large sea. Wandering into Grand Central station was magical and also where I encountered THE BEST steak of my life in Michael Jordan’s steakhouse.

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We stayed in the beautiful Waldorf Astoria which is just such a beautiful timeless hotel, one that again you feel has been the set base of many romantic movies such as ‘scent of a women’ and even Peter Chelsom’s ‘Serendipty’, a hotel that really captures the true nature of New Yorks magic. Whilst we we there we also visited the 9/11 Museum at ground zero and I have to say I have never been to such a well constructed, memorable, incredible place or museum in my life. The way the whole museum was set out captured the true horrific nature of the event but also allowed for those lives lost and the destruction caused to be remembered peacefully. If you ever get the chance to go, you should because there is no way words can do it any justice.

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As well as many hours spent shopping in the likes of Bloomingdales and Macy’s we also took a bike ride around Central park, which again is one of the places of so many film sets ( my all-time favourite being ‘when harry met sally’.. oh how fashion has changed!) Strawberry fields in central park is the memorial place of John Lennon and this is where I think the true nature of New York is captured in one word… ‘imagine’ named after another famous song by John Lennon, “Imagine” evokes a vision for hopes and dreams, something I every New Yorker strives to accomplish.

As said by Tom Wolfe ‘One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.’

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