“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, LCD Soundsystem

​https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-eohHwsplvY (I included the link as this is one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands- thanks Dad!)

New York City, New York. The city that never sleeps. And its no wonder when there’s so much going on, so many bright lights and millions of people. There’s something for everyone and you cannot get bored!

When people imagine New York, they usually picture Times Square where the iconic ball drop occurs on New Years Eve. Here, you can do all your shopping, eating and get Broadway tickets. We even managed to see Ed Sheeran perform for MTV’s TRL! 

Near Times Square is the Rockefeller Plaza and the Rockefeller building which contains NBC studios as well as Top of the Rock which was so worth doing as the views were absolutely indescribable! 

On our walks around New York City, we saw many famous architectural sites, such as the Empire State Building, 

Madison Square Garden,

The City Centre,


The Flatiron Building, 


The Chrysler Building,


Grand Central Station, 


New York Public Library,


Grand Plaza Hotel,


Columbus Circle,


Blooming dale’s,


And the famous Friends apartment building.


Other places of interest that are a “must-see” in NYC include Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn. Although the most areas which felt safe were Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights along the Fruit Streets!


Another beautiful area of NYC includes Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and Greenwich Village where you are able to walk the High Line which prides themselves on being inclusive for everyone.


Not forgetting the famous Statue of Liberty of course, which you are able to see via a free ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island. 


Also in this area is the World Trade Centre which was so surreal. The atmosphere was so different to the rest of the city. It should have been sad, but it wasn’t. Its so hard to put an emotion to it and I’m sure others that have been would also agree. 


These were just ordinary civilians going about their daily life and all of a sudden it was over. On their birthdays a white rose is placed in their name which, for me anyway, restores some faith in humanity.


Moving on to the more upbeat topic of food. There are so many places to eat in the City, but during our long stay we had our favourites! If you’re a How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) fan then McGee’s is the place to go! It has HIMYM themed cocktails and on “How I Met Your Mother Monday” they serve HIMYM themed food. Its fair to say I was in my element! 


Another favourite was Brooklyn Diner on 43rd Street which served delicious classic American food in an old style diner for reasonable prices, just off Times Square!


However, if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the City, you can escape to the mostly peaceful Central Park for a walk, a picnic or even boat racing. 


You can also see the fountain that inspired the one shown in Friends.


And an Alice in Wonderland Statue,


Or watch Shakespeare in the Park.


Its truly an amazing place because of the vibrancy and diversity, so why did I choose this song as my blog title? Due to the busy and choas atmosphere of the City, it was hard to enjoy these places. Some of the people could be so rude. You were no longer a human being, just another inconvenience in their lives. I didn’t feel as happy here as I did the other places I’d visited. 

That being said, New York City was incredible and I feel very privileged to have been able to explore this part of America, and I wish others did too, just for the cultural experience. Its so unique and is home to some unbelievable venues and events.

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