Sunday, 28 June 2015

#ProjectMNYC | Taking New York

Welcome to New Yawk baby! Watcha twaking bout? (You should read that in the Godfather voice, just FYI.)

Who wouldn't want to go to New York? Seriously though, if you come across a weirdo that doesn't, send them this post.

If you grew up watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S – then you must go and take me with you – so I can go again. 

Anyways... it's time.

Time for what? You may ask.

"Ooh....... New York. Ooh....... New York. Grew up in a town that is famous as a place of movie scenes. Noise is always loud, there are sirens all around and the streets are mean".

"If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that's what they say. Seeing my face in lights or my name on marquees found down on Broadway".

OK. Your turn. It's your cue! SING WITH ME!

"Even if it ain't all it seems, I got a pocket full of dreams. Baby, I'm from New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do. Now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you. Hear it from New York!".

Alright, I'll stop pretending that I'm a drunk Asian – crawling all over the karaoke, whilst, forcing you to sing – before you want to slap me.

Myself, Tineal, Ana and Alex were raring to see if our booked Airbnb was just like in the pictures. We 'like totally' wanted the New Yorker apartment experience, but just had one hurdle...

At JFK airport, I got stopped by Mr Border Control man. I thought to myself, "Oh s**t, what have I done?". He then said, "Mam, I'm going to need to seize your apple". (He desperately tried to keep a straight face).

Yes, that's right. I had my apple seized... in the big apple.

Whilst the others wet themselves, I managed to wriggle myself in.

If it's your first time, here is my you-must-go list.

1. Central Park has to be the first. It's huge. Leafy and tranquil, it'll makes you forget that you're in the city. 

And while you're at it...

2. Head to Washington Park. Unfortunately it's not the F.R.I.E.N.D.S fountain, but lots of people (like me) hop into it and pretend it is anyway!

3. Ah, the Empire State Building. Try imagining New York City’s skyline without its towering spire. Nope, I can't either. Our New Yorker buddies showed us the ropes and ushered us up to a rooftop bar for the epic views. You know all those movies you've seen set in New York? You'll end up pointing at everything and saying, 'Ahh, I saw that', and 'Ahh, and that one'. 

4. Times Square is a must see: it's bright, loud, chaotic and has the best broadway shows. 

5. Wall Street is a pretty cool spot to check out, try and go at the weekend or during work hours to avoid the wolves – who come out to play. 

6. There's City Hall for if you decided you wanted to get married. 

7. Brooklyn Bridge is a must. Head to this romantic, iconic suspension bridge for the ridiculous views.

8. Don't forget to meet The Statue of Liberty. She's really nice and kindly let me poke her torch. 

9. We paid our respects at The World Trade Centre. Send your love at the two memorial fountains – in memory of a dark tragedy in New York's history. 

We had a friend who let us sneak into the top of a new building. 

The view is just, breathtaking.

10. I heard a little nugget from a local that The Rockerfella Centre gives you a better view of the skyline than from the Empire State Building. Let me know what you think?

11. Grand Central Station is exactly what it looks like in the movies; it felt surreal to see this it as a functioning train station. (I don't know why I always thought it was a film set.) 

By the way, I love 7Eleven. We need it in the UK. 

And that's that! 

I know. I took a Zillion pics (it's in my genes). There is just too much to do in New York. 

And that was just the touristy stuff! (I'll be writing a post soon on the local gems so watch out for that.) 

What's your favourite spots in NYC? Any hidden gems that I missed? 

PS, if you've been reading my Blog, you might of noticed that I've done a switch-a-roo from Vietnam to New York. Just to let you know, my backpacking adventures will be back very soon. Hasta la vista!