New York is unreal. It’s easily one of the best cities so far for sure. It really felt like we were in an American TV show or movie because we kept seeing so many things that are so American, like their yellow traffic lights, the yellow taxis, the fire escape stairs that you always see the villains get chased down in the movies, the sidewalk pretzel / hotdog stands, the steam coming out of the street man holes, the FedEx trucks and so many other recognisable things.
I really loved all the huge towering skyscrapers that were everywhere in lower Manhattan. So many buildings looked so modern and neatly designed. My favourite of them all is easily the Chrysler building. With its art deco design at the top, it really looks great when light up at night. Unfortunately the Chrysler Building is not open to the public but we got a good look at it from near by and at the top of the Empire State building.
Times Square was amazing. There is always a buzz in the air with heaps of people around. The brightly light signs look great at night and even in the day.
Being New York, all of the big names have huge flag ship stores. Toys R Us has a huge ferris wheel inside its store. H&M have real life models standing perfectly still in the windows to look like manikins. The Apple store is very nice, well designed, loads of glass and heaps of their products all available to try. All of the stores were huge too.
A big highlight of the trip would definitely have to be the Statue of Liberty. It really is impressive. I took so many photos I thought my camera was going to over heat. I can only image what it would have felt like for all of the immigrants to New York, where the statue was the first thing that they saw of America.
If you ever get a chance to go to New York I highly recommend it.
I’ve put up a new online photo album. Follow the link in Rach’s post below. It allows people to register and add comments and do other cool bits and pieces. Have a go, if you have any questions, let me know.