Our next adventure takes us to New York City, the largest city in the United States of America. I have always been fascinated with New York. Since I was a little boy watching Hollywood movies on tv, one of my biggest wishes was to one day visit this amazing city. First opportunity for just that came around in June 2017 while I was still working for Emirates. I was lucky enough to have had a chance to see the city two more times after that on the same year, before I resigned and returned to Slovenia. While visiting New York during summertime is great, my favourite part of the year in the city is winter during Christmas period. The atmosphere is just so wonderful and from my experience people are nicer than the rest of the year. Even though New York is not really known for very friendly locals I have to admit I've never really had any bad experiences.
Times Square, Washington Square Park, UN HQ, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Liberty Plaza, Trinity Church
I have stayed in the city from 24 to 48 hours. The city holds special place in my heart as it was the last long haul cabin crew layover (overnight stay). We stayed in the hotel located on Times Square which made exploring the city very convenient. In summertime I enjoy cycling and in New York like in many other cities around the world they have citywide bike system. You can use it by paying a daily or hourly fee with your credit card. If you return the bike, you can use it later again by inserting same credit card and your card won't be charged again. I decided to use the system and explore the city. One of my colleagues joined me as we headed from Times Square towards the southern part of Manhattan. Our journey took us through Hell's Kitchen, Garment district, Greenwich village, Lower Manhattan to the area of Wall street. On the way we saw countless sights, such as Chelsea Market, Washington Square Park, New York City Hall, World Trade Center, Trinity Church, Charging Bull, Battery Park and a perfect viewing point of Statue of Liberty. After a short break we continued our way towards Brooklyn Bridge. We crossed the bridge and did a short tour around Brooklyn before returning back to Manhattan via Manhattan Bridge. Our journey continued through Lower East Side, Noho, Murray Hill, Korea Town, Midtown Manhattan to Little Brazil where our bicycle ride ended. On the way we got to see Williamsburg Bridge, UN Headquarters, Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. These were just some of the sights as there are simply too many to mention all of them.
Next morning I woke up early as I had some problems with jetlag and after breakfast in one of the traditional American diners I decided to head towards the Central Park. This is my favourite place in the city as there are lots of green areas and is perfect for exercising. Stunning views of the city skyline can be seen as well. Right next to Central Park there are two museums I find very interesting. Natural History Museum and Guggenheim Museum are definitely worth of your visit. Within the limits of Central Park there are many sights such as Central Park Zoo, Central Park Carousel, Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, Gothic Bridge, Huddlestone Arch and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Centre (view from the area).
New York is the city that never sleeps and offers huge variety of activities and sights. There are also tons of amazing bars and restaurants to choose from. It is one of my all time favourite cities and I sincerely hope I get to visit it again soon.
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