After my late night arrival and an airport sleepover I’m ready to head out and explore the wonders of New York City. Let’s see if all those US films, sitcoms and musical hits are right. Is New York the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” ? Well, lets go find out….
So first step is to make my way from JFK airport to my week’s accommodation which is located on 106th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It’s over an hour journey with multiple changes but it gives me an excellent introduction to to the New York subway
My hostel is right next to Central Park, so after dropping off my luggage, I head straight out to explore the famous park. The best way to explore a new place is definitely on foot and I always do far more walking while abroad than I ever would at home and here in New York the fact that Central Park connects so many parts of the city is an even better excuse to walk.
Just from my first visit I very much fell in love with Central Park and I will spend plenty more time this week wandering about and getting lost in it. Today is mainly a recon day so I’m wandering far and wide to get my bearings.
I wander past the Rockerfeller Centre, famous for its Christmas illuminations every year but even now there is some kind of garden display on show. After this, its Grand Central Station. Even though just about every street in New York is a location for some film or TV scene, Grand Central Station has got to be one of the most memorable settings. From North by Northwest to Superman, Men in Black to Friends with Benefits…all shot here in this iconic spot.
One of the most amusing things is that its not actually Grand Central Station at all, it Grand Central Terminal and always has been but at some point people changed the name in everyday conversations and now it seems to have stuck.
After thoroughly exploring Grand Central “Station” I head back out on my general walk about and find a few more of the famous New York sites. I find the Empire State Building and spend a while wandering round the outside. I’ll be heading up to the top later in the week but just wandering around it is still quite exciting. I similarly stop at Madison Square Gardens but again only spot the building and don’t head in for a tour, though it I’m sure it would have been quite interesting.
I feel like I’ve seen quite a lot just on my first day in New York but I have plenty planned for the week. Unfortunately, my hostel accommodation has a few issues including not having a bed despite me booking and paying in advance. They do eventually sort something out after finding someone in my dorm room has stayed longer than scheduled. It’s been a long day so I’m really for bed.