New York, New York
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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Riding into town in the morning the bus driver was certainly in a good mood asking everyone over the buses speakers to smile for a happy Friday morning. Guessing he got some last night.
A recommendation to get the Chinatown bus to New York turned out to be half the price of Greyhound with the added bonus of less total nutjobs. Luckily there was around 5-6 different companies all offering cheap services to New York resulting in me running around central Washington at 9am missing the scheduled departure of one, followed by another being too full until finally scurrying 20 blocks over to another to argue with a guy that the $20 I gave him was not a tip but the fare
After a short announcement before we left that the on board toilet door didn't lock and to please refrain from doing a number 2 as the aroma will effect everyone else we were off.
New York Baby!!!
Woohoo! New York at last, the greatest city in the world I have never been to and my last port of call on this trip. Just hoping it lives up to it's reputation.
Being dumped in New York's extensive Chinatown I could already see the Brooklyn Bridge before getting the subway with no problems up to the hostel at the northern end of Central Park. After dropping my bag I did an about turn taking a wander through the park with the lakes frozen over yet not deterring legions of joggers out and about.
Already successfully managing the New York subway system I felt confident that its convoluted design would be no trouble for whisking me around the city as I started off on 86th St wanting to head downtown but ending back up at 116th St before going in the right direction
Finally arriving downtown I headed down 42nd Street a major crosstown street lined with enough famous buildings and sights to keep any traveler happy. It also crossed with Times Square which stepping out into it reminded me of Shibuya back in Tokyo at the very start of this journey, but with more hotdogs.
A quick bite to eat in Yoshinoya to keep with the Japanese feeling at the time I took in the sight of the Empire State Building illuminated up at night before returning to Times Square to see it in a whole different light or 10,000 of them all lit up. An impressive sight for sure with me always turning into some kind of firefly in such places irresistibly attracted to the lights. Oh so shiny!
From bright lights to big toys I ducked inside the huge Toys R Us located in the square which was large enough to have a ferris wheel inside and a cool huge animatronic dinosaur along with enough stuff to play with to make me think if I ever did come here as a 10 year old I would never leave.
Pulling myself away from the lights I returned uptown to a boiling hot dorm room with what must have been a busted heater with my bed conveniently right next to the radiator. Sharing this firebox was a great couple from Bulgaria and another from Germany along with two guys from South Africa getting to know them as we sat up talking wondering if we would get our deposit back if we dynamited the heating system.