"Jay in the City"

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003

ME: "Hi Sarah, listen in New York for a couple of days and thought hell you would be able to take some time off shooting "Sex in the City and other films" and show me around and perhaps we can go to some New York Socialite Party and then see where that leads us (wink wink)..."

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: "Hi Jay - how have you been??? - Great to hear from you. Yeah no problems, will clear my schedule tomorrow and perhaps we can do lunch?? Oh and before I forget, I know that Lenny Kravitz is having a private party and he would love for you to come across and check out his new album before it is released. Oh just thought I would let you know that I have left my husband and have been waiting for you to get here and take me back to Australia...."

- And that is about where my dream ended! ;-)

Afternoon All from New York!! Grab a latte and a bagel and kick back and enjoy a story from the big old New York City....

Arriving in New York at about 8am I work my way towrads the hostel to check in and catch up with Mike (Ex -Housemate from London). As I am walking down the streets a strange familarity comes across me, as this is my second trip to the Big Apple, my brain kicks in and starts to remember bits and pieces... strange how after 2-3 years you can still remember little things about a strange and big place.

I check in again using the same process as I have done for the past month and walk into my 4ft by 8ft room shared with 3 other guys... hmm I know my gear has aquired a strange travel smell to it and I assume my room mates do to- I open the window!

With some time to kill before crashing out, I decide to go for a quiet walk. As I am grooving away down the street - there is a voice behind me that says "Hi How you?" - I turn and look and there is a complete stranger to me....MALE. He then continues to say "Just wanted to say, that I saw you from across the street and have to say that you have great style". Now my alarm bells ring everywhere - here I am in Chelsea (The Gay District of New York) and I believe I am being hit on! I am not sure if this is compliment or not???

After a few polite banters back and forth - I bid farewell to my friend (not leaving any numbers, dates or lead ons mind you) and head to my orignal plan... a nice quiet walk!

A quiet walk leads me to the brightest place - 42nd St and Times Square. Now I am not sure who has to foot the bill for the electricity - but there are more lights burning there than you can imagine. Do you think Bob the janitor has to turn off the lights before he leaves for the night? You just have to walk down the street to get the buz - people eating, shouting, getting their picture painted - buskers, restuarnts just everything you can imagine - all that with about 1.5 million people wondering around aimlessly. Great sight and that is when it hits me - I forgot how much I love this city!!

So I join the 1.5 millon others and walk up and down the area just looking at people and places - does this place ever sleep? Oh and horns plenty of them - almost a orchestra like sounds coming from the area! Heading back to the hostel I find this little dodgy looking Noodle place and invest some greenback in some great food. That is the thing here - there is so much variety of food and it is great stuff.

Up early next morning like a little kid who could not sleep - or it could have been the roomate who was using a pnuematic drill as a shaver earlier in the morning - but I am off to explore. With a trustee map I decide to head down to Ground Zero to have a look around (known as the morbid tour). Without going into too many details - it is phoneminal. To think 2 years ago I was standing on the top and now there is just a massive hole in the ground where the tower foundations are/were. To make it even more moving, there is the little Church next door (which survived) and they have a story/photoboard there with such sad stories and just details which you do not get to see by the media. Amazing. The tributes are still coming in now..

You have to physically walk around the boundry to comphrend the size of the buildings and it is amazing the amount of light that is now let into the Financial District. Saying that they are in the final stages of confirming new designs for new buildings and memorials etc. So knowing the Americans style and attitude - I just have a feeling it is going to be BIG!

From there spent some time walking down through Battery Park and had a coffee with Miss Liberty, well I had the coffee and she just kept her hand in the air! With such an amazing day weatherwise I decide to put my legs through more punishment and walk everywhere... the distance just does not look to bad on the maps!

The naming of the streets is just fantastic, you have to get used to the street names as soon as you get there. Because you just follow the numbers 14th to 15th Street, 4th Avenue to 5th Avenue and the best thing is when you jump in one of the yellow NY Cabs and you can talk the lingo like a local:-

"21st and 7th Avenue - and step on it driver"
"Follow that car"
or my favourite
"Here's Ten - keep the change"

So after an exhausting day of tourist action, I get back to the hostel and catch up with Mike for a few beers in the courtyard and then out with some local New York friends to see the bar scene!

Ahhhh New York at it's finest.

Until Next time - see Y'all around soon!

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