NY Sights and Sounds
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
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Barry and "Red" gave me a map of NYC and recommended several places to go. First stop was Statten Island. It's free to get the ferry across and back and gives some good views of the Statue of Liberty. It was at the very south of Manhattan so an ideal place for me to start and work my way up.
The statue wasn't as big as I thought it would be. I envisioned a skyscraper height seeing as everything in NY seemed so massive.
It was an impressive sight none the less and gave some good photos.
After the ferry trip was battery park. The southern shoreline of Manhattan Island had long been known as the Battery, and was a popular promenade since at least the 17th century. The Battery was the center of Evacuation Day celebrations commemorating the departure of the last British troops in the United States after the American Revolutionary War. The relatively modern park was created by landfill during the 19th century, resulting in a landscaped open space at the foot of the heavily developed mainland of downtown.
It basically had a load of memorials in it, lol.
Possibly the best experience of the day was 'Top of The Rock'. The Rockefella centre is 70 stories high and in my opinion gives better views than what the Empire State can offer.
Took me ages to find my way in but the views on offer were mesmorising. It was a clear day and I could see for miles upon miles.
I spent most of the day in Manhattan, there's so much to see and do it's impossible to do it all in a couple of days. I did what I wanted to do and made my way back to Harlem before it got dark.
There was a drive by the day before I got there which was about 50 yards from my hostel and I wasn't too keen on walking through Harlem on my own!
You know somethings not right when you catch the subway from 42nd St and come 96th street, anyone who's white gets off. Come 118th St, I got off and confused as to where the hell I was, I made my way along 118th to find the corner of 119th.
I figured I was walking to wrong way when I didn't recognise anything I saw earlier.
Looking for a sign so I could see where I was going, 2 guys were shouting at each other across the street just ahead. 1 saying he was dead, the other laughing saying he still had his bike?!?!? Keeping my eyes glued to the pavement, I kept walking.
Reaching the end of the block I was on, I saw 5 guys 'hanging out'. I walked past and noticed 1 of them starting to follow me. Coincidence??? Whatever he was doing, it made me think of every bad thing that's ever been said about Harlem... I kept walking and looked up to see I was on the wrong avenue. 2 Avenues away from where I needed to go. SHIT!!!
I'm miles away from where I need to be, there's some guy following me, 4 of his mates behind him and I dunno which way to go! This is it I thought, I'm dying in Harlem! I'm fairly sure I touched cloth as I walked across the road wondering what to do.
Seeing a cab half way down the street, I picked up pace and noticed he didn't have a fare, I jumped in and told him where to go. Back at the Hostel, I felt safe again. I was in no rush to go back out in Harlem for a walk on my own again!
I made some more new friends at the hostel, beat some German speaking tit at ping pong (come on ENGLAND!!!) watched some helicopters fly around Harlem from the roof of the hostel then decided to get back on the beers... :)
5am... time for bed!