During my few days in New York this September, I went for a walk. It was a shorter one straight down the 41st Street and Broadway. I was trying to get something done but when I stepped out I forgot the purpose. The two miles of meaningless stroll in a beautiful Manhattan was all I needed that evening to restore. Sometimes, exploring a new city and picking up a coffee is restorative. I was running late. We had decided to do a Gossip Girl Blast! Something that says, Serena and Blair spotted at the Empire! That meant, I still had several hours left to roam. Along the way, we debated if the tall building looking at us through the hotel window is The Empire State. We simply just denied.Between, West 33rd Street and 5th avenue stands The Empire State. We visited 86th floor and I would definitely say that until you see New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven’t really seen it! The view of Manhattan including Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, The Statue of Liberty are breathtaking.
The Nostalgia kept coming from all the movie scenes that were shot here – An Affair To Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, Manhattan and many more. By the morning, I couldn’t help but accept the fact that New York had become my second love and as I looked out of the hotel window, I saw The Empire State staring at my face continuing to make me nostalgic. The Sun was hot and the Yellow cabs were stirring the air. Everything in New York looked like a photograph. People on the streets were rushing looking around for action, love and the world famous architecture. Soon, we had visited Garment District, Herald Square, Flatiron, Chelsea, West Village, Greenwich Village, NoHo (“North of Houston Street”) and One World Trade Tower.
The 9/11 Memorial was surrounded by white oak trees with two giant size human-made waterfalls at the center. The waterfalls signify “Reflecting Voids”, a reminder of the absence of the 9/11 victims.What if you were suddenly brought closer to an edge of absence? May be the architecture wanted us to take a moment and reflect on what must have happened that day. The waterfall walls were engraved with the names of deceased and flowers were placed on the placards.
As a tribute, throughout the month of September two vertical beams of lights emanate from Ground Zero to honor the World Trade Center Twin Towers. We were able to see these lights during our night-tour and throughout our stay.Few blocks away from 9/11, we dined at Steve’s Pizza, a rustic little pizzeria was exactly what we were looking for. A great slice of true New York style pizza. The crust, I imagine…when I hear people speak about NYC pizza!
Soon, we headed off to see rest of the financial district. It runs from Broadway to South Street in Lower Manhattan. We visited American University of Antiqua, Federal Hall National Memorial, Newyork Stock Exchange, The Wall Street, The Charging Bull etc. Another remarkable place adjacent to the financial district is South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan. It is a beautiful historic district with cobblestone streets, ships parked at the Pier17, a nearby port and array of restaurants. Everything from here seemed to be at arm’s length: City Hall, The Brooklyn Bridge, and The Battery Park. Wish we could have stayed a little longer to see Pier 17 restaurants but it is true that you cannot have enough of New York in few days. Every thing here is picturesque & worth admiration and keeping up with it can be challenging.
I found this city addictive and uplifting. Like Tom Wolfe said, “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years”. More you explore it, you will get inspired even more.
PS: Saving some inspiration for later in the following blog. For now, officially the nostalgia has begun. I heart Newyork!