Harshavardhan Srinivasan avid traveller and hiker shares a trip to New York City with us. Read on for a first person account of the ‘City of Dreams’ in way you’ve possibly never read before.
NYC, New York City, City of Dreams, The Big Apple and what not. You can never describe this city with any vocabulary, not with the broken one I have at least. Eight months in Rochester, NY was not even close to enough to prepare me for what I was going to experience in NYC. Rochester, is a city in itself, but not even remotely close to what NYC is. Rochester’s way of life is laidback, relaxed and well pretty rustic as far as I have seen. NYC is a complete contrast.
To say that I was all agape during my walk/MTA tour is an extreme understatement. To analogize in a very Tamilian way, its like a person from one of the remotest villages of Tamil Nadu coming to visit Chennai. And yet, I am not sure if it would scale up well with a comparison to NYC. I could go on about how I saw cloud kissing skyscrapers, the ever busy Times Square and all that, but it would not even come close to the essence of New York. It’s never one factor that makes NYC tick, it’s a jugaad, if you let me use that word of various factors like the people, the ever busy MTA, the roadside eateries, and of course the in-awe of NYC tourists like me (maybe).
After all the thought I gave to writing about NYC, I gave up. NYC is a unique experience to each tourist in my opinion and each one would have a different set of memories from his visits. As for me, I’d rather lead you into some facts about NYC I observed in the signage(s) and some of my own than try to talk about it to no end. So here goes –
♥ Brooklyn Bridge apparently is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the USA.
♥ New York was initially named New Amsterdam by the Dutch until the British took over the city, who named it to New York.
♥ The Manhattan Bridge has has three lanes, four subway tracks, a walkway and a bike-way (may not be significant, but I was amazed enough to mention it here).
♥ The best way to commute in NYC is a combination of the MTA subway and foot.
♥ The Grand Central Terminal with a total of 75 tracks and 48 platforms was actually the house of an Oil Baron family named the Vanderbilts!
♥ The Staten Island Ferry is the cheapest way to have a look at the statue of Liberty (from a distance of course! if you don’t mind). It costs you nothing! It operates from the Manhattan Borough to Staten Island.
♥ DO NOT miss the NYC skyline and Times Square by the night. You’ll be grateful you did not and be in complete awe!
My visit did not cover quite a few areas or tourist hotspots. But from the ones I did, here are some clicks.
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