From The Empire State Building and the rest of the incredible skyline to the yellow Taxis and the Hot Dog stands on the streets, New York is and most likely always will be one of my absolute favourite cities in the world. I visited this April for the second time. Awestruck is an understatement. Landing in JFK and stepping out of the taxi onto Times Square is something I can assure you I will never forget.
This April I visited NYC with my Sixth Form which was such an experience, getting to explore the city with my best mates. From the Staten Island Ferry to the High Line to the United Nations building everything was insane and so big!
Ground Zero is by far one of the most eerie places I’ve been. Just standing there you can feel the sorrow that 9/11 caused even these 16 years later. Despite the hum of the city, when at Ground Zero it feels as if you could hear a pin drop. The roses that are placed with the lost ones name on their birthday are such a lovely way of celebrating that persons life. I’m not going to lie, I did cry when we were there! We were standing at the corner of one of the infinity memorials and next to us there was a family of a lost one taking a rubbing of their name whilst crying, within the half hour that my friends and I were standing in this particular place two other families came along and took rubbings of names as well. It shows that even in that short place of time that we were we standing there, the hundreds of lives that were impacted.
As well as visiting these landmark places, we ate at a range of ‘typical’ American restaurants. Bubba Gump’s, The Hard Rock Hotel, Applebee’s, Planet Hollywood. When I was in NYC this April we were very lucky with the weather as it was in the high 20’s resulting in some people on the trip getting sunburnt and others of us tanning (me thank goodness!). We spent a lot of our time in central park being the country girls that we are but we did remember to venture into the city and spend every penny to our names!
Being there for 4 1/2 days we had enough time to visit Soho and Chelsea in Downtown Manhattan which I am so happy we got to do because we got to explore where people live in the city and imagine ourselves living there in the future (which I can assure you we did)!
What topped the whole holiday off was when my friend got live interviewed by an American News channel (I can’t remember which) and she told them that she had better fashion sense than Donald Trump’s wife and daughter!