New York, what a joy! Four girls went on a shopping and sightseeing trip to the big city and I was one of the girls. We arrived in the city one day late in May few years ago (2009) and started out with having the most amazing sushi and taking a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. The city skyline looked wonderful in evening lights.
The following days was shopping, sightseeing and more shopping. We visited Woodberrys Common, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Mac Store, Abercrombie an Fitch, you name it. And of course, of course, of course B&H Photo. Wouldn’t survived otherwise. Buying what? Clothes, shoes, Mgic Mouse and a pretty big zoom-lens. And lots of other less important stuff. New York, New York.
And of course there was plenty of entrainment. For how about a play on Broadway with Cathrine Zeta Jones or Peter Gabriel in Radio City Hall or Tosca at the Metropolitan. Just great. The play was OK, the consert was very good and the opera, well, interesting, but not a hit. I was fighting to keep awake, it must be jet lag.
One of the days we visited Empire State building. The view from the top floor was amazing, the streets down there were tiny, cars looked like ants and the view several miles was just great. Sometimes I feel sorry that I don’t live in a city like that.We also saw Flatiron building and walked amazed on the Wall Street. There was a bull with huge balls, something that we found pretty funny.
Before going to New York we decided to go and eat burgers in a real American place. And we actually found a great place with tabblecloth with red and white squares and a waitress with a pen behind her ear that welcomed us saying with a whiskey voice “What can I get you, honey”. Just great! The food in New York was pretty good. Besides the wonderful sushi and great burger we were in some strange place in China Town, enjoying something that might have been duck (but you never know) and a great cool place called Tao. It had very sophisticated food, high prices and cool drinks. But it was worth every penny.
We also spent few hours in the Central park in the sunshine. We planned eating hot dog on a stick, but skipped it this time. But the city skyline from the park was just wonderful. We also visited the Mac Store at 5:th Avenue at 3 a.m. Just because you can. We also visited Washington D.C, but that’s another post and we took a chopter ride above the city. The view from above was even better then from the very high buildings.
One of the museums that we visited was MoMa, Museum of Modern Art. MoMa was cool, the art sometimes strange, sometimes inspiring. I learned to like modern art working at Modern Art museum at home anyway. Some of it. We planned to visit a few others, but the funny thing about time is that it fles away too fast when you enjoy yourselt. As a time-optimist I think that there should be time for more activities and every time I discover that there is not I’m surprised. Or is this just bad planning?
And finally we went on a boat ride to Statue of Liberty. We took a boat trip on a wonderful sunny day and went out to the Liberty Island to see the statue, to see the place that first immigrants once saw. Or not, but we did. I expected something smaller, but the statue is huge, it looks proud and welcoming. I liked it.
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad. [Wikipedia]
Link to the site: Statue of Liberty.
And the grade? Once again I’m unsure. Three or four? I was going to give three globes, but thinking of history, the wonderful city and the changing world, it have to be four.