Each man reads his own meaning into New York – Meyer Berger
I can’t wait to find my own meaning of New York, but i particularly like Paul Golldbergers.
New York remains what it has always been : a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring – it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence – Paul Goldberger
A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment
I’m not the first to arrive in the big apple for the first time and by george i wont be the last. It is known for its history as a gateway for immigration to the United States.
Ellis Island was the main facility for immigrants entering the US, with more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island, between 1892 and 1954. Chinatown, Harlem, the Jewish Lower East Side, and Little Italy are the most famous ethnic neighborhoods of New York. The energy and creativity that build this great city hasn’t diminished, emigrants continue to arrive daily, every kind of music and entertainment can be found seven days a week, every single day of the year. More and more Business transactions happen here as people buy, sell, trade, write, record and reinvent the city every day. I can only wonder how my New York will unfold.
I arrived late wednesday afternoon just in-time to get a taxi driven by a friendly Sihk man to my new home in Brooklyn where a dinner party was about to be undertaken. I’ll be living with incredibly generous friends who i actually met in Patagonia – on a glacier! I kid you not.
We had a wonderful dinner, intriguing conversations and all in all it was a pretty amazing way to be welcomed to New York! The next morning i went into town on my first Subway trip with Jill (an alias, the other persons alias is Jack 🙂 ) and got my first taste of the hot and humid, energetic and inspiring, intriguing and addictive city that is New York.
First stop – the Rockefeller centre. Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family from 1920-1939, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. My destination within this historic complex – the Observation deck commonly known as Top of the Rock! John D. Rockefeller, Jr. first opened the Observation Deck atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza more than 70 years ago, to give something back to New Yorkers and their guests from around the world – a place to appreciate and celebrate the city. Top of the Rock offers breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of NYC from the newly renovated, 3 tiered observation deck. Looking north towards central park
and other little nuances that caught my eye
Central Park was first opened in 1857, on 770 acres of city owned land. It is visited by approximately twenty-five million visitors each year.
After the park i went to a lovely cafe between 5th and Madison, flicking between perusing the New Yorker, the New York Times and a book i picked up along from a street stand of the famous Strand Bookstore – entitled Brooklyn, a novel by Colm Toibin . In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York’s legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on the Row, today, the Strand is the sole survivor.
I then got the Subway from Lexington and 63rd and was definitely on the right line as only one train goes through there.
But what i didn’t realize was that due to railwork issues, it changed the line (and direction) ever so slightly and subtly. By the time i realized, i had ended up past a point of no return (too late to change lines) and had to go to the end of the line – all the way to Coney Island!! 45 minutes, another train, some impromtu navigation,
But i was also extremely satisfied to have found my way home – i didn’t particularly like the thought of wandering around a foreign area in the dark!