“New York Minute”. The phrase kept going through my head today as I aimlessly (mostly) wandered around the Big Apple. I had never been before so naturally I had preconceived ideas of what it would be like. After making it downtown via bus, the first stop was the site of the World Trade Center.
The Memorial is well under construction, bustling with tourists and hard-hats. Seeing the site of such a horrific tragedy and the impact it has had was quiet a moving experience. I didn’t really feel like taking any pictures at first. I got the feeling that to appreciate what really happened, you just have to be there for yourself. Soon the memorial will be completed hopefully giving some closure to everyone that was impacted that day.
Next stop was the U.S.S. Intrepid. Sitting in the Hudson, the 78 year old ship is used as a museum for decommissioned Aircraft. Quite the place for to see old planes with the backdrop of one of the biggest cities around.
After the tour, my dad suggest we hit up Carnegie Deli. The walls inside are plastered with the who’s who of famous faces. I had the pleasure of eating lunch with Mike Tyson’s fake gold teeth staring me down. Packed and expensive, I guess it’s nice to say that I was there.
Lastly, Times Square. It’s a majestic place. Lots to offer, little room to move around. Littered with America’s biggest corporations, it’s almost a giant outdoor mall, with each store showcasing the best of their best. ( Ie. a full size ferris wheel in toysrus)
It was sitting here in the middle of Times Square that I realized why that phrase “New York Minute” kept running through my head all day.
NYC is a busy and bustling metropolis with almost anything you can think of. A million things happen within eyesight at any given time; simply because there are so many people. Giant video screens, an abundance of skyscrapers, and more yellow cabs than anyone could count all give this city the “New York Minute” feel. It’s a lot to even take in at first.
But the fact is you would need much longer to truely understand what this city is all about, why things are the way they are, and what it means to be apart of New York. I haven’t ever felt that in any other city before. It always has been strait forward and upfront. Sure nobody is going to know everything about a city the first time they visit. But I’ve always been able to put a finger on it’s personality. For NYC though, it seems to be sort of, hidden.
But what do I know, I’m from Ohio.
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