Sunday, August 31, 2014

First Impressions - New York City

My first day in NYC was like being in a vast ocean, adrift yet so curious. I had landed on a Thursday morning and after spending two hours in the immigration queue finally got out of the JFK  International Airport. Much to my dismay and frustration my cellphone was not working. I couldn't find any network and this after two calls to my Vodafone service to ensure that my roaming has been activated! Distraught, I frantically looked for hubby's familiar face in the crowds waiting for the friends and family some with placards and others with a smile, for he had promised to pick me up. Not that I couldn't have made my way on my own to the hotel, I did have the address. But my loving and protective hubby (M) wouldn't have it that way.

So after a few minutes we met :) and yes the special hug followed and we hopped on to the subway to our hotel. An hour and a half later with M in office, I ventured out on the buzzing streets. What, jet lag you ask? Now, that had to be put off for a few more hours! ;)

It was a sunny sunny day!!

With no aim in mind and no map in hand, I walked on...




Came across this grand structure which was the United States Post Office, and like many, I too rested on its steps for a while and watched the world rush by.




And then there was the historic Hotel Chelsea. This Manhattan landmark has been home to some very famous personalities including forever 'blowin in the wind' Bob Dylan, Russel Brand, Uma Thurman (who also acted in one of the movies inspired by this hotel 'Chelsea Walls'), two of the greatest American writers Mark Twain and O. Henry, and many more.


After a little more wandering I sat down for a 1$ slice of Chesse Pizza. Everything is huge in New York, and especially so the food servings. With a happy tummy and few more hours before M got back, I headed to the hotel to catch up on some sleep.

The evening was filled with roaming around in the twinkling Times Square. 




This life size sculpture caught my eye. Attached on this truck, these men atop a bar, do they peak to you? It seemed to me that these men were watching from above the madness that the Times Square night was offering. Called the "Lunchtime on a Skyscraper - A Tribute to America's Heroes" this sculpture made by Sergio Furnari shows the real Americans - the immigrant construction workers who work hard to make the city look like the big, bold, beautiful city of New York.



Strolling lazily, we found ourselves in front of the 30 Rockefeller Center. The bronze-gold statue of the Greek legend, Prometheus was breathtaking. 

"Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a mean to mighty ends." says the inscription behind on the wall.


Almost midnight, we searched for a place to eat and found a quaint Italian joint not far from our hotel. Bliss!! You can tell from my smile! ;)

@Capizzi

21 comments:

  1. NYC is the city of dreams! I love it, even without having been there myself. :)

    Keep posting your chronicles, loved reading this one.

    Defiant Princess
    www.khanvibes.com

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  2. It sounds like it was a wonderful trip!

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  3. Wonderful description Aditi along with some beautiful photographs! It was like a vicarious trip to NYC for me :) Would love to explore more of it through your experiences!

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  4. Your fun account made me remember my visits to NYC, esp the time when I visited there alone for a conference (supposedly!) It is a city I thoroughly enjoyed. Do share more about your time there!

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    1. Wow nothing like solo travels in NYC! You get to explore the city at your own pace! :) Hope we can exchange some notes!

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  5. I loved NYC! Made my two day visit there so special. Missed out empire state visit thanks to lack of time, but some gorgeous memories for a lifetime. Looks like you made some wonderful ones as well :)

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    1. Oh yes I did! I'm in love with NYC!

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  6. Nice to see your smile in NYC :) Have fun and keep smiling.

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  7. There is something so exciting about NYC. Nothing else quite captures it. Although I did like L.A., too...NYC just has so much to see right there in one place. Most other big cities are more spread out.

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    1. Agreed, that's why I loved walking around the city so much! Every corner is full of vibrancy!

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  8. I have always wanted to visit the place.
    This kind of makes me jealous :P

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    1. Hope you visit soon dear! You know na how badly I had been wanting a break! This holiday came at the perfect time!

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  9. That is a beautiful virtual tour for people like me, who have not seen it yet!

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  10. :) I loved the tour... Thank you for taking us alongggggggg...

    Bikram's

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    1. Most welcome Bikram! :) Glad you enjoyed!

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  11. Wow. Seems you had an amazing time :)

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