I thought i was time for a change in pace. Today we shall be visiting the hustle and bustle of New York City, where sleep is entirely an option. A visit to New York is a whirlwind of activity, whether you are there solely to hit the shops or to gaze upon the sights and sounds of its best tourist attractions, or a little bit of both. While a trip up the Empire State building and Times Square is almost mandatory, don’t forget to visit some of the smaller attractions which have just as much charm. Chinatown for example, has a charming atmosphere and a relaxing quality which you would not see in other areas of New York.
Similarly, if you take a long walk through Central Park, at the North end you shall come across the districts of Harlem and Morningside Heights. Despite its reputation, Harlem is a vibrant and engaging part of town which is well worth a visit if you have the time to spare.
Monrningside Heights is also a different side to New York, quieter and more distinguished. A visit to some of the buildings and architecture in this area is well worth it, especially for dramatic photographs, as seen here in these quiet church gardens.
If you want the cool, hip side of New York, then SoHo or Chelsea may be more your vibe, with a trip to the High Line Park an essential necessity, it being an aerial garden built on disused railway lines above the city, passing by the Meatpacking district, which with recent rejuvenation projects is nothing like its name implies.
The Ford Foundation building, in midtown manhattan has a large tree-filled atrium, which was the first of its kind in Manhattan, and it is widely credited as setting the precedent for indoor public spaces and is well worth a look, being not too far from other central touristic hotspots. If books and architecture are more your thing, then don’t forget to visit the public library, which has nearly 53million items under its roof, guarded by the lion statues ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’. Even if you are not interested in reading, the architecture alone is worth a visit, its imposing and opulent look a nod to its 19th century origins.
So if you are taking a visit to New York and have time to spare around the frantic scrabble to visit the hot spots, sit back and take the time to notice the other niches of New York that might be worth a browse. With easy access from subway lines and public transport, they are all well within your grasp, and maybe give you a new view of the city past its one dimensional tourist front. Not that there is anything wrong with the tourist spots; there is a reason why they are so popular.
Have you found a golden gem in New York and want to share? Pop it below in the comments and let me know! Otherwise, thank you for reading and i shall see you all tomorrow!