If I need to summarize my Phila trip, it was a LOT of fun. We stayed up until 3 am every day socializing.
Even though I’ve lived in Phila for 2 years, I never went to NYC, so this time I asked cousing if we can go, and we made it.
Instead of driving on the car to NY, we took NJ Transit train (because Amtrak was 5x more expansive) And it took 1h 20 minutes for train to come to NYC Manhattan.
I was amazed when Amtrak blew by us at 95+ mph! I would want to ride on Am track but they wanted $250 per 3 tickets and NJ Transit train goes 60+ MPH and it cost $60 per 3 people.
This is my cousin who I was staying with.. same last name..:)
Train comes to Manhatan Madison Town Square. So as soon as we walked out of train station the view was WOW!
If I need to make a “Brief” first impression here it is:
A lot of police
A lots of people. Thousands of people in every corner, and everyone is running somewhere. Here is an example:
If I would go to Sacramento basketball game in Arco Arena and after game thousands of people would be heading to
their cars, that’s NYC.
Lots of Taxi Cabs. I’ve been in San Fransisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Europe and never I’ve seen anything like New York! This city is very different from any other city.
OK here is another NY subject. When we think of NY we think of Twin Towers. I had to see them!
So here it is: A lot of people are not sure what kind of building will be build up. Here is the photo I took.
OK here is images that I pulled of Internet:
Plan: YEAR 2012
As you can see they are working on 5 buildings not 2.
Famous “Central Park” - oh, it was huge. We walked for 2 hrs and only went from 110th st to 96th.
Map said park goes up to 60th St. At this point we took a bus and went to the next place.
Here is photo I took of Manhatan island while driving on boat to another island..
Downtown totally blew me away. I was standing and thinking why NY is so different from other big cities.
A) People are very nice. They ran to work and vs trying to show up like I saw in many places where lots of tourists are.
B) Downtown had screens (that are 15 or 20 stories HIGH) one of top of another. So I’m standing in the middle and all around me there are flashing commercials.
Imagine looking at beer commercial when Beer bottle is 15 stories HIGH and it’s flying right at you, MEGA TV and they are one on top of another. You have to be there to feel it.
At about 1 am we took train back to NJ and from NJ drove home. When I got home I realized that I have to be at airport at 5 am. So didn’t have much of sleep during this trip. But well worth it!
Below is 360 degrees PANORAMA. I took 12 vertical photos and put them together.
Here is perfume sign, that’s about 30 stories HIGH. Imagene that would be a TV screen with animated commercial:)