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My flight arrived at LaGuardia airport about 11:30 and the check-in time for the Park Hyatt was ~15:00, therefore I decided to head over to the AMEX Centurion Lounge and eat something before heading over to the hotel and seeing if my room is available. I made it to the Park Hyatt at ~13:00 and the staff informed me my room was ready, after checking in and exploring the hotel for a bit (review next!), I decided to head out into the city and see whatever was close to the hotel.
New York City is a city unlike any other, the longer I was there, the more I fell in love with it. By the time I left, I was a little sad that I was leaving since I spent an amazing weekend in the city. To sum it up, I never expected that I will love the city so much – but the mix of people living life truly amazed me.
Firstly, I walked towards 5th Avenue, which is just a couple of blocks from the Park Hyatt.
I should note that there are people everywhere. Literally, everywhere, oh and most of them are of course tourists, like me.
I decided to walk towards Central Park on 5th Avenue and soon enough I saw the amazing (flagship ?) Apple Store, which has been shown many times on TV and in various magazines.
You literally cannot walk around in the Apple Store, it is so damn crowded and loud, I don’t even know how people are able to work there – but that’s exactly what makes the city unique, life is lived 24/7/365 and you can truly see that.
Central Park is huge, I walked up the park about half a mile and turned back since the scenery tends to just repeat itself – trees, ponds, people. It’s a nice park and I really like how lots of people go there to relax, spend time, think, etc. There is also a lot of people drawing, singing, playing guitar, or acting something out.
After spending about an hour walking around Central Park, I decided to change direction and head South towards Times Square since it is just a couple of blocks from the Park Hyatt.
Soon enough, I was presented with shiny, bright lights and tons and tons of advertisements.
I think the most crowded place is Times Square, you literally have to squeeze through to get by and they’ve got some places blocked off, so people have to fit onto the sidewalks. A few blocks from Times Square is the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
The Empire State Building is located close to Times Square and MSG, so I thought I might as well go to the top and see NYC from the top. Surprisingly, there were no queues! I mean, I’ve heard that people wait hours and hours to get to the top and see the view… but, I just went there and about ten minutes after buying my ticket (keep in mind this was a Saturday), I was presented with this:
How f#$%ing magnificent is that view!!?? With the exception of a few places, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful view, I mean yes, there are tons and tons of buildings… but it’s New York City after all. The view just left me speechless, I just kind of stood there for thirty minutes watching and I was just amazed.
At this point it was around ~18:00 and I was getting hungry and tired, so I thought it would be best to return to the Park Hyatt and relax. I returned through Times Square, where it seemed like even more people showed up.
I got a tiny bit lost and instead of walking back on Broadway, I somehow ended up by another historical landmark, the Radio City Music Hall.
The last sight of the day was the Rockefeller Center where people were enjoying a nice afternoon.
For day one in New York City, I explored some of the most important places – Central Park, Times Square and the Empire State Building. It was about ~25 degrees C, which made it a nice day to explore and I’m glad that I got to see at least some of the city on day one.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I really did fall in love with the city – all of the world’s cultures and people blend there, there are people from all over the world interacting with each other. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I felt people living life and I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strange and happy thing. The city never sleeps and there are events going on 24/7 and that’s what makes the city so fascinating.
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