Sunday, August 25, 2013

NYC stimulates all the senses

It's been years since I accompanied a friend on a trip to NYC. My first time there was exciting and fabulous seeing some famous sites. The food was marvelous, people-watching was entertaining
and just being in NYC three days was thrilling and maximum sensory stimulating.

A horse drawn ride through Central Park
Photo credit: td2 from morguefile.com

 
Things to do in New York City.

I boarded the plane leaving NYC with a Stage Deli cheesecake in a carry-on box. One of the pilots volunteered to keep it up front with him. I should've told him, "not a problem as long as I could be
in the cock pit with it for safe keeping." I even ordered a cheesecake from Stage Deli to treat my
staff to this fabulous,  and I'm not exaggerating, 6-inch thick delicacy.

Pretzels from a street vendor was warm and scruptuous!  There was food and smells and stands containing bright flowers just about on every block. Small grocery stores were here and there and everyone was moving at a good clip, including the thousands of taxi's. New York City is a live blending bowl holding millions of people and an immense array of things to see, places to visit, sounds to hear, aromas to smell, and food and drink to consume and be pleasingly gratified .

NYC is alive with street vendors. 
 
Check out this virtual tourist site of NYC.     If auditory and aromatic senses could be included, that would be the best virtual experience to NYC.


View this video of a stroll along Fifth Avenue, NYC





Old street vendor pictures.

There are two observatory decks. I went to the open-air observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building,  it sways a bit. There are different banks of elevators serving different floors. I took an elevator that went to a certain floor, then another elevator to the highest floor you could take. It's windy but I sure took in quite a panoramic eye-full at a quarter-mile above the ground.  The ground floor lobby was impressive and full of people, and I couldn't help but notice one gigantic list of building tennants, some 15,000 make their business address at this famous skyscraper on Fifth Avenue.

Bonus-there's another deck and the building's undergone renovations since my visit in 1994.

The foyers of The Ritz, Trump Towers are impressive. Riding in a horse drawn carriage into Central Park on a chilly night was a joy. The clop, clop clop and the driver in his top hat and coat and the blanket across the lap are nice memories of that experience. There are lots of horses in NYC pulling carriages or being ridden by policemen.

Check his view of mounted policeman amongst taxis in Times Square.  ( See other tourist views at this link).
 This women policeman on her police horse show it's definitely mandatory horses be accustomed to commotion of vehicles, people and sounds to not be spooked.

Shops and more shops and big, colorful, neon, flashy, can't-be-missed, over-the-top advertisements line the streets and certainly in Times Square.  Macy's has wooden hand rails going up the escalator. Or was it wooden steps? Something was wooden which I had never seen wooden before.  I do remember lots of make-up counters and displays just about on every floor,  mostly Clinique. I want into Neiman Marcus, Toy store, and being it was November, there were some festive decorations and people were wearing coats and boots.
 In the air is energy, sounds of honking horns, taxis, mass transit double-decker buses,  delivery trucks, and food smells.
The subway is accessed by taking some steps going underground. At first I didn't see where, but you have to look for a square of thick fencing along a sidewalk and there will be the steps leading down to the subway. I'd never been underground ( at least to my recollection) so taking steps down under the street was a new experience. I was surprised that everything was well-lit and clean. Even the subway cars were clean and on time.

I noticed people didn't make eye-contact or spoke to each other. I saw that it's all about getting to where you're going and ignoring all the other people also busy at getting to where they're going.
No one looks directly at another person so there is no pleasantries or 'how ya doing?' spoken by anyone. People mostly were reading and being to themselves.

 Here's info about riding the subway I didn't have at the time.  My friend had been there before,        so we didn't have any problems at all. I was sort of hoping to see some graffiti, but the cars and   walls were spotless. My uneventful subway rides got us to our destination and back. The ride on
a double-decker was more fun.

I saw very little trash, graffiti or homeless people in Manhattan. I wondered where I might see some, but I guess Manhattan is kept pristine for the tourists. I found NYC stimulated all my senses- almost to overload, and the bustling multi-cultural metropolis was pretty clean it's millions of inhabitants.

Not enough greenery or trees, but tons of concrete and metal stretching skyward, fancy advertisements, lane upon lane of vehicles and people constantly on the move. 

I almost felt I could be in a foreign country. I heard other languages being spoken more than English.  I saw people wearing turbans and Jewish head ware. 

Did I mention the food was absolutely heavenly and plenty of it served, and quickly, and sitting and letting your food digest at the table was not looked favorable upon. In NYC, you are not to mess around taking your time.. You are to eat and get up so the table can be readied for the next customers waiting to be seated. 

Some 10 minutes or so North of the main sites of Manhattan, I did get the taxi driver to drive a couple blocks into Harlem. Our driver was very hesitant to do so and he looked puzzled that I wanted to go to Harlem.  


If I ever get back to NYC, I definitely want to visit this establishment.  It's new as of 2013, and sure has made an big impression in many categories.
I think a week would be plenty of time to visit other places in NYC and get my fill of sensory experience and taste sampling and more memories in the city that does not rest, not even for one quick second.