Back at work for a few weeks and I am already reminiscing about my summer travels. So today I share my few days in NYC, madly rushing around to see as much as physically possible, with you. Personally, I think New York is one of my favourite cities. I've been twice and can't wait to go back. I love the energy, you can really feel it in the air, I love the Architecture, the food, the 'cwaffee' and the shopping!! I can go on...
Even though it's a huge city, you get the feeling whilst walking around that it's much more of a personal scale with its different districts and villages. People smile, they say Hi!, they stop and take a minute to ask where you're from...and they are actually interested.
On this visit I walked my little feet off. I tried to do an area a day but when you start walking you just cant stop and you know there is something really interesting on the next block...before you know it you have walked miles, and theres no point getting the Subway back cos you would miss out on more. This is basically what happened and I didn't miss much out.
NYC has it all; the parks, the bridges, the shops, the bars and restaurants, the culture, the fashion, the art and design, and of course the Architecture. My favourite building is the Chrysler (by far), then the Guggenheim and I love the Brooklyn Bridge but I had a new project to discover this time; The Highline. The Highline is a fantastic project which saw the old rail tracks transformed into a new urban parkland in the Chelsea area. It has access at street level, benches along it with areas of mini amphitheatres highlighting views, paths exposing the old rail tracks, local wild plant life, water features, green living-walls, music, bars and cafes, lighting at night and is generally a very cool addition to the city.
NYC has an iconic skyline, one which plays hard on our memories, but a very beautiful and impressive one. The Memorial Plaza, located on the site of the former World Trade Centre, is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. It features two large waterfalls and reflecting pools, set within the footprints of the original twin towers, and surrounded by over 400 trees. The project is one of the most eco-friendly Plazas ever constructed and you can really feel that contemplation and reflection are at its heart.
I will leave you with this picture, I think many people would agree that the Chrysler Building is the most beautiful building, sparkling in the sunlight and standing proud over Grand Central Station.