I Love New York

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

So my last full day in the city and almost last of this journey. I kinda wanted to be on my own today, nothing to do with anyone else but just did for some reason.

Being in Harlem with the hostel located here I wandered up to the famous Apollo theater just few blocks north known as launching the careers of people such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Diana Ross and the Jackson 5. Pity I didn't know that when I was there though wondering the whole time what it is actually famous for, recognizing the name but little else.

Heading downtown I stopped off in Central Park at Strawberry Fields the memorial to John Lennon who was shot nearby with the Imagine name on the ground surrounded by flowers with one guy nearby strumming on his guitar. Someone should have told though that anything others than Beatles tunes would get little money from people here.

Cutting through Central Park again thinking what a great forward thinking idea it was when they decided to create it given some clearing in the middle of the Manhattan urban jungle. On the other side after a quick look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art I turned downtown-wards again taking a walk past the Queensborough bridge and the UN building once more now having woken up the guy who puts the flags out or nicked them from the Rockefeller Center.

Ending up in Chinatown once more being surrounded by all the sights, sounds and smells I longed to be in South East Asia again, finding it hard to resist the aroma of the food wafting out from the countless eateries so dived into a little family run Cantonese place where the staff uniforms appeared to all be Hawaiian shirts.

I had been saving what would be the highlight of my time in New York for tonight a sort of  high point to end on (no pun intended) taking a risk that the perfect weather since I've been here would last, time for the Empire State Building. Climbing the 86 floors to the top, thankfully by lift, it really is rising above all else over the city as I watched the sun set over the city and on this incredible year long journey.

Seeing Times Square glowing below I headed there one last time once down at ground level coming across a huge number of NYPD cars lining both sides of the streets all with there lights flashing like something out of a movie. There was so many of them stretching all along with people either trying to find out why or posing for photos with happy to oblige NYPD officers. I never did find out why they were there but just as I was leaving they all moved off with lights and sirens wailing clearing the street I was turning onto to reach  the subway as if giving my some kind of grand send off.

An unforgettable way to end, maybe only topped by the pole dancer on the subway dared by her friend to do it.
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