New York, New York
Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
24Trip End Dec 27, 2009
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Where I stayed
Henrik was kind enough to put us up (and put up with us) for most of the time we spent in New York. Henrik's house is located in Brooklyn. For those who have never been to New York its a very interesting place. 90% African American, 5% Orthodox Jew, 5% All else. Its also one of the more lower class areas of the city (God knows there are plenty of them however) so it was an intersting place to spend a week. And yes, people do sit on the stoops...its just like TV!
The people were nice though, all the poor black people are not murdering robbers or God forbid, rappers, like the media would have you believe
Stuff we did:
So much stuff. Visited all the main sites. Empire State was impressive, as was Times Square. Times Square is possibly the busiest place on Earth at all times of day and night. You can be guaranteed you can't walk more than 10 metres before someone gives you a rude look cause your blocking their picture of one of the giant LCD advertisements. Awesome shops though.
Went to the MET. Cool place, lots of nice artworks. Central Park was also pretty awesome a nice change of pace from the rest of New York.
The best part of New York (part 1, we went to Washington half way through so ill split it up) was definately the two totally incredible concerts I went to see. First off I saw the Police supported by the B 52's at Madison Square Gardens. A totally incredible concert at an unbelievable venue. I was incredibly lucky to get tickets and just so glad i got to go. Sting still has a brilliant voice.
The other concert was a Big Day out type thing in New Jersey but it took us ages to get from Brooklyn to Jersey so we really only saw Kings of Leon and Radiohead (far and away the two best bands there that day anyway). Kings of Leon were good but Radiohead were just incredible. They had a massive Floyd-esque light show which was brilliant. The venue was awesome too. Liberty park is actually the closest point to the Statue of Liberty on the mainland. The concert was literally held in the shadow of Lady Liberty flanked by the NY skyline. Great night overall even if Radiohead didn't play Karma Police or Creep!
Even though the poster says "last ever" its so not. The Police will return.