Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Big Apple

I came to the U.S. on April 19, 2007, but it was only when I visited New York (and New Jersey) six months after when I really felt that I have truly arrived in the U.S.  After all, Hawaii looked just like the cleaner,  orderly and more developed version of the Philippines.  When I visited New York, I had goose bumps the first time I got a glimpse of the Statute of Liberty as we were entering New York City from New Jersey.  It was like a dream come true for me to see Lady Liberty.  My hubby's bestfriend, Doug, gave us a two-day tour of the Big Apple.  My husband's a native New Yorker so the tour was more of a "reacquainting" experience for him; but for a first timer like me, it was like an experience of the lifetime.  I got to ride the subway, went to the Grand Central Station, Ground Zero and the neighboring areas, ride the Staten Island Ferry, go around South Street Seaport, Top of the Rock, the United Nations, Radio City, Times Square, Central Park, Broadway Theater district and other places in the vibrant Upper West Side of Manhattan.  We even went to see the Broadway show "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theater with Doug and his wife, Caroline.  Before leaving New York, my hubby and I met with my classmates who treated us for lunch at Little Italy.

New York is filled with museums, historical sites, parks, entertainment places, restaurants and shops- places that are a must-see and must-visit for every visitor.  My three-day visit to the Big Apple was not long enough for me to see the city's attractions.  When we move to the East Coast next month, I hope to be able to go back to the Big Apple again and visit more places of interest.  New York City is a very cosmopolitan  place and known to be expensive.  However, visitors who know where to go can find an affordable New York City hotel right at the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side.  It is very near Central Park, a famous New York landmark, which is an 843 acre park filled with lush greenery, lakes and open spaces that provides people a respite to the city's "concrete jungle".  The European boutique style hotel is a good deal for visitors who want to tour New York City's famous attractions because  it is ideally located within the vicinity of such places of interest as the American Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway district, the Cathedral, Central Park and other known tourist attractions.  One can easily explore the famous spots on foot.  It is also within walking distance to popular restaurants, shops and boutiques.  Yankee Stadium, another New York landmark, is only about a mile away.  

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