“I’m in New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!”… I was singing to this tune when I found out that I would finally be traveling to New York for the first time. I’ve been working as a cabin crew for five years now and I have never been assigned a flight scheme to this destination. I don’t know why but New York seems very evasive of me. The catch, I only have 24 hours to stay here. It’s either I rest and hope I get another chance to fly here or seize this moment (Knowing me you probably know what I chose). So I gave up my precious rest time and went around & about in this place called the concrete jungle. It’s really a bummer that my stay is short but I’ll take what I can and make the most out of it.
Here’s what I did/the places I visited to make sure my one day at the big apple would be a memorable one:
“The City of Brooklyn”
New York is a very very busy place. Everything here is fast paced. People always seem to be on the go. Meetings to attend, tight deadlines to adhere to and lots of people to meet. This is no place for people whose goal in life is to have a laid back and chill lifestyle.
To go to our target tourist spots, our travel group took the subway from our hotel. Our hotel is very far from the city so taking the train is our fastest option. For the whole trip I used up around $30. After 2 train transfers we finally made it to DUMBO.
“The train timings at Penn Station”
To get here we went to “Penn” Station first. That is the main junction station where all trains meet and connect. From here, we transferred trains and went to train lane marked “C” and alighted towards “High street” station. Upon arriving at high street, we walked 3 blocks to reach our first stop: DUMBO.
D.U.M.B.O. / Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is actually a neighborhood in Brooklyn New York that has a famous and humongous bridge that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan. The neighborhood here seems to give off a “How I met your mother” feel since the place mostly has buildings made out of brick walls. It is not the high end New York city but it’s worth the visit nonetheless.
“DUMBO: Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”
“Baby would you come my way..”
“Our tour crew : Myself, Mae, Zara, Jeselle and Jay”
“Buildings here usually look like this”
Our next stop is another bridge, this time the Brooklyn bridge. Walking distance from DUMBO, the Brooklyn bridge is a hybrid suspension bridge and is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East river. This bridge is already an icon of New York as of today.
“On a separate occasion, I flew here with my sister”
WHAT I AM WEARING:
Pants: Cotton On
After taking tons of photos at the bridge, we crossed it (it’s a long walk!) to reach the other side where the World trade center is located. Here is the site where the National September 11 memorial and museum or ground zero is located. The World Trade Center (WTC) was a 16-acre commercial complex in lower Manhattan. The centerpieces of this complex were the Twin Towers. On September 11, 2001, the entire complex was destroyed by an Al-Queda terrorist attack where they used hijacked planes to crash into the twin towers killing about 3,000 people. This happened the morning of September 9 2011 (thus it’s name: the 9/11 memorial). This place was then developed as a memorial site to those who fell victim to this historic terrorist attack.
“Ground Zero: where the twin towers used to stand”
“Names engraved.. remembered forever..”
Last on our list (since we are running out of time and needed to get back to the hotel) is the famous Times Square. To get to times square, we took the train from the 9/11 memorial and went down at “42nd street”. From here then is a long walk towards the vast jungle that is the Times square.
“Lights in the big city”
Times Square is a major business, commercial center and entertainment hub in New York. Located in Manhattan, it houses everything from restaurants, broadway district theaters, shops and more. This is also where the iconic new year’s eve ball drop takes place. This place is definitely one of the reasons why New York is called the concrete jungle because it is truly a concrete jungle in its own right.
“Watch me hail a cab! Taxi!”
“From which famous Marvel movie was this location used?”
They say that if you make it to New York, you can make it anywhere but I think there is a lot more to discover here. I’ve only scratched the surface of the New York gem but I’m hoping to come back and looking forward to seeing more of what this place has to offer.