Before embarking on my European adventure, I am spending several days in New York for two reasons: to break up what otherwise would have been a full day of travel, and to visit my aunt who works in the city. I landed in JFK around 2pm and spent the rest of my afternoon in a taxi (because NYC traffic) and exploring the area around our hotel. The first thing I noticed is that traffic laws seem to be a mere suggestion, making the roads utter chaos. I now understand why so many prefer to walk. Despite this, it is difficult to not fall in love with Manhattan - at least from where I'm standing. Our hotel is located in the middle of the theatre district. Walk a few blocks south to enter the energy of Times Square; head north and step into Central Park, 843acres of quiet scenery and wildlife. Around 6pm, I met my aunt back at our hotel and we walked together down to beautiful Bryant Park where we had dinner on a second-story rooftop. Later, we ended our evening on the rooftop of the Dream Hotel with amazing views of the city. Even on a Monday night, the city is alive and full of energy. I am filled with overwhelming feelings of excitement and gratitude tonight.
Tip: for best chance of not being hit by aggressive motorists, follow the crowds rather than the walk signals.