New York State of Mind

New York 069Oh how I have a yearning to go travelling again and  I’m putting it out there among the stars – Hear me now! Anyway, to placate myself, I thought I’d revise a post I did on my trip to New York. This is taking me back a few years but the memory is still fresh in my mind. I find it interesting how taxis typify a place. So I just loved the sight of these yellow cabs.

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I had taken a flight from London to New York and this was my first experience of shifting timezones. Though I had already travelled over 16 hours, arriving in New York with the clock turned back by 6 hours, I was thrilled that I could hop on and off these taxis and pack in as many shopping hours as I could before our conference started. Yes it was at the Waldorf – I couldn’t afford to stay there otherwise.

It’s funny how we all assume that all Americans have been to New York – there are 52 states in the U.S. so there’s a great chance that many Americans have never been to New York. Similarly, I found shop assistants who were so thrilled to meet me and ask me if I knew what’s his face from Nigeria or  the Congo – there are 54 countries in Africa and I’ve only been to 4 of them. Heck, even in my own country, many people live their whole lives never having been to another city or province – we have 9 provinces.

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The first opportunity, I got, I snuck out during a break in our sessions and whizzed down Fifth avenue to get the best view of New York from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.

It’s a very fast ride to get you to the top of the Empire State building which, much like the Eiffel Tower, gives you a 360 degree view of the city.

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With such tall buildings and high density living, it is no wonder that this is considered to be the city that never sleeps.During the night, the sounds keep coming at you, the yawning and creaking of the tall buildings, the constant beep of the cabs, the rumble of elevators, the constant whistles of the doormen at all hours of the night, the garbage removal trucks cleaning the city at night- I was fascinated by it all.

 

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Between the buildings you can see bits of central park below.

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I have a tryst with a friend to meet up one day on the banks of the Hudson River based on a dream she had.

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The Rockerfeller Centre

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I remember watching the lady in the black coat spinning in the centre of the Ice Rink and she looked like  my idea of freedom.

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Walking down Fifth Avenue, I found myself standing next to Danny de Vito at the traffic light, for those who remember him – a famous movie star in his day.

The other attraction for me was visiting a Starbucks and watching the coffee culture of New York. The notion of “doing coffee” is still relatively new in these parts. Our very first Star Bucks  franchise was opened last year and caused quite a stir.

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I also loved how well dressed everyone was and seeing someone in real life dressed in a Wall Street suit  walking with a cup of coffee and hot dog off the street vendor was an experience very different from our own. In my city  our business districts are decentralised and we entertain and shop in localised shopping malls.

I still long to visit Times Square to see the new year in.

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The highlight for a colleague and I, was getting tickets to the famous Blue Note  Jazz club in Greenwich village which has played host to many famous Jazz musicians since it opened in 1981. It was also a novel experience to find ourselves sharing a table with strangers from four different continents and having fun with our collective awkwardness.

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Of course one week of visiting this great city in my spare time was not enough to paint a complete picture so there has to be a next time. Someone told me that you could lose your heart in New York city so beware! 😀

I guess, this video covers what I couldn’t.

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26 thoughts on “New York State of Mind

    1. Yes, I saw that. I still need to catch up further on your blog. A friend of mine suggested that one should rent a place for about two months and immerse yourself in a place like New York. Definitely would like to go back for a real visit but my bucket list gets longer each day!

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  1. What a lovely tour of NYC! I lived in upstate NY (not city, waaay out in the country)for a year. We took the Amtrak to NYC for New Year’s once and that was enough, too crowded and noisy for me. I’m a country girl at heart, I guess. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked the tour Joan. Fortunately, I wasn’t there in holiday season but I know how city life can be. You’ll see how contrary this is to last week’s bush post.I think that if I lived in a city like this, I’d have to take many weekend getaways. 😀

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  2. Thanks for the picture show of New York. I have been there, but it was a long time ago. It was a church bus trip for the Christmas Holiday show at Radio City Music Hall, I think. You are right, there are many people who never get to New York; some probably don’t ever want to go. It was interesting to hear you reminisce of your trip and hear your impressions of the city.

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    1. Welcome Tracy, hope you had a good week, you said you’d be travelling this past week.
      Thank you for stopping by. I did this trip in 2008 so it’s been a while ago.
      I know that many people don’t get to travel much so I thought is would be a useful post even for people living in the U.S. It’s an 18 hour flight direct to New York for us. I had a ten year VISA which is probably going to expire soon, hope Mr Trump doesn’t make it difficult for us to visit again.

      Still, I would love to visit again, I loved the energy of the place and it has great appeal for young people.

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  3. What do I say here, Chev, except you’ve got me dreaming and feeling wistful again. I often joke that I need to go an annual “hajj pilgrimage ” to NYC. It’s such an unbelievable place, with new discoveries on every trip.

    I’ve asked you earlier – can you spare me some time and money, I promise to send you snaps and a travelogue?!?! 😉

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    1. Hahahaha! LOL, do you think I’d be drooling over old pictures if I had the moola? Okay, I’ll see what I can do when I win the lottery.
      By the way – please read the comments part of my post o Malta. It’s now firmly on my bucket list!😊
      I was in NYC for such a short time,does my description resonation with you?
      As I alluded, when people heard I was from Africa, they thought I would know their friends in North Africa.😀

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      1. Sounds good, re Malta, I will in a bit.
        India to most Americans today means the Taj, smelly curry and software engineers, esp on the West Coast. But at least it’s a far cry from the 80s when they’d innocently ask me about travelling on elephants :o)
        Anything New York gets my focussed attention, so yeah, it certainly did resonate!

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        1. Hahaha, riding elephants Bro – Funny, the place we visited in the Bush had elephant rides, but I don’t think I’m that adventurous – a camel ride in Egypt was enough. Yeah ours is lions walking down the streets😀 Glad to remind you of good times😀

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          1. Oh, I’ve sat on an elephant alright, in Jaipur (Rajasthan, the desert state) to see the magnificent forts, and in Meghalaya (in the east) on a rhino safari, but no, we don’t have them on the streets! And camels, they kind of scare me the way the get up and sit down and they smell!!

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  4. Very nice post Chevvy!
    I’ve been many places but I’ve never been to New York. It was not at the top of my wish list but I wouldn’t mind going now based on your post!

    I love the fact that you mentioned that many Americans have never been to New York. BTW what do you mean you don’t know Chuk from Nigeria or Athol for SA.
    LOL!!!
    Thanks for the visit!

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    1. Sounds to me like I could do with company when I do eventually go back to New York. Wanna come along with me?
      Apart from finding the time to see a little of the place, I have to admit that we had a great time also because we were with a great bunch of people from all over the world. I was adopted one night for dinner by the Latin American representatives and they kindly spoke English for me but scolded me for not being able to speak Spanish – thought I was Columbian LOL! So good company and cocktails are essential😀

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      1. Girl I would go with you anywhere in a New York minute! LOL!
        I’ll bet you are the life of the party–everywhere you go–regardless of race, culture or class!
        Chevvy…MY GIRL!!!

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