A whole year waiting for the next vacation can be really long. In our case it was only a few months but still … way too long. That is why we spontaneously decided (thanks to Lufthansa who decided to sell cheap airplane tickets) to spend a week in New York in October before heading to South America in December.
It was a week full of awesome things – bagels for breakfast, colorful trees in Central Park, cupcakes for lunch, a romantic carousel ride in Brooklyn Bridge Park and dining like Carrie and Mr. Big.
Right after our arrival and a quick bag drop at the hotel, we headed to Harlem – an emergent quarter and home of the world-famous Apollo Theatre. Every Wednesday, wannabe-stars (preliminary singers and dancers) get the opportunity to present their talents in front of the audience. The audience then decides if they make it to the next round via applause or catcall.
The next day was determined by grey and rainy weather conditions, so we decided to visit the 9/11 memorial and the recently opened museum. Even 15 years after the tremendous attacks, the day is still very present in the hearts and minds of all Americans. Memories mixed with a hint of American dramaturgy bring back the emotions of September 11 like the attacks had happened yesterday. It is sad and touching but still highly recommendable – a part of history that will never be forgotten. We spent the evening in a nicer setting – on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre watching the romantic love story of Aladdin and Jasmin.
During the next days we explored many different parts of NYC – we have been to the city so many times but we still love it. Our way led us to Grand Central Station, past the Flatiron Building, through Soho, Little Italy (where we ate the best pizza in NYC at Lombardi’s), Tribeca, the young and modern Meatpacking District with the great Highline and down the pier along Hudson River to the Financial District. Right on time, we arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park for sunset. After a ride on Jane’s Carousel and a fine dine at Buddakan, we were tired but happy.
On Sunday, we drove to the Woodbury Common Outlet, about an hour from New York City. The goal was to double the clothing in our closet … for little money. After a long and exhausting day trying clothes and spending a lot of money, we were ready for our next item on the bucket list. We were invited for dinner by our friends Christian and Nadine, who work in NYC and live on Roosevelt Island. Getting there by tram is already an adventure, but dinner in a real NYC-apartment on the 15th floor overlooking the skyline is just amazing.
On Monday, we enjoyed Indian Summer in Central Park and the sunset on the top of the Rockefeller Center. As it was Halloween night, the lights of the Empire State Building disguised the top as Pumpkin Face. After one week in NYC we were packed with experience and memories and more than ready to return to the tranquility of the city of Graz.