This post is not a real travelogue, but rather a collection of my favorite pictures, my New York impressions, which reflect the Manhattan atmosphere – at least as I perceived it.
I have been in New York twice, once in summer and once in winter. Both seasons definitely have their charms. In summer you can do a lot of outdoor activities and enjoy the Central Park, for example. But also in the Christmas season New York is a special experience. Christmas shopping, ice skating at Rockefeller Center with the famous big Christmas tree in the background and the generous decorations on every corner create a special atmosphere.
A city walk through New York is also worthwhile in the late evening (ladies not alone!) or early morning, when the streets are still quiet and the atmosphere is slightly melancholic. Now you can get to know New York from a completely different side.
Yeah, I guess subways are available in almost every major city. Still, there was something about riding the subway in New York that I found particularly atmospheric. Not necessarily nice, because it can be very stuffy, crowded and smelly.
New York impressions – that’s huge skyscrapers, crowds and hectic. Yes, but you also find the exact opposite in the middle of the city. Small houses, cozy cafes and quiet alleys can be found in Greenwich Village, for example.
What makes the city so special is the mixture of the most modern skyscrapers next to old buildings and small churches.
A city as big as New York naturally also offers a great evening program. Chic and fancy restaurants, cozy pubs and modern clubs.
Everyone knows the Broadway. But few people really know much about this important street. Broadway is the oldest and with more than 25 km the longest north-south crossing of Manhattan. Moreover, in the theatre district in Midtown Manhattan – at the Times Square between the 41st and the 53rd Street and between the Sixth and the Ninth Avenue – there are 41 big theatres with more than 500 seats and many other smaller ones.
New York offers many famous sights – the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the One World Trade Center, Chinatown and much more. It is worthwhile to walk through the city, because on the way you will see that Manhattan has a lot more to offer.
The Empire State Building is definitely one of Manhattan’s landmarks and attracts thousands of visitors every year. You should still think about enjoying the view from the top of the Rockefeller Center, my most favorite New York impression, rather than the Empire State Building. You have a beautiful view of Central Park from up here, but also the Empire State Building itself.
Those who are in New York must of course get a view of the whole Manhattan skyline. This is not only possible from Rockefeller Center but also from Brooklyn. My tip is to take the subway to Brooklyn and then walk from there over the Brooklyn Bridge. Another tip is to take the free ferry to Staten Island. Here you also pass the Statue of Liberty.
I hope you enjoyed my New York impressions and I could give you a feeling for this fascinating city. I would be very happy if you leave a comment or share the post.