14-day trip to New York City (The Big Apple)
With an itinerary that included a visit to Manhattan, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Iron, Broadway, Times Square, Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Harlem Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Park Avenue, Greenwich Village, Hudson River Twin Towers, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Seaport, Ellis Island, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge.
Manhattan overview by plane
For the visit of New York, one week had not been enough (November 1991) so I planned a second visit of another week (November 1996).
We had also planned a third visit, but due to the tragic events of 11th September 2001 even nowadays, I’m not on the mood for visiting that beautiful city deprived of its Twin Towers.
I begin this photo-gallery showing the welcome that the tourist gets going up with the Empire State Building elevator.
Statue of Liberty
This monument, symbol of New York City, does not need any description.
Wandering in Manhattan (“Flat”, Central Park, Harlem, Times Square, Broadway, musicals (Cats, Grease, Miss Saygon)
It is nice to visit Manhattan on foot and it is nice to catch the aspects that remember its recent past. The “Flatiron building” ( = iron, because of its shape ), for example. It was the first skyscraper of the city and dates back to 1902.
Or the man on a bicycle who advertises the sale .
We went to Central Park and then reached Harlem: we found several shops whose shutters were finely painted by extemporaneous painters.
We went down to Times Square, in the heart of Broadway. The quarter is full of posters of the most famous musicals. Some musicals have been on the scene for over twenty years and I think that GREASE (but also CATS) might be considered the historical emblem.
Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue, San Patrick, Park Avenue
New York means also, and above all, modern art. Its paradise is the Guggenheim Museum which is wonderful also for its architectural brilliance.
It is also modern, on the Fifth Avenue, the statue which is right in front of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Modern art is also the image of the skyscraper which reflects itself on the opposite building, completely mirrored.
It was particularly interesting the night vision of Park Avenue.
It was beautiful to admire the ice skaters at the beginning of Central Park, which is located in the heart of Manhattan and is an oasis of peace. In its streets we could hear the clatter of the horses’ hoofs which pull the tourists’ carriages.
Greenwich District, Trump Tower, Rockfeller Centre, Empire State Building
Greenwich Village, located within the bank of the Hudson River , is a quiet neighbourhood with small buildings and very peaceful roads; so peaceful that the leaves fallen off the trees lied motionless on the road and were not moved by the car traffic. Going towards Central Park we met, on Fifth Avenue, the Trump Tower, the Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building.
Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, FAO Schwarz, Cartier
Turning right, toward Broadway, we met the legendary Madison Square Garden which hosts performances of various kinds, especially sportive ones.
We did not miss a visit to the Department Stores: starting from Macy’s, the largest in the world, followed by Bloomingdales, FAO Schwarz, Cartier.
Seaport open-air museum, Ellis Island
We reached the banks of the Hudson River and it was particularly interesting the Seaport open-air museum with an aircraft carrier, a nuclear submarine and several aircrafts.
We took a ferry which brought us to Ellis Island, across the Hudson River .
Immigrants had to arrive there at the beginning of the last century . After the quarantine , they were registered and accepted in the United States .
Twin Towers, Wall Street, Brookling Bridge, Saving Day parade
In the southern part of Manhattan, near the place where the Twin Towers stood, we visited Wall Street, the financial heart of the city, and we reached, crossing it on foot, the mythical Brooklyn Bridge.
It was a very cold day, with a chill wind, but it did not stop the parade that was taking place on the occasion of Saving Day.
A visit to the Metropolitan Museum can also take several days. We decided to make a visit dedicated to the following themes: the Impressionists and the Egyptian area.
Most significant buildings
While I was wandering in New York, I was attracted by the modernity of its buildings which are always worthy to be remembered. In this photo-gallery I present the buildings that I thought to be the most significant ones
I close this brief reportage on New York City with a touching memory of what no longer exists: the Twin Towers.
I hope that this photo-gallery might satisfy those who had the fortune to see them.