Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cause Everyone's Your Friend in New York City

8 days in New York was the right amount for us. There were things that we didn't get to, but no major disappointments. Our days had been so packed that we couldn't keep going at that pace especially since I caught a cold and couldn't shake it because I was spending each day wandering around in the chill. By the time we left we were both in need of a rest, but we certainly made the most of the time we had there.

MOMA was impressive, though there's a lot of modern art that I just don't get. The Empire State Building interior was interesting, but the experience of going to the top was underwhelming. So many lines (even though it was quiet when we went) and airport style security kinda kills the romance that comes with the associations with An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. On the last day I dragged Scott up to the American Museum of Natural History. There were plenty of impressive galleries, but just between you and me, I was disappointed that it looked nothing like it did in Night At the Museum. The New York Pass probably didn't save us a lot of money, but it was convenient to have everything prepaid, especially when it allowed us to skip queues. The major attractions were fairly expensive, but generally worth it. Although some of the stuff we enjoyed the most was free like the taping of the Daily Show and going to Jimmy Fallon's monologue rehearsal. We shelled out for a couple of extra things, including an evening at a comedy club which turned out to be really good value considering pretty much all of the comedians were genuinely funny.

There were a few things that surprised me. I had no idea that New York was such a dog friendly city. Everyone has dogs and they seem to take them everywhere. People loved my purple hair. It was commented on several times every day. There are cabs everywhere, but it's so difficult to find an available one. The subway is OK, but not as easy to navigate as the tube in London, and there are much longer walks between stations. We were both surprised at how nice and helpful everyone was, though we did stick to touristy areas.  We did as much as we could in the time that we had, and we saw a lot of the city, but I'm sad that I probably won't be able to get back there for several years.

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