Welcome to New York

The Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan

Sorry for the long delay in post time. Though I'm not working, I'm still finding it difficult to find a few spare minutes to do a little bit of writing. It's been pretty much non-stop action for the last week-and-a-half so I'm just now getting a chance to catch up. 

Last Wednesday I spent the day spending some time with family who lives outside of NYC. It was a pretty quick drive down from Boston the day before, so I spent the day relaxing and catching up on some other posts. 

I made my way into the city via train Wednesday afternoon and met up with a friend who works in downtown Manhattan. Coming into Grand Central Station, for those of you who are not so-to-speak "city lovers" can potentially be a bit overwhelming. I'll be the first to say that I'm not the type of person who is most fond of big cities. There's a lot of people, it's fast paced, and I general feel like I have no room to breath. As I arrived in the city it was rush hour, and this overwhelming feeling quickly returned amidst the crowds of people having places to be. 

View of Manhattan from the Williamsburg bridge, one of the many bridges connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan

After battling some crowds, I finally met up with my friend and we spent a great night out in Manhattan with his coworkers who were having a client event for their company. 

Thursday and Friday I spent the days wandering the city with friends from college and catching up on old times. From walks through Central Park to some pizza a NYC hotspots, we really did nothing of any significance during that time other than eat and walk. While you're traveling, that's pretty much how most days are structured in any given city. 

The holiday weekend in the city kicked off on Saturday with numerous rooftop parties and BBQs. This seems to be a pretty common scene no only on holiday weekends, but during most weekends of the spring and summer. My friend who lives there is actually located in Brooklyn, so throughout the rooftop-filled afternoons we had numerous hours uninterrupted views of downtown Manhattan. As I mentioned, I'm not one for big cities in particular, but Brooklyn gave a different perspective on NYC as a whole. For those not from Brooklyn, it doesn't have the greatest reputation, but I can happily say that there is a lot to like about this borough. Once considered a pretty rough area. Brooklyn has clearly had a revival, and it is now considered to be one of the quickest growing areas of the country.

Throughout the weekend, I also wanted to make time to do some touristy activities, and since the 9/11 museum has just opened, we decided to head there for an afternoon. I was in 6th grade when 9/11 occurred, and like everyone else in the U.S., I can recall exactly what I was doing during that day. The museum itself was immensely powerful was very well done as a whole. Several pieces of the wreckage, buildings, and other objects found during the cleanup are on display in the museum, and they provide a chilling account of all the events of that day. For only $24, I'd say it is very much worth it. 

All-in-all, I took away from NYC a new perspective on the city. I'd been twice before, neither time really enjoying it all that much. This past weekend though gave me a different perspective of life in the city and I'd definitely consider heading back for a few more visits in the future. 

The infinity pool memorial of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. A similar pool sits in the location where the North Tower, the first tower struck during 9/11.