USA - New York trip report

 

USA - New York



Also known as the Big Apple, New York is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the USA.

 

New York City

New York may have a glitzy reputation but I personally found it to be very overrated. It's crowded, expensive, and the rats are so bold there they think they own the place. There's also many homeless people, and the locals will sometimes remind you it's not a themepark and to walk faster.
NYC is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. Manhattan is the main centre of action. There's numerous skyscrapers, Times Square, Chinatown, and the pathetic talking shop that is the United Nations. In the middle of it all is Central Park, a large natural oasis in the otherwise concrete jungle. The real draw to Staten Island are the free ferries crossing from the southern tip of Manhattan that provide excellent and views of the Statue of Liberty.
The best way to get around in the city is with the subway, but you will need a PHD to use it because there are no route maps anywhere in sight. And while on the subway, if you ever find yourself wondering whether that smell is urine, then the answer is most likely yes.