New York City was an interesting stop on our journey. Covering over three hundred square miles, it is the most densely populated city in America, as well as the center of the largest metropolitan area in the world, by urban land mass.
Before we had embarked on our travels, we had never visited this megalopolis; curiously, since it was only a four hour drive from our home base in Boston. All our lives, we had heard tales of the wonders of New York, but never availed ourselves of a visit (at least until now).
What a contrast of images New York presented; tall skyscrapers and occasionally littered streets; old history and newer attractions; enthusiastic nationalism surrounding an immigrant past and an urban life-style of disinterest in one’s surroundings. Now, that’s a kaleidoscope!
We were fortunate to have our base for this visit right in the center of it all (Midtown). No matter which direction we went from our apartment, there was something interesting or informative (sometimes both) to see. The United Nations Headquarters were one block West; Grand Central Terminal was two blocks East; Central Park and the Metropolitan Art Museum was an easy half-hour walk North; while a plethora of other attractions (such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bowery, Wall Street, the World Trade Center Memorial, etc.) were within an hours walk South. In between, we discovered a number of “hidden gems” (St. Agnes Church, Teddy Roosevelt’s birth-home, and all those glorious parks). Of course, we can not forget, watching our granddaughter, Lucy, singing at Carnegie Hall (which was up near Central Park). It just could not have become much better than this! In a certain way, we were glad it took us so long to visit New York. We appreciated it more.
And now; Next stop, Berlin.