I'm in countdown mode to my holiday now... 17 days to go 'til I fly to New York. I'm getting quite excited as I have wanted to go for some time and just about everyone I know has been and tells me it's fantastic. Of course here in the UK we see so much of it on TV and in films too so that I am told that it is instantly familiar even though you've never been there. I'm going to do so much walking and sightseeing and perhaps a little shopping too :-)
I have a list...
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Macy's and Bloomingdales
Met Opera (going to see Tosca)
Site of the World Trade Centre
I am there for 6 days and I have the feeling that it won't be long enough.
My brother and sister were in NY when 911 took place. I remember that for a time we weren't sure if they were OK and it was such a relief when we found out that they were. You see, they were meant to be flying back that day and were at the airport and for a while we weren't sure if it was their plane. They managed to stay in touch via email as the phone lines were not good for a few days and we managed to get them back a week later. Meanwhile I had to wire them money so they could afford to eat and pay the hotel for the extra week. A few weeks after their return I got a postcard of the World Trade Centre that they had posted the day before which I have kept. I know that day affected other people in far more profound ways than this but that is my personal experience.
Anyway, my brother and sister still sing the praises of NY and both want to go back so I am taking their advice and seeing it for myself and I can't wait. If you have any suggestions of things I should do or see leave me a comment :0)