New York has been top of my bucket list for a long time. I wanted to see places where you felt like you had walked straight into a movie. I wanted to try all of the foods. I wanted to explore and get a real feel of the city. I finally went to New York this May and it really did deliver.
New York is so busy! If you aren’t used to that then it can be a little overwhelming. Hell, I live in London and I found it a little overwhelming! The constant people and crowds can make the place feel like a whirlwind but there are little areas of calm if you look in the right places.
Despite the fact that I loved the sights, the food and a lot in-between. I have some issues with New York. Everyone gives New York this idea of glamour but it ‘s all like that! You also get told to do so many things from so many different people it can be hard to figure out what you actually want to do. It’s like you’ve done it wrong when people asked why you didn’t end up somewhere!
I was so excited to get to our Air Bnb when we hit NY! We got the Air Train from JFK through the airport and got off at the wrong stop. This meant we got the subway through Queens, with suitcases and standing out like a sore thumb. It was not the nicest experience and I was pretty freaked out. We then got off at our Subway stop and it was a real eye opener. I imagine all of Brooklyn to look like Shoreditch but once you get there, you notice it is not like that everywhere. It felt like you walked right into the 90s with people shouting insults at each other, boomboxes on shoulders and homeless people on street corners. There was a definite case of us thinking “where the fuck are we?”
Once we walked nearer to our Air Bnb, I felt a lot more comfortable. I know that there are dodgy and safe places in most cities but New York was one of the few places I have been worried when wandering around certain parts. You can tell it was a case of gentrification as Williamsburg was exactly how I expected it to be and I loved it. We stayed in Bed Stuy which had good bars and restuarants but it was a little more sparse.
I don’t want to knock the holiday I had. On the contrary, I loved my time in New York. However, I found myself explaining my holiday with a few “buts” and I felt guilty. It got me thinking, why should I be feeling guilty? You don’t have to love every single part of a city. It is ok to have down sides to a place. I think people sometimes look at holidays with rose tinted glasses as you aren’t going to love everything you see and do! I refuse to feel like the odd one out as everyone I speak to about New York agrees with some of the downsides once you get chatting about what you got up to.
New York has great things I loved and I will be going back. I also know what things I am definitely going to be doing again and other things I wouldn’t. Would you say the same about London? Probably. It is all about picking the best parts for you, not what everyone else tells you to go to.