Back from New York last Sunday; there for a week with the loyal musketeers 3_nic
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. Lots of open WIFI everywhere, so kept tweeting from the strangest of places, including the top of Chrysler Buidling which isn't normally accessible to the public, but we got in courtesy of CG's local connections. Followed by cocktails on the 14th floor of Library Hotel with the said connections.
I think I've managed to develop a mad crush on New York within the space of a week. But unlike most holiday romances this one might just last - already plotting when I may be back. This is rare for me; usually I'm a one night stand kind of girl when it comes to foreign holidays - too many places, too little time...
Breathtaking skyline, weird juxtapositions (hipsters playing Imogen Heap and selling craft mayonnaise; a limo parked outside a McDonald's and a bar called "Hot Bird" which does not
mean "hot lady" apparently), hearty food, cocktails consisting of 99% alcohol, cool bars, including a secret bar hidden behind a phone booth, amazing art, stylish Coney Island ale, 34 types of local oyster, and seemingly genuinely friendly people. Some weird personal coincidences - though I'm getting used to them these days. Some fantastic architecture and some crap architecture, too. Did you know that the third and the fourth tallest buildings in New York had been built in the 1930s? I've seen the tallest one in construction, too, and to be honest from outside it's much of a muchness, but the disappearing inverse mountains of water in place of the WTC towers were impressive. Went to Long Island for a day to eat oysters and look at boats, appreciating as we did from the comfort of the departure display board the strangeness of suburban places such as "Locust Manor", "Mastic-Shirley" and "Flushing Main" (seeming to us alternately like an apocalyptic townscape or a severe plumbing problem). They say New York is a bit like London on speed and they are right. It's faster, taller, crazier, more concentrated, more restless. London is and will always be the love of my life but it may have a competitor now.
I keep promising that photos will be posted and never get around to it. I might do this time...