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Published: December 12th 2006
Brooklyn Bridge & South Manhattan
The Big Apple, more than happy to take a bite out of it for a week.
The place has something for everyone and is so diverse from its food, to choice of shopping, entertainment right through to the people who live there. When I first arrived I had already said thank you in Thai and Indian after the Nigerian taxi driver had dropped me off. New York has many many layers to it and it would take more than a life time to discover them all so I was more than happy take a slice from the Bar and tourist scene. Walking in to China town was great as you really do leave New York and enter China, it seems here there is no integration but thats actually what makes it work. I saw no Westerners at all and heard no English spoken, everything had the style of China about it from the neon signs to the fact that they sell everything on the streets like one big market and it really is great to see the culture of China without having to ever go there, if I hadnt I mean.
The Bar scene varies as much of the people.
The ever numerous American Flag can be seen just to the right
Biker bars, tourist bars, expensive bars, cheap bars, foreign style bars, new age style bars, trying to drink your way through them becomes a nightmare so I found its best to space it out over a few days.
Hogs and Heffers which Larry took me to see was quite an experience. Its the Bar that influenced the film Ugly Coyote and the place is littered with thousands of Bras and the local girls do get up on the Bar and strut their stuff. The Bar girls also get up and do a Cowboy style River Dance so its best to keep fingers away and having a boot flicked up inches from your face is actually quite fun, like a game of nerve. Also a Bar Fight broke out in here and as the guy swung the other ducked letting his wife take the full shot which I suppose is what marriage is about?
The other touristy stuff has to be done and there is nothing like seeing the icons we all have grown up with on the big and small screen right there in front of you and the whole place has a certain familiarity about it which makes
Rockefeller at Night
I didnt skate as there were massive queues, oh and I suck at it and there were a lot of witnesses there.
it very easy to feel settled in New York. The people are friendly and helpful as long as your polite and its very easy to get around using the cheap efficient subway.
It was great to meet Larry who Itravelled through Aisa with on his home turf and he treated me to a drive through Manhattan in his Audi Convertible with the top down and then on to a Cuban style restaraunt with live Latin music and great food and the place was full of atmosphere so thanks for that.
New York still has plenty to offer and hopefully one day I will get to know it evern better.
South America next!
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