USA 2016 Travel Diary: Snaps of Greenwich Village & Washington Square

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Greenwich Village, usually just called ‘The Village’, is nestled between Chelsea and SoHo. Despite being in between these very popular neighbourhoods it holds its own rather well because it too has its own personality. An area rich in music, laughs, and good eats; it’s also known mostly as a residential area for the wealthy and the well-known.

I also hear that they throw a pretty mean Halloween Parade over here!

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While Greenwich Village is known as one of the most expensive place to live in in the US, the quaint neighbourhood has attracted quite a handful of famous people. I heard that one of the Olsens, as well as Sarah Jessica Parker and her family, live in this area. The really wealthy also live in closed-off areas for maximum privacy.

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The fact is it’s a lovely neighbourhood that’s not as crowded as the rest of Manhattan, which probably adds to its charm. Plus, you’ve got the NYU over here.

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Walking here was a very nice experience (but I bet biking would be more so!) since as I mentioned it’s not crowded. Despite the fact that it’s home to off-Broadway theatre, popular restaurants, plus a handful of comedy bars and jazz clubs that now-famous names used to perform in, it’s not as insane as Times Square.

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Below is the door that marks the famous ‘Cafe Wha?’ where the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen, and Bill Cosby got to practice their craft before they became super famous. Mister Hendrix himself greets you at the entrance.

USA 2016 Travel Diary: A feel of the NYC fast life at Grand Central Terminal

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I was supposed to write my New York City posts sooner, but a) I got lazy, and b) some projects had to take priority. But we’re doing it now for reals, because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to convey my thoughts as eloquently the longer I drag. (Plus I still have two pending travel posts to write!)

If you’ve read my 12 Tips for First-Time Travellers to New York City post, you already have an idea on how I feel about this city. Short answer: I LOVE IT. Running on barely ANY sleep at all thanks to jet-lag, I fed off the energy of New York City and its people. To quote The Script, the energy never dies over here! I more than survived my NYC adventures, I absolutely drank it all in.

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There were many things I wish I had done while here, and yet I can’t say I regret any of the things I’ve done instead. I guess I’ll just have to make time to go back and spend more than a week exploring this big city. Taking it slow while walking fast! 😀

My first day in New York began with an early morning stroll. From our hotel on 34th St., my Dad and I walked all the way to Grand Central Terminal along East 42nd St. For people who enjoy walking like myself, the walk doesn’t feel that far; and it was quite enjoyable as well since there were many things to stop and look at along the way. Like the (life-size?) cardboard cut-out of The Cake Boss. We also stopped by The Lyric Theatre to pick up our New York Passes. (More info in this post!)

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Approaching Grand Central Terminal, I stopped and gaped at the Chrysler Building for a moment, remembering to snap a photo at the last second before we went in. This building is my favourite in the city, and every time I see it I get the urge to stop and look.

As I write this, I feel sad about not being able to photograph the Greek statues and the Tiffany clock at the main entrance of Grand Central Terminal. It was under maintenance and had some scaffolding ruining the view so I couldn’t take a nice picture. Le sigh.

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Anyway, the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal is something I’ve seen over and over in films, but daaaaamn. Seeing it in person feels super surreal. You’ll have to excuse the dark quality of the gif above. I wanted to show you a hyperlapse of all the movement here.

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