I’ve visited and enjoyed many times my staying in the city that never sleeps. For me, NYC is a metropolis that fascinates me for its cosmopolitanism, its great variety of ethnic restaurants, its numerous museums and art galleries, its dramas and Broadway musicals, and its luscious parks. It is a city for anyone willing to explore.
My husband and I arrived at rush hour and luckily there was little traffic because it was Labor Day. Many of its inhabitants had abandoned the city.
We stayed at a hotel on Broadway to experience the craziness of this neighborhood. Ahead of time, we had reservations at a Mexican restaurant. After a delicious dinner, we couldn’t miss a musical, so we decided to see “Mama Mia.” The show was distinguished for its music and actors.
The next day, we took a boat around Manhattan. From within the boat, we could see the Statue of Liberty. On the same day, the statue became open again to visitors for the first time since 9/11. We also could catch a glimpse of Ellis Island, the first entrance for European immigrants at the beginning of the last century. From afar, we could see the innumerable skyscrapers and the hustle of pedestrians.
We couldn’t miss a long walk on Fifth Avenue. On this occasion, we witnessed a Brazilian festival. I hadn’t noticed that there was such a large Brazilian community. I knew of the concentration of other ethnic groups, like Puerto Ricans, Central Americans, Russians and Mexicans.
In the parade, we mixed with hundreds of people dancing samba with the brilliant costumes as colorful as macaws. We listened to the classic song “La chica de Ipanema.”
In these celebrations, the food vendors couldn’t be missed, so I tried the delicious chicken empanadas.
Our weekend was almost over. We decided to take a walk in Central Park. This park is perfect for lovers, runners, philosophers, painters, writers, children, and above all,
parades of purebred dogs and their loyal masters.
In sum, New York is a city that inspires any visitor or inhabitant for the variety of attractions it offers.