New York City of Diversity
If you've never been to New York City, you may be surprised to know
that there is so much more to this great city than skyscrapers, lots of
people, and really fantastic parades. While it is in fact the wonderful
people of this city that make it the exciting place to visit that it has
become, there is so much more to this city than what you'll see on the
television shows and in the news.
New York City is a city full of exciting people from all kinds of
backgrounds with all kinds of hopes and dreams of the future and
experiences of the past. You will find artwork here like few other
places in the world, you will see more nature here than in most big
cities around the world, and you will enjoy seeing more cultures and
nationalities represented in the space of an hour in this city than most
people who live elsewhere experience in their entire lives. New York
City is the true melting pot of the world and the rest of America is
simply trying to catch up.
You will find music and art that is representative of the many cultures
that call this grand city home. You will experience the sights, sounds,
and scents of worlds that are exotic and foreign simply by walking
down neighborhood streets where people are cooking dinner at night.
You will hear more languages in one day than you probably ever
dreamed imagine and while you may stand around with sensory
overload thinking anyone would be crazy to live like this, most of them
are looking at you thinking you'd be crazy to live anywhere else.
This is perhaps the greatest thing about visiting New York City. You
get to experience for a moment the excitement that comes from living
in this fascinating city. You get to understand what it is like for those
living there. And you get to understand first hand what it is like to be
alone in a city of millions and yet by being there, being one of them,
belonging somehow to this giant community of strangers from
different cultures, different pasts, and different futures.
Most people visit New York with certain preconceived ideas and certain
goals for their visits. Hopefully the preconceived ideas will all be
challenged and the plans that you have made are flexible. There is so
much to do and see that you could go one block each way from your
hotel and probably notice something new each and every single time
you went by. My point in this is that you need to leave time to
experience the wonderful things you won't discover in the guidebooks.
There is only so much of this city that any one person could possibly
find to write about. I can imagine that there are New Yorkers that
could eat in a different restaurant each and every day without eating
in the same one twice in five or ten years. I find it hard to believe that
a guide book is going to be able to hold everything you might find
interesting in this city and if you spend your entire visit with your head
in the book you might miss something truly worthwhile.
That being said, it is a good idea to make plans according to your
budget and the things you wish to see, I'm just urging you to leave
room in that schedule for change. The Statue of Liberty is great, but it
takes a while to get there and back. Could it be that you take some
photos, buy some post cards and do two or three other activities that
you could have enjoyed in the space of time it takes to get there and
back? Plans are made to change whenever possible-especially while on
vacation. I seriously recommend that you reserve two hours minimum
each day to do something that you discovered rather than something