A New York (Christmas) Minute

IMG_4958I think it’s going to take me a few days to recover from the one I spent in Manhattan. I spent fourteen hours on my feet (twelve if you deduct the time I sat during The Nutcracker), plus two nights in a row trying to sleep upright in a seat with only about a square foot of space to try to get comfortable in. I might have said this before, but I think I’m done with overnight bus rides. For now, at least.

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On My Way to Christmas in New York

empireIt’s official: I’m on my way to New York City. I have my seat on the bus and I’m settling in for my twelve-hour journey. The weather forecast is calling for a high of 17 degrees Celsius tomorrow. I was looking for Christmastime in NYC and instead I’m bussing it to springtime in the Big Apple. At least there will still be Christmas decorations. Continue reading

NYC: Things To Do During the Holiday Season

Toronto saw a light scattering of snow this past week, and like a child excited about the possibility of being off school for a snow day, I squealed with glee at the sight of fat snowflakes gracefully falling from the sky. Continue reading

NYC Part 10: SoHo & Greenwich Village

Through the rain and wind I continued to travel, soaked to the bone and chilled right through. My umbrella was doing me little good, providing me with just enough coverage to ensure my camera stayed dry. I had two more neighbourhoods to visit before the end of my last full day in the city, however, so I plowed on, telling myself that at the end there’d be a cupcake waiting for me.  Continue reading

NYC Part 9: St. Paul’s Chapel

Everything seemed to be going to schedule on September 11, 2001, as I finished my morning high school classes and went home for lunch. However, that all changed as soon as I turned on my TV, and without it really sinking in as to what was happening, I watched the news recap as United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Continue reading

NYC Part 8: Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is where it all began. It’s where a Dutchman, Peter Minuit, purchased the island of Manahatta from Native Americans (most likely the Lenape tribe) in 1626, establishing the colony of New Amsterdam; it’s where, in 1664, the English took control of the city from the Dutch and renamed it “New York” after the Duke of York and Albany; it’s where the Dutch and English continued to fight over the land for another ten years before they finally came to an agreement and ceded the land to the Brits. Continue reading

NYC Part 5: Chinatown & Little Italy

Throughout my travels in North America, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few different “Chinatowns” or “Little Italy’s”. I’ve seen firsthand these little enclaves of culture in Victoria, Vancouver, and San Francisco, and have spent much time in our own versions right here in Toronto. These neighbourhoods act as reminders of the different waves of immigration experienced by these large metropolises over time, many of which still reflect their historical significance through their architecture, preserved cobblestone streets, tiny alleyways, and original street layouts. Of all these neighbourhoods I’ve been able to visit, New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy have left the biggest impression on me. Continue reading