It Really is a BIG APPLE

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While 1,805 miles away from home may seem like a lifetime, not once while I was in New York City, specifically on the Island of Manhattan, did I terribly miss home.

While 1,805 miles away from home may seem like a lifetime, not once while I was in New York City, specifically on the Island of Manhattan, did I terribly miss home. New York City, the largest and most crowded city in the United States, bewildered me at first glance. As my plane descended through the clouds, into LaGuardia Airport I began to see what I had heard so much about; the massiveness of uptown New York . The city that seemed to have everything began to unfold its inner secrets to me. It was a sea of skyscrapers with yellow fish and a big green lady.

 

Central Park was my first sight. The only place you will find green is there or in paint buckets. With an area of 843 acres, central park makes up 6% of Manhattan! Many famous people live or once lived around the park, specifically the Dakota Building, where John Lennon lived!

 

My next stop was Times Square. Have you ever seen the ball drop on New Year's Eve? That's where they do it! It has so many lights and people that it left me speechless! Another place that left me without words was Yankee Stadium, where the New York Yankees play baseball! I went to two games at Yankee Stadium.

 

Up next? The Empire State Building! I went to the top and saw the view. I thought Denver was big! Taxis appeared as ants, people just specs of dust! I don't know if I'll ever see another view like that! Off in the distance I could see a blank spot in the skyline. Where the Twin Towers should be.

 

Later on I went to downtown. That's where the World Trade Center used to be. The World Trade Center was a part of downtown that consisted of 7 buildings. Two of them were the Twin Towers. On September 11, 2001, terrorists crashed planes into the two towers destroying them and the seven other buildings in the world trade center. Today, where the towers were and what is now called ground zero, is a construction site, where the new freedom tower and the rest of the new world trade center will be.

 

Finally, also in downtown is perhaps the most recognized symbol of American freedom; The Statue of liberty. Battery Park is where you take a ferry to Liberty Island. On your way you can look back on the downtown skyline, or watch as you get closer to the statue. It, like everything else in New York, was bigger than expected. It was a great thing to see. It really made me proud to be an American.

 

From Yankee stadium to the Statue of Liberty, New York lived above expectations. It really is, a Big Apple!