We got back to New York this year in December and after five years of absence we found the city as nice as always and doing well. I have so many things to tell you this time that I will for sure need more pages than usual. First of all I want to thank Dancs Arthur, my friend for guiding us through the city and letting us discover not only the tourist places but also some amazing hidden ones.
First, we went to Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights. Of course it would have been almost impossible to see all those places without some transportation means. Arthur planned it all in advance so he knew that we will need a subway ticket for 7 days. We bought one for $31 and traveled so much by subway like we never did before. Even though it is not the most modern and clean subway I have used I would definitely recommend it because you feel safe (with all those cameras) and it will not disappoint you when you need a quick ride. Using a car in NYC is not the best idea. Traveling by subway you will also have this nice surprise to see that almost everybody is reading a book, being polite and not interfering in your own private space.
Getting to Brooklyn meant the beginning of our journey. So many people on the streets having their own concerns for that day, going to work or shopping for Christmas, opening their stores or selling different things on the streets. Brooklyn is a nice neighborhood, I admit it and I am sure many of you have seen it in the movies. Of course it has contrasts but you cannot see the beauty when you don’t have something to compare it with. I just loved those beautiful houses with stairs in front and nice big doors, decorated for Christmas. I am not sure about your idea of where all those cinema stars are living, but while being in Brooklyn, we passed in front of the former house of the late famous actor Heath Ledger. He always said that he liked this small and quiet neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights.
After having seen where some of the New Yorkers live we headed north so we can have this amazing view over the financial district and the center of the city with all these imposing skyscrapers.
After I assured myself that there will be at least one good picture taken here, we went to admire Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge, to see the oldest carousel in NYC and step onto the street where Al Pacino was driving a Ferrari, when he was playing a blind man in “Scent of a women”, (the impressive movie that brought Al Pacino an academy award for best actor in 1992.)
Before leaving the place we met Santa Claus driving a NY police car, making sure that kids all over New York were being nice and well behaved so that they would receive all the presents they wished for the entire year.
After a 10 minutes ride with the water taxi another beautiful neighborhood was revealing to us, Williamsburg, part of North Brooklyn. It is kind of a new and trendy area of New York, very popular among young people. Some new residential buildings were raised here in the last five years, with all the comfort you can imagine. They also have these nice streets with restaurants, bars and shops. All dressed for Christmas now. About the restaurants and bars we’ll have a talk in our cuisine section but until then let me tell you about the Smorgasburg winter fair. They just moved inside so that all of 200 vendors, including 75 food vendors could operate during cold days. Here we’ve met NYSHUK, the masters of couscous, traditional Middle Eastern food. They brought it to NYC and for a testing session you can easily find them in Smorgasburg. Other stuff you’ll find here? Well, everything you can imagine or wish for. From small vintage stuff to big furnish pieces or carpets.
They have also special fashion design things for all those who want to be out of the ordinary. Tiny Kingdom could be a choice for example.
Our visit to Williamsburg ended in this very fancy and yet simple hat shop. They had an event that evening, celebrating 118 years of existence and invited a jazz band to play for costumers. So picking a hat while dancing and enjoying a glass of wine can be pretty pleasant. In case you want to find it, the name is Hat shop and the address is somewhere in Williamsburg.
Our first visit day was over after we had the privilege to enjoy a spectacular view over the city from Long Island City and a ride to Grand Central. For more stories about New York City on Christmas time access our page later and we will be honored to have you here, reading about them. But before finishing this article we would like to say thank you again to our friend Dancs Arthur and “hi” to all the nice people we’ve been talking to during our visit.