Arriving in New York City for the first time is a very surreal experience. This is the world’s most famous city which is largely due to the number of films it has appeared in over the years. As a result, as you walk down its streets and avenues you will feel like pinching yourself to make sure you’re not in one of those films.
What makes it even more surreal is the fact that it is just like it is in the movies. Wisps of steam trail from manholes all over Manhattan, hardly a second goes by when your eardrums don’t catch some trace of a car horn or siren, and men stand impatiently at hot dog stands which adorn every second street corner.
But something that you may not expect is that Manhattan is not all skyscrapers and busy streets. Once you make it into downtown areas such as Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Soho and the East Village you begin to notice the surprisingly high number of low-rise buildings.
Even though most people who travel to New York don’t make it past Manhattan, you have to remember that this is only one borough of five. Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island make up the rest. If you have the time, take some time out to explore what some of the rest have to offer.