So first step is to make my way from JFK airport to my week's accommodation which is located on 106th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It's over an hour journey with multiple changes but it gives me an excellent introduction to to the New York subway
My hostel is right next to Central Park, so after dropping off my luggage, I head straight out to explore the famous park. The best way to explore a new place is definitely on foot and I always do far more walking while abroad than I ever would at home and here in New York the fact that Central Park connects so many parts of the city is an even better excuse to walk.
|Views from The Lake, Central Park|
I wander past the Rockerfeller Centre, famous for its Christmas illuminations every year but even now there is some kind of garden display on show. After this, its Grand Central Station. Even though just about every street in New York is a location for some film or TV scene, Grand Central Station has got to be one of the most memorable settings. From North by Northwest to Superman, Men in Black to Friends with Benefits...all shot here in this iconic spot.
|Grand Central Station|
|I love the ticket booths|
|Grand Central Terminal|
I feel like I've seen quite a lot just on my first day in New York but I have plenty planned for the week. Unfortunately, my hostel accommodation has a few issues including not having a bed despite me booking and paying in advance. They do eventually sort something out after finding someone in my dorm room has stayed longer than scheduled. It's been a long day so I'm really for bed.