- Posted August 17, 2014 by
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The written word: Your personal essays
Why a city’s most famous landmarks aren’t the ones worth visiting?
When saying New York, images of Times Square, Empire State Building, Broadway immediately pop in your head. These are known to be one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The question is: ‘Are they really the ones worth visiting?’ As a person, who lives thousands of miles away from New York City, these places were like a standard of what I should expect from the city.
Of course, a trip to New York should consist of visiting these landmarks but there is more to New York than just a few buildings and streets.
The place where time slows down
An example of this is the High Line of New York. It was built in the 1930s as part of a West Side Improvement project. It has a height of 30 feet that lifts the dangerous train traffic in one of Manhattan’s busiest industrial zones. It stopped functioning as a train track in the 1980s but was transformed into a beautiful park by the Friends of the High Line community in 1999.
It has become a public park where people can take walks enjoying the views of the city from above. All kinds of people find different types of inspiration there because of the way it is made. In the summer, it is a great spot to sit around and just enjoy being in New York. While walking around the park, you will begin to notice how the overall pace has slowed down. I have travelled a lot, I’ve been to different parts of the world but only in a few cities people seem to be so occupied and absent. This is a common thing in New York but at the High Line another feeling takes over-a feeling of calmness and peacefulness. It is a place where you can a take a break from time.
The High Line isn’t an official landmark but it is most definitely worth visiting. It is also free of charge.
Explore New York’s ‘artist haven’
New York is a cosmopolitan city with high buildings and lights everywhere. Sometimes you need to escape this. You can do this within the limits of the city. A good place for this purpose is Greenwich Village. This is a large residential neighbourhood located on the West side of Lower Manhattan. Greenwich Village or just ‘the Village’ was known as an artist ‘haven’ in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Opposite to the busy centre of the city, Greenwich Village offers peacefulness and diversity. The buildings are built in a very different style and create a feeling of cosiness. There are many parks which you can explore and small but delicious restaurants. Greenwich Village is a symbol of the American bohemian culture.
Although it isn’t technically a landmark but a whole neighbourhood, it is still a ‘must-see’ for the tourists who really want to experience New York on a different level.
Seeking landmarks further into New York will help you understand and feel the city better than just visiting the highlights that are best known and most visited. Create your own landmarks that suits you best.