Something else that struck us that had changed over the years was the whole feel of the city. It felt much more welcoming now than perhaps it had previously. We were amused to see a man and a woman both hailing a cab and the man offering it to the woman – not a sight that I'd certainly ever witnessed on any of my previous visits to the city.
The last time we were here, New York City was a lot safer than it had been in the bad old days gone by, but even so, you were still wary traveling on the subway. That was something that also seems to have changed. I felt as safe down there as I have on any other underground train system in the world, which was a pleasant surprise to me.
Some things hadn't changed of course. Times Square was still just as frenetic as the last time we were there, with the massive billboards all around, advertising everything under the sun and the news tickers telling you all the latest updates from around the world. Macy's still remains the place to go and shop anywhere in the world. That place never ceases to amaze me every time I visit it. Yes, I know it's the world's largest store, but somehow I just don't believe it – until I get inside and then the scale of it is overwhelming!
Something else that was overwhelming was the view from the Top of the Rock, the brilliantly named observation deck at the Rockefeller Center. Having already visited the Empire State Building and, knowing that we were short on time, we opted this time for a different aerial view of New York City, not sure whether it would be as good. If anything, it was better. One obvious thing you can see from up there is the Empire State Building itself, but you also get some superb views of Central Park, the green oasis in the middle of prime city real estate. It's really only from up there that you can appreciate just how much land this takes up and why it's so close to New Yorkers' hearts.
It's a shame we didn't have more time to spend in New York this trip, but I have no doubt we will be back. It is, after all, one of the world's greatest cities to visit and it's somewhere that you can always return to and see new sights and wonders.
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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