New York City is more than Manhattan

22nd January 2017

A few days of walking around Manhattan was enough so I decided to check out some other areas of NYC.

I don’t know about the rest of the US but NYC has specific ethnic groups in each neighborhoods. One neighborhood will have loads of Mexicans and taco shops then 2 minutes down the road it’s all Hebrew and full of Jews. London is similar but it’s not as obvious.

The Mangattan bridge, Brooklyn, NYC
The Mangattan bridge, Brooklyn, NYC
Streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is massive but I checked out a few areas. I didn’t see any museums or art galleries, but saw loads of different neighborhoods. There’s not much to say about Brooklyn, it’s a cool place and way cooler than Manhattan.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Shop signs in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Shop signs in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Chicken Pho at Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen - Bushwick, Brooklyn
Chicken Pho at Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen – Bushwick, Brooklyn

Harlem

I decided to go and see Harlem on Martin Luther King day. The internet says that Harlem isn’t the safest part of the city but it’s ok to go in the day. Big L says Lenox avenue is the danger zone and a few gangs run that area so it’s a bit sketchy.

Harlem, NYC
Harlem, NYC

I got out the subway station and started walking about along Lenox avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard). Walking down the street it felt like everyone was staring, it felt a bit sketchy. Later on as I got closer to the Bronx there were a load of groups of people who would stare at me as I walked past. Getting robbed and loosing my camera does not sound like fun so I headed back into Manhattan as soon as it got weird.

Harlem is a cool place. There was a massive TV set filming along one of the roads and I asked to be an extra but they declined. I even offered to do it for free but they laughed.

Flushing, Queens
Flushing, Queens

Queens

Queens is my favorite borough so far. I didn’t get the chance to see Staten Island or The Bronx but I will next time.

I didn’t get the chance to see much of Queens but it’s a cool place. The last stop on the 7 train is Flushing so I just got the train to there and walked back in the direction of Manhattan. Flushing feels like another country. Everything is Chinese and it felt like a genuine China Town and way cooler and cheaper than the China town in Manhattan.

My camera battery died on the day I went to Queens and my phone was full so I couldn’t take any pictures.

Dim sum in Flushing, Queens
Dim sum in Flushing, Queens
Flushing Meadows park - Queens, NYC
Flushing Meadows park – Queens, NYC
Streets of Queens, NYC
Streets of Queens, NYC
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