New York Journals

A Week in International New York, NY

A March 1996 trip to New York by Tulipano

Quote: I spent a week in New York participating in the National Model United Nations, and touring the city, all the time reveling in the impossible to avoid international aura that pervades the city. Listening to the dozens of different languages, eating the varied types of food -- a week in New York is like a week travelling the world. Most of my journal entries describe various parts of the international soup that is New York.

A Week in International New York, NY

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Just walking around Touring the UN building Eating the food

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Hilton New York

Hotel | "New York Hilton - Manhattan"

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The accomadations were fine, but nothing to write home about. The room was fairly small, and had two twin beds, a small bathroom and the requisite table/chair combo, along with a tv and a dresser.

The hangers in the closet were *very* nice, but that was really the only outstanding thing about the room. All in all, it wasn't anything you couldn't get at a Best Western or Ramada.

However, it was very well located, and had a nice view from the window. We were roughly 2 blocks from Broadway, and within walking distance of NBC studios and many other touristy places to go.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue Of The Americas
New York, New York 10019
(212) 586-7000

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

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Attraction | "Cloisters"

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This was one of the few museums I visited in New York, and is by far the most amazing place I saw there. The Cloisters is a collection of parts of five medieval French cloisters (monastic religious rooms), combined with an astonishingly large collection of various related artifacts from a number of similar sites. You can visit the Cloister's information site here. Cloisters The overall experience is very calming. The Cloisters are set within a large park, and it's a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city, particularly if you're not used to the constant motion and sound of urban areas. It's quiet ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2000

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Fort Tyron Park
New York, New York 10040
(212) 923-3700

Public Art

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One of my favorite things about New York was that everywhere you went, there was art, particularly in Manhattan.
Most of the skyscrapers were built long enough ago, that there are sculptures built on the outside, and in the inside, there are murals and paintings.
Just walking along the street you'll pass by fountains and sculptures.
And, the people-watching is unbeatable. No matter where you go in Manhattan you will see people from all walks of life -- from millionaire Wall Street-types, to gutter-punks and everyday middle class people.

International Aura

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If you walk down a street in New York, start listening to the conversations of the people passing by. The point is not to eavesdrop, because you'll soon find that a large portion of what you hear is unintelligible. The people aren't speaking English, and if they are, they're probably using slang that you don't quite understand.
It's great fun to try and see how many different languages you can hear while walking to your subway stop. My max was 15 in three blocks.
Listening to the languages is a great reminder that America is still the country that accepts the most immigrants year after year, and a reminder that English and our culture is not the only one around.

Food

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In New York, it's hard to go more than about 2 blocks without running into at least one restaurant. If you want to, you can spend hundreds of dollars at every meal, or you can eat like a king (or a queen) for under $5. Of course, the cheaper option takes a little more work, but is fun if you look at it as an adventure. My favorite meal in New York was the goat that I had at a Caribbean restaurant somewhere off of Bleeker Street. I have no idea what the name of the place was, and I have never eaten goat before, and wouldn't dream of eating it back home -- but that was precisely why it was great fun to try it. Travel lets us see how sheltered we really are -- goat sounds so...Read More