New York, New York
Sirens and busy city sidewalks; yellow taxis and the subway; delis and hot dog stands on every corner; Central Park covered in a blanket of snow; Broadway and all of its glamour; the bright lights of Times Square; Bloomingdales and the designers on 5th Avenue; ice skating and the Rockettes at Rockefeller Center; the Empire State Building and its amazing view at night; the smell of the meat Packing District; browsing the Chelsea Market and walking along the Pier-sixty next to the West Side Highway; the NYU student hangout at Union Square; trendy boutiques in Soho and the Village; famous pizza from Little Italy; fake bags on Canal Street; businessmen and the stock market on Wall Street; the Tribeca Grande and downtown with an empty space where the World Trade Center used to stand tall; and last but not least, Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankees-this is what comes to mind when I picture New York City. Regardless of its imperfections, I have not traveled to another city that can even come close to comparing to Manhattan. It is my favorite place in the world- a city that never sleeps, a city that stands alone, and a city that is truly one of a kind. There is no place like home and there is certainly no place like New York City, which is why these experiences make New York City my favorite place. I think the best way to see the city is in the winter. My family usually goes around Christmas or Thanksgiving. We always stay at the Helmsley or the Park Plaza. Walking into those hotels is like walking into a magical land. They both have amazing views that enable guests to see the beautiful city all lit up at night. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with its giant balloons, floats, singers and movie stars, bands, and the Rockettes, is fantastic to watch if you can bear the cold outside for that long. Some years it is only 10 or 15 degrees out there! The broadcast on television does not do it justice at all. Just being there with the giant...
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