Today we decided to leave Manhattan for a little bit by going to Brooklyn. Manhattan and Brooklyn are two of the districts that New York City consists of, the other three are the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. However, we decided to take a little trip to Brooklyn by a sightseeing bus which stopped just outside our hotel. We sat on the upper floor of the red bus and put on our headphones as the guide started to speak. Some of the famous buildings and streets the bus drove past was the Flatiron building, Fifth Avenue, the Plaza and it continued onto Brooklyn bridge, from which you could see the Statue of Liberty.
We stepped off the bus in the center of Brooklyn and walked around there for a while. It somehow felt different from Manhattan, even though they were part of the same city, in the way that it was somehow more calm here and not the same kind of rush. Suddenly we stopped to read a sign that said “We have the best cheesecakes in NYC!” outside a café where they only sold cheesecakes. On the door were different awards for ‘having the best cheesecakes in the city of New York’, displayed. This we just had to try.
When we walked inside, a sweet smell went through my nose, and by the counter behind the glass there were at least a hundred cheesecakes of different colors, sizes, shapes and flavors. We looked at the long chalkboard menu behind the cashier and tried to decide which cheesecake to pick.
Since it was, once again, such nice weather we decided to take our cheesecakes to go. We walked to Brooklyn Bridge Park and sat down on a bench by the water, where we ate these in front of a landscape view of Manhattan. Normally, I’m not big fan of cheesecakes but after I tried the classic New York cheesecake I completely changed my mind.
After looking at the map we had received from the bus driver, which showed where all the bus stops were located for that specific bus, and which would take us back to Manhattan and the hotel, we realized that it stopped just by the park. So after we finished our cheesecakes and had walked around in the park for a while, we went on the bus back.
As it drove past Times square we remembered that we hadn’t been there yet, so we hurried off the bus before it started driving again. We were now in the middle of Times Square. There were neon-signs and lights everywhere and yellow cabs were driving past all the time. People were hurrying past us with phones pressed to their ears and tourists were taking photos with their cameras. We stood there for quite a while and just studied our surroundings, I had never seen such a place like Times Square, or New York in itself for that matter.
It was quite a distance to the hotel but we had lots of time, the weather was still wonderful, there is just so much to see in New York so we would surely want to make some stops on the way, and maybe go to some shops, so we decided to walk back to the hotel.
We ate at a Thai-restaurant for dinner and when we got back to the hotel I felt how tired I was. I could feel how I was slowly falling asleep, already looking forward to our next day in New York City.