Everybody I know who loves their city claims that they live in a ‘Green City’, boasting about how every possible corner has been turned into a beautiful and relaxing park. That said, I was genuinely surprised to see just how much expensive, precious land in downtown NYC was given up to parks and recreation space, and how simple it was to find a beautiful place to relax in dense Manhattan.
NYC delighted me because unlike many US cities, it was possible to find a distinctly local and unique heartbeat in many of the varied neighbourhoods where locals live. My favourite neighbourhood was Greenwich Village, hosting hundreds of indie art, fashion, music and food outlets that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. You must work hard to avoid the tourist traps, but will be rewarded when you do.