Un italiano all’estero: An Italian Abroad, Part III

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Lorenzo will be joining our team for the next few months, this is the first time he is in New York City and will be periodically checking in with us on his experience here in the States.

When you look what happens along the main avenues of Manhattan, certainly there are three things that remain imprinted in your mind: the neon billboards, huge buildings, and the buses that constantly populate the main areas of New York. So – after visiting Midtown – I decided it was time to discover Downtown. I bought a ticket for the City Sightseeing New York double decker bus, and headed down! The tour lasted around two and a half hours, but you can see a lot of beautiful things and different districts, allowing you to better plan your future activities centered around what attracted you the most! The tour starts with the sight of Times Square and continue to Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Chelsea district and West Village. After that began the discovery of the most well-known districts of Downtown, Soho and the Financial District (for people like me that love economics), continuing into China Town and Little Italy, ending at the United Nations’ building. Amazing!

Always keep the camera in your hands because once you make it home and see the pictures again, you’ll want to start planning immediately the next days!

So it has been for me, waiting for see again those places lit by the moon.

 

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Quando osservi cosa ti gira intorno mentre cammini per le vie principali di Manhattan, sicuramente sono tre le cose che rimangono più impresse: i numerosi cartelloni pubblicitari, gli enormi edifici e i bus turistici che popolano costantemente tutte le zone principali di New York.

Così – dopo aver visitato Midtown – ho deciso che era il momento di farsi un tour per Downtown! Ho acquistato un biglietto per il bus City Sightseeing New York e sono partito! Il tour é durato circa 2 ore e mezzo, ma si riescono a vedere un sacco di cose belle, un sacco di quartieri diversi, così da poter pianificare al meglio i futuri spostamenti nei posti che più ci hanno colpito!

Si inizia con Times Square per continuare con Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, Chelsea e il West Village. Comincia adesso la vera scoperta dei quartieri più noti e caratteristici di Downtown passando per Soho, fino al Financial District (per chi come me é appassionato di economia) per poi continuare visitando China Town e Little Italy, fino alla sede generale delle Nazioni Unite.

Tenete sempre in mano la macchina fotografica perché quando tornerete a casa e riguarderete tutti i posti che avete visitato, comincerete sicuramente a pianificare le prossime uscite.

Così é stato per me, in attesa di vederli nuovamente illuminati dalla luna.

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Uptown NYC vs Downtown NYC

It’s the classic tale, which is better: Uptown NYC or Downtown NYC? Both have their bright spots, but how can you really decide? Well, we did and incredibly unscientific poll around the office and came up with the results.

The Arts: Uptown

via flickr / Fatbooo

via flickr / Fatbooo

Uptown NYC wins the arts in a landslide. Sure, there are some wonderful museums in lower Manhattan, but not even close to what you get on the north end of the island. The Met, Guggenheim, Museum of Natural History, and that doesn’t even touch on the performance venues like Lincoln Center and the historic Apollo Theater. This category isn’t even close.

Sports: Draw

via flickr / Charley Lhasa

via flickr / Charley Lhasa

This is definitely the trickiest of the categories. Downtown we have Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena. It’s arguably the best sports venue in NYC (it’s a weak argument, but one can be made) and home to the Knicks and the Rangers. On the other hand, Uptown is literally a stone’s throw from Yankee Stadium. Also, Uptown has Central Park, the best place in Manhattan to actually play sports, and Rucker Park, the world’s most prolific street basketball court. After the votes were tallied, we came to a tie.

Food: Downtown

via flickr / star5112

via flickr / star5112

This one was a CLOSE vote, and I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I completely agree, but downtown got the win. It’s true, Downtown owns the pizza battle, which is NYC’s favorite food, and it also reigns supreme when it comes to brunch, another favorite among locals. Uptown has the soul food and some of the most fantastic restaurants in NYC, but we can’t argue with the votes. Downtown wins.

Skyline: Downtown

via flickr / gabrielkaplan

via flickr / gabrielkaplan

As arts is to Uptown, the Skyline is to Downtown. When people think of the Manhattan skyline, it’s of lower Manhattan. Even without the World Trade Center towers anymore, Downtown still absolutely dominates Uptown in the skyline vote. This was unanimous.

Traffic: Uptown

via flickr / TriggerHappyDave

via flickr / TriggerHappyDave

Downtown Manhattan can be brutal with the traffic from time to time. The tunnel crowd is enough to drive someone mad, and it all leads into lower Manhattan, the financial district. Uptown Manhattan doesn’t see these problems nearly as much as its southern counterpart. Sure, the George Washington Bridge will see some traffic during rush hour (*cough* Chris Christie *cough*), but more times than not traffic is no issue Uptown.

So there we have it. Our unscientific research has led us to a tie. It’s like we’re kissing our sister. Looks like you’re just going to have to take the All Around Town Tour and test both out on your own!