New York

During my time in Boston, I seized the chance to visit New York as I was only a few hours train ride north.

I took the Amtrak train down to Penn Station, where I transferred to the NY subway, which is much more confusing than ours. They had a few big differences: Stations were mainly street names/numbers (e.g 34rd Street), some trains were express trains and stopped at one in every 5 stations – utilising NY subway’s 2 sets of rails in each direction and prices were constant, no matter how long the journey.

After meeting up with my cousin who had kindly offered me a place to stay on Saturday night, we headed to the supermarket to do a bit of “panic-buying” ahead of the approaching hurricane Sandy. Later, I headed south on the subway to the Rockefeller Center - an extremely tall building that boasted impressive views over Central Park and of the Empire State Building. Whilst taking photos, I met an interesting guy called Stephen at the top of the tower, a fellow Brit!

After visiting Times Square and having quesadillas for Tea, we headed to Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes and banana pudding, which we ate in Central Park. Then got an email from Amtrak saying that my evening train the next day had been cancelled due to the hurricane – and to ring them to reschedule. Luckily managed to get booked on a train a few hours before the cancelled ones.

The next day we headed south to visit the New York office which was large and very confusing to negotiate, and wandered around lower Manhattan, where we found streets closed with many kids trick or treating the local stores in the lovely calm weather – despite the forecast rain and winds of the hurricane.

After lunch, I subwayed back to Penn Station, and got the full Amtrak back to Boston, which arrived an hour late due to the train slipping on the wet track. I loved being in New York, and hope very much that I get the change to visit again sometime.

Matt