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My last day in NYC – Ultimo giorno a New York

My last day in NYC – Ultimo giorno a New York

By on Jan 6, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

On January the 5th – 2014 I’m not used to be sad when something good is going to finish, but…I wish I could stay here more time to join this city. At least, I had a delicious breakfast to face this long day: gluten free cupcakes bought in Trader Joe’s, an organic and healthy food supermarket. Quite cheap as well, compared to other food chains (3.49$ the 4 pieces box). First, the Harlem worship. A week ago we already attended a worship in Harlem but today we wanted to do it visiting the most well known baptist church of the borough: the Abyssinian Baptist church in NYC. If you want to join this worship, please remind a few things because they’re no flexible at all…even too much for me! 1. You need to wait in line at least one hour and a half/two hours. Which means that – in spite of cold, snow, rain – you’ll be in the street with no possibilities to get in before or to come later. In a rude way, they’ll tell you to stay in line in party of two. They’ll be also checking your handbags, verifying you don’t have food or beverages. 2. You need to wear properly (no leggings for women!) and do not bring any backpacker with you because of security reasons. Moreover, they don’t have any drop-off service for backpackers or coats. 3. You’ll need to attend the whole worship, with no way to get out before the end (warning: the service it’s about 2 hours). Also impossible to take photos or videos. Ok, don’t want to scare you but I think the best way to join the service is to find another church or…join the Abyssinian worship on the web! Next service will be held in live streaming at 9am on January the 12 here. They don’t let anybody take photos or videos inside, so I’m sorry you can just figure our what I attended! To be honest, nor the choir nor the minister were interesting so much to afford the rain, the wind and the long await. After the scaring experience, although it was raining all the day long we decided to get to the centre. Even...

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Under (and over) the snow – Neve ovunque

Under (and over) the snow – Neve ovunque

By on Jan 6, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

On January, the 4th – 2014 In spite of the snowstorm, or because of that, ☺️ it was a nice day to have a look around and have unusual views of the city, visiting some typical places I’ve not been before. I also had my breakfast with this delicious brownie bought in Whole Foods Market, a food retailer located all around NYC (Union Square, in this case). With enough energy to afford the cold wheater, I finally saw the liberty statue, but just from the seafront in Battery Park (too windy to take the ferry, and I was not so interested in it). I also had a look to the Wall Street, a street smaller than I figured out! Since it’s Saturday, I found there more visitors and tourists than brokers or investors. I obviously had to get to Ground Zero. What I really felt is “a virtual hole” between the buildings. Very impressive thinking about the tragedy happened more than 10 years ago in that place, where the buildings are so close to you…and over you. But I didn’t feel like to get in the Memorial Museum. While moving toward midtown Manhattan, this is what I met: a guy waiting for the train sitting on a chair. In the subway. When you don’t get a seat you can bring it with you from home. He obviously got on the train with the chair but sorry, no photo onboard! Then, I went up to…the sky! I visited the Empire State Building: a popular touristic skyscraper, but at the same time the best way to get a comprehensive look to the city. And a stunning landscape with the snow. 86 floors up to the sky. Windy (as usual), but nice view! Because of the cold upstairs, it was time to a soup! I found a gluten free soup at Pret-a-manger, an organic food chain. I’ve known it while I was in London a few months ago and I found it as a good way to have a quick and healthy fast-food. In every store the staff has a allergenic list to check which is the gluten free food you can have. On the way back, in the subway I found...

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Back to NYC during the snowstorm – Di ritorno a New York con Hercules

Back to NYC during the snowstorm – Di ritorno a New York con Hercules

By on Jan 4, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Philadelphia, Travel journal | 0 comments

On January, the 3rd – 2014 This is what I saw from my window today. It’s too cold today…the wheater forecast told the snowstorm (called “Hercules”) is over NYC and US north-east right now. I’m afraid I’m leaving, because I’m not sure I’ll be able to reach New York. -12 Celsius, feeling like -20. Something incredible. I had to catch the local subway, commuting in Ciy Hall to reach the Railway station. Everything is covered by the snow, no cars in the street. And so windy! Would the bus come to pick me up? One more time, this cities are too much…even for the degrees! The Megabus.com bus finally came (for further information about the bus, please have a look to my previous post), and I could “defrost” myself onboard. Brrrrrr I finally started the trip in a strange landscape, with not so many people nor car in the street. To be honest, as I was warm inside it was a nice trip, with a very special view as well. Just arrived in NYC, I needed a hot soup and I had a gluten free one at the Lincoln Center Visitor Center (David Rubenstein Atrium). I took a potato soup, too spicy maybe but nice. I liked it. Moreover, the Atrium has got a wide space with seats, with free access and free wifi. Whether you want to get out or not, it was no possible to afford the wheater today. Needed to get back home soon! Today’s soundtrack: Nuvole e Lenzuola –...

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A travel while travelling – Verso Philadelphia

A travel while travelling – Verso Philadelphia

By on Jan 2, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Philadelphia, Travel journal | 0 comments

On the first day of the year, I found myself starting a special travel into the travel, getting to Philadelphia to visit a part of my family I’ve never met before. I got a ticket from NYC on Megabus.com, a bus company I know since I was travelling throughout United Kingdom a couple of years ago. It’s a low cost company with very good prices, depending on the time when you get the ticket before travelling. Since it’s a very well known company, you need to get the departure stop at least half an hour before the departure timing if you want to reach a good seat. The trip to Philly (as they call Philadelphia) was good. It took two hours and a half and I arrived on time, in spite of the celebration they had in town on the first day of the year. Moreover, the bus had wifi onboard, which was good to keep in touch with some friends of mine while travelling. Finally, I travelled until Delaware by car, to have a dinner with one of my cousins and their family (it’s also mine, actually) 🙂 . And this is the best sunset I saw since I was here. Good! Today’s soundtrack: Street life – Neri per caso...

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Happy New Year’s Eve – Che il 2014 abbia inizio!

Happy New Year’s Eve – Che il 2014 abbia inizio!

By on Jan 1, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

Here we are! May I talk about anything else but the New Year’s Eve today? Yeah. Before getting to midnight, let me mention something about the previous 23hours, actually as much interesting. -5 wasn’t just part of the new year’s countdown: it was the cold today…that’s why in these days is essential stay indoor as long as possible. In the morning I visited the Public Library. Daily free tours around 11am (for further information, see their website), special exhibitions and more. What I definitely appreciated is their idea of sharing: they think that any citizen of the world has the right to access knowledge, and nowadays there is no research nor knowledge without internet. So the library has free internet access rooms (with lots of computers available) and consultation rooms with one-to-one research. And it’s all completely for free. When the lunchtime came, it was time to come back to the Bloom’s Deli. I’ve already tasted a typical pancake, I now had to taste a lunch dish, didn’t I? A classic gluten free cheeseburger, so big that I could eat just a half. I got the other half as a human doggy bag. Finally, the New Year’s Eve! Let me suggest a tip, if you’re going to join Times Square in the future. Basically, you have two options: the first one is to get in the area from early afternoon (around 3pm). You need to wear warm, with something to eat and nothing to drink (because it’s too crowded to find a toilet). You need to afford the NYC weather, which is quite hard. After 3pm (around this time, depending on the crowd), the area is completely closed by hundreds of policemen. And you cannot get in or get out of it! OR, you have a second option…You can avoid this “survivor path” getting a reservation (you need to do it in the previous days) in one of the restaurants of the neighborhood. We went at Angu’s, between the 44st and the 8th Avenue. But you also have different choices on that street and the streets nearby. When you get a reservation, the restaurant is used to send you an email confirmation that works as a voucher: you need...

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Everyday’s life pics in NYC – Vita quotidiana a New York

Everyday’s life pics in NYC – Vita quotidiana a New York

By on Dec 31, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

Since I tasted it, I fell in love: the bagel. Something between a special bread and a sandwich, it’s originally part of the Jewish cuisine. I could taste it in a gluten free version (with cinnamon and raisins) at Tompkins Square Bagel. To finish my quick lunch, I also had a raspberry gluten free cookie. They had a lemon version of this cookie as well. Hanging out through the East Village borough, we found the Bird’s place: Charlie Parker‘s home. In spite of his crazy life, his brilliant and inspiring music is the best gift he gave to us all. Then, I saw the US firemen in action. Yes, but…it must be difficult doing your hard job if people come to you asking for take a picture together… Later on, the malls: this time I was in Bloomingdales, a very well known “mid-high cost” chain. Those dummies, with their padded skirts, let me think about Sex and the City series and how fashion this city could be… By chance, today a new tv program started here in a store related to pastry and cakes. Could you figure out who is the “boss” in this picture? Finally, in NYC we’re now almost ready for tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve countdown. Are you joining Time Square to see the ball falling down? Today’s soundtrack: Quando – Saint Louis voices...

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