Big Apple




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Welcome to this edition of “Are You Going Anywhere? Where I reveal the high points of The Big Apple. In NYC, you will see Towering skyscrapers, find hidden waterfalls, explore unique bodegas on almost every corner, and admire artistic designs found in every piece of architecture that you will miss if you’re not paying close attention. It’s the city where major construction companies use Gotham in their business name. This is a running joke amongst New Yorkers because this corrupt, fictitious major city is in the movie, Batman. Manhattan, Brooklyn or Kings, The Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens are the major boroughs of New York City and each has its own energy and unique, flare. Today I will discuss three: Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. 

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My adventure began in Queens landing at the JFK International Airport. "New York New York, big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain’t always what it seems. You might get fooled if you come from out of town, but I’m down by law and I know my way around. Too much, too many people, too much.” This song by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five was running through my exhausted mind as I’m headed to Manhattan. I’m amazed at the neighborhoods and the graffiti tags on the buildings. They remind me of childhood movies like “Beat Street” and "The Warriors.” The energy here was palpable and real. It’s the home of Rockaway Beach, Citi Field and MoMA PS1. I can’t wait to go back to Queens. There are few famous Greek restaurants I didn’t get a chance to visit. Oh yes, and I heard the best the hot pot is outside of Sichuan.

You can reach the Staten Island borough by taking the free Staten Island ferry. A single route runs 8.4 km. That is 5.2 miles in one direction. How does this translate for the average tourist? It’s a shorter ride than taking the E from Manhattan to Chinatown and more fun cause you experience the sites and sounds of NYC without being in the sites and sounds. Still, it is a 25 to 30 minute ride so I prefer to view going to Staten Island as an all-day event, so save this adventure for when you are willing to stay in the area for a while. Why? Staten Island Zoo, Flagship Brewing Company, historic museums, the Staten Island September 11 Memorial and so much more. 

The home of the famous Coney Island is located in the southern most part of Brooklyn. Due to covid restrictions, Coney Island will not be bustling with visitors until after the Fourth of July which is when you can you see fireworks every Friday after sundown. I think this was the only disappointment I experienced because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE amusement park rides and big fireworks displays! Still, Brooklyn has so much to offer. It’s the home of the famous DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, The River Cafe, and my personal favorite is Gleason’s gym where you can see famous boxers at any time. And places like Gleason’s are a critical part of the New York community. One last thing, you can’t go to Brooklyn without going to the Brooklyn Bridge. 

To see how I ended my trip to New York, check out my dance video below. 

LaTryce Anderson 

 International Travel Advisor - 

Internationally Ceritified Travel Agent & Event Planner. 

She's the Owner & CEO of LaTryce Anderson Enterprise 

as well as the Co-Owner & CEO of Pre L'Orgasme Restaurant.