I left New Jersey, spent a day with my cousins in PA and took a train to New York for the day. I really had no plan. I know from traveling in big cities that the best way to feel out a city is to have a general sense of what you want to see and then be ok with straying from the plan. That is what my friend Elizabeth and I did. We spent most of our time in Midtown, starting in the Philadelphia Station, crossing Time Square until we ran into Central Park. Central Park is HUUGGEEEE. (we also saw a Trump impersonator along with the Naked Cowboy)
It was extremely hot and as we were heading to Central Park I exclaimed that I wanted to walk into a fountain and swim in it. She thought that’s why we were heading to Central Park… Come to find out the fountain in the TV show, Friends, is based on Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park. SO FUN! I am a HUUGEEEE Friends fan and it was just a fun place to visit. As we were walking back we saw the Soup Nazi Kitchen from Seinfeld. So we had to stop there. There is usually a line out the door, but since the weather was so warm, not many people were looking for soup.
The Five most popular TV shows based in New York are
- Sex in the City
So next time I have three other TV shows I need to reenact.
Why is New York Called the “Big Apple?”
I bought a T-shirt from Levi Jeans that has “New York” on the front next to a red apple. Did you know that the reason New York is called the big apple started with horse racers? African-American Racers who wanted to make it to New York would term the city “the Big Apple.” We still don’t know why the racers called the city after the fruit. Stable hands used the phrase originally to describe the tracks in New York. The sports writer, Fitzgerald, termed the phrase in his writings and made the term catch on. He even started tilting his column
“Around the Big Apple.” In the 30s the jazz musicians in New Orleans also adopted the phrase. They knew they had made it big when they made it to the Big Apple. The 70s made the “Big Apple” into a way to create a friendly logo for the city’s tourism.
I thought that was super interesting! I love history! After visiting those four places, I felt content to head back to Pennsylvania.
After visiting those four places, I felt content to head back to Pennsylvania.
I want to go back so bad because, knowing cities, I only barely got to scratch the surface of the Big Apple. I am excited for another trip in the future!
Below is a video of my trip. Be sure to like and subscribe!