A New York Memoir – Part 3 (a list of memorable experiences)

Memorable things that happened:

  • Saw the Halloween decorated city – carved pumpkins, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies
  • Saw a city that was also preparing to vote again in the Presidential elections – candidate buttons, flyers, billboards everywhere
  • Grayline double decker bus tours of both uptown (Harlem) and downtown
  • Experienced the top of the Rock
  • Went to the top of the Empire State and imagined Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meeting up there like in Sleepless in Seattle
  • Had a massive slice of New York pizza
  • Sang the “Money, money, money, money” song while walking by Trump International Tower
  • Ate a genuine red velvet cupcake from the famous Magnolia Bakery
  • Ate chili fries
  • Had a rickshaw ride around Central Park
  • Saw where John Lennon was shot
  • Went to the John Lennon memorial – there was a man there playing a guitar singing John Lennon songs, there are petals and flowers that get placed there daily, and every Sunday Yoko Ono brings a bouquet of flowers herself
  • Saw a dog with wheels for legs
  • Saw Ice Cube getting a horse and carriage ride
  • Got hit on by three African Americans – holler
  • Saw 30 Rock being filmed in the street
  • Saw a filming of Good Morning America with a little known guest they had called OPRAH – never heard of her
  • Saw ‘Bring it on’ the broadway show
  • Ate some ‘shrimp’ at Bubba Gump
  • Saw an ad being filmed
  • Got a lousy caricature drawing
  • Frequented Times Square and Broadway for the obnoxious lights, crowds, TV characters, and unnecessary candy stores
  • Saw the famous ‘Naked Cowboy’
  • Got a yellow cab ride
  • Did a TV & Movie tour and spun the most elaborate story to the tour guide and a bus load of people that I’m Jermaine Clements cousin – I committed to it for the whole 3.5 hour tour
  • Saw the ‘projects’
  • Saw drug deal going down
  • Played on the ‘Big’ piano
  • Got a ‘Zoltar’ card
  • Stocked up on $8 OPI!
  • Saw paparazzi waiting outside Tao for Tom Hanks
  • Bought a $20 Guess wallet
  • Got some Seinfeld ‘Jujyfruits’
  • Had a black and white cookie
  • Ate a $1 hotdog from a sidewalk vendor
  • Window shopped Jimmy Choos
  • Navigated the subway
  • Had a group of older black men sing gospel songs in my subway car
  • Got a free hug
  • Got handed a “what to do if everyone gets raptured and you get left behind” pamphlet
  • Had cream cheese bagels, giant pretzels and a black cup of joe
  • Went on a harbour cruise where the miracle on the Hudson happened
  • Saw the Statue of Liberty
  • Saw the dock that the Titanic was supposed to arrive at
  • Tried my first Bud Light
  • Walked down Carrie Bradshaws street
  • Saw where Katherine Hepburn lived
  • Saw where Heath Ledger died ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Saw the library where Slimer first appears in Ghostbusters, which is also the same Library on “The day after tomorrow” where they burn the library books
  • Went to multiple F.R.I.E.N.D.S locations
  • Went to DASH
  • Saw a man feed a homeless person
  • Saw old men playing chess on a door stoop
  • Ate a cake pop outside Madison Square Gardens
  • Saw where Marilyn Monroe sang happy birthday to JFK
  • Finally made it to the World Trade Centre site. I even booked a walking tour with ‘Bill’ a Firehouse Chief and a first responder. A few quick decisions decided his fate from his co-workers, he was the only survivor from his unit. He cried a few times talking about his friends he lost and loved. He described how it was a life and death situation looking up to dodge the debris and bodies falling if you try to run from the building, and how he made everyone in the stairwell hug the wall as tight as they could when they heard things collapsing (not realising it was the other building). As he stepped out the door to leave himself, his building started collapsing.

4 thoughts on “A New York Memoir – Part 3 (a list of memorable experiences)

  1. Tania

    Loved this list. Wish there was a way we could click on the ones we liked! Did you go to ‘central perk’? (If it exists)


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