For the last day I was about to spend in New York City I decided to take things slowly and sleep all morning. Felt really refreshing and by noon I was ready to go to the subway again to meet with my host. He had offered to show me through Little Italy and Chinatown since both neighbourhoods are close to where he works.
What I didn’t know before was that Little Italy actually is kind of a part of Chinatown since it is completely surrounded by the chinese part of New York City. We would walk down south (I think) from my host’s workplace and see a lot of chinese shops and restaurants. But then suddenly, when we crossed a street, everything seemed to shine in red, white and green. Even the lamp posts and fire extinguishers looked like this. The restaurants changed from chinese to pasta and pizza and with it changed the smell. And then, only a few blocks later, everything went back to being chinese again. Walking around the city can be very amazing.
We walked a little bit more through Chinatown and had great dumplings at a tiny store before we set off for Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Williamsburg seems to be an up and coming part of Brooklyn with a scenery which looks like there are a lot of artists living there. My host’s wife had recommended we go to a burger restaurant, so we did, and we had a great burger there. Actually, that was my first ever real american burger and it was worth it. Very tasty.
We then walked around for a little while and I had been noticing that the city seems to be plastered with New York Cosmos stickers, the old logo of the NASL team. Seems like someone bought the brand and now tries to get it back into people’s minds so it might at some point in the future become another expansion team for MLS. Would be great. One wooden wall in Williamsburg was especially impressive because it had a lot of great pictures from the old team with Pelé and Beckenbauer.
We met up with my host’s wife and then took a little detour past Brooklyn brewery and through what looked like the Polish part of Williamsburg before we went back home to call a cab which would drive me to JFK airport. The ride was nice and I had a little chat with the driver, so time flew by pretty quickly.
So now I’m back home in Germany and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the trip. Thank you, New York City.