I am writing this post a day after Central park turned 161 years young and beautiful. With every passing year this place I believe turns more green and more beautiful.
Amidst the dizzying height of skyscrapers donning the skyline, the fast paced life of the people in the city, the homes of the rich and famous celebs, the multi national banks, international fashion brands, the cosmopolitan population and all .. exists 843 acres of well maintained greenery in the heart of Manhattan. That is NYC for you.
We took a Ric ride around most of central park before we headed back to our hotel, we were glad we could make sometime to get around this enormous beautiful park as it happened to be the last place we visited in NYC before we took our flight back to India the same night.
After our no so good experience of taking a Ric ride around Times Square, more about it in my next post. We were a bit sceptical to hire a Ric to go around Central park. However, our Ric driver convinced us into taking one with his fixed rate for the ride.
He was a very jovial guy from Nigeria who had come to NY in search of a job and has since then been doing odd jobs to survive and make ends meet. He spoke a lot - about how wonderful NYC is, he showed us the various high rises which were homes to celebrities, he showed us the various locations were many Hollywood movies were filmed in Central park, he spoke about his life, his family and the place he stays in NYC - Bronx.
He told us that there is another side to NYC and that can be seen in Bronx and how he learnt about life from his friends in Bronx. We were glad we took the Ric ride and only wish we had more time to spend more time in Central park. Despite the cold weather and chill breeze, his warmth made it for a pleasant 2 hours in Central park.