Exile:- The road back has to start somewhere and the first step of the journey is to exile yourself from everyone else. You need to be in your own space, alone with your thoughts. The best place in the Five Boroughs has to be The Bronx Zoo. Start there. Spend the day with the animals and ignore the humans. Be yourself, by yourself, with the menagerie to keep you all the company you need. Four thousand of them, over six hundred species. Just because you need to exile yourself from your fellow humans and the male of the species in particular doesn't mean you have to be totally alone, does it?
Express:- Take the Subway to Wall Street and walk to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center stood before 9/11. Let it all out. If there is one place in NYC where nobody will bother you while you cry yourself back to sanity, this is the place. While you unload everything that is holding you back, spare a thought for the 3,000 who perished here, especially the courageous police and firefighters who stayed at their posts despite knowing their lives were forfeit. Take inspiration from their sacrifice and put it into perspective, if only to help you survive your own personal tragedy.
Exorcise:- Let it all go on the Staten Island Ferry. Forget lining up for the Liberty Island ferry and the tour of the Statue of Liberty. The lines are long and the views perhaps not the best in this city of amazing things to see. You can see the statue as you sail past on the ferry. It's free and it gives you perhaps the best value view of the New York City skyline there is to be had. You have to get off the ferry when it reaches Staten Island and join the line to ride it back to Manhattan but if you don't go during peak hours there will be no delay. As the city grows larger the closer you get, start to breathe again, live again. Landing at Battery Park you have all of Manhattan and the rest of your life ahead of you.
Explore: - Broadway! It's right there as you get off the ferry. It runs all the way from the southern tip of Manhattan Island where you are standing now to the very top at leafy Inwood. This is the original route used by the original Native American inhabitants called the 'Wickquasgeck Trail'. While you try to wrap your tongue around that, wander up Broadway and just soak up New York from street level. Block by block the city changes as the street numbers you pass climb. At any time along the way you can take a break at a diner or buy a famous New York hot dog from a street vendor.
Pass through Greenwich Village, check out Macy's Department store and keep heading north. By the time you reach the area between 42nd and 47th Streets you will have explored Lower Manhattan, moved into Midtown Manhattan, passed some great retail opportunities and be ready for the hubbub that is Times Square. This was once the 'red light district' of The Big Apple but has now become a very family oriented place. New York is no longer the crime capital it was once touted to be and in fact is as safe as any big city, anywhere in the world.
Exhale:- Leaving Times Square behind you there are just a few more blocks and you hit Central Park, the most visited of all parks in the USA. Don't be surprised if it feels familiar because Central Park is one of the most featured places in all US movies. So find a spot that really resonates and just exhale. Let it all out, let it all go. New York, New York. If you can make it there…
Perry Gamsby 2010