I travelled to New York with one of my best friends in 2010, we were only 17 and 18 years old, so nowhere near the US legal drinking age; but that wasn’t what our trip was about. In the lead up to the trip, so many people asked me what I was most excited about – Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Shopping? But it wasn’t any of those. I simply said I would be happy to stand in Manhattan and people watch, just take in the culture and customs, observe the everyday New Yorker going to work, buy a bagel and ride the subway to Brooklyn.
I wanted to find out what it was really like to be in New York.