The first glimpse that we had of New York after finally coming up and out of the metro was Times Square.
It made even Maël feel tiny!
The sheer size of the buildings along with the bustle of incessant people makes Times Square quite an incredible sight. We also came across a cowboy sporting only his boxers: “the naked cowboy” with students in feather hats covered in paint.
The challenge set for us to do was to sing “New York New York” with people willing to follow our merry band. Check out of pictures, and the audio from the challenge here.
It was… pitiful.
The rays of sunshine which had dazzled us up until then suddenly disappeared. The sky started to cast over (which may or may not have been a direct cause of our awful singing attempt?)
We went back down the metro, direction: Central Park.
When we got there, the remaining bits of blue sky had disappeared within a space of 15 minutes.
We could see a huge cloud quickly moving over the city.
The sky turned black and all lights turned on across buildings. Protected under the trees in the park, we had the impression that we were part of an apocalypse taking hold over the city of New York.
It was a sight as terrifying as it was fascinating.
We laughed at the thought that our versions of New York New York could have been the cause of this outbreak.
It was a most magical moment, but do you know how the Americans are? Just when we thought it couldn’t get much more impressive than that, there was more to come.
From the shade under the tree canopy, lights shone out.
“You see that?”
“Look over there, and there.”
“Oh yeah, and there too, and… everywhere… all around us!”
Lighting strikes!! by the dozen.
“I’ve never seen lighting like that. It’s a shame that we can’t get a photo, but there isn’t enough light.”
We wanted to find a way to be able to share that moment with you. So, here’s a picture so that you can close your eyes and imagine that you were beneath the storm in Central Park.