Scoprendo New York

E poi l’ho fatto, ho scritto un libro, ma non uno qualunque, ho scritto di New York, la sua storia ,tutto ciò del quale mi sono innamorata in cinque viaggi, i luoghi più belli, e non solo quelli famosi che trovi su tutte le guide turistiche, il mio libro,la mia guida sono per tutta quella gente normale che vuole visitare New York e che se ne innamorerà già prima di visitarla.

La pandemia ci ha frenato tutti, io sono una viaggiatrice no stop,e l’idea di non poter attraversare l’oceano e tornare a New York o visitare altre meravigliose città mi ha letteralmente distrutta, perché è la mia libertà, il mio modo di essere libera,può sembrare una sciocchezza ma non lo è.. ed ho scoperto quanto amo questa libertà nel 2016 ,quando visitai New York per la terza volta, ero sola,ma non mi sentivo sola,salire su un aereo e ritrovarsi in una città immensa è stata l’esperienza più bella della mia vita ed è stato allora che ho deciso che dovevo ripetere e farlo ogni volta che ne avevo l’occasione.

New York, con le sue milioni di luci, con le strade sempre piene di gente, con i rumori di una vita frenetica ,entusiasmante e grandiosa, New York che non dorme mai come cantava Sinatra, la New York dei distretti ,la griglia ,la subway ,I teatri di Broadway e la scalinata rossa di Times Square, la New York degli Yankees e dei Knicks ma anche dei Nets e i Mets , la NewYork del jazz e la New York degli immigrati, la new York di Little Italy e Chinatown ,quella dei grattacieli più belli del mondo ,quella delle stazioni ferroviarie più grandi del mondo come la Centrale station e Pennsylvania station,la New York delle isole e della Statua della Libertà.

La libertà, quella che si sente nell’aria appena arrivi al JFK, la libertà di vivere la propria vita e reinventarsi ogni qualvolta la vita lo chiede, nessuno che mi dicesse come vestirmi, di non truccarmi, che i capelli erano troppo cotonati, nessuno che ti giudica per quello che vede, questa è la libertà della mia New York, ed è questo che la rende unica, non c’è colore ,non c’è tasca, non c’è religione.. New York è per tutti ed è di tutti!

Nel momento in cui ti mettono il timbro sul passaporto ti rendi conto che New York ti appartiene e che tu le appartieni, sei a casa e niente può succedere.

Spero che il mio libro piaccia ,che sia fonte di ispirazione per tutti quelli che progettano un viaggio nella Grande Mela.

Are you sure it’s the right thing?

America is ready to start again .. many activities in almost all states start to reopen from this week .. like all National around the world, affected by Covid (the USA even more) now we have to think about starting again .. people have to come back at work .. and that slowly we go back to life, for this as well as for all the other nations I hope we can start again big as before, but today, while I was reading, some of the most famous newspapers in the USA, I understood that I had to share my thinking about something that’s going to happen in the US. I am sure you will not like reading is my disappointment on the removal of many statues, I support and cry out loud all my support for the BLACK LIVES MATTER, because what these people suffer is indecent, far from the word humanity. .the removal of the statues of people who have, even if in the worst way, made American history, will not erase years, and centuries of racism … it will damage the situation, it is not by removing a statue that solves the problem of racism, I personally think that history must not be erased, even if it hurts, but must be used as an example in order not to make the same mistakes of the past, and to write important new steps forward so that one day the children of our children will build statues of people who fought for their rights, building a better world ..What really needs to be done is to VOTE, is to send a person home without love, without respect, without respect for human lives … four years ago, the Americans allowed a fanatic like Trump to take possession almost like a toy of his nation and its people, making the United States of America an object of ridicule by other nations, racism echoes in his words and this should not be denied.I’m not black, I’m a girl from southern Italy, who knows what social classes and disparities between people and gender are. It must be admitted that every nation, even if in its own way, is based on racism, only that we are surrounded by people who they pretend humanity..but it is not by removing the statues of those who created this inequality, that we can change history, but it is by learning from past mistakes that we can create a better future for our children..

BLACK LIVES MATTER

It took me a while, before writing this post, the affairs that are affecting the United States, and the whole world, What happened to George Floyd, is not just yet another act of violence by the American police against black people , but it is the drop that made the vase overflow.Great men in the past fought for the rights of the African American people, until the last of their days, killed because they did too much, for a people who said, still too many, white Americans, they had to be the last!
This has allowed American racists and anti-Semists to dominate the African American people, but they are Americans, and they deserve respect.

See how they are unjustly killed, it makes the blood boil in the veins, see that individual who does not even deserve to be named, stand for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on the neck of a man, and push until his breath is lost .. until af killing it.Her family deserves justice, her daughter Gigi deserves justice, a little girl left without a father at 6 years old. The African American community deserves justice, because there are no more names to remember, so that there are no longer George, Breonna, Philando, Ahmaud, Freddie, Tamir and many, really many others .. America owes each of them justice , and to do this you need a real leader, a president who listens to his people, all of them, who does not make race distinctions, who does not make preferences, and does not declare war on his own people.

Today in the world, millions of people are marching to say enough about racism, and they do so with the awareness that saying ENOUGH is enough, not only for the black people, but a little bit for everyone ..I am proud of my Italy, which today 8 June, marched for the rights of the African American people, and black. I am proud of all those who are marching together, with the blacks, because united we win the battles, united we will defeat racism and all tyrants who will fall with the strength of our voice

One year more ..

May 31, today I blow out 34 candles, I am here in front of the mirror as every year to contemplate the first wrinkles, to think about the last 34 years, things happened, desires, ambitions .. I try to imagine a future but this is not there .. I have never imagined distant future, that is why I am never disappointed by life .. this year was to be an extraordinary year of things and for now except the birth of my nephew, and the short publication of my book .. memorable there are only 66 days of quarantine ..yet .. the more I think about the fact that the candles are 34 and the more I feel I am young I still have much to do, to see and say, today as I am more aware of my right or wrong choices that they are … at 34 I understand that I don’t have to expect anything from anyone except myself …so happy birthday to me, with the hope to find the right way and make the millions of dreams come true …

MY NEWYORK TOUGH

“we will make it because I love New York and New York loves me. New York loves you all. New York loves everyone, that’s why I love New York. And at the end of the day, even if it’s a long day like this, love wins. Always. And it will win again”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

The day you visit New York is the day when your mind and heart open to new horizons, you will fall in love with New York, just because New York will love you madly, From 2013 to 2019, in all my travels, I I felt loved and pampered .. New York is the city of a thousand opportunities, of a thousand lights, of millions of smiles, New York is the city that teaches you to get up after every fall .. it teaches you that after every storm the always returns rainbow.From birth to today, it has suffered great catastrophes, attacks and now even the coronavirus, I am sure of what I am saying, New York will be great again, it will return as roaring as before, it will return chaotic and full of people .. You will feel loved in New York, because Newyork really loves everyone, and you will never feel alone.

“And we’re going to get through it because we are New York, and because we’ve dealt with a lot of things, and because we are smart. You have to be smart to make it in New York. And we are resourceful, and we are showing how resourceful we are. And because we are united, and when you are united, there is nothing you can’t do. And because we are New York tough. We are tough. You have to be tough. This place makes you tough. But it makes you tough in a good way. We’re going to make it because I love New York, and I love New York because New York loves you. “New York loves all of you. Black and white and brown and Asian and short and tall and gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That’s why I love New York. It always has, it always will. And at the end of the day, my friends, even if it is a long day, and this is a long day, love wins. Always. And it will win again through this virus. Thank you.”

I think these words, spoken by Andrew Cuomo, in the NY TOUGH video should be of inspiration, for everyone ..
I have never hidden my love for the city of New York, I always praise her, I suffered with her during the attacks that have involved her over the years, I rejoiced every time she got up, and she did it by returning more and more stronger, more courageous ..

and I look forward to returning, in what I consider my second home, I look forward to being able to roam the streets again, I look forward to returning to listen to the sounds of the city and get lost in the thousand lights .. I love New York because New York loves me.

SHOPPING MUST HAVE : CAPITOLA WATCHES

I have a real passion for watches, of each model, I am not one who thinks about the important brand, I must hit the model, it must please me at first sight. Over the years I started making a real one great collection I have watches from many brands but two years ago I discovered a beautiful Capitola brand with which a small collaboration began, after the first order they activated me a code that is all active today, so if you love watches like me, you just have to choose your favorite and enter the code coco15, with which you will be entitled to 15% discount!!

The materials, the colors are perfect, you can also customize them .. use the code coco15 and you will receive 15% discount in addition to other discounts that make them directly .. here are some models just to have a look ..

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DISCOVERING NEW YORK: BROOKLYN

Of the five Boroughs of New York City, this is what catches my heart every time I go there, Brooklyn is the second most touristy district of NY, divided by the famous Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge by the homonymous district, the view on the skyline is just the icing on the cake for this district, it has a long history, made up of colonies, Dutch and English, like all the other districts, a history made up of immigration, of millions of people who came from all over the world to try their luck ..It is the most populous Borough of NYC, has a population of 2.6 million people, once they were known only for the many factories where millions of New Yorkers worked, then after work hours everything ended and Brooklyn became the ghost town. district, which has about 130 different languages, in Brooklyn there is also one of the largest communities of Orthodox Jews, in this district you will also find one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the United States, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, many neighborhoods also here including Williamsburg, Bushiwich, Dumbo, Fort Green, Park Slope Brooklyn Height, Coney Island and many others ..
For film lovers, this district like Manhattan is often used as a setting for films and TV series, a very famous point in terms of cinema in Brooklyn, it is Washington Street, with the glimpse of the Manhattan Bridge this view has become famous for being on the cover of the film Once upon a time in America there was the great Sergio Leone, and with the great Robert De Niro..One of my favorite neighborhoods is Dumbo, because new, youthful and full of very interesting places .. For shopping instead I prefer Williamsburg known for vintage shops. But Brooklyn is also sea. Yes, that’s right, in the south end of Brooklyn is the Coney Island neighborhood, with beautiful beaches and a pier full of fun and good food.The neighborhoods are many, and all beautiful, and there are things to do in Brooklyn, such as walking on the Brooklyn Bridge, walking along the Brooklyn Height Promenade, shopping in Williamsburg and Bushwick, visiting the second largest museum in NYC, the Brooklyn Museum, being enchanted among the flowers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, sunbathing and having fun in Coney Island in summer, Brooklyn offers a lot and deserves to be visited .. so go there and enjoy every corner.

DISCOVERING NYC: 5 MUST VISIT.

Like I said several times, I love NY, and I’m not just talking about Manhattan, but about all five Boroughs. Today in this post I will write 5 places that you absolutely must visit. One for each Borough, the choice was difficult, but I hope you like it ..

The boroughs are Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Manhattan is the most famous district, and also the one with most of beautiful and famous attractions. So the choice here was really difficult, what I chose for NY is the point from where you can admire downtown, and uptown, I speak of the Top of the Rock. The Rockefeller Center observatory, the view from here is sensational, I was torn over what to suggest about Manhattan, but I thought about my third trip to Ny, and the first thing I did was seeing the sunset from the Top of the Rock , and that view, it has stuck in my heart and mind .. So if you happen to be in NY for a very short time and are wondering what to visit, well you can’t help but get on the TOTR. It must be said that the terraces from which to admire Ny are many, starting from the famous Empire State Building, but from here you can admire L’empire and Freedom for this I like it, and then the view from the top of Central Park, simply magnificent.

Brooklyn It is the second most famous borough of New York city, famous for the Brooklyn bridge, for the wonderful neighborhoods, for the view of the Manhattan skyline, the wonderful Botanical garden.The Brooklyn must visit is about shopping, and the Williamsburg neighborhood famous for vintage shopping. In this neighborhood there are really many vintage shops, not only of clothing .. you could find real memorabilia. I recommend you if you happen to spend a few hours in NY between shops and beautiful clubs in the area.

Queens is the most multiethnic borough of NY, with the majority of foreign languages spoken, the largest surface borough, and the most populated, where there are two major airports, the famous JFK international and the La Guardia domestic flight airport. , nice neighborhoods, popular neighborhoods and low-cost houses. My must visit to Queens could only be Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

is a park located in the heart of the Queens district, it is the second largest park in New York City, was created in 1939 as the site of the New York world fair, and also hosted the 1964 fair, a surface of five hundred hectares , in this park takes place every August the Us Open tennis tournament in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, there are twenty-two tennis courts, the largest, indeed largest in the world is the Arthur Ashe Stadium, instead the second for capacity is the Louis Armstrong, here there is also the New York Mets stadium, the baseball team of the city of New York which is based in Queens, the stadium is called Shea Stadium and has a capacity of fifty-five thousand seats sit, and it is located in the north end of the park, inside the park there is a lake, the Meadow, which flows into the Flushing river, it is possible to rent canoes to go around the lake, they also do tournaments called Dragon Boat, the immensity of this park is evident de from the fact that here besides these two huge stadiums, there is also a Theater, the Queens Theater, but also a very large and extraordinary museum, the Queens Museum of Art, a ceremonial room above elevated, and The most famous unisphere in the world an installation which is located in the center of the park, famous all over the world. I think if you go to NY, you have to spend a few hours visiting this wonderful park in the heart of Queens.

The Bronx, is a neighborhood known to be one of the most criminal Boroughs in NY, many when you arrive in NY will tell you to avoid visiting the Bronx, but do not listen to it, the Bronx is not only crime and dangerous areas, the real and the only dangerous area is the South east Bronx. So it is not fair to categorize this district, a district that since the 80s has been trying in every way to get up, reclaiming and redeveloping parks, museums, neighborhoods .. And my Bronx Must Visit is Arthur Avenue, the real Little Italy of NY , a simple neighborhood with many Italian restaurants, bars and shops. Many visit it every year, and not only Italians but almost all Europeans who love to eat Italian.

We arrived at the last Borough,Staten Island, what many people think is useless to visit, in fact it doesn’t have much to offer for tourists, but there are some really very interesting places, such as the lighthouse museum, the park with a view of Liberty Island and South Manhattan where there is the 9/11 memorial and also other very beautiful parks and the museum of Meucci and Garibaldi, the home of Antonio Meucci who hosted Garibaldi years and years before the latter became the face of the Italian Risorgimento.

Only the trip by ferry to get to Staten Island is a Must to do, a wonderful view of the whole bay .. then in my must visit this I go to Bis just because it is a beautiful Borough that deserves to be visited more often .. quiet , the most residential and economic. A green paradise where you can walk and relax. The first Must visit is the September 11 Memorial. As you know in the Twin Towers, and in the neighboring area worked many people who lived in the neighboring districts, many were from Staten Island.It has the shape of two wings ready to fly to Downtown Manhattan, the north bank is full of beautiful places to visit, especially museums, I recommend you after seeing the memorial, to move to Front Wadsworth from where you can have a beautiful view of the Verrazzano Bridge and visit one of the historic forts that served to protect the port of NY

I hope to have you intrigued .. and that as soon as we can return free to travel you will visit this wonderful city with its beautiful districts.

AFTER ALL..DON’T LOSE YOUR HUMANITY

We are now in May … slowly the whole world is returning to freedom after the Pandemic that hit us in April, everything will be uphill from now on .. and only “strong legs” will be able to reach the top, but we must to be united, we must all support each other, nothing supports a nation better than its citizens, there is no political, there is no institution, but union, respect and compassion. We are all waiting for our much-loved Freedom, freedom to go back to aperitifs, go to the cinema, go to a pizzeria, go shopping .. The economic crisis for those who have affected everyone so much, for whom little, has really hit everyone .. We have seen Nature flourishing again in our quarantine .. we have seen rivers come back clear, the air cleaning up, the love for our cities, the coexistence with the neighbors that many of us perhaps didn’t even know.We sang, we applauded .. we rejoiced at every recovery, and we cried at every death ..
Today we are starting to come out slowly from our homes, we can meet our families again, some companies have started working again … others are waiting anxiously to start again, each country has its failures on its shoulders. Each nation will bring many deaths on conscience, each nation will bring hundreds of companies that go bankrupt on conscience.What matters is not to forget what happened, not to forget the sacrifice we made, and not only us but also those around us. When you go back to the shops to be shopping, be nice to the shop assistants. When you return to eat out, do not deny a smile to those who serve you, and do not forget that even if small, a tip is a reward that is worth a lot for a waiter and not only economically.When you go out to eat, if something is wrong, do not write it in a review, but compare yourself with the restaurateur, for many of them .. this has been a difficult period, and what is starting will not be better, many may not be able to do it , they may have to leave their employees at home, and above all in the restaurant .. you become like a family, many times you see each other more with employees and collaborators than with your families .. Do not lose the humanity that you have found in these months of quarantine .. if you see a homeless person on the street sleeping, don’t turn away … nothing kills more than judgment and indifference.

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

How many are asking this question? in these days of Lockdown, in these days of city closings, with many nations that don’t support their citizens enough, with a new lifestyle with which we will have to deal.Our lives have changed, we have been and are still being tested. The quarantine at home, without being able to live those lives that for most of us, we detested because monotonous and bland .. We complained about things that we miss so much now, with chaos, work stress .. and those late days with salary .. Now we can say “good times!” While before we complained about our jobs, today most of us pray to be able to get it back after the quarantine. Our freedom has been denied us, no trips, no outings with friends, no cinema, gym or a good pizza .. It all seems so surreal, at the beginning I said to myself, oh well, two weeks passes everything, then a month has passed, now 49 days .. and the fear increases, the fear of not being supported by the state, of not being able to reach the end of the month .. the fear of death .. there are many thoughts that go through our heads, I look around and I do nothing but think about the health of my family .. their financial situation .. and I think this is an almost global thought, then I keep thinking, I think of the cities that I have visited, I think of the places that are already as bad as the south Africa, Iran and India, I think of a nation as big as China .. that has paid its mistake too much .. but that will always be held up as the “creator” of the pandemic.The deserted cities, the children stuck in the house without being able to go out, and other children who should stay at home, instead are in the refugee camps where cleaning and security are far from normal life .. Of course the bombs have been placed in quarantine .. at least almost good news .. but how long will it last? Should we hope for them that the quarantine will last as long as possible? when will we go back to normal life instead? and then will it be really normal afterwards? Will everything really return as before? how many psychological victims will this virus do? how hungry around the world? how much fear in relating to the rest of the world? what will happen in a few months?Here every evening with the arrival of midnight all these questions arrive .. all these doubts arrive, so sleep passes .. and I find myself checking my parents while they sleep, my sister .. I look at the photos of the trips and I wonder I’ll be back to my normalcy? I will be able to go on .. I don’t know but wait, wait for all this to pass .. and let’s see, it’s the only thing left for us to do ..