It's big. It's got tall buildings. It speaks French. It has strange red flashing traffic lights that confuse the hell out of us. It's like a cross between a North American city (which it is), a Scottish city like Aberdeen or Edinburgh (which it isn't), and in some strange way (and I'm really gonna get lambasted for this one) - Sydney. Where am I?
I had been counting down the days feverishly for months. It was the last thing I thought of before I went to sleep, and the first thing I thought of when I woke. It consumed me, vigorously updating my statuses as though people actually cared that it was only 142 days, 141 days etc until my first visit to the USA.
A hub for A-listers and fashionistas, Robert DeNiro's ultra-cool downtown hotel and home from home, echoes a sumptuous private residence; 88 individually designed rooms and suites, cosy drawing rooms with roaring fires, Tibetan rugs and eclectic antiques, surround an enchanting Tuscan-style candle-lit courtyard.
The end of week three has come, signalling the completion to our media literacy trip around the US. For a catch up on preceding aspects of my trip in Washington DC, Los Angeles and St Louis, read my previous blogs if you have time.
I was warned by friends from the mid-west that people in New York aren't as nice as elsewhere. That they are impersonal, hurried, aggressive. And they absolutely are. They are also kind, friendly, welcoming, inquisitive, calm, careless, peaceful, black, white, Muslim, Christian, egotistical, rap-loving, rap-hating, careful, Hispanic. No one belongs. Yet everyone does.
Here's a quick holiday photo postcard from two New York powerhouses - Lady Gaga and Barney's. Gaga's Workshop is Mother Monster's charity pop up within Barney's men's store on Madison Avenue for the festive season. On a street made famous by its Mad Men advertising past, this successful coupling of two iconic brands is an innovative, not to mention thoroughly enjoyable, form of chugging with 25% of all sales going to Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
As Pinktober comes to an end, Huffington Post UK looks at the landmarks that were illuminated in pink to show their support. Major cities put on a...