Of dead presidents and dangerous streets…

After a quite chilly night we started our last completely free day prior to NMUN 2010. It was fairly sunny, but it was still quite cold. This didn’t stop me and a small group of four people to take the subway to Williamsburg just to get enough food and beverages for the next week. Since the supermarket in Williamsburg is a lot cheaper than those in Manhattan, this shopping trip was completely successful – if you don’t mind waiting for quite a long time for the subway just to learn that some trains are not operating at weekends for the purpose of construction work.

In the afternoon I spent my time to see even more parts of New York City. This time I chose to have a look at the General Grant Memorial, dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant, the great Union commander during the civil war and the 18th president of the United States of America. This memorial was not just some kind of statue which I expected, but rather a big mausoleum with a little museum inside. I learned a lot about Ulysses S. Grant as a military commander as well as a President. The whole museum-like information board was completed by original artifacts, like his original military uniform and original 19th century poster printed in these days.

Since Harlem was very well known and the Apollo Theater was nearby, I decided to have a look on Harlem by just walking some blocks to the Theater. At first, Harlem doesn’t seem to be in Manhattan or in New York at all, since there are no big skyscrapers and financial institutions. There doesn’t seem to be much money at all and the supposed gentrification is hardly visible. Still this neighborhood remains a vibrant center of black culture in America.

After this insightful afternoon I decided to prepare for NMUN by working on my opening speeches and my strategies for my committee. I’m looking forward for the following days, which will surely be very stressful, but I’m sure we will learn a lot.