New York City is perhaps the most strange and wonderful place I have ever visited…
It feels hyper-real, as if all my favorite movies and photography hot-spots have come at once. Although I wasn’t actually staying in the city, for the one and a half weeks I was in the state (in West Chester County, about an hour by train from the city) I was training it in almost every morning.
What follows is a small collection of photographs from my time in the city. I didn’t take my camera in every day – sometimes its good to just enjoy things! – but I did manage to capture a few of my favorite things about this city (thus-so-far…).
On with the adventuring – Having sort-of mastered the art of training, I had to master the grid, taxi’s and later on the subway in order to get around. I achieved some with more success than others. NYC taxi’s still frighten me a little…
Have you ever ridden in one? It was like being on a roller coaster. Except you could actually crash and die. It is fun though & I’m glad I got to ride in one.
Outside the NBC studios, wearing a leopard print jacket I snagged from Forever 21 in Bethesda for around $11. Thankfully it wasn’t too cold, but it was a little chilly. This coat + boots (and, later on gloves) kept out the cold without letting me overheat.
The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink was like something out of a movie. On a subsequent excursion back out that-a-way I saw a man propose on the rink to an audience of onlookers. It was surreal enough without the romantics!
Speaking of the Rockefeller Center… I did take a sky high ride to the top. It was one of the few touristy things that I did do – and I’m glad I did. The view was incredible, especially that overlooking Central Park. It looks wonderful – a massive green rectangle in the middle of a mass of sky scraping buildings.
I took my Mum into the city on one of the days, and took her and my Uncle who we were staying with on a horse & carriage ride through Central Park. I would COMPLETELY recommend this. It is a bit pricey, $50 + tip, but it is a lot of fun and a special thing to do.
In Central Park. Unfortunately it was still a bit chilly at the time I visited. I would have liked to have spent more time in Central Park. Picnicking perhaps?
One of the greatest snacks ever. Sugar-coated nuts. I was indeed Nuts 4 Nuts!
Times Square was incredible – although I have to admit, I didn’t realize that I was even in Times Square the first time I happened across it. I sort of stopped and did a bit of a double take after feeling a strange sense of familiarity. I wasn’t as overwhelmed as I thought I would be. I was appropriately whelmed!
I did a LOT of shopping, and without a doubt Soho is the best shopping district I’ve ever spent… 2 full days in. We can talk about that. ;>
I do have some regrets…
In no particular order of importance, I regret not…
- Taking enough photos!
- Staying in the city
- Staying late enough to order cocktails and go dancing
- Picnicking in Central Park
- Trying a giant pretzel
- Dressing up just a wee bit more (it was cold, and I had a lot of walking to do)
- Spending a longer period of time in this amazing little candy store (and purchasing more candy)
- Seeing the Statue of Liberty
- Visiting high end designer stores (although I think I was designered out after the Woodbury Commons)
I choose to see this list as a list of things to accomplish next
PS: I’m not bragging but, tourists did come up to me a couple of times asking for directions. Even better, I was actually able to help them. I’m taking this as a sign that I’ve got to return (how can you argue with that?!).