I was born in New York, but spent my childhood and post-college adulthood living in South Florida. However, I could never shake the feeling that New York was my true home. My brother and sister both currently work in Manhattan, and I still have family who live in Queens and Brooklyn. Whenever I return, I feel like I’ve come home. I initially set out to start a life in the city, but life has taken me in a different direction. However, I try to make a trip to New York at least twice a year to visit friends and family. Every time I visit, I find a new spot to explore. Since I visit New York so often and I’ll always be able to update my favorite spots, I’m going to establish this post as the first in a series dedicated to NYC. Coupled with famous quotes about the greatest city on earth (yes, I really did just say that), here are some of my favorite captures of this amazing metropolis.
And the most unusual and surrealistic place in New York City is Central Park. – Christo
Central Park never ceases to amaze me. I’ve visited the park in every season. The cold weather doesn’t make a difference. Walking through the maze of trees and paths is a surreal and magical experience. Watching the snow fall on top of the lake as the rest of the city quiets down is one of my favorite memories of this city. Autumn is the best time to visit, in my opinion, as the colorful foliage and crisp breeze make the park extra inviting. Follow up your visit with a hot cup of coffee and you’re golden.
New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.- Djuna Barnes
I love Bryant Park. Seven years ago, when I quit my job to move back home, the first thing I did was walk over to Bryant Park and read a book. I didn’t know what waited for me back home. I didn’t have any job prospects, and had no interest in going back to school at the time. At the same time, I didn’t feel panicked. In fact, I felt calm and strangely at peace. Bryant Park remains one of my favorite places to visit in New York.
New York City Public Library
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does. – Groucho Marx
The New York City Public Library is a beautiful monument and stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers that make up this city. Take your time meandering through its old hallways, and don’t forget to look up at the murals installed on the ceilings. Finally, when you’re standing in the stacks, run your fingers over each book’s spine and inhale the sweet aroma of the old texts. Revel in the moment. I used to run into the library to escape the cold or just to browse on rainy days. It’s one of my favorite pastimes and shouldn’t be missed when visiting New York.
New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty! – Salvador Dalí
Finally, I can’t skip on the Manhattan architecture. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and now the One World Trade Center. The Manhattan skyline stands among some of the most unique cities in the world. My suggestion is to get out of the city and find the best view of New York.
I don’t want to give away all of my favorite spots in one go. After all, my perspective of New York is constantly changing with every visit. For now, just remember to visit with open eyes, an empty stomach, and brace yourself for anything to happen. To be continued…
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. – Simone Beauvoir