I Love You, New York

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.

Central Park

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.

walking through literary mall
Walking through the literary mall in Central Park during spring time.

 

iconic bethesda fountain
Coming upon Bethesda Fountain, one of the most iconic statues in Manhattan.

 

rowing under bow bridge
Walking past the Bow Bridge in Central Park. This is one of the more romantic spots in the city, with lovers rowing in boats through the park.

 

walking through central park in autumn
I recently got to visit Central Park in autumn for the first time in years. The colorful foliage, the crisp air, and the spirit of Halloween filled the air.

 

snow falling on central park
An unexpected snowfall starts to cover Central Park. The fog began to cloud over the city, but the ducks didn’t seem to mind as they started playing with each other in the lake. The city was totally quiet as the snow fell. This is one of my favorite memories of the New York.

Bryant Park

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.

summer in Bryant Park
People enjoy a warm summer day in Bryant Park.

 

reading in bryant park
People read along the perimeter of Bryant Park.

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 library lobby
Entering the lobby of the New York Public Library. Nothing can match its majestic ceilings and the aroma of antique texts.

 

descending stairs in library
Descending the stairs in the New York Public Library. Everything echoes throughout this old building, and people all over the city seek solace in its old walls.
old texts in library
Old texts sit displayed throughout the New York Public Library

 

Manhattan Architecture

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.

drifting past empire state building
Drifting past the famous Empire State Building during a river cruise along the Hudson at sunset.

 

walking along the brooklyn bridge
Walking the length of the Brooklyn Bridge is a normal occurrence for residents of Manhattan. However, if you’re new to New York, expect to stop every few feet to snap pictures. The views are incredible.

 

holidays in radio city music hall
How many people have dreamed of performing in Radio City Music Hall? To me, it’s the most magical around the holidays.

 

top of the met looking at 5th avenue
A lot of people don’t realize that you’re allowed to access the roof of the MET. If you do, you’ll be treated to one of the more unique views of 5th avenue, with the famous Plaza Hotel front and center.

 

famous times square
Oh Times Square. I love you, yet despise you for your crowds and noise. I used to avoid you like the plague, but now I feel energized every time I visit. It’s Times Square, guys. There’s a reason why it’s so popular.

 

one world trade center
One World Trade Center now stands proudly in the same spot attacked during 9/11.

 

chrysler building nyc
The Chrysler building peeks out from behind Grand Central Station.

view of columbus circle from Time Warner
Columbus Circle sits at one of the more beautiful entrances to Central Park. Around the circle, you’ll find tons of great restaurants, including those found in the Time Warner Center.

 

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

 

 

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  1. This is very helpful, I plan to visit New York soon and would love to see The things you’ve captured in your photos! Thank you!

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