New York City, October 8-11

“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brand new, The lights will inspire you, Lets here it for New York, New York, New York”

Kinda cheesy I know, but this song was running through my head the whole time I was in NYC this time. It’s fitting for so many reasons, and hopefully, things will become brand new.

I’ve loved New York my whole life even though I didn’t go for the first time until I was in college. After that first time, it became a regular trip every Fall for my mom and I (and my youngest brother on occasion). A few months after my college graduation, I moved to NYC for a 6 month internship working with an NGO that worked with the UN; I lived in the New Yorker at 34th St and 8th Ave and couldn’t have been happier. There really is no other city like New York, and every time I return, a little switch goes off. It feels almost like coming home. It’s a great feeling. And now I have even another reason for it to feel like home 🙂

Surprising as it sounds, I’ve never actually “photographed” New York until this trip. When I moved there years ago, I was afraid of the city. Afraid that if I took my big, shiny camera out of the bag, it’d be stolen within minutes, so I didn’t even bring it. It stayed packed away in Tampa for the whole 6 months. Of course, by the end of my time in NYC, I was taking the subway at 4am by myself. Sorry, Mom!!

So, anyway, enough babbling. I finally got to photograph New York City! I’ll be photographing more every time I go of course, but here are the photos from this trip. All taken on the West Side in and around Chelsea.

New York claims to be “dog friendly”, but dogs aren’t allowed in any of the parks (that I saw) except for Central Park, and they can’t even touch any patch of grass anywhere. So if you live within a few blocks of Central Park, then you’re set, but if not, then you’re S.O.L. Sorry dogs.

Now onto my new favorite place to hang out in NYC. I used to think that Central Park was the only place to go and away from the hustle and bustle, but even in the Park there’s still a lot going on and a lot of people running in different directions. This little gem is on the Hudson around the low 20s, and is a great place to hang out. It was actually quiet and you have a great view uptown and downtown and of course of Jersey across the river. You can even see the Statue of Liberty of Liberty off in the distance to the South!

And lastly, the view from my seat on the plane home…

And that’s all there is from this trip.

Happy Saturday! (and Go Gators!!)

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