New York

January 17, 2017

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Despite coming back around Christmastime, I took my first look at the photos and videos just yesterday. On my seventh trip to the city, I’m just about over taking photos of yellow taxis and Times Square – but with a NY virgin in tow, we were sure to end up with at least a few obnoxious tourist shots. I’ve got a few different guides planned for New York (free things to do and a vegan one – anything else you’d like to see?) but today I just wanted to share a few pictures that most conjured up this particular trip.

It was a kind of jarring mixture of sight-seeing with Ryan (a NY first-timer), spending time with my New York-dwelling cousin and her Brooklynite bf, and heading off to my personal favourite spots off the beaten track that I’ve discovered over many trips there. It was a refreshing way to see a city – I’m really not used to showing people around a place, particularly with a city that’s not my own.

The City

New York is a city I associate with Christmas- the first three times I went were around Christmas, although I’ve been during other seasons. Summer is a strong contender of best time to visit, but there’s something truly magical about the skyline set against a crisp winters sky, the festive hustle and bustle and the sharp change between the cold streets and the warm coffee and bagel places that I really enjoy. There’s a certain harshness in a New York winter, and it makes the warmth seem even more welcoming.

What I love about New York is how open it is, in every sense of the word. It’s almost impossible to get lost, and there’s no pretension anywhere. It’s a big, loud, busy city, and it doesn’t pretend otherwise. The people are opinionated and fast-talking; the streets are wide and long. Up in Manhattan the buildings literally tower over you and make you feel small. Even down in Brooklyn everything just seems so huge. For some visitors it can be overwhelming, but I love it. All that brash honesty and purpose! It makes you feel you can do more, be more, see more, until even your short and numbered days seem full of endless awe.

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8 responses to “New York”

  1. Jane says:

    I’ve recently come back from NY myself! As a city person, I do love it. Especially how everything is literally open all the time. I was pretty intimidated the first time I went, 19 and by myself, but I think I’ve grown in self confidence a bit more and really enjoyed my time this trip.

    P.S. for some reason your blog hasn’t been updating on my bloglovin’ feed! I’ve followed it as the .com domain now so hopefully it works.

  2. I’ve been to NYC several times, but never around Christmastime. I have been around Thanksgiving though, so I’ve seen storefronts all decked out, but I’ve never seen it covered in a blanket of snow. I hope to do that one day! Also, that one man band is cool; I wonder what he sounded like! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  3. Your trip looks amazing! I absolutely love New York and would love to visit again around Christmas x

  4. I’ve only been to NYC once, but it’s one of those cities you visit and you’ll know you’ll revisit time and time again. I would absolutely love to go back – must work on it!!!

  5. Reshma says:

    I also associate NYC with Christmas time! I always think about that scene from Home Alone 2 where his mom finds him at Rockerfeller center. I look forward to reading your NYC guide posts, especially the vegan friendly one. 🙂

  6. jessthetics says:

    Ahh, I can’t believe I’m only just seeing your New York photos! I also can’t believe you’ve been to new York seven times – that’s so many! I’m super jealous of your NY Christmas, it must be so magical around that time of year. Does it ever snow? xx

    Jessthetics

  7. I associate New Jersey with Christmas too. Mostly I had up there four times now during Christmas. I only been to NYC twice. Chris, my fiance, wants me to go up this summer.

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