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.
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.