New York City, USA. October-November 2017 (10 photos)

The final destination of my month long trip was New York City, a favourite place and destination for many. After leaving Toronto and flying into LaGuardia, then spending an hour stuck in NYC traffic, I arrived at my hotel on E 54th St just in time for the cheese and wine reception. Then I headed out for my first meal (dinner) at one of those NYC institutions, a food cart, the Halal Guys Food Cart to be precise.

So let’s get into a New York state of mind…

I walked from E 54th St, down 5th Avenue, across the Manhattan Bridge and into Brooklyn to get the photo above. Plenty of stops along the way and a Luke’s lobster roll for lunch, but I knew I wanted this photo from this location which I’d seen online. Using google maps I knew where this was before I arrived.

I missed catching the Staten Island ferry on my previous visit to NYC. Not this time. It’s free and you get great harbour views.

The Chrysler building towering over Grand Central Station.

Welcome to NYC.

On Halloween, after walking the High Line, I spent most of the day and night in SoHo and Greenwich Village. They have a famous Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. Before the parade began, I was perplexed why there should be so very many police in the area. It wasn’t until the next day that I learnt that there had been a terrorist attack on the West Side near the Parade Route only a few hours before the parade was due to commence. Eight people were killed in that attack. They’d considered cancelling the parade apparently, but instead let it proceed with increased security.

I caught a ferry out to New Jersey just to get a photo of the skyline view of NYC from another angle.

I like playing around with angles.

Speaking of angles, it pays to go up high in NYC, and I don’t just mean the rooftop bars. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the rooftop open air platform at the top of the Rockefeller Centre, I watched the sun set on the city that never sleeps.

This is part 1 of my New York City 2017 photo series.

This is Part 4 of my North America 2017 photo series.

This is part 15 of my photo series of my 2017 trip to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada.

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A New York State of Mind


88 thoughts on “A New York State of Mind

  1. Stunning shots of New York from the ground and above. Can definitely feel the energy that is NY in these photos. Really like a city that never sleeps. Hope you enjoyed that lobster roll ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you very much, Mabel. NYC has an energy we lack in Australian cities. It’s definitely researching what to eat in NYC. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s a current book in stores called “The Desserts of New York and how to eat them all” – definitely worth looking through. LOL

    • Thank you, Tish. I made sure not to make any sudden moves at the Trump Tower entrance. Yes, that photo says a lot.
      My problem with this post was choosing a title – so many possible song and book titles to choose from. Hard to go past Billy Joel though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nicely researched angles there. In my one day walking through New York last October, I never managed to cross the water. On the other hand, the guys outside the Trump Tower looked much more relaxed when I walked past them!

    • South, east and west. The skyline views from across the water were very rewarding. Definitely cross the water next time. I did not best not to aggravate those guards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    My goodness, those black and white photos, especially the skyline, are breathtaking. So Metropolis. It’s really worth it to do research on good photo locations before trips.

  4. You have absolutely caught the state of mind of NYC in this stunning gallery of images. The Trump Tower with the armed guards and all the extra security tells it sadly how it is now. But bravo to the people who, despite terrorist attacks, keep on living life to the full. I’m looking forward to what you find next.

  5. Your iconic images brought back memories. My favourite is the sunset one – it has the warmth I associate with New York in bucketsfull (or should that be bucketfulls?). I have so much admiration for this resilient city.

    • Thanks. The last time I was in NYC was before 9/11. It was good to visit and see how the city has recovered and how it remembers that day. I spent quite some time at the 9/11 memorial.

      • The first time I visited New York (and the US) was just a few weeks after 9/11. It is hard to put into words the warmth and dignity I sensed as the city kept calm and carried on. The city towers in more ways than one.

        • That must have been an incredibly moving experience, to witness and share the emotions of people having lived through that. I can’t even imagine how I would have reacted inside that environment.

    • I specifically timed my visit to the Top of the Rock so I could be in position well before sunset. I was warned it becomes very crowded up there at that time. The view was so rewarding.
      Thanks, Lisa. Have a great week ahead, too.

  6. I’m curious that you chose all but one in B&W. Very effective but for someone who hasn’t been there, it gives a very businesslike tone to the place. Was that your intention?

    • The architecture and contrasts lend themselves very well to black and white and it was my intention to do the entire post in that manner. But when I decided to include the sunset shot to finish “the story”, it had to be in colour. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I really liked both the KZMCB question and your answer. I’m rarely a fan of b&w but I like ALL these very much and it was quite dramatic to suddenly reach a colour scene. And what a scene… its stunning!

    • Thank you so much. Some places look better in B/W and the concrete jungle of NYC is one of those, to me. So much texture, structure and contrast everywhere you look. Paris is one of those places, I think. Cuba is definitely about colour.

      Having said that, sunset over NYC from the top of the Rockefeller Centre is such a special experience, only colour does it justice. I was up there for just over 2 hours before I forced myself to return to street level.

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