Over the years I’ve visited New York more than any other city and it feels like a second home to me. My best friend from university used to live in Brooklyn, which I quickly grew to love, but has since moved to Long Island to raise her family so I only had a day to hang out in the city.
I’ve wandered the streets of Manhattan so many times that now my photographic challenge is to try to capture something new. Discover a different angle, find some subtle detail along these busy streets – there is so much character in this city that I can’t help but pull out my camera.
I arrived bright and early and headed straight to the MOMA to check out the Bjork exhibit. I was so excited to be able to catch the exhibit before it closed! As a long time Bjork fan, I found it fascinating to learn about her life as I walked through each of the album installations. From lyrics and costumes, to her videos and props the exhibit was really well done and I appreciated the different types of visual experiences that were put together.
As I wandered slowly up towards the Upper East side for lunch, I came upon this acrobatic troop. You never know what you’ll find in the streets of Manhattan!
I was struck by the detail on this temple which I tried to highlight with stark contrast. The air was crisp and cool that day, which I feel also comes across in this photo.
As I continued my relaxing stroll near Central Park I looked up an noticed some spring cherry blossoms overhead.
I love taking photos of doors and gates, it’s such a simple photo but can say so much about the history of a place. I noticed this gate while passing the Frick Collection, which I still have to visit – next time.
The devil is in the details and it’s subtle in this next photo, but I liked how I captured the small bird in the left hand corner alongside the bird relief sculptures on the side of this building.
After a long walk, I made my way to Candle 79 for lunch. I was on a detox, which normally would have seemed impossible to maintain while visiting NYC, but I was determined to stick to it and was sure I could find some interesting vegetrian food in this city filled with culinary delights. I ordered a lemon ginseng iced tea which was light, very refreshing and just slightly sweet. For lunch I had a black bean sweet potato burger with tempeh bacon and tapioca cheese. The burger was a bit mushy but had great flavour and came with an addictive spiced aioli. The tempeh was smokey and the tapioca cheese was amazing! Smooth and oozy it tasted just like Monterey Jack cheese – I have to learn how to make it!
Later that afternoon, I made my way downtown and wandered around Chelsea before meeting my friend for dinner. I love exploring all the funky clothing stores and cozy markets hidden away among the old industrial buildings.
My friend took me to Eataly – Mario Batali’s market and eatery. I’ve been to one of his restaurants before and admittedly was not that impressed, but this market blew my mind! I wanted to explore all vinegars, oils, cheese and meat counters but we were pressed for time so we settled down for dinner at the back open restaurant area.
The minestrone soup was simple, full of fresh flavour with a nice citrus zing. I loved the charred greens with pine nuts and balsamic vinegar below – the creaminess of the pine nuts went perfectly with the smoky greens and sweet, rich vinegar.