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New York – A Day In Manhattan

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.

"Highlights" - Time Square, Manhatten, NYC

“Highlights” – Time Square, Manhattan, NYC

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.

Bjork exhibit at the MOMA

Bjork exhibit at the MOMA

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!

"Jump" - Manhatten, NYC

“Jump” – Manhattan, NYC

"Jump Around" - Manhatten, NYC

“Jump Around” – Manhattan, NYC

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.

"Temple Emanu-El" - Upper East Side, Manhatten, NYC

“Temple Emanu-El” – Upper East Side, Manhattan, NYC

As I continued my relaxing stroll near Central Park I looked up an noticed some spring cherry blossoms overhead.

"In Bloom" - Upper East Side, Manhatten, NYC

“In Bloom” – Upper East Side, Manhattan, NYC

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 Frick Collection, Manhatten, NYC

The Frick Collection, Manhatten, NYC

"Bang On The Wood", Upper East Side, Manhatten, NYC

“Bang On The Wood”, Upper East Side, Manhattan, NYC

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.

"Birdhouse", Upper East Side, Manhatten, NYC

“Birdhouse”, Upper East Side, Manhattan, NYC

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!

Candle 79, Upper East Side, Manhatten, NYC

Candle 79, Upper East Side, Manhattan, NYC

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.

"The Writing's On The Wall" Chelsea, Manhatten, NYC

“The Writing’s On The Wall” Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC

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.

Eataly - Manhatten, NYC

Eataly – Manhattan, NYC

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.

Minestrone Soup, Eataly - Manhatten, NYC

Minestrone Soup, Eataly – Manhattan, NYC

Charred Greens with Pine Nuts and Balsamic, Eataly - Manhatten, NYC

Charred Greens with Pine Nuts and Balsamic, Eataly – Manhattan, NYC

 

A Brooklyn Wedding

Another trip to the Big Apple – the city that never sleeps, never gets old, and always has a new adventure waiting for me.  But this time I’m making the trip to attend my friend’s wedding, so it’s double the craziness! Once again, I’m staying in the comfort of Brooklyn, but I’m nesting in an old brownstone with frilly decor and restless open windows – the B&B is like a set from a classic movie.  After only a day, I feel as though I’ve moved in and am jogging through the streets with ease.  The possibilities always seem endless – should I hit the city and wander through Central Park and some art galleries?  Vintage shopping in Williamsburg? Explore the quirky stores in Greenwich Village?  I start racking up the food and shopping bills in no time and feel right at home.  There is an energy within me that comes alive in this city, and it wears me out by the end, but it’s a spirit that I love to ignite.

"You Send Me"

“You Send Me”

"The Time It Takes"

“The Time It Takes”

"Swirl"

“Swirl”

"Last One"

“Last One”

"The Next Step"

“The Next Step”

"Possibilities" - Greenwich Village, Manhatten

“Possibilities” – Greenwich Village, Manhatten

"Escape" - Greenwich Village, Manhatten

“Escape” – Greenwich Village, Manhatten

"Brownstone Beats" - Brooklyn

“Brownstone Beats” – Brooklyn

"Delayed" - Brooklyn

“Delayed” – Brooklyn

"Come Together" - Brooklyn Stoops

“Come Together” – Brooklyn Stoops

"Don't Hold Back" - Smorgasburg, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“Don’t Hold Back” – Smorgasburg, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Manhatten from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Manhatten from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"Portal" - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“Portal” – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"What Lurks" - Manhatten

“What Lurks” – Manhatten

"Catch Me If You Can" - American Museum of Natural History, Manhatten

“Catch Me If You Can” – American Museum of Natural History, Manhatten

"Play Nice" - Times Square, Manhatten

“Play Nice” – Times Square, Manhatten

"Everybody Look" - Times Square, Manhatten

“Everybody Look” – Times Square, Manhatten

"Quench"  R&D 606, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

“Quench” R&D 606, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn