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Some New York minutes

Our relatively spontaneous trip to New York in January (the result of stars aligning – cheap flights, accommodation with friends, an intense desire to see New York City) still sometimes feels like it was just last week. My own expectations were so high, I never thought the place could live up to them. But as is always the way with these things, it sneaks up with you in ways you don’t anticipate, even as some things seem muted when you see them up close for the first time.

Painted Cups

Painted coffee cups, hanging in the front-end of the Flatiron.

On our first day, after the Times (and the map), we made our way into the city. The Flatiron was our first point of interest. What we didn’t expect was the dazzling display of hanging, hand-painted coffee cups. They added immensely to the sense of occasion, and my excitement went into overdrive. The buildings, reflected in the glass, and visible through the glass hammered home that we were in the city of the skyscraper; we felt right at home.

MOMA, reflected

MOMA, reflected

We then covered a lot of ground on foot. We headed past the New York Public Library (we looked inside on another day), craned our necks up at the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center, before we arrived at MOMA.

PJD, reflected inside MOMA

PJD, reflected inside MOMA

As we wandered about, we enjoyed the inside of the building as much as the art.

Times Square

Times Square, lights reflecting everywhere

At the end of the day, we wandered back to Times Square. Because everyone has to go to Times Square. Don’t they? Even if they don’t, we did. And it was awful. And crass. And overrated. And most of all, it was awesome.

Some reflections on my first day in NYC (CIA had been before, and was lucky enough to visit again since!) only cement how much this city means to my imagination. In the end, it also affirms my sense of optimism. If New York is possible, almost anything is.

PJD

Photos by PJD or CIA. Provenance is hard to ascertain at this point. Incidentally, isn’t there some unstoppably excellent quality to this song? Or, more honestly, about its chorus?

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  1. My daughter went to elementary school near Times Square. Over the years, we’ve watched the changing display of billboards and graphics in the area. We liked the CocaCola display, years ago, with the straw popping in and out of the Coke bottle. Also liked the Kodak picture of the Grand Canyon. We don’t visit often – a little bit of Times Square goes a long way. Like you said, it’s awful and awesome at the same time! xoM

    December 5, 2012
  2. I enjoyed a trip to NYC last Christmas, all the way from Australia, and i can still feel the magic. We stayed on Times Square and LOVED it! I still can’t believe how much i enjoyed it, as i’m a country girl and often hate visiting cities. ahhh…the memories. Thanks for the flashback. 🙂

    December 5, 2012
  3. Nienke Verhoeks #

    Ahhhhh you make me sooooo excited for my trip to New York in May!!
    E-mails will come your and Claire’s way to get lots of tips 🙂

    December 7, 2012

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