New York City: The Pictures

Well, I sure got a little snap happy.

There were over 2,000 pictures on my camera after my New York City trip.

[Wowzers!]

Between my serious jet lag and feeling a tidbit overwhelmed with “which photos do I possible choose,” I think I deserve a good glass of wine for finally narrowing them down to 30 and posting them one week from my return to the sunny West Coast – or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, what fun was had in the Big Apple!

Now to be truthful, this was my first-ever trip to “the city that never sleeps.” Yep, almost 29 and never been to see a Broadway show. [Sad, I know.] I traveled all day Saturday to arrive just in time to check into my room at The New Yorker, eat some yummy Mac’N’Cheese from S’MAC, and get a good night’s sleep before my creative networking day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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This area of Brooklyn was so refreshing. It seemed like something out of a movie with its adorable curb appeal. Unbelievably cuteness!

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I’m a little peeved at myself. I almost didn’t pick up my camera the entire time at the Create + Cultivate event. I was having such a blast I guess I didn’t think about it, but still, I’m irked. This is the only good picture I have from my experience there . . . most likely because the Brooklyn Brine presentation was insanely delicious.

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After the event on Sunday, I was absolutely crashed with exhaustion and creative-fun-overload, so I watched some Emmy’s from the comfort of my hotel room and ate unexpectedly terrible Chinese food :/ but Monday was a new day, so I hit the ground running, all the way to Central Park.

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This was absolutely one of my MOST favorite parts of the trip. It’s 843 gorgeous acres of greenery. It made me realize how much I actually miss the fall! Right when I made my entrance, I stumbled upon the Strawberry Fields; an area of the park dedicated to the late/great Beatle, John Lennon. It’s appropriately named after the title of one of their songs, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

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THE best walk I have ever been on!

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See what I’m talking about? Such beauty!

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Even though, it is VERY easy to get lost in Central Park [trust me it is] happy accidents are encouraged, especially since I found Belvedere Castle!

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It’s named for the Italian meaning “beautiful view” and offers exactly what its name implies.

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be a true Central Park visit without viewing the Bethesda Fountain and roaming its Terrace Arcade.

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Tree, trees, and more glorious trees!

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After the Central Park jaunt ended, hunger set in, and since the next stop was the Guggenheim Museum, its restaurant, The Wright, seemed like the right choice ;) I ate the best risotto there [it had lobster in it!]. I was also totally obsessed with the restaurant’s ambience.

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The Guggenheim Museum allows no pictures [whomp, whomp, whomp], so the outside of the building was my only journalistic option.

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Oy! So much to see and I had so little time.

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I’ve always been so envious of anyone who has posted a picture with LOVE: a sculpture of the iconic Pop Art image by American artist, Robert Indiana, but now I’ve actually seen it [and have a picture with it too!].

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Bright lights, big city!

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After seeing it so many times in the movie, “Something Borrowed, ” I HAD to visit the Shake Shack. I highly recommend the Shack Stack. It’s simply amazing.

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My last day in NYC had somber beginnings with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

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In my opinion, they [whomever “they” officially are] did a superb job honoring this unprecedented loss of life. It was very tastefully done and is extremely moving. I cannot even begin to fathom not being able to say goodbye to my D [or any loved one for that matter]. Let’s just say I was grateful to be wearing sunglasses throughout my visit. I could barely hold it together there.

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The names of the nearly 3,000 individuals, who were killed in the September 11 attacks and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, are inscribed around the edges of the Memorial pools.

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After the 9/11 Memorial, it was off to the Museum of Modern Art :D

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MoMA has been a place I have wanted to visit for years!

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And as you can see, I was like a kid in a candy store!

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I was able to see SOOO many artists’ works I have been admiring for years: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and . . .

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The granddaddy of them all: Vincent van Gogh! I honestly had no idea I was going to cross something off my bucket list that day, but I did! I saw the actual real deal = “The Starry Night” [IN PERSON!!!]!!! It was utterly breathtaking.

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To tell you the truth, I could live at that museum [do you think they would mind?] but had to leave since I had tickets to the Hirschfeld Theatre for Kinky Boots!

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After the show [it was amazing by the way], my final pit stop was Times Square. I now know why New Yorkers avoid this part of the city like the plague. It was absolute Crazyville! I mean definitely fun, but way too crowded for my liking.

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“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.“ – Tom Wolfe

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Once my bags were packed for the flight home, I suddenly realized I had taken NO pictures of the classically vintage hotel that is The New Yorker.

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Can I please get that chandelier in my home, please? Lol.

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All in all, the trip was a stupendous success. I did some networking, saw the sights, got re-inspired about my work, and learned even more about me . . . like how I could never ever live here ;)

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