Stop right there. Let me rewind time a little bit. I’ll take you back to October, when I visited Krissy in NYC. It’s difficult to put into words how amazing this trip was. I fell in love with the city fairly quickly. I was only there for 8 days, unfortunately, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I guess my experience of the city was enhanced by the fact that I was overjoyed to finally see and be with Krissy again.
There was a lot to see, and a lot to experience. We tried, as much as possible, to be efficient in seeing and trying new things every day. When Krissy would go to class in the afternoon, I would wander off on my own and just explore the city on foot.
Apart from all the beautiful, new things to see, I was also very excited by what I could hear and what I could smell. Something that stays fresh in my mind is the sound of the subway. This might seem weird to many, but in Copenhagen, I take the train every day and the two experiences are significantly different that it creates a stark contrast in my mind. Imagine this: you’re waiting for your train; the tunnels are dark lit only by underground lights; you hear background chatter from other commuters; as the whirring train arrives, you set yourself up to get in swiftly, trying to find your place in the out and inward stream of people. Inside, the chugging sound of the subway train fills your ears, overlaid with the often-garbled sound of the PA system. Blurred silhouettes from passing stations flash your eyes. It’s really the small details that I really opened myself up to. The result was (literally) sensational.
I even love the feeling of emerging from the subway station, especially in mid to downtown Manhattan, where you find yourself walking in the midst of the hustle and bustle, where the busy streets overshadowed by towering skyscrapers. This animated and breathing concrete jungle offers a unique palette of imagery and an orchestra of sounds that, to me, is undeniably exciting and stimulating. With the imagery and rhythm all around me, it was easy to feel the heart of this metropolis pulsating to the beat of New York City.
Have a look through my photos. I wrote captions to most of them, and these help give a better idea of what this trip was like for me.
Thanks for reading.
First stop: Museum of Natural History. Confession: we got lost.
Hi, bones of T-Rex.
Yay together again!
Hi, Little Foot.
Loving that reflection on the wet road.
Num pang sandwich. I tell you, this bánh mì was so delicious. Absolute explosion in my mouth. wildwonton seal of approval! Would gladly eat every day for the rest of my life. 10/10
The High Line. If you’re ever in NYC, please check out this trail/park/garden! Gorgeous little gem.
I’m a fan of signs.
Check that view!
The rail line along the High Line, just peeking through the greenery.
Follow the signs!
Took a candid shot. Thought it came out quite nice.
More street art from the same artist.
Gorgeous light and shadow interplay.
Just look at all those lines!
Shake shack. Try. This. NOW. That BUN, oh my. 10/10.
View of the city from Brooklyn Bridge. It has been a long time since I felt this mesmerized. Walking the strip of the bridge with Krissy, at night, seeing all those lights…easily tops the highlights of this trip.
A view of the Manhattan Bridge.
Con Edison Plant. Found it randomly while walking in East Village, on my way to Alphabet City
Walking around, taking it all in.
Couch…’cause, why naaht?
Mimi Cheng’s fresh and tasty dumplings!
Secret sauce was a plus! :)
The Naked Cowboy
Random photo while we were in Chinatown.
“I know kung fu.”
I love the steam coming from underground!
Street vendors in Chinatown. Test your haggling skills here!
Of course, there’s seafood, too
I feel like an ant.
View of the Chrysler building. Love the art deco architecture!
Gargoyle perched at the top of the Chrysler building. Hard to spot without a zoom camera :(
Grand Central St.
New York Public Library.
New York Comic Con held at Javits Center. When we got there on the first day of opening @2pm, the line stretched out around the building and all the way back. By some unimaginable stroke of luck, Krissy and I were allowed to cut the line and skip possibly 2-3 hours of queuing. We only waited 45 minutes. :-O
Oh hello she-Sonic
many people! In fact, 150,000 visitors in the span of 4 days.
Me, so excited by my first freebie. HAHA.
Not-so-convincing TMNT outfits
I’m not sure.
NYCC was another highlight of this trip. Krissy was kind enough to accommodate my nerdiness by coming with me. It has always been a dream to experience a comic con. If you’re into comics, graphic novels, games, anime, manga, tv shows, toys and movies, this place is nirvana. My nerd mecca. And I loved every single minute of it.
The famous Central Park, where people find calm respite from all the hustle and bustle.
My baby giving me a tour. <3
This image and the next I hope captures the contrasting, yet complementary experiences I had of NYC. The fast-paced…
…and the calm. To me, the mixture of these two gives the memorable and sensational Beat of New York City.