I am a bit late in updating this blog in regards to my trip, so please forgive me! Naturally, upon my return, my already broken laptop decided to break further, and there was not nearly enough time at work to sneak in a few moments of blog updating. But I digress!
There are not enough words to describe my experience in New York City, and quite frankly, I'm still struggling with the knowledge that I was actually there. From touch down on Thursday, to take off on Sunday, I was completely possessed by the city and all of the wonderful things that I saw and did. There was not nearly enough time to even get through my short list of things that I wanted to do, and I ended up straying a lot, as I had wanted to, just falling into wonderful little places to eat and to take a breather. My head was so full of recommendations from people that had been there before that it was a little bit overwhelming. And while I appreciated their suggestions, I really just wanted to find things on my own. Someone's experiences are not always, and in fact are very rarely, yours.
Previously, I had posted a list of all the things that I wanted to see and do in my (really) two and a half days in the city. And looking back at it just now, I almost laughed. The fact that I only got a little bit of what I wanted to done is not at all disheartening! It just means that I have to go back. I knew that I wouldn't even get through half of my "short list." The problem with New York City, which I did not take into account, is exactly how big it was, and how far apart everything was. It wasn't like Halifax where all the major sights and sounds are within a ten block radius. No, there was some major travelling involved in order to get from, say, Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial. And major travelling and time were not exactly on my side. All the same, I saw so much and am so pleased with the things that I did see! I got to the following sights on my list, and am extremely about having had the opportunity to see them:
- Times Square
- Empire State Building
- Madison Square Garden
- Grand Central Station
- Rockefeller Center (outside only)
- Museum of Modern Art
- Radio City Music Hall (outside only)
To recap you on everything that I experienced during my time in New York would be an entire blog on its own, so I'm simply going to try and capture some highlights from my trip.
Day two of my trip to New York (day one was spent travelling and then watching television at Rose's). I've been on subways in both Montreal and Toronto, but nothing compares to the scale and efficiency of the Metro in New York City.
My first view of the city in daylight outside of Harlem. It was extremely overwhelming and amazing all at once.
The food in this city, everywhere I went, was amazing.
The much needed push to actually get up off my butt and go to New York came in the form of this play. I'd wanted to go to the city for ages, but various things kept holding me back. Picnic was running for a limited time only, and was starring one of my favourite actors, Sebastian Stan. To see him live on Broadway was something I knew I'd probably never get the chance to experience again, and I'd be foolish to pass up the opportunity.
From on top of the Empire State Building.
I didn't stay behind the camera for my entire trip. It was moments such as this that I wish I'd had the foresight to bring sunglasses or purchase a pair. Squinty!
As a hockey fan, I couldn't not stop by Madison Square Garden. I was a little bummed that I didn't have enough time to squeeze in a game, but perhaps next time I'm in the city!
Everywhere I went, I was completely in awe of the architecture, both inside and out. The New York Public Library had one of the most stunning interiors that I've ever had the pleasure of immersing myself in.
Obligatory photo in Times Square! The person next to to me was waving to someone, but as pointed out by a friend it really looks that he's about to palm me in the face!
One of my favourite stops on my trip was to the Museum of Modern Art. I could really only spend a couple of hours in one museum while I was there, and think that I certainly chose wisely! On top of that, I got to spend a few moments with two of my most favourite paintings in the world. Edvard Munch's "Scream" and ...
Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." I will admit to getting a tad bit emotional in the presence of such famed and gorgeous artwork.
As I was waiting for my friend and gracious host, Rose, to get off of work, I ended up stumbling upon filming for an episode of Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit! Myself and a handful of other people stood across the street, watching Ice-T and Danny Pino film a couple of takes of them apprehending a suspect. It was a neat thing to watch!
After filming their scenes both Ice-T and Danny ended up crossing the sidewalk to where we were all lingering. Ice-T seemed to be in a bit of a hurry, but did greet us with a "What's up, peoples?" and a couple of handshakes. Danny took a couple of photographs, myself and a girl I met from Brazil exchanging cameras. Upon hearing this, Danny wished us both a fantastic rest of our respective trips. How sweet!
Day three in New York, and Rose took me to the Flatiron District, where I found these door handles on a comic book shop called Forbidden Planet. I need them in my life.
The famed Fuller Building, more commonly referred to as the Flatiron Building. Even more impressive in person!
My trip would have been wonderful, fantastic, and everything that I wanted it to be, even had this not happened, but I must say that meeting Sebastian Stan was definitely the highlight. Rose and I lingered by the stage door after we saw him perform in Picnic, and were lucky enough to meet him moments later! There is a verbose and slightly fangirlish story that I will spare you all from, but I will tell you this: he was extremely pleasant and gracious, smiles the entire time for everyone that waited for him, signing autographs and posing for photos. I'm still reeling a little from meeting him, and really don't think that I will ever recover from it. When you meet someone who's body of work you've admired for a long time, the experience sticks with you, especially when they're as wonderful in person as Sebastian was. Every time I look at this photo I realize how much of a goober I look like ... but I'm an extremely happy goober!
After meeting Sebastian, celebratory cupcakes were in order, so Rose and I made our way to Magnolia's!
Rose and I in Times Square my last night in the city! I miss her so much. Such a lovely person!
Times Square is an entirely different beast at night.
On my last day in New York, I packed my carry on luggage up, and Rose took me around for to parts of the city that I hadn't gotten the opportunity to see. We went to Grand Central Station, had breakfast, and went for a walk to the subway station that would take us to the airport. Again, in such awe of the architecture in this city. Strangely enough, a lot of it reminded me of home.
One of the many red carpeted entrances to the Plaza hotel, which I would have been amiss to not have seen at all, even if I couldn't afford to spend more than two minutes there.
I had a really difficult time leaving the city, and more a week later I still am experiencing post trip blues. So much so, that I'm looking at ways that I could go back, and spend a longer amount of time there. Yes, that includes moving there - though perhaps only for a year or so, as my heart belongs to Halifax. However, immigration doesn't sound fun or easy in the slightest, so we will see what comes of all that.
New York is a city that should be on everyone's bucket list, although I recommend trying to go for longer than a couple of days! I was spoiled a little bit in the sense that I had someone to stay with, so I didn't have to shell out money for a hotel. But if you go during the off season, it shouldn't be so bad!
I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to go, and so glad that I did something that scared me. Really, the nerves didn't begin to ebb away until I was leaving. But having done something like this, travel by myself and go to a big city somewhat alone, I feel like there's very little that I can't do, and it's definitely set the precedent for the rest of the year.