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What about the incredible mix of people on the street? What about the incredible food choices?
What about walking down a street and feeling like you walked on to a movie set
and you find you did . . . cue background extras, roll sound, roll camera . . . ACTION!

 


The visuals are astounding and no matter what part of the city you find yourself in, there's the overwhelming richness of sights and sounds, the architecture, the history, the culture, the uniqueness of being, just the vibe itself . . .

Yeah, What About New York!


 
 
  Yes, it's the Staten Island Ferry.... and many visitors are astounded when they realize that it's FREE!! All Aboard...
 
  An almost daily sight on New York Harbor as a cruise ship gently passes Lady Liberty anf heads out for a few days...
 
  Ok we got your wind powered yacht, your motor powered water ytaxi, and the adrenaline powered Beast... Hold Tight!!
 
  Did someone say refreshing....
 
  battery Park City has lots of grassy green areas and here is a view looking across the Hudson to Jersey City.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let's see, there's wine and cheese, fresh fruits and veggies, an unbelievable variety of breads, desserts to die for, there's samon and clams and shrimp and crab cakes, and soups and sauces as well, there's antipasta and a myriad of deli delights, and coffee beans freshly ground, and nuts and grains, and sausages, steaks, salami, there's oils and dressings, and pies of all flavors, there's cookies and muffins and mini pizzas, and fresh cut flowers from heaven. It's the Grand Central Market and it's a sight to behold.


 
 
It's a simple heart, a geometric, a cultural statement, a direct message, an abstract of color, it's dragons and demons, the Crucifixion, the Sistine Chapel, a point of view, a logo, a lover's name, and it runs the gamut from simple line art to a fully detailed tapestry.

It's body art and it is flourishing on the streets of New York. Almost every other person you pass has some sort of ink addition. All ages, all sizes, all persuasions and all of the above... check it out


The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.

(from thehightline.org)


The Sun Temple - Pt. 1
The Noonday Sun, directly overhead, and suspended so low in the sky that it almost touched the roof of the apartment building in which I lived, found itself in a quandary as it tried to make its way down to me on the first floor. > READ THE STORY

The Sun Temple - Pt. 2
As my visits to the Battery became more frequent, the idea gradually grew in my mind that I was perhaps performing a kind of ritual.
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There's more to Battery Park than just catching a ferry to Staten Island or a tour boat to the Statue of Liberty. People actually live there, and when the sun is out and it's Memorial Day to boot, then a pretty good time is had by locals and visitors alike.
 
 
   Looking back at the World Trade Center - visitors milling about, getting ready to visit the rooftop deck for the spectacular views.

New Yorkers are on the move constantly, by taxi, boat, bike, skate, and by foot....
There's water taxis on the Hudson, roller blades on 5th Avenue, and 500 motor cycles roaring thru Times Square....
It's...'out of my way', 'I'm goin somewhere', 'hey the light is green, hit the gas' and yet it's still basically a friendly 'have a nice day' town.




EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS:

A wide range of ongoing events, with different accents bringing different accents, some festive, some political, all very upbeat with support for the cause.





Of all the New York City parades, the West Indian Parade in Brooklyn is by far the most spectacularly colorful with endless elaborate costumes and high energy revellers. With around 2 million people lining the route in Brooklyn, it is an unreal opportunity to capture some unique imagery.


The city is exploding with color. Spring flowers are blooming in the parks, the sidewalk flower boxes, the brownstone gardens. Some of the blooms are very short lived so get an eyeful while you can.. >> SHOW ME




New York City is one place where the unexpected is commonplace. Where else do you find such a diverse group of beings locked in conversation over lunch.



Whether it's Washington Square, Union Square or Times Square, there's always someone with something to say, it's Show and Tell, 24/7, so stand by to be informed and entertained by the voice of the people..
Let's see, so you want two scoops of vanilla with chocolate sprinkles and cherries?
The Occupy Movement certainly knows how to liven up a neighborhood. There was lots of slogan shouting in the Financial District and some scattered protest singing with the famous neon screens of Times Square acting as the backdrop.
Hang out under a shady tree and plot a few moves. Chess in Bryant Park is one option.

It's the local corner coffee shop, the smiling faces of neighbors walking their dogs, the skate board park, the volley ball court, the tree lined, cobble stone street... it's the magic of the diversity of the NYC neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own cast of characters, points of interest and visual and culinary attractions. The Summer adds the excitement of block parties and festivals which ramps up the volume.... Enjoy...

We are developing our new Neighborhoods section and will be including stories about all aspects of NYC Neighborhood life and experiences.
If you would like to contribute a story, please drop us a line to:

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The old cliche of 'tourists' looking skyward at the tall buildings still holds in the 21st century as New York continues to display an incredible menu of architecture styles, classic facades, movie set fire escapes and so on..

Not unlike Ayer's Rock in the Australian outback, The Taj Mahal in India or The Grand Canyon, the city's face changes complexion noticeably throughout the day as the lighting conditions transition from dawn to high sun to afternoon and the glow of dusk.
 

 

 
 
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