Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Ah, New York City, how I miss you! A few years ago, I had an opportunity to travel to the Big Apple. It was a super, super short trip but it left a huge impression on me. It has taken a lot of willpower to write this short post since every time I look at my NYC photos, I tear up. I need to plan another trip to this iconic city very soon. I want to walk the streets of New York until the soles of my feet give up.
|One of the streets of Manhattan
I'll feature more of my adventures in NYC on a separate post. But, for the meantime, let me share with you 7 photos that would surely make you think of planning a trip to New York.
The Bright Lights of Times Square
Sometimes referred to as the "Crossroads of the World", you'll be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of anything and everything. I was overwhelmed when I saw all of these. I knew that I was really in New York City! I imagined myself running from one end of Times Square to another but didn't do it because people might think I was out of my mind.
During the 1970's and 80's, Times Square had a nasty reputation of drugs and prostitution. Movie theaters were mostly showing Adult films. If you've seen Robert de Niro in the movie, "Taxi Driver", you'll know what I mean.
It had a revival during the 1990's when the State of New York and the Times Square Alliance started a massive restoration and rehabilitation program.
Now, Times Square is a tourist-friendly place especially during the Summer months when they have the pedestrian plaza opened. It's also known for it's New Year's Eve celebration.
|It's hard to take a photo when you're inside a moving vehicle.
New York Stock Exchange Main Building - where money never sleeps
the main building of the NYSE is located on Broad and Wall streets. The area has been a meeting place for financial dealings since the Dutch area (1600s-1700s). The building has been designated as a National Historic Landmark since 1978.
|classic tourist pose in front of NYSE
Manhattan Skyline in the daytime
If you have relatives who are living in the U.S.A. or friends who have traveled to New York, you'll usually end up with a postcard that features the Manhattan Skyline at night.
But this time, this photo shows a different view of that famous skyline, during day time. I took this photo while we were onboard the Liberty Island ferry heading towards Lower Manhattan.
|Liberty Island Harbor
Fifth Avenue Shopping
When you have the money, flaunt it. And how can you display extravagance? By shopping at any of the stores located on Fifth Avenue. It has the most expensive and best shopping stores in the world.
Two of those stores are Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co. Celebrities, designers, the rich and famous have all been customers of these luxurious brands.
|Bergdorf Goodman entrance
Have you seen the Audrey Hepburn film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly in her famous little black dress and pearl strand necklace, eating a pastry while in front of Tiffany's window displays.
|Tiffany & Co.
Washington Square Arch
The Washington Square Arch which can be found in Greenwich Village and was modeled after Paris' Arch de Triomphe. The marble arch was made to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's Inauguration as the first President of the United States.
The arch might be familiar since it has been featured in several TV shows like "Friends" and Will Smith's movie, "I am Legend".
|Washington Square Arch
United Nations Headquarters
Situated in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, the UN complex was completed in 1952.
It was unfortunate that when I passed by the UNHQ in Manhattan, the various flags of member nations weren't on display because it was a Sunday. They're only raised during weekdays.
|Road to the UN
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York