Category Archives: New York

New York Revisited

16 months after my first trip to New York I managed to get back to the Big Apple and check out a range of new spots, as well as watch the US tennis open for the first time. There’s so much going on in New York that you only need to grab your camera and go for a walk to find something cool. I took a few nice skylines this time around and it was fun getting out to Liberty Island, stumbling across the bronze sculptures at Penny Park and seeing the additions to the High Line.

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New York Skyline Sunset

During an incredible evening watching the US Open men’s tennis final I took this sunset photo of the New York skyline, a memorable way to end my second visit to the Big Apple.

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US Open Tennis Men’s Final

Tonight I was lucky enough to watch the US Open men’s tennis final at Arthur Ashe Stadium here in New York. Kudos to Andy Murray for finally getting over the hump and winning his first grand slam title against an always tough to beat Novak Djokovic. It was an amazing match that started early in the afternoon and continued through to the early evening. The fact that it went so long gave me a chance to climb to the top of the stadium and get this photo with the New York skyline in the background as the sun went down, just an incredible experience standing up there. After weather delays earlier in the tournament the final was put back to September 10, the day I was due to leave. Fortunately for me I was able to reschedule my flight and enjoy a day to remember at Flushing Meadows.

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Underground Records

I was walking aimlessly around Queens when I came across this awesome record store. Technically it was above ground but underground sounds way cooler so let’s run with that.

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Pepsi-Cola Sign

Among other interesting things at the Gantry Plaza State Park is a 60 foot Pepsi-Cola sign that is left over from the old Pepsi bottling plant, retro cool!

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Sunset Over Manhattan

It looked like it was going to be a gorgeous evening so I jumped on the subway and went over to the Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens to watch the sunset over midtown Manhattan. It’s a great little spot and the sunset certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Bronze Sculptures at Penny Park

Today I stumbled across a fantastic collection of bronze sculptures created by Tom Otterness that are known as “The Real World”. These wonderful characters can be found at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (also known as Penny Park) in lower Manhattan. The sculptures depict real life social and cultural issues but their comical nature is the first thing that draws you in. I had a blast taking photos of these sculptures and recommend checking them out if you’re in the area.

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An Epic Cloud Over New York

There had been some funky clouds around New York all day and by the time I was on the ferry back from Liberty Island they had graduated to seriously awesome. This epic beast of a cloud shielded the sun as we made our way back to Manhattan. The clouds were so cool I half expected the ferry staff to charge me extra for my ticket! But then I remembered they were already ripping me off….haha just kidding! (maybe).

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Statue of Liberty

You’ve probably already seen photos of the Statue of Liberty before so bear with me on this one. I never made it out to Liberty Island last time I was in New York so I jumped on a ferry and did my best to make up for lost time. I took a lot of photos but I think I like the dramatic clouds in the background of this one best.

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A Sunflower in New York

While walking the streets of New York today I came across this lovely looking sunflower bathing in the sun, how great are sunflowers!

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Walking the High Line in NYC

I really enjoyed walking along the High Line park last time I was in New York so I made sure to get back down to the lower west side of Manhattan to experience it again. The elevated walkway had been lengthened since I last saw it and there were new plants, sculptures and other artwork to enjoy. The High Line is a wonderful development and a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

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The Kiss

While I was walking the High Line in New York today I stumbled across this awesome piece of street art. No doubt you’ve seen the ‘V-J Day in Times Square’ photo showing an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress after the end of the war on Japan was announced back in 1945. I think this is a really cool spin on that photo, so nice work ‘KOBRA’, whoever you may be.

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Over 99 Billion Served

Over 99 billion served at McDonalds….wait what?! Over 99 billion served?! C’mon people!! Haha this statistic sounded ridiculous at first but after crunching some numbers in my head I think it might be accurate…yikes! And yes I too am partial to the occasional Big Mac.

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End of the US Road Trip

The US road trip is over, it feels weird just typing that but I can’t hide from the truth, months of cruising the highways are over and it’s time to get on a plane and head back to Middle-earth. As tough as it is, this is the right time for the US road trip to come to a close, we made it all the way from LA to New York after scraping the Ram in Boston (I almost cried) and we’re still alive to tell the tale. It’s been a pleasure exploring the US and the people we’ve met along the way have been really friendly (with an occasional weirdo thrown in to keep things interesting). Looking forward to doing it again someday.

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Manhattan Panorama

A panorama photo of the island of Manhattan taken from the top of the Rockefeller Center.

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Being a Super-Tourist in New York

71.4% of people on the island of Manhattan are tourists (I completely made that up) and I am one of them. This means I do things like walking the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring Central Park, visiting the diner from Seinfeld, eating street food, chilling at rooftop bars, making shady transactions on Wall Street and so on. After finishing my 5th day of this routine I think I’ve become some sort of super-tourist, just try and stop me taking a photo of that skinny looking building I once saw on Friends!

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Empire State Building with a Sweet Filter

Here we have what would have been a lame photo of the Empire State Building from the Rockefeller Center, until I jazzed it up with a sweet Instagram-esque filter! Sometimes I don’t know how I do it.

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Taking Photos in Times Square

Times Square, where lots of people gather for no apparent reason, other than to gaze at huge advertising and take photos that feature a lot of other people taking photos. I am one of them.

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