Travel Photography: New York City
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Whenever I go to New York City, I expect it to be a caricature of itself. My mind has taken all of the New York City scenes I watched as a kid in the 1990s and 2000s and built up a distorted expectation for each trip. To my great disappointment, I have yet to witness anyone yell "I'm walking here" at a taxi.
Even though I have yet to meet one journalist in a Carrie Bradshaw inspired tank top and tulle skirt outfit, I enjoy visiting New York City. On this most recent trip, I was feeling a bit smug about knowing my way around better than the bumbling European tourists. I found my train with no problem. Then as I was struggling to figure out why I couldn't get my MTA pass, a kind Italian tourist helped me figure out that I had the ticket and receipt slots mixed up. My smugness lasted for all of 15 minutes.
I should admit that I did not enjoy Sex and The City and am relieved that none of my friends tried to plan one of those Sex and The City inspired trips to NYC that included absurd outfits, trips to Magnolia bakery and walks around Central Park.
As a human, I find the thought of actually living in NYC very overwhelming. There's just so many people, all of the time. As a photographer, I wish I could just walk around the city for a month with no obligations. I love how the neighborhoods bleed into one another. A few blocks and you're in a completely new neighborhood. Each area feels so distinct.
Whenever I ask for recommendations before a trip, I get overwhelmed when I get a list of 20 or 25 places. It's nice but then I have to choose. These days, I try to send 3 suggestions at most. For New York City, I only have one recommendation: go get breakfast at Daily Provisions.
As I expand my work as a photographer, I realize that I need to go to New York City more often. For my future trips, I intend to build in more time to actually explore and meander.