We visited New York city for five days in September 2012. This was my fifth time in NYC, but in such a big city, there’s always something new to see! These are only but a few of the pictures that I took, but I’ve only kept the ones I really like. I hope you enjoy and please let me know what you think!
On this trip I still had my old Nikon gear:
– Nikon D40X
– AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8
– AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D
– AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
– AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55–200mm f/4-5.6G ED
– Circular polarizer
Our hotel room
We stayed at the New Yorker Hotel, one of the oldest and most famous hotels in NYC. Situated a few minutes from Time Square, we really enjoyed our stay; the room itself was perfect although the toilet seemed quite authentic and would, therefore, benefit from a slight makeover. On the other hand, as you’ll see, we had a magnificent view from our room!
The view from our hotel room
As you’ll probably notice, most of the following pictures were taken with a telephoto lens; I’m always impressed by how good these images can come out!
Great skyline apart from the huge publicity which was right in the middle; although, I have to admit it is impressive by its simple size! Notice the Chrysler building in the middle-right part of the photo…
Here it is taken with a telephoto.
Near Time Square, by day…
…and by night. I accentuated the reddish tint in this picture to give it a warm feeling.
The Empire State Building; to think it was officially opened on May 1, 1931!
One thing we really wanted to visit was the new World Trade Center Freedom Tower. We booked our tickets online a few weeks in advance and were able to bypass the waiting line since we had a baby in a stroller!
The site itself is very well thought of and the two Memorial Fountains, which are both the previous buildings’ foundations, are a perfect reminder of a day we all wish we could forget. Many were in deep reflection, others were crying and others, which personally I found annoying, wore great big smiles…
The Freedom Tower – almost completed (104 floors total)
Company Engine 4 who lost 4 firefighters on 9/11. These inscriptions can be found around both fountains listing all the names of the 2977 victims.
A touch of color…
We decided to visit Koreatown a neighborhood of Manhattan known for its Korean shops and restaurants. We essentially walked on 32nd street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway where most of the action takes place.
This section of 32nd street is also known as Korea Way.
We decided to eat at Gahm Mi Oak, a restaurant suggested to us in a guide entitled Carnet d’une flâneuse à New York : mes meilleures adresses. We loved the authentic feel of the restaurant and the kimchee was really good; unfortunately for us though, our daughter’s patience wore out after about 20 minutes and we therefore had to precipitate our supper. Ahhh, the joy’s of parenting!
Another attraction we really wanted to visit was the new High Line which is essentially a public park built on an old freight rail line. Most importantly, the rail line is elevated above the streets of West Side Manhattan; in other words, a really cool concept which was an instant hit! For more details on the High Line, visit the www.thehighline.org.
Hang in there!
We ended our afternoon at the restaurant Pastis in the Meatpacking district. Excellent food in a typical Parisian bistro environment, but unfortunately the service was only offered in Engish…:) Still, really interesting to be in NYC and yet feel as if in Paris!
A taste of Paris!
This ends the first part of my NYC pictures; stay tuned for more!