The final post in my New York Diaries. It truly was an incredible trip. I loved the time by myself and with Rebecca. I sort of needed it, a chance to reflect on everything in the last 2 years whilst experiencing a city that I saw over 12 years ago.
So growing up in Dubai, I was exposed to a lot of buildings, Burj Khalifa and the whole marina development. I love architecture and how different a structure can be. The flatiron is a stunning building, so skinny and with such well rounded corners. Not kidding when I say I took a lot of pictures of this, as the light changed on the building more angles became apparent.
As previously mentioned in the fitness post, Central Park is incredible a huge green space slap in the middle of a city. From a zoo, to an art gallery to the baseball fields and everything in between.
Iconic, grand, and yet a train station. The chandeliers and teal paint were amazing and have given me serious home inspiration! Commuting from Partick here in Glasgow just isn’t the same.
Swing batter batter, Swing. An iconic stadium with an incredible amount of sound, both from the audience, the sellers selling you a beer and the huge jumbatron, from scores to ads to kiss-cam.
My grandma asked me to take plenty of pictures of the iconic yellow cabs and that’s what I did. I also took one or two to get the full experience. They photography so well, especially in the spring sunshine.
I opted to only take an evening bus tour round the city, due to the amazing weather that made me want to walk everywhere. The night-tour left at 6pm, which led to the most amazing sunset shots over Brookyln and back at the skyline. Photographers paradise.
Top of the Rock
Incredible views of both uptown and downtown, when this high you fully grasp just how large and green Central Park is. You get a great view of the Empire State Building. Go early to avoid huge crowds, we got the 9:45 am lift up and it was nice and quiet.
I was living in Houston on September 11th, the whole day is still vivid in my mind. When we visited NY in 2003 I remember on a cruise noticing the apparent gap between the buildings, like a missing tooth. Now, 1 World is stunning, a curvy building with glass aplenty that commands attention. The memorials themselves left me speechless and covered in goosebumps. An oddly calming experience as you watched the water fall and then descend into darkness, yet left you thinking of all those lost.
Honestly, an amazing place for the first 5 minutes with all the lights and energy, both in the day and the middle of the night. But after a while it’s just huge group of people and rather scary fancy dress characters.