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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:19 AM   #1
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NYC - World's Best City?

I'm not much of a writer, but anyways I since I figured I was in NYC for 5 days, that I would take a bunch of pictures and show them to you guys

Without further adieu...here it is (my first time there, btw)


Day 1

I had to get there somehow, Continental barely accomplished that

After a lengthy trek from Dirty Jersey to Lower East Side, only worsened by rush-hour traffic and a mute/deaf cab driver (seemed like that anyways...) I arrived at the "Hotel Bentley", it's on the Upper East Side on 62nd and York

The lobby and the rooms were both not too shabby (save the 'Rican girl with the Andre the Giant voice)


Seeing how it was kinda late, I didn't do much before we hit Times Square, however I did get a shot of the adjacent cityscape.

Times Square...figured I'd see what the fuss was all about





Man, the lights created this glow that I could see for miles, one can only imagine the electric bill!

Don't mess with the boys in blue, they'll shove a broomstick up your you-know-what


Day 2

After some heavenly rest, i woke up to check out the adjacent skylines, in typical December gloom:



One side was the concrete jungle, the other was the seemingly under siege (by cranes) burrough of Queens

Not long after that, I walked to Lexington and 59th to catch the subway to Brooklyn to grub at Grimaldi's (recommended by you guys-thanks!)


Man, it looked like some wind could knock down that tattered bridge


I saw this "design" on buildings all around me

...still walking

Saw this cool building, it's design is reminiscent of the new wave of buildings being built in the newly oil-rich tsar state of Russia

Anyways, I brought this delicious chocolate-laced marble pound cake from some Moroccan guy on the corner before I caught the subway (pic not available), then hopped on the train and got off at the bridge..

There was some nice classical/art-deco buildings around me when I got off, so having camera in hand, I grabbed a few shots:


..Then I got on the bridge to begin my trek to Grimaldi's







Ok..fast forward a bit

GRIMALDI'S!!


man, that pizza was incredible

walked down the street to "South Street Seaport" to see some people taking pictures of a wedding in 40 degrees weather on the river..


Then I went to Junior's Deli to munch on some Chocolate mousse cheesecake


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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:25 AM   #2
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NYC is absolutely amazing.. Nice pictures.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:28 AM   #3
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Great pictures.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:25 AM   #4
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It's either the best or one of them. A few other cities are rediculously great also.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:27 AM   #5
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I love New York! Great photos....
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:14 AM   #6
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I love NYC, but its a real shame that the city is populated by New Yorkers!
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:49 AM   #7
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Hmm, what else is suppose to be populated with?

Anyway this a great thread of NYC! Your photos are really good. But you shouldn't have done that title, you might give some people heart attacks. But certainly is one of the world's best cities.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM   #8
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:58 PM   #9
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Awesome thread. Thanks for sharing those great pics with us, dude? Is there even more yet to come?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:11 PM   #10
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Worlds best City...no.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:28 PM   #11
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worlds best...don't know but definitely the best skyline
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 04:48 AM   #12
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I like your captions and most importantly your pictures.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 06:16 AM   #13
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I love NYC .... because is the world's capital..
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Old January 24th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #14
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For me New York is World Capital
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Old January 24th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #15
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worlds best...don't know but definitely the best skyline
I agree.
no one could say who is the best overall, but NYC has a lot goin for it.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #16
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Thanks everybody for the positive feedback!!

Day 3

So I left my hotel room to go to Harlem, since it was Sunday and I deeply craved some soul food. I took the following pictures en route to Harlem, don't expect any shots from the seedy subway :haha:

Immigrants-The backbone of NYC

This guy looked like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed

Patterns




A little bit of grit


Roosevelt Island gondola/tram

Some lovely avenue, I almost got ran over here

In the garage about to enter my car, excuse the people in the foreground :tup:

My car, not bad eh?

So I finally got to Harlem, and before I could say Missisippi, I was met by this advert

Now, some shots of Harlem....I thought it would look a whole lot worse.




I went to Sylvia's Soul Food, for well.....Soul Food

Afterwards, I walked around the corner to see "New Harlem", it was quite the experience seeing new buildings in an atmosphere that was reminiscent of the 1970s (Black power mumbo-jumbo/keep US hands off Zimbabwe/etc)

Man, I missed out on the shot of the pimp standing in front of the Starbucks decked out in a Mink fur coat :koko:


The Apollo

Some mean African guys who didn't want their picture taken. i call them the "African-American Librarians"


After seeing Harlem, I headed to Washington Heights, the heart of NYC's large Dominican community




After I took this shot, the 2 guys in the jeep sped down and gave me dirty looks while eating a submarine sandwich and yapping on their cell phone

2 of the rather "interesting" vehicles I encountered:


Dominican-owned businesses

Typical 'Heights street

the ever-breathtaking view

181st Street, one of the more popular throughfares in W.H


Street vendors sold everything on this street, from knock-off Chanel perfume to greasy Dominican street food

The bank of the Dominican Republic even made an appearance!

Saw this chilling poster at the subway station:


Then I went to Greenwhich Village (by NYU) and later Soho, the trendy shopping mecca.




Ouch.

Modern?

Not

These buildings remind me of neopolitan-flavored ice cream

Ahh, Soho


The crowds were insane to say it was about to rain

That one famous DKNY mural :whip:

The gyros were amazing!
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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #17
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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:45 AM   #18
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Fantastic. I love the second group of shots all the more. There's no place like New York. Plenty of it might even be called kind of ugly - but you can always tell you are nowhere else but New York - and it is a great city. I know there are many other fantastic cities around the world, most that I still need to see, but the gritty energy of this place sure possesses an amazing amount of power.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:51 AM   #19
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Actually, I went back and decided that none of those shots of New York are even kind of ugly. They're all beautiful. Each one shows an important piece of an amazing city.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:11 AM   #20
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I know this forum is all about architecture, skylines and skyscrapers... but only NYC has all that plus the crazy hectic feeling of being in the center of the universe.... I"m talking a population of all the world's cultures and languages, being a world vortex of finance, media, the arts, philanthrophy, high culture and low culture and everything in between... London is the only real competitor..and it lacks the skyline...
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