Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamt about taking a trip to New York. Now that I’ve actually been, I’ve come to the realization that New York is a completely different place than what my imagination had made it out to be. The billboards, the hustling people, the yellow taxi cabs—they’re all there. However, when I took my first step out of the safety of my hotel room, I was a little disappointed. New York doesn’t sparkle or shine; it’s dirty and the air is oppressive. For every one truly talented person, there are at least ten untalented people looking to scam young wide-eyed girls. All that being said, New York grew on me. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight, but I learned a lot from this trip: how to navigate in a big city, that you shouldn’t trust strangers (my faith in humanity is slightly diminished) and that trees are beautiful.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the iconic sites of New York:
The Empire State Building at sunset. You can barely make out the Statue of Liberty way off in the distance on one of the islands. Looking down on everything, I felt like I could finally breathe.
Lady Liberty up close and personal. Riding the Staten Island Ferry was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip because there were these amazing musicians playing while we waited for the ferry to arrive.
Times Square was absolute chaos. Most of my initial dislike of New York was spawned in Times Square. Once we got out of Midtown, and went to SoHo and the Upper Westside (to visit my cousins), I definitely liked New York a lot more.
Another picture from the Top of the Rock at sunset. It was just so lovely to see everything from a distance; it made such a huge place seem so small.