Iconic New York

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.


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  • Jessica July 31, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Btw Times Square is much nicer at night. 🙂

  • Amanda L. August 1, 2014, 7:14 am

    These are amazing photos! My family doesn’t like Times Square at all either but I love it!! Which is really strange because I am an introvert and you wouldn’t think I would love a place so crowded and chaotic. I like the feeling of hundreds of people but they’re all ignoring me and the lights being all whhaaa. New York still sparkles for me. I don’t know why 😛

  • Gabriella August 1, 2014, 12:55 pm

    What was the fashion like in NYC? Which store was your favorite?

  • A New Yorker August 1, 2014, 5:33 pm

    While Times Sq is a classic tourist destination, it hardly speaks for the entire city. It’s the little things like the view from the park by the East River, the Great Lawn on a summer morning, and the general vivacity of the city that really make the city the best in the world. But of course, I’m biased. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to get to know the real New York. Great pictures, though.

  • Alyssa, BP. Blogger August 3, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Haha I would agree with the fact that Times Square is much prettier at night. However, SoHo is definitely more my cup of tea. I like the big city vibes– I’m just not crazy about tourists/weird smells/stale pretzels/etc.

    The fashion in NYC is… well it varies. I saw a lot of neutrals and there was definitely a consensus to wear flat shoes always! Even people that worked in the industry wore Birkenstocks and other comfy flats/sandals. While I was in NYC, I actually didn’t spend that much time shopping because that wasn’t my mission for the trip. I know that sounds crazy, but I was just more interested in exploring the city and talking to people in the industry!

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