Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Vision of New York

New York for me is a mixture of entertainment, fun and beautiful people.  Every now and then you imagine yourself bumping  into famous actors and actresses, or pinching yourself in the arm to make sure that you were not dreaming.  It is not the first time that I visit New York, but it never stops from fascinating me everytime.

With its wide avenues,  towering skyscrapers, wall advertisements, the continuous hustle and bustle in the streets,  people of different nationalities and culture mingling together, are only some of New York's distinguishing marks among any other big cities.  Here is my vision of New York City.

Some of the iconic symbols of New York that I have seen:

Skyscrapers along 42nd Street



Rockefeller Center with its huge bear decorated with fresh flowers.


Times Square. It is amazing how this part of the city is always full. People seek rest by sitting on these benches as if watching a show. Like the red square of Moscow, Trafalgar Square in London or Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Times Square has become a global icon and symbol of the city of New York, which is characterized by its animation and luminous advertising.


The street vendors with their decorative moving vans.


The grand cinemas and major entertainments. 



And of course, not to be missed is to watch a show in Broadway.  This time, a friend of mine invited me to watch Pippin, a musical show that is full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs.  We all might do well to remember Grandma Berthe’s sage words of advice: “It’s time to start livin’, time to take a little from the world we’re given.”

Picture taken from Pippin web
Central Park where most of films and tv series take their pictures and Bryant park which is the favorite place of most people who go and visit the Main Public Library.  It is annexed to the Library and you can eat and be served in the restaurant located in the park; whereas you also have the choice to get a drink or something light from the kiosk nearby or why not, probably bring a sandwich from home, and eat it there while reading a book, or chatting with a friend anytime you feel like it. 


Riverside Park - where people go bicycling, footing, taking a walk or just sit down on one of the benches  surrounded by beautiful sights and serene atmosphere.


High Line a 1-mile (1.6 km) New York City linear park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the elevated former New York Central Railroad; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway.  Throughout the High Line Park are benches to sit or lie down, being a place that has acquired importance when it comes to taking the sun in summer, or simply, feel the comforting cold water on your feet on a hot summer day.



The artful, extravagant and luxurious shop windows as the Bergdorf Goodman for those who prefer to direct their focus to the showcases and convert these into the epitome of good taste. Where, by the way, you will not find three panties of cotton for two euros .


Brooklyn Bridge  which was the first suspended bridge by steel cables. It is an emblem of the engineering of the 19th century. It is so well built, that currently it is still in use. The bridge is often used in films in the  "skyline"  to represent the city of New York. Source of Information: http:es.wikipedia.orgwikiPuentedeBrooklyn

   

Metropolitan Museum of art (Metropolitan Museum of Art or just Met) is one of the most outstanding museums of art in the world. I coincided with the exhibits of Egyptian art.


MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) with two of my favorite painters, Klimt and Edgar Degas.


Subway Art Tunnel from Madison Ave. to Port Authority


St John the Divine Cathedral.  Episcopal Diocese of New York. The cathedral is claimed to be the largest cathedral and Anglican church and third largest Christian church in the world (although the title is disputed with Liverpool Anglican Cathedral). The cathedral, designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, has, in its history, undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of the two World Wars. It remains unfinished, with construction and restoration a continuing process. Source:  http://www.nyc-architecture.com/HAR/HAR002.htm
 

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral

Over the course of two years, pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing culled detritus from construction sites across the rapidly changing urban landscape of Beijing, and transformed it into his most monumental project to date: Phoenix (2008-10). A feat of engineering and ingenuity, Phoenix is composed of two birds, a male called Feng and a female called Huang. Feng and Huang—together weighing 12 tons and measuring 90 and 100 feet long, respectively—are now on view at the Cathedral. They hang suspended in the Nave, two majestic birds in perpetual flight beneath its celestial ceiling.  Source:  http://www.stjohndivine.org/programs/art/current-exhibitions

The Chelsea Market- A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River in the area of Manhattan known as the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually, it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations of any kind in New York City. Chelsea Market is a neighborhood market with a global perspective. Chelsea Market is similar to our gourmet markets in San Miguel or San Antón. Source: http://chelseamarket.com/index.php/About/contact/about-chelsea-market






The skyline of New York across the Hudson river, with sunset as seen from New Jersey.




And of course to eat,  you can go to the typical delishops, where they sell ready to eat dishes by weights, salads to order per choice of ingredients, a slice of pizza, a hamburger in a bun or a roast beef sandwich with the type of bread of your fancy.  Or simply buy a hotdog from a street vendor, quick and easy...

New York, a fascinating city that never sleeps, the most populous city in United States where as many as 800 languages are spoken making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. It is also described as the cultural capital of the world. A fun place to go and visit.