Sunday, May 31, 2009

On 5th Avenue
There is always the fear when I go back to NYC that I won't like it any more. On our first trip I was really nervous, as Phil doesn't like cities much and it was MY life-long dream to visit New York. The drive from the airport was NOT inspiring and even when we reached Manhattan, it seemed hot, dirty and over-crowded. I had this awful feeling is disillusionment. Suddenly Phil nudged me and pointed. I craned my neck and saw the Chrysler Building gleaming silver against a blue sky and that was it - I was in love.

Subsequent visits to the city have only deepened my love and affection for the place. Yes, it is dirty and hot (or at least it always has been on our visits) and hugely crowded; it is always in a state of flux with construction going on constantly; parts of it are tacky while others classically beautiful - I don't know why, I just love it all and I feel so at home there.

One of my favourite things in the city is the subway. I will miss the subway. It's clean, safe and efficient and the best place for people watching..... and so cheap, too! I love the blasts of hot air that swirl around the underground caverns, the battered wooden seating, the mosaics in the tiled walls.

Today's photo was taken on 5th Avenue on our first day (last Saturday). We'd taken the subway to Greenwich Village and then walked back up 5th Avenue to Central Park.


Raven said...

The Compulsive Worrier... perhaps we're related. Thanks for your kind words at Raven's Nest on the death of my brother.

I have enjoyed scrolling through your blog and seeing your wonderful photos. You have such a good eye. Was nice to see my old home town here too. I don't miss living there really, but I do miss things about The Big Apple.

Your wedding photos are lovely and your Julie Mann Photography is really well designed. If I lived in England and had any hope of getting married, I'd hire you.

photowannabe said...

Your description captured the essence of NY perfectly.
I guess I love the energy and the smorgasbord of cultures and ethnic people. Its a fascinating place.

Akelamalu said...

I hope to go to New York sometime in the future, in the meantime I'll see it through your eyes. Have a great time m'dear. x

Kerri said...

Sounds like you are having a great time! I have to admit.....the thought of going to New York scares me to death....I hate being in crowds of people. Not the people themselves....but just the feeling of being surrounded by them....It is a phobia I am trying to get over.

Sorry I haven't commented in a while!!