Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It got better. (NY post #2)

Well, our first day in New York sure didn't get started on the right foot, but it ended up being a really nice trip.  After we finally got our rooms things started to improve.  Thank the sweet Lord.  I might have had to hurt somebody.

The tournament kept us busy for the better part of three days, but we made our way into the city whenever we had the chance.  (I got much more proficient at riding the subway and I did a half-decent job of helping our group navigate.  Plus two imaginary extra credit points!)  We took the kids to Rockefeller Center and Times Square, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to South Sea Port, and we visited the 9/11 Memorial and the financial district.

The first time I packed for a New York trip (in 2008), I couldn't find my camera.  I spent the entire trip feeling frustrated that I couldn't take pictures when there were so many new things to see.  I had to hoof it around and just try to remember everything I saw.  This time I brought two cameras, my SLR and my small point-and-shoot, so I could capture everything.  I wasn't going to miss anything this time, thankyouverymuch.  New York's differences from my small-town comfort zone just amaze me.  When I'm there it feels like everything's a picture waiting to be taken.  Something about the old mixed with the new, the history mixed with the technology, and everything covered with a layer of grime.  I wanted to capture as much as possible, especially since I wanted to write about it when I came back.  I gave my cameras quite a workout.

Brooklyn Heights was nice, too.  I enjoyed staying away from Manhattan because it seemed like we had a glimpse into a different side of the city and it didn't feel quite so busy outside our hotel.  One of our nights we had dinner at a small Italian restaurant called La Traviata.  Since I was traveling with a rather large group, I was a little amazed they fit us all in to the tiny little restaurant.  My dinner was delicious--minestrone soup, a great big salad, chicken and mushrooms in white wine sauce and chocolate gelato.  We walked back to the hotel and stopped to listen to a trumpet player sitting at the courthouse steps.  It was like something out of a movie.

Ending our trip at the 9/11 Memorial really brought a lot of perspective and some powerful emotion.  I was hoping I could write about my time in NY but on the plane I was really moved to write specifically about the memorial.  I'll probably post some of that tomorrow.

I'm not sure why I like New York so much.  But it pretty much rocks my socks.

Manhattan from the courthouse
La Traviata in Brooklyn for dinner.  Yum!


  1. What awesome pictures and a great story. I can't believe you took 2 cameras with you though!

  2. New York has this something that I can't put my finger on......maybe it's the energy, the old mixed with the new, the history, or sense of comradere.

    I spent exactly 9 hours in that city, and it was enough for me to fall in love with it. I cannot wait to go back.

    Glad you had a good trip! Your photos are gorgeous!