Tuesday, October 30, 2012

God bless New York!

If you are glued to your TV screens and are constantly checking the news about Hurricane Sandy right now, then you’ll see the aftermath of nature’s wrath. A damaged crane dangling, a building’s facade collapsing, power outages and flooded subways. I feel that there is really something happening to Mother Nature that no place is exempted from experiencing drastic climate changes and extreme forces of nature. Yes,even New York the financial capital of the world’s Superpower. I pray for safety for those affected and that they could recover from this calamity right away.

Last May 1-9, 2012. I was finally able to experience what the “City that Never Sleeps” has to offer. I have always dreamed of visiting this city. It is like the Center of the Universe if you will. Whether it is fashion, television, movies, journalism, arts, everything revolves around this City. Although it is not perfect, it is definitely not the cleanest nor the safest place in the world but it definitely is rich in culture, gastronomic delights, sights and sound. I met with my close friend Baby who was with her whole family for one of their annual family trips. I enjoyed their company so much because they are practically family to me. I would remember my New York trip as a gastronomic trip first and foremost, but that would be another post altogether.This entry is for me doing touristy stuff since there is a “travelling”  word in my blog’s name.

I have always put off posting pictures of my trip from my busyness, laziness and a thousand other excuses but here it is finally. 

At the Grand Central Terminal. A very classy structure and it will surprise you how many dining options there are at its food court. Sorry I’m really a fat kid.Food is always a highlight in all of my travels.

Here is the Elmo mascot who is a fixture at Times Square

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Art installations at the highline.

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.-Highline Website

A soaring space of grandeur, this is named after the Vanderbilt family which built and owned the station.

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At the Grand Central Terminal there is an attraction called the Whispering Wall, wherein if you whisper to the wall, the person on the other three corners could hear what you said. Amazeballs!

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The historic Flat Iron Building

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The 9/11 memorial.The names of the victims are etched on the marble surrounding the fountain.

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The cafe where the romantic comedy Serendipity shot some scenes.

This is the Tiffany & Co. store where the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie of Audrey Hepburn was shot.

I am a sucker for museums and art galleries. This is at the Metropolitan Museum where the entrance is by donation. Different art pieces from different eras abound.

Here is one painting where the details of the flowers are unreal! Unreal in the sense that it looks so real. lol

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Hamming it up for the camera.

Here I am with my niece Kreme who I met up with for one day. Kreme and her mom took me to the different places on their must visit list.

I love love Central Park and how it is a park in the midst of a concrete jungle.

Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit was opening when we were about to leave…

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My friend Baby and I met up with our college classmate Felix who worked at an upscale hotel called Jumeirah Essex house which had an amazing view of Central Park.

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This is the Jumeirah Ballroom where a part of the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic was shot.

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A view from one of their expensive rooms

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One shouldn’t miss Dylan’s Candy Bar when in New York. The interiors of the shop are amazing and real candies were incorporated in the design

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The obligatory Statue of Liberty Shot.I love my top here so apt for the trip.

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My friend’s parents got to stay at The Plaza. One of the most expensive accommodations in NYC.

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Their beautiful lobby

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It was so windy hence the unruly hair but a trip to NYC isn’t complete without going up the Empire State Building and seeing the 360 view of the city.

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A subway artwork that mirrors the daily scene inside it. True story: We once road the Subway with a guy wearing a Mexican costume from head to toe with a guitar in tow.Nobody was really looking at him except us because it was a daily thing in the subway.

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At the Brooklyn Bridge 

To be continued on Part 2 of my New York Visit