Almanac Travel: 20 Photos from 20 Days in New York

 

Ten years ago, New York was a lifelong destination point for my partner Lynda and I and it exceeded all expectations. The one thing we didn’t expect was the humidity and 30+ degrees temperatures. I hope many of these photos will bring to life how hot it actually was. We stayed in an AirBnb in the Caribbean Quarter of Brooklyn for two and a half weeks which was fascinating as we were in the heart of African American New York.

 

We were witness to the biggest African American Festival on Labor Day where over a million people celebrate black culture. We are both big lovers of art so we overindulged in everything New York offers. I have only included one art photo, that being from a Jeff Koons exhibition at the Whitney Museum but needless to say you could fill several books with what’s on offer in NYC. We feel we barely touched the sides of this incredible city in two and a half weeks, so there is no doubt we will be back one day.

 

The High Line. Bought for a dollar, this is a converted section of old railway line that’s been converted to a beautiful, landscaped, traffic-free walk over approximately one and a half kms at a height of three stories.

 

 

Most of where we stayed in Brooklyn was lower socio-economic. Like all northern hemisphere countries, they tend to do a lot of construction and repair work while the weathers good. This photo typified our daily 10-minute walk to the subway in the searing heat.

 

 

The Guggenheim Museum. Designed by the incredible architect Frank Lloyd Wright this is a gallery like no other.

 

 

There are no backyards in NYC so Central Park is it. Who’s complaining though? It kept dragging us back over the whole time we were there and we cycled around and through it a couple of times.

 

 

A Brooklyn comedian in the West Village one night reckoned the Cyclone at Coney Island was the scariest ride in the world. Not because of its technology, but because it was built in 1932 by a bunch of drunk men! He was right. This ride scared the hell out of us and had us both at the chiropractor when we returned home! He also mentioned he liked to play a trick on unsuspecting tourists. As everyone takes their seats in the Cyclone he would yell out “this is my 200th ride on the Cyclone!”. The tourists would clap and cheer, then as the carriages get slowly dragged up to the highest point before gravity takes over, he would yell out, “what’s that noise…I haven’t heard that before..my God what is that!” The Cyclone would then go hurtling into its terrifying trajectory snapping vertebrae at will!

 

 

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to ground zero on our first day. It’s such an impressive bridge. Rock solid and as a result of its almost indestructible frame I nicknamed it the “Leigh Matthews Bridge”. Manhattan Bridge was named the “Nick Riewoldt Bridge” for its sleek design and elegance. Clearly, jetlag had got the better of me. You can see the newly built Freedom Tower in the background of this shot.

 

 

The 9/11 Memorial Museum. Not for the faint-hearted. An extraordinary collection of artefacts from that day but not a lot of information around the “why” it happened.

 

 

Times Square

 

 

The “Top of the Rock” at the Rockefeller Centre is probably the best place for shots of Manhattan.

 

 

Sheeps Meadow, Central Park. Great community feel and a haven for New Yorkers wanting to stretch their legs, throw a ball or just chill.

 


Performer, Labor Day Parade Brooklyn

 

 

Performers taking a break, Labor Day Parade Brooklyn

 

 

Lynda chilling, Central Park

 

 

Jeff Koons exhibition, Whitney Museum

 

 

Lynda meeting some locals. Harlem

 

 

Washington Square West Village. Once the home to beatniks and folk musicians, the West Village is home to celebrities such as Hugh Jackman. Beautiful tree lined streets and brownstone buildings it still has a vibrant nightlife and home to the city’s comedy fraternity.

 

 

Although the biggest borough of Brooklyn has been gentrified in parts like Williamsburgh, much of it is still tough and working class.

 

 

Mural, Chinatown. Chinatown and Little Italy are adjacent to each other on the Lower East Side and can be easily discovered in a day. Incredible food options as you would expect!

 

 

The season opener, Metlife Stadium New Jersey. New York Jets v Oakland Raiders. Metlife holds approx 80,000 and thousands in the carpark with state of the art trailers and RV’s containing satellite dishes.

 

The author getting carried away with himself, Yankee Stadium. Yankees v Red Sox

 

 

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About Ian Wilson

Former army aircraft mechanic, sales manager, VFA footballer and coach. Now mental health worker and blogger. Lifelong St Kilda FC tragic and father to 2 x girls.

Comments

  1. Mickey Randall says

    Thanks for the great photos and commentary, Ian. I had about three days in NYC decades’ ago and would love to return. Red Sox v the locals at Yankee Stadium very high on my list. Of course, the baseball would almost be a distraction from what’d be happening all around both in and out of the stadium! I’d love to read a dedicated piece on your experiences that night.

  2. As someone who loves NYC, I really enjoyed these pics, Ian.
    My wife and I were in New York last August, and the weather was HOT!
    (As it was for our entire journey through the USA).
    The Highline is just one of the many brilliant attractions in this city.
    We saw the best and worst.

  3. Amazing pix. Can’t say NYC is on a “must do” list for me. Tend to prefer more laid back. But you put a different dimension on the city. The lived experience for citizens. Movies are either grim mean streets or the glitzy halls of the Trumperati. Thanks.

  4. Thanks heaps gents much appreciated. Mickey this is a link to the whole journey which includes a few days in Boston and a visit to Fenway Park which was a big thrill also. Cheers
    https://isowilson.com/category/travel/usa/

  5. Colin Ritchie says

    Fab Ian, you’ve certainly whetted my appetite!

  6. Thanks Willo, I just left NY two days ago and wish I had read your blog before. Fantastic story of NY, thanks. Love to go back and see more.

  7. Thanks Col an Denis much appreciated

  8. Karl Dubravs says

    Great post & pics Ian – nice to see you took in the Guggenheim & Whitney. Did you get to The Met?
    Most of us have stories & memories of NYC and always the desire to return.
    We had a 3 days only in the autumn of 2013 and with my fascination for Dylan – we spent a 1/2 day in Greenwich Village – even took a photo of us on Jones Street, where the cover photo of The Freewheelin’ album was shot.
    We got to 2 concerts – Rodriguez in Brooklyn & Ian Anderson (of Thick As A Brick fame) at Beacon Theatre.
    Other highlights were: Staten Island Ferry/Statue of Liberty (from a distance); Empire State Bldg & being on the 86th floor at sunset; Central Park & the John Lennon memorial.
    If only we had 2 1/2 weeks!
    Thanks for sharing the trip and for bringing back memories – from your dates, it seems like we were there around the same time – maybe 3 months apart.

  9. Thanks heaps Karl. Yes did the Met and Moma and Moma PS1 which had some seriously odd stuff. :) We took a ferry around the entire Island to take in the Statue of Liberty but missed Staten Island. Loved the John Lennon Memorial and spent a lot of down time in Central Park recovering from the heat. This is a link to our time there which might bring back some more memories. Cheers.
    https://isowilson.com/category/travel/usa/

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