Visiting New York City was never on my bucket list, but I’m home from my first trip there and I confess; I loved it far more than I expected to. I’m not averse to cities. I grew up in Indianapolis, and when I moved back to that city after living away for ten years, I was thrilled to see how much it had grown and developed its “downtown.” That was only a microcosm of Manhattan, though.
I had the impression NYC was overhyped. I was wrong. I quickly tired of the traffic and hustling crowds, but I could spend many hours in Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. It was humbling to stand quietly for a moment contemplating what the sight of the Statue of Liberty has meant to so many people.
I could feel at home in Greenwich Village, slipping into a routine of grabbing a breakfast sandwich from a deli, fruit from a sidewalk display, or a coke and a slice of real pizza. I would love spending warm summer evenings people watching or sunny winter afternoons reading in Washington Park.
I tell myself these things and yet inside, I know that I’m only capturing these scenes through my writer’s eyes. I’m creating a world in my imagination. In reality, I’d end up spending most of my time in front of this computer trying to create the stories that could very well be taking place in New York City … or my own.
26 thoughts on “Capturing New York City”
Your pictures are beautiful! I’ve only been to NYC once, and I loved it too. But I really, really love your last point in this post. So true! Welcome home!
Judy, no matter what the surroundings or circumstances, we’re always writing, aren’t we?
The first photo stopped me cold. I loved the angle.
And the “real pizza” made me laugh.
I like to think that if you lived in NYC you’d actually take in the culture….but yeah, I could see you living in your head and writing ….. you can’t help how you’re made…
But maybe if you lived in the big apple you could create a CHARACTER who needs to have NYC experiences and then take the character out now and again for writing inspiration….hey! That’s so crazy an idea it JUST MIGHT WORK…
Glad you’re home safe and had fun.
Oh sure, I would get out and about sometimes … if not only for the pizza. 🙂 I did see a lot of character fodder and one good thing about NY is that the natives don’t often look at strangers, so I felt free to people watch.
How fun! I’m so jealous! How are you my friend? I got my internet hooked up today and am finally reconnected with the world, so I will be bugging you far more often. 🙂 Hope the writing is going well. I miss Jalal and Meridith.
Candice, I’m happy to hear you’re back online. Bug me all you want. I’m stalling at the end of my tale, but I’m talking sternly to myself! I’d like to be read to query by the end of September. 🙂 I was missing Jalal and Meredith too, so I went back and reread Part I.
Growing up on so many comics and movies set in NYC, whenever I am there the entire time feels very dreamlike and unreal.
Reminds me that I’ve not been there since 2002.
I watch a lot of shows like Law & Order, Cold Case, CSI-NY, etc. so seeing it live seemed a bit unreal to me, too.
Welcome back! I’m waiting for the arrival of ‘beam me up, Scotty’ travel so that I can dip in and out of places like NY…in the meantime, I travel vicariously through the experiences of others…and yours have enhanced my idea of NY, so thank you…
Christine, one of my other blog-friends posed the question once, what superpower would you like to have and my answer was teleportation. That would be terrific fun … well, as long as you could control where you beamed to. It would be no fun at all to suddenly appear in the middle of the street with dozens of cars and trucks bearing down on you.