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[mis]Adventures in New York

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Taxis in New York City New York USA

Recently, Mr. Misadventures and I spent a week in New York City. I was there for work and a conference and the hubby came along for the trip (despite still recovering from a badly sprained ankle). Due to the proximity to my office and the conference venue, most of the week we stayed in the Times Square area, which is not my favorite part of the city, but we made the best of it.

Times Square in New York City New York USA

One of the highlights of the week was a sunset visit to the Top of the Rock, the roof-top terrace at Rockefeller Center. While I froze my ass off and enjoyed the view, Mr. Misadventures spent close to three hours hanging out with a bunch of professional photographers capturing pre and post-sunset. They had paid $10,000 to reserve the best spot on the roof for some special project and after seeing my hubby’s equipment, they invited him into their taped off area.

The result?

Fantastic photos like these:

You can see the progression of the light as the sun sets…

Here is a vertical shot which allows you to see a bit more:

The hubby hasn’t completed his New York portfolio for his site, but as soon as he does, I’ll link you to it. That way you can see that photos in a much larger format.

He also took a couple of picks from the park side:

So many people go to the Empire State Building, which is super crowded, and while I won’t say that Top of the Rock was desolate, the crowds were very manageable.

We did a quick stop at The Met on Wednesday morning before my conference started so that Mr. Misadventures could capture the city-line from the 5th-floor rooftop terrace. We checked out a few exhibits while waiting for the terrace to open.

You know Mr. Misadventures and his fascination with statues:

I loved this wall from Sol LeWitt:


Once the terrace opened it was worth the wait to get views like this

We also did a couple of trips to the Brooklyn Bridge during the day and at sunset. Given Mr. Misadventures sprained ankle, we were cautious about distance and exertion, but we made our way slowly over the bridge Friday afternoon and captured the following shots:

Of course, it was discouraging to see that love locks are making a presence on this bridge. There aren’t as many as some European bridges (say Paris for example) but if they aren’t managed now, they could become a problem.

We moved to SoHo on Friday afternoon. Given it was Memorial Day weekend this area of town was like a ghost town and it was a relief after the chaotic nature of Times Square. We had a great view of the Freedom Tower and other parts of Silicon Alley from our hotel room window:

And even got a rainstorm passing through.

We did a quick visit to Grand Central Station, it is difficult to capture because it is never empty, if you go too early or too late, you won’t get enough light. This is what the hubby captured.

We also spent several hours at the High-Line, which an adorable park built on nearly 2 miles of an elevated section of the abandoned New York Central Railroad track called the West Side Line. You can literally spend all day here walking, resting, shopping, eating, and of course taking photographs.

Lots of nooks and crannies, alleys and architecture.

It is great for sunset photography as well, but we didn’t stay instead we headed back to the Brooklyn Bridge area and got these shots:

A couple of food highlights. It was a disappointing week when it came to food. I know New York has lots of good food but given our logistics, a sprained ankle that prevented us from being very mobile, and budgetary constraints, we didn’t have a great food week.

I had an amazing lunch in Hell’s Kitchen at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns & Ramen where I devoured some of the best soup dumplings I’ve ever had. Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns & Ramen

I fulfilled a Halal Guys chicken and rice craving, my hotel was right around the corner from what is considered by many to be the best cart near the Hilton Garden Inn on 53rd and 6th Avenue. It ain’t pretty but damn is it good! (P.S. I like spicy food, but I cannot eat that red sauce! Every single trip I forget how hot it is and get it by mistake and then I end up having to scrape it off!


Photo credit: HawYu

And in SoHo, we had two meals and an afternoon snack at Hudson Westville which had a really amazing selection of market vegetables and a very delicious NY strip steak sandwich.

On my next trip, I will be vindicated on the food side if it kills me.

Those are the highlights from my week in New York. We got to see a lot, but yet there is so much more to see (although I did manage to cross off most of these 5 things to do in New York!). I’m not talking about the classic stuff either. I’m more interested in New York off the beaten path. The non-touristy things that make New York, well New York!

How about you? Have you been to New York? What are your favorite highlights?

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