[mis]Adventures in New York

NYC-Taxis
Photo credit: Andrew Ruiz, Unsplash

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 bad 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.

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NYC-Times-Square
Photo credit: Wojtek Witkowski, Unsplash

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:

The-Rock-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
The-Rock-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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

The-Rock-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
The-Rock-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
The-Rock-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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

The-Rock-Vertical
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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:

The-Rock-NYC_Park
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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:

The-Met-Statue
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

I loved this wall from Sol LeWitt:

Sol-LeWitt-The-Met

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

The-Met-Terrace
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
The-Met-Terrace-Close
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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:

Brooklyn-Bridge
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
Brooklyn-Bridge-Suspension
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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.

Brooklyn-Bridge_Locks
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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:

NYC-Soho-Silicon-Alley-Tower
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

And even got a rainstorm passing through.

Soho-Silicon-Alley-Rain
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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.

Grand-Central-Station
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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.

High-Line-Rail-NYC
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Lots of nooks and crannies, alleys and architecture.

High-Line-Alley
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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:

Brooklyn-Sunset-Bldg
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography
Brooklyn-Sunset
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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!

Halal-Guys
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.

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

29 Comments

  1. Tamara
    June 18, 2015

    Amazing! I know where to go next time I need New York stock photography for a client!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 19, 2015

      @Tamara, the hubby would love that!

      Reply
  2. Kelly @TastingPage
    June 18, 2015

    What stunning photos! How cool you got those views from Top of the Rock. I was just in NYC and it poured rain the entire time but I still had a great time. I finally got to the 911 Memorial. It was very moving. Glad I saw it.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 19, 2015

      @Kelly, thanks, we got lucky with the weather not too hot, not too cold.

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  3. Jenna
    June 18, 2015

    What a fun time! And I love your husband’s photos. My husband is going to NYC soon; I’m so jealous!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 19, 2015

      @Jenna, we made the best of it! I hope has a good time, tell to stay away from Times Square!

      Reply
  4. Esther JuLee
    June 23, 2015

    i have a love hate relationship with new york.. but these photos are making me love nyc today! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 23, 2015

      @Esther, me too! It is mostly hate, I am not a huge fan but it does have its moments.

      Reply
  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    June 25, 2015

    I love NYC. I will be back again this summer and I am really looking forward to it. NYC never gets old.

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  6. Tammy
    June 25, 2015

    Oh my goodness. There just aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful your pictures are. As a photographer myself, I haven’t taken any pictures of a big city yet. You have truly inspired me!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 25, 2015

      @Tammy, so pleased to hear and glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply
  7. Patrice M Foster
    June 25, 2015

    I could spend all day just pinning your image breath taken & lovely and then I got homesick. You inspired me.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 25, 2015

      @Patrice, glad we could bring a little piece of home to you!

      Reply
  8. Heather
    June 25, 2015

    I think I have been to NYC at least fifty times (I travel a lot for work). And this was like being back there. What beautiful photographs.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 25, 2015

      @Heather, thanks! Do you ever get to explore while you are there on business?

      Reply
  9. Jeanine
    June 25, 2015

    I have never been to NY. I would absolutely love to go one day. These photos are amazing!

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  10. Anna
    June 25, 2015

    Those photos are so awesome! I have never been to NYC but I feel like this captured so much of the area, love it!

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  11. NORAH
    June 25, 2015

    I live just ten miles from NYC and feel very lucky I get to experience this on the almost daily because I commute to Manhattan for work. You had a lovely time, good for you!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 25, 2015

      @Norah, how great, living that NYC lifestyle!

      Reply
  12. Liz Mays
    June 25, 2015

    I would love to go on another recreational trip to New York. Finding new restaurants and shops is so fun!

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  13. Dhemz Apdian - Dias
    June 25, 2015

    oh, my! all these photos are breath taking….pretty impressive results!

    Reply
  14. Mykidsguide
    June 26, 2015

    Your pictures are amazing and it looks like you had a wonderful time. Sorry to hear about the sprained ankle, though and I hope you’re feeling better now. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 26, 2015

      @MyKidsGuide, the ankle is all better now, thanks for asking! And thanks for the compliments.

      Reply
  15. Elizabeth O.
    June 26, 2015

    Lovely photos! I haven’t been to New York, but it sounds like an amazing city. I would love to visit it one day.

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  16. Catherine
    June 26, 2015

    Your husbands photos are absolutely amazing! How lucky that he got that spot! I think they are taking all the love locks away in Paris now as its causing damage to the bridge.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 26, 2015

      @Catherine, yes they finally are, they have cleared them out before and let them come back, but now I think they are removing them permanently.

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  17. Rosey
    June 26, 2015

    I used to love when we lived close enough to go right to NYC. We live too far now but I bet we’ll make it again some day. 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 26, 2015

      @Rosey, what was your favorite thing to do?

      Reply
  18. [email protected]
    October 22, 2015

    Andy, i totally dislike Times square too. (cant believe how much time we spent there as new tourists to the City years ago.) we live in boston and visit NY for a day or two couple of times a year- trying to stay away from Times sq now! We were in Washington sq Park in Greenwich for a NYU tour this past weekend- it was a gorgeous weekend to spend around this Park! (what a vibe!)! Another fav is Central Park- never grows old on us.

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