Ode to NY

I was going to write another blog entry that I've been meaning to do forever....and then I thought maybe I instead, considering the day it is..I should write about my trip to NYC earlier in the summer instead. New York is an amazing place and I had wanted to go for as long as I can remember. Not only is it a city rich with film and television history (to be sure...a lot of my favorite movies and shows have been set here..) it has been culturally significant to our country for a very very long time. When you think of America, the landmarks of New York are probably among the first images that come into your mind. So for me, visiting this city has always been a priority. I really wanted to see Europe again this year, but I knew early on that if I didn't get to travel that far...I still would check something off the list that I've always wanted to see and visit. In July, that was New York.

New York certainly didn't disappoint me....but at the same time it was kind of weird to finally make it to the city of all cities after having been to so many other major ones first. Because of that, it was hard for me not to have some of the uniqueness of other cities pop out more for me than what New York had to offer. In all honesty, had the second and third days of my trip occurred before my first one I would have been wowed immediately...and not just for the things that tourists love...but for the quieter parts of the city as well. Also a lot of my experiences of the city was colored by the experiences I had there and well...I'm not really going to share that on a public blog. But all in all with the art, architecture, food, entertainment and of course central park (which was my favorite of all) I definitely fell in love with it and would put it on a list of places I'd like to return to one day...I just have to explore a lot of other places more before I can return.

So what did I do while I was there? Well..........as a lover of Breakfast at Tiffany's I had to stop there. But...not the one on 5th Avenue..I couldn't find it. We opted instead for the one on Wall Street....I pretty much felt too poor to even go in there, but we did anyway. We saw ground zero...but unfortunately, it was under construction so we didn't get to see any of the cool memorials that are there right now. Saw the Brooklyn bridge, Chinatown (I should probably see the movie with the same name too...but the location itself probably freaked me out enough haha), Little Italy, The Empire State building. How many movies can you name that are set there? King Kong, An Affair To Remember, Sleepless In Seattle. Equally, if not moreso iconic to the world and film, we saw the Statue of Liberty. Thank you, Cloverfield, Ghostbusters and of course Planet of the Apes for that one. Oh...and we saw Times Square too. In fact, we may or may not be on the Rachel Ray show eating hot dogs sometime this fall.

Of course in television, I love New York for a myriad of reasons. 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother and.......of course Seinfeld all pay tribute to the city and its residents constantly. For that, I made sure to visit Rockefeller center, and I attempted to visit some Seinfeld sights...but didn't really have enough time. We'll save that for a return trip. Also on the agenda for a return trip: a boat ride on the lake at central park and Mamma Mia on broadway. honestly. But, we still did a lot in a short amount of time and I was very grateful to be able to go at all. And I did at least get a black and white cookie like in Seinfeld. Glad to have another destination checked off the list...even if it will need to be crossed off again eventually. Hooray for life and the opportunities to travel. Up next? Well...I've got some ideas...hopefully they can be able to come to fruition....stay tuned.

But back to NY...what are your favorite New York t.v. shows/movies or memories? I've barely covered the tip of the iceberg with famous films set there! It's definitely a place loved by film that's for sure! So let's hear some of the ones I've missed.


seanmackay.net said...

Oh Lee, of course you'll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.D.s

Joey said...

The Plaza Hotel was big for me because there are a lot of movies that mention it. And it was cool.

While I was there, lo, those many years ago, I was struck with the realization that so many historical figures had walked those streets, including Joseph Smith. I mean everyone from Lou Gehrig to John Lennon to Hilary Clinton has been to New York. If you're anybody who has done anything of importance, you've been to New York.

Also, I thought of all of the books I've read that were based in New York...particularly Brooklyn. I was disappointed that I didn't get to see Brooklyn because one of my favorite books was "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."

Sarah said...

I've never been to New York...and I consider myself to be someone who has done many things of importance! Ha ha!

Central Park looks breathtaking. I'm glad you got to visit it.