Browsing 6 posts tagged with New York.

 
 

Hello

Gosh, this is the longest I’ve went without updating my photo blog. I won’t be making a habit of it, it just so happened I’ve been ‘busy’. (I hate that word. Despite being ‘busy’ I’ve still found time to watch Casey Neistat Vlogs, so it’s less about being ‘busy’ and more about not prioritising taking pictures.)

I have some exciting trips coming up, so that will change. In a couple of weeks I’ll be in New York for my sister’s hen do. When I get back from NYC, a bunch of us avid Instagram users are heading to Isle of Skye for a photo trip. FUN!

 
 

Dain Scottish ‘Hings

My friends I stayed with in Brooklyn, New York are in Scotland for a few days, so we visited Edinburgh to do a fraction of sightseeing. The tables have turned as I was a tourist in New York when visiting Dustin and Margaret, and now Dustin is a tourist in Scotland (Mags grew up here. We went to primary school together).

Although spending most of the day in Edinburgh, we really didn’t accomplish much other than a pub meal at the Grassmarket, a visit to my sister’s boutique, and coffee at Fredericks. Still, it was nice to see them before they fly across the Atlantic. We’ve talked about spending a bit of summer in Minnesota, where Dustin is from. I hope that happens.

 
 

One Week in New York

So there we were, hunners of us, all with cameras and visiting New York City, taking trivial photos of the banal, like a Macy billboard or NYPD car. But that’s what you do when you’re in NYC.

I did it the first time I visited in 2010, but this time was a little moreā€¦ authentic. Firstly, my friend put me up in her Brooklyn apartment, introduced me to her friends, and took me to haunts I’d have otherwise missed. I got out of Manhattan and visited Williamsburg, Bushwick and other Brooklyn spots (my favourite being Brooklyn Heights). I became familiar with, but failed to master, the New York subway. Gosh, I even saw a woman poop on it.

Highlights included having my morning coffee in a sunny Central Park, a cheeseburger at Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg, taking in the view at Top of The Rock, a photo walk along the promenade at Brooklyn Heights, meatballs with Jack, a banana shake at Bareburger, a Saturday stroll through the Meatpacking District, getting lost on the NY subway, mac and cheese at The Brooklyn Star, visiting the Foursquare office, and free booze at a nightclub in Manhattan.

One week later and I’ve just arrived home in Glasgow. Holidays are fun, but nothing beats my King size bed, being with Indie, and my general routine (I like my routine).

Without further ado, here’s my week in New York. In photos.

 
 

BRB. In New York.

As if you didn’t already know, considering I haven’t shut up about it since booking my 8 day, New York ‘vacation’ in July. I’m staying with a friend I’ve known for 20 years. My only friendship of any length over, like, 5 years.

Despite having visited New York before, this is turning out to be quite a different vibe as I’m kicking about with people who actually live here, staying in Brooklyn and riding the subway regularly, and going to places a little off the beaten path.

I’m regularly updating Flickr.

 
 

Pretty Things: Maps

When @rougebert tweeted about a wee gem of a map he’d just bought, I had to check it out. After all, having not long moved to Glasgow and with an apparently growing interest in maps, it sounded like something I could benefit from. Turns out there were other maps too, and I ended up buying “How To Find Old New York” and “It’s Nice To Be Alone In Paris”. Funnily enough, Paris has been on my mind a lot lately. As mentioned in my last post, I’m eager to take a break somewhere in Europe, and with Paris being a city I’ve never visited as an adult as well as being so close to Britain, it’s likely to happen at some point soon.

 
 

New York Revisited

Towards the end of last year I visited what now sits as one of my favourite cities in the world. I took my laptop, which barely chugged along the entire holiday as I imported and edited holiday snaps (it took me 30 minutes to export one 640px photo!). So, I never really had a chance to ‘properly’ edit my holiday photos. Also, this point in my life was pretty much perfect, and recently I can’t help but keep casting my mind back to it. I yearn for it. For the experience of being in New York, for the fact that — despite this only being 7 months ago — life seemed a tiny bit simpler. Hence why I’ve returned to it, albeit only in photo form, but isn’t that what is so great about photos?