After Vicky’s photo diary from New York, Mary Giatra travels us to the eternal city.
Text_photos: Mary Giatra
Let’s quote Frank for a second. “I want to be a part of it”. Everybody who has been there wants to. But it is really easy since the city absorbs you. It is so big and powerful that makes you question your place in the world. That same feeling, the same thrill, the same excitement return every time. In one word, greatness. Oh God, you can never get enough.
And Frank goes on after the first impression: “These vagabond shoes, they are longing to stray”. Follow his advice. The city is big, horizontally and vertically. Walk around, take your time, linger. Try to observe the places and the people. Visit famous sites, museums and stores, taste famous dishes, grab a cab and then breathe for a second. There are so many things you can do in New York. Museums, walks, shops, Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, SoHo, the Empire State building, the Times Square are just a few on the to-do list. If you can’t do it all, don’t worry. Take a coffee and a bagel to go, sit on a bench in Central Park and observe while trying to take it all in.
How can it be so welcome and frightening at the same time? The city’s nickname “the big apple” says it all. The forbidden fruit, the eternal symbol of good and evil, the perpetual fight to ignore the temptations and stay in the light. It is a place with enormous contrasts. There is glamour and then there is poverty. There is happiness and sadness, there is romance and pure cynicism. But New York’s lights are big and bright and they lead the way.
What is it that makes this city so alluring? Great promises and great challenges, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”, Frank concludes. Whether a romantic’s dream or a realist’s goal, the thought has never left my mind. I have had the chance to see the sensational New York. I felt it, tasted it, caressed it, but I want more and I am going straight to the point. I really, really love New!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York subway
Parsons, the new scholl for design
Times Square information center
Empire State Building
Carrie Bradshaw’s door
Central Park West
The New York Times Building
Next week: Photographer Aleksandra Karpowicz travels us to Morocco.