Seeing New York through the Photo Lens of Tourists
A few weeks ago I wrote about the little conversations I overheard in New York as I sped walk to and from work. If you just stand still in any street corner you will overhear thousands of conversations that will remind you are harried, hurried, happy and broken we all are at varying moments in time. I’m a die-hard New Yorker who has always had a love affair with the great Big Apple. I still adore other cities ad travel to foreign and domestic lands alike.
I love Tokyo to the point I wish I could travel there once a year. I remember myself (as well as my son) stopping and taking in every single building small and tall; old and modern. I don’t tend to do that in new York. I tend to just speedily walk to where ever I need to get to in that New York minute.
Yesterday, at the end of the day, I decided that in the 17 minutes it would take me to walk to Grand Central to notice what others were looking at. I whipped out my smartphone and had it ready to snap photos of whatever others were taking photos of. Mind you, my route to Grand Central is less touristy. Nonetheless, I did catch people in awe taking photos of the grand city.
Below are photos of what others snapped photos of. Some of the photographs are a bit blurry as at times I did not stop to take the photos but took them as I ran and sped walked to my destination.
Squirrels are the rock stars everywhere.
A new highrise that has sprung up the last few years. One of many. The rate of construction in NYC is very high (pun intended)
Random art installations dot the NYC landscape
The flashing red hand signals to the pedestrian to stop and not attempt to cross the street. The tourists pay heed. New Yorkers do not.
In between the dark tall buildings, spring up even taller brightly lit buildings
As you near grand central the lights spring up.
Why are New Yorkers running all the time? To catch a train, bus and be somewhere on time.
Once you get to Grand Central, it is all fuzzy as you try to run through the crowds to get to your platform.
People watching is the other big draw to the City
There you have a 17 minute walk through the eyes of others. It’s a bit fuzzy and harried. Its a bit of everything: people watching, art viewing, and car dodging. That’s our vibrant New York. Something for everyone – even for us jaded New Yorkers who walk the streets everyday in a hurry to get to our next mindless meeting.
Should never stop appreciating what keeps us grounded and keeps us here. A good storyteller remembers to stop and live in the moment and see through the eyes of others.
beautiful rough pics!
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Incrível a visão dos turistas sobre Nova York!
I love your idea behind this post. I only make it to NYC about once a year (from Connecticut), but I always appreciate a glimpse of the Flatiron building and the Chrysler building, and I always stop for a few moments to linger over the ceiling at Grand Central Station.
Thanks so much! You really know your NY! Many wouldnt know the chrysler building! That ceiling in grand central really is grabd. Have a fab day ahead
Love your photos. They make me homesick. My office was right on Madison Square Park. The best ‘hometown to play ‘tourist’ in
I like this perspective — looking through the eyes of others. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the big city. It’s nice seeing it again through your eyes. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
New York terrifies me. I guess I’m a small-town girl at heart 🙂
Thanks, Mimi. I needed that shot of NYC!
happy to oblige! 🙂
Love it! I came to New York on holiday from the UK 3 years ago and am desperate to come back, your pictures are lovely reminder of happy memories.
Really enjoyed this Mimi! Interesting to take the time to see what others see on what is your routine path.
I have always liked the Flatiron building, but never knew it was called that. I could easily spend a week wandering New York and learning about the history.
Glad to hear on all counts. The flat iron building is so cool. But sometimes, i take it for granted and need a reminder.