Sunday, July 24, 2011

All This City and Not Ever Enough Time

I went to New York City in June to apply for my French student visa, then returned last weekend to pick it up.  
Other than being at JFK International Airport, that was my first true visit to the Big Apple!  I have to say, it didn't let me down.  Since I've lived in the country for so long, I thrive on the bursting energy and diversity and opportunity!  I also left with a new camera after the first visit.  Here's a look at some of the things I did:

A mother and her daughter cooling off near the World Trade Center.
Rockefeller Center in the brilliant sun.
An amazing tree house in Central Park!
It was called "A Tree House for Dreaming", and was created for the Young Arts program ( in 2007.
Argos Tea is my equivalent of a small child in a candy shop.
South Street Seaport on the pier; it's as if the ships could float into the city.
The New Amsterdam Market off of Fulton Street, right near the pier.  It's open every Sunday from 11 to 4 and it's absolutely wonderful, I couldn't get over all the hand-crafted foods.
Delicious tomato strecci from Sullivan Street Bakery!
Shaved ice (with elderberry and rhubarb syrup) from People's Pops of NYC.
The Fulton Street subway station. I had a lot of experience taking the underground/metro/subway/train while in France, so it didn't bother me at all. I actually find it quite efficient to use in the city.
We watched the last 15 minutes of the Women's World Cup Soccer Game in Times Square with thousands of others-- including that agonizing shoot-out!
And there's the French Consulate on the East Side of Central Park.  That modest apartment, where all the magic happens :P.

For those of you that have visited New York, what are some of your favorite places and things to do?! Trust me, I've filled my journal and Urbanspoon with a wishlist of pending adventures. I can't wait to go back one day on my own terms and crawl the entire city, not just Manhattan!  Anyone with me?
But jeez I can't believe it is almost August-- where has this month gone?! I just keep working like a horse in this heat... though since I don't go in until tomorrow night, I'll be spending this one with my friends :).  Take care, and have a fantastic week!

Listening: "Something Good Can Work" by Two Door Cinema Club


Elle Sees said...

That's Jeffry Koontz sculpture at the top!

Natalie said...

NYC looks fantastic! Argh, I've only been there once, and it was when I was little and only cared about going to the zoo and the Pokemon store... sigh... Someday, hopefully sooner than later, I will go again and see everything else that this awesome city has to offer. :D

Allison said...

Yayyy for you coming back to my hood! :) Okay, seriously, next time you're there for longer than a day you HAVE to let me know so we can get together!
Is it sad that I know exactly where the French consulate is? Haha, that whole section on Museum Row is like, consulate central. You should see it in the winter when all the different consulates have their holiday decorations up - it just adds something so fun!
Your pictures are gorgeous - and you have my stomach growling with all those amazing food pictures!
Urbanspoon is such an amazing app - even though I'm in the city constantly, there are so many places to check out and it's definitely led me to some amazing little hole-in-the-wall places! One of my favorite places that isn't really well known is Beard Papa's - it's on Broadway and they sell amazing creampuffs! Yummo.
Sounds like you're having an amazing summer - so excited you get to go to France soon!

Nicole Linette said...

@Elle Sees: How cool! I learned a bit about Mr Koontz this past spring. Wish I knew that when I was there.

@natalie: I hope you make it there soon, I loved it so much and I bet you would too.

@Allison: I know, I know, I'll make it back and you will show me everything! But yeah I noticed all the foreign consulates were in that area, I love it! I wish the MoMA wasn't closed that Monday :( But thank you for the recommendations and yes, I am freaking out about this trip!!!