Saturday, September 18, 2010

New York



So I didn't lie! I'm going to be updating more frequently. So this is me playing catch up. Here are photos from my recent and first visit to New York! I went with my sister, Kristel, who wanted to check out some of the graduate colleges up there. I also went with my best friend, Will, who was an awesome tour guide and really showed us a good time while we were there.

As I'm writing this, I'm having a hard time remembering everything we did because it was such a blur! We visited the MoMa, Manhattan, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, NYU, Columbia University, Hunters College, Central Park, Prospect Park, etc. We walked through much of New York and got to experience all different aspects of New York. The city is bursting at the rim with such variety. Our guest house was in Harlem (ChicandBudget is the best place in the world and run by Burt, a kind and gracious host). The fact that we could be in an area such as Harlem and then Rockefeller Center in 30 min. is a testament to the diversity of New York.

My favorite part of the trip would have to Brooklyn. The vibe of that area just resonates deeper in me than in the faster paced Manhattan. It was much more chill and inviting, but at the same time still had the New York soul. The climax of the trip was a concert we went to on the last day. There was a concert playing in Prospect Park that featured The Roots and Talib Kweli. It was the first time while I was there that I did not feel like a tourist. I felt at one with the community. It was a great feeling knowing that a place like New York (that was foreign to me) could open its arms and embrace anyone.

I wish I could talk more about my trip, but I feel like I'd bore anyone who continues to read. Plus there are other experiences this summer that I need to post about! I will not forget my time in New York and hope to be returning someday. It has helped to open up my eyes to different cultures and communities, and I hope that I can relate it to some of my personal artwork in the future.