Manhattan

NYC1I will never forget the first time I visited Manhattan. I had my first taste of New York when I stayed over briefly on my way to Boston in 2006. In the summer of 2009, I walked out of this exit at Penn Station for the first time and was completely overwhelmed by the fast pace and the tall buildings. Listening to the taxi cabs honking and the sounds of sirens bouncing off the buildings, I remember telling myself how beautiful this place is. I’m a native of Arizona and New York City is a completely different animal to us newbies. I ate my first slice of NYC pizza at Spinelli’s Pizzeria and caught my first glimpse of the Empire State Building. I returned later that year with my girlfriend and we had a wonderful time exploring the city. We visited Lady Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, MOMA, Canal St and saw Phantom of the Opera. NYC has a special place in my heart and this time I’m excited to spend a good of my week here for various art and photography projects and events.

My first trip to New York City – 2009

My return trip – 2009

After a great time in Philly, I headed on over on an Amtrak to New York City. I’m a huge fan the Amtrak. It’s comfortable and convenient. I was able to get some photo projects done on my few hour trip to Penn Station. I spent my first hour just walking along Fashion Ave and taking in sites of the Empire State Building, Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and other iconic buildings. I was surprised on how easily I knew my way around. My my first destination of the day was the Chelsea neighborhood for some foodie adventures.

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Inside the Amtrak to NYC

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Penn Station

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Broadway St

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Nelson Tower on 7th Ave

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Macy’s

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Empire State Building

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Penn Station Subway

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Madison Square Garden

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Fashion Ave

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NYC Food Carts

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Mustang Sally’s

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NYC Grafitti

Arizona State Capitol

_MG_8408When you go to downtown Phoenix, it’s hard not to miss the large copper dome reflecting the sun. The Capitol began construction in 1898, and it began operation in 1901. In 1918 and 1938, expansions were added on the west side of the building. Since then, many renovations have been done. I have a friend that works there and we have lunch every couple of weeks. She gave me the tour and I was amazed at some of the public art around the grounds that pay tribute to solders and other historic events. It made for a fun photo shoot. I’m always teasing her to get me in to see the Gov.

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