Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New York, New York

Finally time to blog about my first weeks in New York. Yes, weeks ! And I haven't really been able to write about it up until now. To be honest, it took me some time to get used to NYC (hope I'm not the only one). Everything is louder and hotter - today I was practically melting, I will never complain again in Berlin about the temperatures. The city is chaotic but somehow everything still flows, even the traffic at some point (However, I will never get the part where you're allowed to cross the road when the light is red, I tried it one time New York style and almost got run over by a taxi. Now I'm always the only person waiting to cross the road - is that pathetic? ) But slowly I'm getting used to this new speed of the city.

I also have another confession to make. I didn't visit one museum yet, not the Guggenheim, not the Whitney... I wanted to give you juicy art stories from the Big Apple, but somehow I've been more occupied with getting to know this city and its people first. Which has been exciting on its own terms. It's interesting how this city has so many different looks, the Upper East Side is totally glamourous but somehow also a bit boring (sorry Upper East Siders, but it's true) and once you go downtown or to Brooklyn you sometimes don't even remember you're in New York (and I haven't been to many parts of the city yet!). Prospect Park is definitely adorable!

Plus a very good tip: I love the Italian Café "Eataly" next to Madison Park, the coffee is awesome and it's fun watching people walk down 5th Avenue.

One of my greatest moments up until now was a surprising experience with a friend of mine, who, I discovered, is an amazing photographer. We were walking through the streets of Brooklyn and she was taking pictures of families living in her hometown. I enjoyed being able to watch how she worked as a photographer, talking to the people she took pictures of as if they'd know each other for years. It also takes some confidence to walk up to strangers and ask "Can I take a picture of you?" I haven't realized before what an intimate question that is. When I worked as a freelance journalist I often walked up to strangers for interviews, but taking a picture of them is even more private somehow. I have always wanted to know more about how photographers create art, who the people behind the lens are and how they manage to transform a small moment into something much bigger.

I'm sorry for not being more artsy for you today, but I still wanted to fill you in on my first impressions of New York!


  1. What a great post. Good to know you are enjoying your visit to NY and look forward to more of your news and views from the Big Apple!

  2. S.: you MUST go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art--multiple times-- if you can (and you couldn't even begin to see it all!). Also, the Frick and the Morgan Library. Of course, as you mentioned, the Guggenheim and Whitney, but also go to MOMA. The Museum of the City of NY is also good for some "local" history. If you want some spectacular architecture, head up to the upper west side and see the Cathedral of St John the Divine (largest Gothic structure in the world).I could go on and on, but those (in my mind) are the biggies. I will send you more ideas if they pop into my head. I'm so glad it's going well and that you are soaking it all in! Can't wait to hear more! :)

  3. Thanks for the update. I quite understand getting to know the people & place first, but please make sure you do visit at least the Guggenheim soon.



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