Back in the New York Groove

 En route

En route

Many years since I was here,
On the street I was passin' my time away
To the left and to the right,
Buildings towering to the sky
It's outta sight in the dead of night
Back in the New York groove, in the New York groove...

- Ace Frehley

 Looking across the aisle out over the city

Looking across the aisle out over the city

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Finding the beauty as the sunlight dims throughout the city

Back in NYC for a visit to meet with some people, both friends, and business folks, and being reminded once again, why the energy of this city is unlike any other.

 There's no shortage of amazing food in this city

There's no shortage of amazing food in this city

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The city really "never sleeps"... 

Most of my free time is spent just walking around the city, sometimes in neighborhoods I know, sometimes in places I've never been.  No matter where I am, there's usually something interesting.  

 What started as a blustery winter day ended up being a somewhat pleasant and sunny afternoon with the birds chirping and people filling the sidewalks

What started as a blustery winter day ended up being a somewhat pleasant and sunny afternoon with the birds chirping and people filling the sidewalks

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Can't forget about some of the places I'll always visit, especially for a good coffee... 

 Looking south to the World Trade from my hotel window as the days end draws closer

Looking south to the World Trade from my hotel window as the days end draws closer

I've found that trips like this have to be tempered with appropriate downtime so as not to get myself overwhelmed.  NYC has a certain energy that can be both exhilarating and exhausting if not taken in doses.  Although, the doses differ from person to person, I find myself needing a reprieve every so often...

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Looking westward shortly afterwards, this time hanging outside my hotel window

 After getting a recommendation for dinner, I ended up at Emilio's Ballato on Houston Street for a simple yet amazing meal

After getting a recommendation for dinner, I ended up at Emilio's Ballato on Houston Street for a simple yet amazing meal

 It's fascinating to me how quickly an old UPS Store can become a street art installation once the tenant leaves   

It's fascinating to me how quickly an old UPS Store can become a street art installation once the tenant leaves

 

 Visiting Cafe Katja down in the LES with a friend for amazing Austrian food

Visiting Cafe Katja down in the LES with a friend for amazing Austrian food

 Various museums and art shows that happen around the city are also very intriguing opportunity to see things that I wouldn't see otherwise. I happen to have the opportunity to visit the New York Historical Society and see a tattoo exhibit documenting 300 years of tattooing in NYC.     

Various museums and art shows that happen around the city are also very intriguing opportunity to see things that I wouldn't see otherwise. I happen to have the opportunity to visit the New York Historical Society and see a tattoo exhibit documenting 300 years of tattooing in NYC.  

 

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As i've mentioned before, simply walking around the city provides is unique opportunities for a sort of offbeat photography that I normally do but I tend to focus on things that catch my eye  rather than the typical photography that I may do.

 

 You've been warned... 

You've been warned... 

 Certainly doesn't feel like spring! 

Certainly doesn't feel like spring! 

 you can even find a small horse masquerading as a great dane lounging in the hotel bar at the Soho Grand

you can even find a small horse masquerading as a great dane lounging in the hotel bar at the Soho Grand

 My oldest daughter requested that I bring home some Macarons

My oldest daughter requested that I bring home some Macarons

Shopping is usually exciting, with the bewildering options, but on this trip I kept it fairly simple and went to the few stores that I enjoy. 

As I've gotten to a place of more simplicity in my life overall, it has certainly bled into my wardrobe decisions two out of the three of my regular order of additions come from stores in New York, pants Jach's in the West Village and t-shirts from Save Khaki United that has various locations around the city.  My jeans come from a shop called Stronghold on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach. 

 

 As I mentioned, the food tends to be outstanding and the scale and prosciutto flatbread pizza was no exception to the rule. I found it at  Café Clover  on 6th Avenue, just down the street from many of my favorite places. 

As I mentioned, the food tends to be outstanding and the scale and prosciutto flatbread pizza was no exception to the rule. I found it at Café Clover on 6th Avenue, just down the street from many of my favorite places. 

 But alas, it was time for me to make my way back to Portland just before a "blizzard" was set to roll through NYC.   

But alas, it was time for me to make my way back to Portland just before a "blizzard" was set to roll through NYC.   

 I'm back in the City of Roses that I currently call home.  

I'm back in the City of Roses that I currently call home.  

"It comes down to reality
And it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide
Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside
I don't have any reasons
I've left them all behind
I'm in a New York state of mind..."

 - Billy Joel