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
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.
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.
Can't forget about some of the places I'll always visit, especially for a good coffee...
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...
Looking westward shortly afterwards, this time hanging outside my hotel window
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.
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.
"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