On the move in New York City…

 When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie.
Ryan Adams
peopleon the move

Under Bethesda Terrace

One of the things I love most about New York is the energy and movement. Walking, cycling (if you’re insane), driving (if you’re insane), riding buses, subways, taxis and carriages — even sailing — people around you are always going somewhere. And if you only have a few days, you want to be going somewhere — everywhere — too!

Laid out on a grid system, New York is one of the easiest large cities in the world to get around in. We generally walk, and walk and then walk some more. But I’ve also figured out how to get to places like Brooklyn and the Cloisters way north near Harlem by subway and bus without too much trouble.

And here’s what happens when you stop for a moment to figure out where you are and where you’re going next — a New Yorker stops to ask if they can help you find something.

It happened twice this trip and it’s happened every single time I’ve travelled to New York previously —  all 11 or 12 trips!

I agree with Bill Murray:

My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.

This time a kind woman approached us in Central Park as we were finishing up our photography for the day. And a sweet male cyclist came up to us as we were stopped in Times Square looking at the Jumbotron.

Yes, New Yorkers are always moving, but some do take time to stop to help travellers.


9 thoughts on “On the move in New York City…

  1. terrific series of photos. And so good to hear this perspective of NY residents. How on earth did their reputation become so maligned that we had the opposite view of them? Great to hear how they really are!

  2. Thank you! Some day we will get to New York – hopefully next September after school is in. Your missives make the possibility all the more possible and inviting.

  3. Those arches really draw my attention…I could photograph their beauty for a long time. Your familiarity with the city after so many visits is wonderful. You’ve beautifully captured the movement and energy as Kim M. says. I agree with Cheryl, you are perfect at photojournalism.

  4. Lovely thoughts and beautiful photos. We lived in New York until I was 10, when we moved to a small town. One of the things I can remember was looking out the bedroom window in my new home and wondering where the people were, where the traffic was. It was never still in NY but it was still in my new home in a small town.

  5. Sherry, your photographs are simply amazing. I so enjoy seeing them and hearing your thoughts. New York City is about energy and movement and you’ve captured it beautifully.

  6. After reading all about your New York adventure I feel like I was on this trip with you…I do agree, New Yorkers are very friendly…I love the energy in the city also but I must confess, about 4 days is good for me…but I have always found 4 days gets me a lot of photo’s…so glad you and your sister had this time together and learned your way around…it all sounds so wonderful and your photo’s just bring it all alive…your a wonderful photojournalist.

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