Monday, February 19, 2024

Urban Jungle: Exploring Downtown Manhattan

New York City never feels like a big city that will swallow you whole. Yes, there can be crowds in the streets, but when it comes to big cities it's certainly a place that will give you space and time to explore it. Sunny days make that a breeze of course. We had seven days left for New York City and wanted to explore the city in peace each day, by visiting corner by corner. Of course, no matter the fact that the city has a great subway system (in the sense that the city is well covered, the metro itself needs to be updated, both in a technical sense as well as architectonic), as the day goes on, the step count became bigger and bigger.

This post is part of a multi-part travel series from our Mid-Atlantic USA Road trip
For the other parts click here

Magnolia Bakery

The first stop of our second day in NYC was Magnolia Bakery in the charming West Village, where we were greeted by the  aroma of freshly baked goods and the cozy ambiance of this iconic establishment. The highlight was of course indulging in their renowned banana pudding, which is a mixture of vanilla pudding, ripe bananas, and layers of wafer cookies. And yes, it was delicious, though of course overpriced, like almost everything in the Big Apple.

Exploring West Village

Our adventure in New York City led us to the historic and vibrant West Village, where we embarked on a journey filled with iconic landmarks, delicious bites, and poignant moments. Our first stop was a quick glance at Carrie Bradshaw's apartment from the  TV series Sex and the City. It was of course interesting to see it in person, though the people living there are probably sick of tourists taking pictures in front of their home.

Friends Building in West Village

With the West Village vibes lingering, we made our way to the nearby Friends building, a must-visit for any fan of the sitcom. The recognizable exterior instantly transported us to the days of Ross, Rachel, and the gang. After capturing some Insta-worthy moments, we decided to satisfy our pizza cravings at the legendary Joe's Pizza. The classic New York slice lived up to its reputation, with the perfect combination of crispy crust, gooey cheese, and a savory tomato sauce.

Downtown Manhattan

Energized and ready for more exploration, we strolled towards downtown Manhattan. The transition from the quaint streets of West Village to the towering skyscrapers was awe-inspiring. As we approached the 9/11 Memorial, the atmosphere became more somber. The twin reflecting pools, situated in the footprint of the former World Trade Center towers, serve as a powerful reminder of the events that unfolded on that tragic day. The surrounding Oculus and One World Trade Center stand tall as symbols of resilience and rebirth.

Battery Park

Continuing our journey through downtown Manhattan, we marveled at the impressive architecture of the surrounding skyscrapers. The concrete jungle was alive with the hustle and bustle of city life. Our path eventually led us to Battery Park, where we enjoyed breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the waterfront.

As the day wore on, we reflected on the incredible day we had experienced. From the iconic TV show locations to the poignant 9/11 Memorial and the mesmerizing cityscape, our journey through West Village and downtown Manhattan was a perfect blend of culture, history, and gastronomic delights. It was a day that reminded us of the city's resilience, diversity, and the undeniable magic that makes New York a truly unforgettable destination.


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  1. What a city stroll with photowalk imageries

  2. Super post. I really like the one of the pizza. There is no place within 50 miles that makes good, real Italian pizza. And the three pictures of Selma are superb. But really, all of the pictures are great.

  3. Amazing series of photos. Loved it.

  4. AS Bill says Mersad all of the photographs are fabulous. Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a great week ahead

  5. Mersad, you photograph NYC like you are a local with inside knowledge of where iconic TV programs got filmed. Beautiful images. Thank you for hosting and allowing us to post our current images.

  6. Being born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, which is a major city I live the hustle and bustle and the buildings.

  7. Awesome photo tour! Places I haven't seen in NYC. Great post

  8. What beautiful pictures. I need to get to NYC.

  9. I grew up in Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan for many years. We now live in NC and FL. Your pictures are amazing and making me so homesick! NYC has got to be the most exciting city in all of America. So glad you got a chance to visit!

  10. Your passion for the subject matter shines through in every post. Keep up the great work!
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