Jan
21

10 days in NYC in Black & White.

Better late than never right? Yeah well I went to New York City way back in June of last year. I wanted to go to TBEX (a travel blog conference) in Toronto and well after finding out that Toronto is a short one hour flight to NYC I told my self “Umm yeah I am going back to NYC finally.” so yup I sure did. I visited Toronto for 5 days and after that spent 10 amazing days in NYC. This was the second time I had visited New York City and it was just different. The first time I had visited it was one of my first vacations I took back in 2009 and had a list with me of all the major sites I had to see. This time I had just got back from backpacking around the world for 2 years and had a different view of the world and I also had no list with things to tick off. I just wanted to enjoy my 10 days in NYC exploring more of it by visiting a different neighborhood each day. So I did just that.

I know it’s very cliche to say I LOVE NY, but that’s the truth I really love NY. It’s a place where the world collides and you seriously have things available to you from just about every country in the world. Just walking down the street from my friends apartment in Queens I would come across many types of restaurants like Egyptian, Brazilian, Greek, Italian and just many more. At every corner you see the amazing diversity that lives peacefully next to one another. The other thing that I love about NYC is the concrete jungle that is NYC. It’s a million buildings skyrocketing into the sky and somehow in the mist of it all you have a park here and there or beautiful trees lining up the streets making it not feel so concrete and the fact that you don’t need a car to get around. That’s right you can get just about anywhere in the city via public transportation. During my 10 days there not once did I need a car or even need to hire a cab. It’s something shocks me and so wish I could say was possible in Houston, TX.

I spent most of my time walking around and the reason I did that is because I had just bought my first DSLR and I wanted to practice with it. To be honest I’ve had it now for about 8 months and I still have no clue how to use it. I have been very lazy and have not tried. I know though that once I am back on the road I will practice a lot more and hopefully get the hang of how to use it. This however is my first post using photos I took with my DSLR. I know they may not be the greatest, but I figured I should share my favorite photos. I also made them Black & White, because for some reason when I think of NYC I always think of it in black & white. I feel like the city is just made to be shown in black & white to capture some of it’s smaller details. Here some of the photos I took:

NYC in Black & White

One of my best friends and who I stayed with for 10 days in NYC. She too has a soul of a gypsy and can’t ever stay in one place for long. She spent 2 years living in NYC & is now spending a year living in Turkey before setting off on another adventure. She shares her adventures via Instagram. You can follow her at @LisaHartwig

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

A street in Little Italy.

NYC in Black & White

Do you see the girl screaming on the side of the building?

NYC in Black & White

Catching a cab.

NYC in Black & White

When I saw this I had a moment of Deja-Vu. Reminded me of a scene I would see in major cities across Southeast Asia. Trash pickers looking for anything that can be recycled and they can make some money from.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

Sunset.

NYC in Black & White

In a New York Minute… the sunset is caught perfectly through his arm as he’s using the phone.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

I wanted to go just because well… yeah Houston!

NYC in Black & White

Something that shocked me was the amount of PDA from gay couples all over NYC. I felt like wow we are moving ahead in some places in our country. Here are two men kissing at the Subway station before saying bye to each other.

NYC in Black & White

The one and only Chrysler Building.

NYC in Black & White

This sculpture by George Segal honors the gay rights movement and commemorates the evens as the Stonewall Inn.

NYC in Black & White

This is where it all start… the gay rights movement started here in 1969.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

One of the highlights of my time in NYC was a meeting I had at the 30 Rockefellar Plaza with NBCLatino.  I was interviewed and my top 10 destinations were featured on their site.

NYC in Black & White

The beautiful couple behind Globetrotter Girls. Our paths first crossed way back the start of my trip around the world in Costa Rica. Since then we’ve met there, Panama, India and now the USA. We have become best friends and know our paths will cross once again somewhere in this crazy world.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

Lonely Big Bird.

NYC in Black & White

Central Park.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

The view of Central Park from Top of the Rock.

NYC in Black & White

The view of Lower Manhattan from the Top of the Rock.

NYC in Black & White

No matter the time of day or weather you will always see a long line at the famous Halal Guys. For less than $6 you get an amazing huge plate of delicious Middle Eastern food.

NYC in Black & White

Brooklyn Bridge.

NYC in Black & White

I never rode one, but when I got there the Citi Bikes were still relatively new to the city.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

Y’all know I “love me” some street art.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

The iconic Flat Iron building.

NYC in Black & White

Intersection of Broadway & 5th Avenue.

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

NYC in Black & White

I loved seeing this spray painted on the sidewalks of NYC. Wish their was more awareness of what Israel is doing to Palestine. It’s GENOCIDE yet no one says anything.

NYC in Black & White

After visiting NYC for the second time and spending 10 days there I was reminded why it still is one of my favorite cities in the world and one I would love to live in one day. A part of keeps telling myself “when I’m done traveling the world just come back to the USA and make NYC home”. I may just do that, but who knows… because for now I want to see more of the world.

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Comments

  1. These are fantastic shots! I think once you fall in love with a place it will always have a piece of your heart, like all great loves. I had barely a year in NYC and there are days when I feel homesick… for a place I briefly called home.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh wow I bet in the year in NYC Peggy you barely scratched the surface? I loved NYC so much and still think about it all the time. I know I will go back one day for a much longer time than 10 days.

  2. Yeah great photos!! Makes me want to see NYC even more now!! One day i hope!

  3. Very unique shots there! Truly speaking, I personally have only been introduced to the vibrant side of NYC…these pictures bring out a very different facet of the city in all its calm glory!

  4. Truly wonderful photos and I love that they’re in black and white. How could I not have know your were a great photographer?

  5. The black and white edit on these photos make them feel so old, I love it!
    The Hopeless Wanderer recently posted..Cave of the Winds – Colorado Springs, Colorado

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thank you so much. I love the way NYC looks in BLACK & WHITE… no matter what it is I feel like NYC is just a BLACK & WHITE city.

  6. I remember the time we went to NYC with my husband. Pretty much awesome and believe it’s one of the best cities even if its in our country, at least. Your photos are awesome btw!
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  7. Great pictures, NYC looks great in B&W!
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  8. I love the black and white! Its amazing how easy it is to express the energy in an entire city in simple black and white photos. Check out my travel blog, http://adventureisaroundthecorner.wordpress.com/

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thank you so much Haley. I love how NYC can be seen in BLACK & WHITE. It’s just so much energy and an amazing city to capture in it’s raw state.

  9. Gorgeous photos! I’m back from India and owe you a long text convo! MISS YOU SO MUCH xo

  10. Nice photoset! I would love to visit NYC too, although LA is my priority hehe :D Who knows, maybe you’re destined to settle down in NYC ;)

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh Mica, LA is nice, but NYC is way way way better. I’ve been to LA and wasn’t a huge fan. Either way hope you make it there one day anyway and when you do I hope you enjoy it.

  11. I love NY too! There are just so many reasons why almost everybody loves this concrete jungle city. But this blog you have about New York is unique with the way how you themed it as a black and white ride to NY and I just love it so much. I love it so much that I want to plan a trip there again soon with my family. Thank you for sharing this!

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