New York City

Last November, Sean and I went to New York for the first time. In the first 4 days, we rode the subway, visited Madison Square Garden for an NBA Game (which included some Foam fingers), The Statue of Liberty, The MoMa, Obscura Antiques & Oddities, Nintendo World, The 9/11 memorial, Lindy’s, The Williamburg Bridge (we didn’t quite make it to the Brooklyn Bridge) and several Flea Markets as well as many High street, Antique, Thrift, Exchange, Consignment, Second-Hand and Re-purposing shops. The weather was fresh but fine as the sun was out nearly every day.

Best finds? A full-sized Tin-type, three A3 sized promo photos used by the Hudson Theater, one of which is signed Bruno of Hollywood, a leather jacket and a pair of stunning earrings. Creepiest finds? A hand-blown glass spider and a handwritten diary from a person suffering from depression.

 

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We then got on an Academy bus to Atlantic City. The trip took around 2,5 hours and it drops you around 100m from the boardwalk. We wanted to visit Atlantic City for the casino’s and because we love HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ – but we also figured that 8 straight days of New York might be a bit much. It was freezing cold, but dry, we played even in the casino at the Blackjack table and the famous wooden boardwalk was near empty. The Steel Pier was closed for the season, but after speaking to some locals, it seems that it’s in such a state of disrepair, it won’t re-open any time soon.

The best thing we found in Atlantic City was a bookshop called ‘Princeton Antique Books’ (2917 Atlantic Ave.) who are specialized in finding books of any subject, so naturally I managed to find a few photography related works, two on coloring photos by hand and one on film stars of the 30’s. The owner is an avid collector on Atlantic City History and owns many period photographs and negatives, some of which he kindly showed to us. I would surely recommend a visit, or otherwise putting in a request with these guys!

 

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Going back to New York for 1 last night, the hotel gives us a penthouse suite – and obviously we were surprised and delighted. We visited the International Centre of Photography (ICP), Grand Central Station, the Cake Boss Café, Chelsea Market, The High Line Park, and a few photo galleries. We especially admired the show put on by the Steven Kasher gallery: “Vietnam, the real war: the photographic history from the Associated Press” and seeing the Aperture gallery in general.

We enjoyed trying all the different sorts of foods, some of which we had only seen on TV. Real NY Pizza, a slice of famous Lindy’s Cheescake (Yes, it is THAT good), Root beer floats, Knish (I want a recipe!), Ziti, Brisket, Hotdogs in Central Park, American Apple Pie, Biscotti and Cannoli, a bowl of Chilli at the Station, Fluffy Pancakes for breakfast and all the different flavors of  M&M’s you can’t buy in Europe.

Everyone we met, apart from 1 woman in Brooklyn, was friendly and polite, which is maybe not what we expected. The trip was a great one and we will definitely return in the future!

 

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