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NYC Again

I’ve always thought I was a New Yorker deep inside. That’s what happens when you grow up watching american movies. And that was exactly how I felt the first time I got to the City that never sleeps. On the shuttle I took at JFK to reach Manhattan,  I wasn’t just excited  because I was finally going to see the city I dreamt of since I was a kid. I felt like I was coming home. And the day after, at 5 in the morning, I was already wandering around Midtown, no precise destination in mind. No map either. I had it all in my head. One of the nicest strolls of my whole life. At last I found myself in Times Square. That was my first time, and now I’m going back for the fourth time. Can’t wait to get there.

The first two times were kind of the same. I got to see all the main spots around Manhattan, plus a glimpse of Brooklyn and a Yankees match in The Bronx. The third time was even better because it was at Christmas and I was with my family. We got to spend a wonderful Christmas at my relative’s in the Hudson Valley, and an unbelievable week in the best neighborhood of the whole Manhattan to live in, which is Greenwich Village in my opinion.
But this time is going to be special. I’m bringing my Brompton with me, and I’m finally going to stay the whole week in Brooklyn. I don’t know yet exactly the precise address of the room I booked, but it’s somewhere between Williamsburg and Bushwick, two of the coolest neighborhoods of New York. The cradle of the hipster movement, I’m told. And while I’m not exactly the prototype of an hipster, I guess with my folding bike I will fit right in.

And I have plans. I’ll tell you more next time I post, but I can tell you this isn’t going to be a classic touristic vacation. Hopefully, I’ll get to see one different place/neighborhood, off the most touristic beaten paths, every day of my week. A different bike ride everyday, discovering places you hardly find on the NYC guides under the top 10 must see list, but that I’m sure are going to give me the essential insight of what the City really looks like to a real New Yorker. I’m gonna have to plan ahead my itineraries this time, cause I absolutely wanna make the most out of this trip. Though I already know I won’t be avoiding Manhattan. You can’t help its pull. After all Sprinkles is on Madison Avenue, and God knows how much I love Sprinkles cupcakes.
I’ll keep you posted, take care guys!

Gianluca

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Coney Island (Sunset Edition)

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I gotta say, despite my pretty good experience as a traveler, catching a sunset is something I’ve never actually thought of doing along my trips. Unbelievable. How come, is something I can’t wholly comprehend.

That’s why the sunset I told you about in one of my posts from NYC, a week or so ago, was actually the first I caught purposely. But I’m sure the idea came from the oneI caught by chance a couple of days before, during my visit to Coney Island.image

I’ve already said before I love New York since I was a kid and hadn’t even been there yet. That’s because I grew up watching American movies, and still do for that matter. This is also why I knew pretty well the Manhattan map even before my first time in NYC, since I used to study it and admire it, dreaming of the day I eventually could make it to the city.

Anyway, one of the first movie that gave me some glimpses of the city I was starting to dream of, was “The Warriors“. For all of you guys that might not know this movie, well…my first suggestion is go see it immediately. Even if the image it makes you see of New York isn’t one of the best. Yet, the movie is a cult.

Just to be clear, the film doesn’t show you the New York of the wonderful lights, beautiful landscapes, skyscrapers and skylines. Rather the New York of the gangs in the 70s and the war they used to fight. If this isn’t enough, the movie is all shot at night along, say, not the most recommendable parts of the city, at least at that time.

Cutting to the chase, the Warriors of the movie is a gang from Coney Island that after a huge gangs meeting in the Bronx gone wrong, has to make it back home. It’s a long travel if you have in mind the NYC map. Anyway, that’s where the myth of Coney comes from. Eventually they made it, and Coney Island is the set of the last scenes of the movie.image

The thing is, I don’t know exactly why, but you can still breath the retro style decadence I came to know seeing  those glimpses of the Coney Island of the Warriors.

That being said, it was a damn coincidence I was there two weeks ago, at the exact moment the sun was setting. I just wanted to get back see one of the places I like the most in New York, which for some reason isn’t so beaten. Plus, I wanted to go see Brighton Beach, which is, say, the Russian part of Brooklyn. Nothing really particular to see there, except for a lot of Russian shops, but again… I read too many books. So if John Corey hangs out in Brighton Beach to whack his Russian pals, I gotta go get an idea of what we’re talking about. Anyway, it happened I was right there at the right time, and the light was great. So is the camera of my Note 5. These pictures are the result.image

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Gianluca


Walking To Brooklyn (Manhattan Skyline Edition)

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Well, as some of you might know, I just came back from NYC. I had a great time. How could it be different?

I gotta say, this one’s been the best time of all my three visits in the city that never sleeps. It was my first time in winter, and even though this isn’t my favorite season, I was surprised by the colors the city shows in December. Cold colors of course, yet they looked so meaningful to me. I guess it’s just that I love this city.

Anyway I’ll have to write a post about it as soon as I come to terms with the fact that I’m back to normal life. But it’s going to be difficult to explain what it’s like being in New York, which are the vibrations you feel walking in its streets. My only suggestion is, as soon as you get a chance to go to NYC, go for it as fast as you can.

Me, I’ll try to push you a little.

Like I said, I had a wonderful time. And part of the fun was filming some videos thinking about the blog. You might have seen this video article I posted from New York, that shows my little journey to Brooklyn in a rainy day, where I said I’d be back to see the Manhattan skyline in a clearer day. That’s how I came up with the idea of documenting my walk to Brooklyn a couple of days later.

Watch the video below, and maybe you’ll be able to perceive a glimpse of the atmosphere of the NYC streets. I hope you’ll enjoy the video, but more important, the images of a beautiful sunny day of a December in New York.

*the river I crossed is the East River, not the Hudson like I claimed in the video! I always get confused.

Gianluca


Brooklyn

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All right, I know I’m not writing enough but you know… I’m in NYC right now and I have millions of things to do. So I thought it was a good idea sharing videos. And I’m going to start with my day spent in Brooklyn, which is beautiful, though I have to come back because I didn’t pick the clearest day to be able to see the Manhattan skyline. Whatever, there are worse things in the world than another trip to Brooklyn. I hope you’re going to like this video, in the meanwhile you all take care.

Gianluca


My Wonder “Walls”

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Wall.”

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East Side Gallery. Shot taken in Berlin, Germany. August 2010

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Wall Of Fame. Shot taken in Dublin, Ireland. May 2014

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Coney Island. Shot taken in Coney Island, Brooklin, New York, USA. August 2012


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