Everywhere I turned were traces of love from memories that had been tucked away in my mind. Now they were flourishing upon arriving in New York City. Like the windows on the skyscrapers found there, I have a clear view of these times spent while walking around this city’s streets.
For birthdays and other celebrations, growing up in a nearby suburb of NYC, my family and I often took in popular Broadway shows, famous food establishments, exciting sights, and stylish shopping adventures.
My mother and I would stroll along 5th Avenue, sometimes with our Easter bonnets, other times our winter coats or blazers. We always discussed our impressions of the store windows. As a young girl, I found myself thinking “Rhoda” would appear and give us the real “lowdown” on what we were looking at in the display. I’m sure “Rhoda” would’ve liked this one.
Often we’d share one of the enormous sandwiches at Carnegie Deli and then go to Lindy’s for a slice of authentic New York cheesecake. On a chilly night, my father usually bought a bag of hot roasted chestnuts from a street vendor, a satisfying treat while walking back to the parking garage. When I worked in NYC and was on a budget nothing beat Ray’s pizza.
Perhaps one of the best things I captured with my camera is more than just a clock, but time standing still. Or, sights that take me back in time. And, some are new. How can this be? Tell me what you see.
I hope you enjoyed this photo journal. I’m fortunate to still get that invigorating and warm feeling every time I emerge from Penn Station via a stress-free Amtrak ride. Lastly, I know I’m guided to all of these wonderful sights and every person I come in contact with brings me a story to consider. Mostly, I smile. And, it’s definitely easy to spread a smile. It may not last long in fast-paced NYC but it is appreciated. This last time the frigid temps made it hard to smile. But, when I told the street vendor as I paid for my scarf and hat, “It’s too cold to bargain. I hope you sellout of everything.” His runny nose, watery eyes and grateful nod said it all.