summer in the city
I was lucky enough to find myself in New York twice this summer for a mixture of business and pleasure, culminating with a freedom-filled Independence Day weekend in the city.
My previous trips to New York have either been short, rushed, hectic, overloaded, or some permutation of the above. Generally, I haven't been able to understand the allure of this town that so many are drawn to like moths to a million city lights. Without the time to really dig in deep and peel back the layers of Manhattan and beyond, I really thought that New York just wasn't my thing, and I was fine with that.
This summer, I'm pretty sure I got my first taste of the real New York--the sparkle beneath the grit and the timelessness beyond Times Square. Between mornings walking the High Line, coffee excursions in Chelsea, twilight wanders through the West Village, dinner conversations with perfect strangers, and fine art at The Met and American Ballet Theatre's Sleeping Beauty, I felt truly captivated by New York and can say for the first time that I hope to visit again soon.
On the precipice of a season of transition, my time in New York closed the door on one chapter as I stepped into the next. Below are just a few images that provided renewed inspiration as I strolled the streets this summer in the city.
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