Bridges, Buildings, Boroughs and Boats

I’m sitting here and smiling. No, really – smiling.

What a great day.

Work was fun, as per usual. And very productive. A very well-deserved two beers followed. Did I mention there’s free beer at work?! Oh, I did? Well, ok then.

Maybe it was the summer air, or perhaps it was the beers, but I decided to go on an epic adventure after work. I left my messenger bag, my laptop, my book and my new phone in the office. Well, ok – I left my new work phone in the office. How else would I take pictures of this beautiful city?

And so, feeling wonderful and carefree I embarked on my journey.

Part 1: 28th / Park to the Manhattan Bridge.

It’s a trek through the Flatiron District, Union Square, East Village, NoHo, SoHo, NoLita, Little Italy, and Chinatown.

Not a bad walk.

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Ok, fine. So I didn’t take any pictures of…well, anything except the Flatiron District. I’m SORRY, OK?? I just sort of got into the walk and didn’t really feel like bustin’ out the phone to take pictures like a f*ckin tourist. But, it was nice. Just take my word for it.

Part 2: Manhattan Bridge to…the other side of the Manhattan Bridge…and into DUMBO.

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Part 3: DUMBO to the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

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All in all, not a bad way to end my day. I wish I could take you there.

But hey, not every day is as good as this. Case in point, I got slapped in the face by a junkie homeless woman yesterday…didn’t ruin my day, but definitely wasn’t the cup of coffee I was looking for on a Tuesday morning.

 

For all the views I love in this city, there is one that’s special. For all the bridges, there is one that stands apart. It’s not the most picturesque, or the most famous. It isn’t mentioned much in books, and doesn’t get destroyed in Michael Bay films. But it is my favorite, because I see it when I walk out of my apartment, and it’s there when I get back. Perhaps it isn’t the best reason to love something, or somebody. But it’s certainly a nice reminder that I’m in my favorite city in the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Williamsburg Bridge:

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And, believe it or not, it’s actually much nicer at night. I live in the building you see there.

So, there you have my everyday life 🙂 but maybe it’s time to show off something that most people don’t associate with the bustle of New York City…

In case you weren’t aware, the bridges you’ve so far seen connect the different boroughs of the city. And, in case you didn’t know why we need the bridges, I’ll tell you. It’s because there’s lots of water here in New York. You know, the Hudson? The East River? Ok.

And sure, it’s picturesque and kind of majestic. But the water actually serves as something else as well – something on which to drunkenly steer boats.

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And speaking of the Freedom Tower…

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Yes, it’s glorious.

 

 

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