I just got back from a wonderful week-long trip to New York City! I'm so happy that I was able to squeeze in the time to visit after my trip to Seoul. This was my first time in the Big Apple and I admit that I was both excited and anxious before taking off. Every major city in the world is its own organism - pulsing, breathing, moving, and sleeping according to the people living in it. From this short week, I was able to sense that NYC is definitely on its own wavelength and full of hardworking & passionate people.
COOPER HEWITT: SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
When I first heard that the Smithsonian was reopening the Cooper Hewitt, I knew that it would be the first place I wanted to visit in NYC. I've become interested in the world of design over the past few years and the idea of a museum devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design excited me. The Cooper Hewitt is relatively small and minimal in its selections in comparison to the other museums in the city. But true to its mission, everything was methodical, carefully selected, and relevant. They also have the coolest electronic touch pens that you can use to create a digital archive of your favorites throughout the stay.
I was one of those many viewers glued to my screen whenever the cast of Friends got together to meet at Central Perk, an obvious nod to the iconic park. I never really looked up the map of NYC until my visit. As a consequence, I envisioned Central Park a small patch of grass that was crawling with people. In real life, I was blown away by its 843 acres of land. As an urban park, I was impressed by how well kept it is thanks to its conservancy program. I can see how it can be an oasis for the many New Yorkers here.
I honestly had no real expectations or feelings about Times Square. The flashing billboards and oozing commercialism is definitely eye catching due to how famous it is. All I have to say about this place is that it reminded me of the loud artificiality that surrounds us in the modern world. Some of us have gotten used to all the flashing lights and loud messages while others feel paralyzed. If there's anything that seemed "classic" it was The Lion King advertisement. I've also included a few shots that I took along the way to Times Square.