I have been to NYC so many times but on this last trip I felt like I was seeing the city with new eyes. In past years I had gotten into a comfort zone, going to the same restaurants, shops, streets, etc. But this time around I made an effort to explore new areas of the city. I attended the indie fashion convention FAME at the Javits Center in Hell's Kitchen which was a first for me. Not only was is great to see all the fall collections from the designers, but I was pleasantly surprised at the modern grandeur of the center itself. This gorgeous building puts most convention centers to shame with its enormous atrium ceilings and endless indoor sunshine.
The architecture in NYC is a mix of the very old, very new and everything in between. There are brownstones with embellished cornices (fancy architectural term for decorative molding) which are home to old family money. In contrast you have the modern high rise apartments populated by new money Wall Street tycoons and techies. And we must not forget the famous NYC skyline filled with skyscrapers so tall they practically touch the stars. The polarity of these architectural styles create a unique blend that is distinctly New York and defines some of our favorites neighborhoods.
The last time I visited Ground Zero it was a few years after the attack but the remnants of devastation were still very apparent. For blocks all you could see was massive heaps of metal with the smell ash still lingering in the air. Seeing the new World Trade Center and the September 11 Monument was breathtaking and an incredible symbol of resilience. It is by far the most striking building I have ever seen and a proud symbol of what America stands for. Standing at 1,776 feet tall it's the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and a grand edition to the city skyline. Just another iconic symbol of New York.
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