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02 Jul

New York

Published by Ju Moody

(29/06/2014 - 26/07/2014)

Je suis arrivé à New York en bus depuis Montréal et j'étais très enthousiaste à l'idée d'arriver dans cette ville qui nous a tous fait rêver par les films et les livres qui se déroulaient dans les rues et les bars de la Grande Pomme.

Mes premières impressions après 3 jours: je suis à la fois émerveillé et impressionné ! Cette ville me parait immense, le métro est une aventure, on se sent tout petit en bas de cette forêt de gratte-ciel et face à toute cette agitation citadine (je viens de passer 3 semaines dans les forêts du Canada...) et je ne sais pas trop par où commencer. Heureusement, j'ai encore la chance d'avoir des amis hôtes et guides extraordinaires !

J'ai donc commencé par visiter le MoMA (génial!), me balader dans les rues de Harlem et Midtown, et je suis allé écouter à Brooklyn un super groupe de brass (Slavic Soul Party) dans un bar super sympa portant le nom de Barbes.

La découverte des nuits musicales underground de Brooklyn continue, je commence à me familiariser un peu avec le métro, la ville et les citadins...

Bon, mon séjour à NYC touche à sa fin... et après quatre semaines j'ai toujours ce même sentiment d'être un peu perdu dans une ville immense. Quasiment tous ceux que j'ai rencontrés ne sont pas nés à NYC. Ils sont arrivés ici en se disant que ce serait pour 2 ou 3 ans, et ça fait 10 ans, 15 ans, 20 ans qu'ils sont là. Je pense qu'ils y cherchaient quelque chose qu'ils n'ont pas trouvé dans les premières années et ils y sont restés par persévérance et par routine, mais je ne pense pas que ce soit par pur plaisir. Et bien sûr, il y a beaucoup de célibataires. La plupart recherchent désespérément la personne avec qui s'installer ici pour partager leur solitude, mais ils sont tiraillés par l'envie initiale de ne pas rester trop longtemps dans cette ville et l'envie de s'installer rapidement, trop rapidement en oubliant la nécessaire phase de découverte qui est plutôt instable et qui pourrait prolonger, si elle ne fonctionnait pas, leur solitude dans cette ville dans laquelle ils ne souhaitaient pas rester plus de 2 ou 3 ans. Et tout cela empêche le laisser-aller nécessaire au bonheur. Quelqu'un m'a dit que New York est comme une très jolie femme que l'on courtise sans cesse et qui apprécie ces sollicitations, mais qui au moment de passer à l'acte se refuse à vous, encore et encore...

La très jolie chanson de Gil Scott Heron - New York is killing me - dit assez bien ce sentiment de lente agonie dans les bras de la puissante, rapide et gigantesque ville ("8 millions d'habitants et je n'ai pas un seul ami...")

I arrived in New York by bus from Montreal and I was very enthusiastic about coming in this great city, which we all have dreamed about through movies and books that take place in the streets and bars of the Big Apple.

My first feelings after 3 days in: I am both fascinated and impressed ! I found the city huge, taking the subway is an adventure, I feel small in front of this forest of skyscrapers and all this agitation (I have just spent 3 weeks in the Canadian forests...) and I am not sure what to start with. Hopefully, I am once more very lucky to have awesome friends as hosts and guides !

I have thus started with a visit of the MoMA (fantastic!), walking around in the streets of Harlem and Midtown, and I had the chance to go to Brooklyn listing a great brass band (Slavic Soul Party) in a lovely bar named Barbes.

I keep on exploring the underground musical night life of Brooklyn, I am getting more and more familiar with the subway, the city and the folks...

Well, my journey in NYC is almost over… and after four weeks I still feel being lost in a huge city. Almost all people I have met were not born in NYC. They all arrived over here having in mind not to stay more than a couple of years, and this has been 10, 15 or 20 years that they’ve been here. I guess they have looked for something they have never found for the first years, and have stayed in the city by perseverance or routine, but not by pleasure. And of course, the city counts a lot of singles. Most of them desperately look for the one to share their loneliness with. But they are torn between their original wish to not stay long here and their desire to settle down too much quickly omitting the necessary phase of exploration, which might be instable and which could make their short stay last longer. And all this prevents them to let it go. Someone told me that New York was like a gorgeous woman that you would continuously court and who would appreciate and take benefit of this flirting, but who would slam you again and again when it is about to go forward…

The very nice song of Gil Scott Heron – New York is killing me – tells pretty well this feeling of slow death within the arms of this powerful, quick and giant city (“8 million people and I didn’t have a single friend…”)

Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...
Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...

Views of the city and skyscrapers from the inside...

Central Park
Central ParkCentral Park

Central Park

Views from New York City from the top of the Rockefeller Center: impressive and moving !
Views from New York City from the top of the Rockefeller Center: impressive and moving !
Views from New York City from the top of the Rockefeller Center: impressive and moving !

Views from New York City from the top of the Rockefeller Center: impressive and moving !

The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway
The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway
The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway
The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway
The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway

The High Line in Chelsea: a nice walk on a former overhead railway

Welcome to China Town!
Welcome to China Town!

Welcome to China Town!

Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!
Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!

Brooklyn Bridge and a bit of Brooklyn, which is a very pleasant place to hang out in!

NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...
NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...
NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...
NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...
NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...

NYC Subway: Not obvious at all in the beginning... I now help people to find their way! And not always very clean either...

A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...
A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...
A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...
A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...
A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...
A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...

A lovely evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park watching an outdoor movie from the Marx Brothers...

Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)
Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)

Downtown Manhattan, Wall Street and the Trinity church, Ground Zero and the New World Trade Center (1776 feet high in reference to the independence date)

Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)
Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)

Visit of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (I highly recommend to book ticket in advance on their website and to go for an early morning visit to skip the horde of tourists)

Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...
Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...

Harlem... my place for a month! The artist painting is Enrico Miguel Thomas and he does very well !!! http://enricomiguelthomas.net and Marcus Garvey Park which is more lively and a bit less well kept than Central Park...

NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...
NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...

NYC Museums: The Guggenheim and its impressive architecture as always, the fantastic MoMA and some of their paintings (including the only painting from Matisse that I like), the Whitney Museum and a few paintings from Edward Hopper and Jeff Koons...

The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue

The Bronx and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue

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