New York City

The Big Apple is an AMAZING city to travel to!  However, 'The City That Never Sleeps' is also deserving of spending a lot of time in as well.  When I recently traveled there, I felt burdened I would only be there for three measly days, not the solidly lengthy seven days ever so recommended since there is a lot to absorb in this charismatic city and its neighboring, famed boroughs.  Three days just was not enough to photograph this city extensively, either.  Heck, if I could live in New York City (or even Brooklyn, which I didn't get a chance to visit on this east coast trip) I definitely would welcome that, too. 

However, NYC is also a city that evokes a certain grittiness and raw characteristics commonly seen in movies.  If you plan on traveling to New York City to find and explore those fascinatingly seedy scenes from movies like The Warriors (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Midnight Cowboy (1971), Woody Allen's earlier films, TV's Kojak (1973-1978) or the more current TV hits Gotham and Daredevil, you would be best advised those scenes are actually now "difficult" to find.  Since the late 1980's, NYC has cleansed itself of those raw landscapes now only seen in cinema.  Plus, reading Nick Carr's interesting article "Confessions of a Location Scout: Why the New York Beloved of the Movies Doesn't Exist Any More" can explain why such a fascinating city is all cleaned-up now compared to the downtrodden grit we have witnessed at the movies. 

I definitely plan on returning to New York City for a lengthier stay and visit those friends whom I did not have a mere second to visit and share some laughs with in this majestically grand city.  Yep, I ♥ NY!