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NYC in the Summer

Last month, I went to New York City with some friends. It was the first time I'd ever been to the city.

We were only there about 36 hours, mostly to see a Broadway musical. I brought a film camera and a digital camera for our time walking around Manhattan. The film camera was an Olympus XA and the digital was a Sony a6400 with a pre-production Sigma 45mm f/2.8. They turned out to be great cameras for this - small, light, and easy to get a quick capture. I only shot about 1 roll of black and white film and only about 40 images on the a6400. Everything about the city was so stimulating and I was enjoying the pace of everything. But, every so often when I had a second and saw something to capture, I would get a picture and hustle up the street to catch up with the group. Things that caught my eye were things like the light cascading through the buildings in the morning or the buildings all soldiered up behind an overpass. The light and textures were absolutely beautiful. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. We figured out the subway thing. If the train's not going the right way you've gotta go back up, cross the street, and find the entrance on the other side. Man were we running around like chickens with our heads cut off there for a minute (it does help a little bit to read the signs). 

Pizza at Joe's was delicious. I'd heard about Joe's from a few podcasts that I listen to. I have a friend who grew up in Jersey who also highly recommended it. The fresh mozzarella definitely lived up to the hype and the dough and sauce were so good, too. 

Moulin Rouge was bonkers. Here's the thing, though. If I've got the choice between seeing a Ranger's game at Madison Square Garden and a broadway production, I'd probably pick the Ranger's game. MSG and the history behind that space and the Rangers is insane. Seriously if you want a crazy history lesson on old New York business tycoons and their crazy ambitions, go read the Madison Square Garden Wikipedia page and look through the previous gardens section. Just kill an afternoon and click all the links. Anyway, my girlfriend, Gracie, is very much into Broadway and theater. She led the way on this one and she knows what's good and what to look for. She was completely right about going to see this play. I couldn't believe all that went into the production. You walk into the auditorium and literally the whole space was transformed into the Moulin Rouge. This was also one of those times when you hear someone singing, seemingly effortlessly working their voice, and you realize how much of an instrument the human voice is. It was incredible.

I am definitely planning on going back to New York. Maybe a Rangers game next time, though.

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