A Walk To Explore New York City – My favorite exercise will always be to explore New York City on foot. No trains. No buses. No taxis. No headphones. Cellphone in my pocket. Bringing my camera as my perfect solo companion and holding hands with my curiosity. Being comfortable with my own company is the best gift.
I had a friend who complained a lot about how boring it was to wait or walk alone around this beautiful city. I smile in front of those comments. How could anyone be bored? This city is full of art? Architecture? Human interactions sharing hidden stories with their body languages or different accents. The chaotic noise from NYC? Which could be music or bad poetry, depending on who you are.
This modern world is turning us into slaves to our cellphones. We are all looking down. Looking down at the world’s problems and despairs. Looking down on other people’s emotions and concentrated on our egos.
Let’s try turning off our cellphone on a weekend morning. Buy yourself a camera. Join the “crazy crowd” and take a walk alone without headphones and start looking up. Who knows? You might discover new things about yourself, stories about others, or new places. Just make sure to start wearing comfortable shoes because once you find yourself within the comfort of exploring on your own, it will become a beautiful habit.
I love art, and lucky for me, New York City has plenty. From galleries, studios, sculptures, and street graffiti. Even some of the buildings are an architectural exhibition that I could describe as art. They are just beautiful. Art is part of the NYC culture. From the famous museums to the streets in the boroughs.
There is a new architectural kid in town. It’s called The Vessel and is 15 flights of interlinked stairs in bronze. The Vessel is part of the Hudson Yards New York, a modern mall. The other day, I decided to walk the Hudson Yards and explore some of the stores while exploring the area. That’s how I bumped into Avant Gallery. A welcoming surprise. Avant Gallery is a small studio gallery with art pieces from upcoming talented artists.
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Wendy Reyes Vélez
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