New York Vacation: Part 1

In mid-April, I went on a vacation to New York! As many of you know, I grew up in New York, and I like to visit every 1.5 to 2 years.

Since I grew up in New York, I don’t do many touristy things. However, I decided it would be a great place to try out the new DSLR that I bought!

Canon EOS 600D, called the Rebel T3i in the US and EOS Kiss X5 in Japan
This camera has 3 separate names. Things were difficult until I realized this, because I was looking at reviews from the US, Japan, and Hong Kong, and each country uses a different name!
(stock photo)

I have no experience with photography what so ever, so it’s been exciting to learn. Thank you to all the bloggers who have been giving me advice!

Since I last came to New York, there were a few new places to visit.

National September 11 Museum and Memorial
The memorial opened on Sept 11, 2011, but the museum is still under construction.
Please read the visitor guidelines before going. Reserved tickets are necessary to get in.  Same day tickets are available, but I thought it was a waste of time to wait in line for the tickets. I simply booked my tickets online.
The security checks were even more exhaustive than at the airport. I went on a day with very few visitors – I would hate to think what happens on a busy day.
One World Trade Center, still under construction.
I like taking pictures of buildings for some reason.
The High Line
The High Line is an elevated park that runs on the west side of Manhattan, through the Meatpacking and Chelsea districts. It runs from Gansevoort St (one block below 12th St) to 30th St. It is built on a historic freight rain trail.
No pictures of the High Line itself, but it seems to be a great place for a run. You can see from this picture how high up we are. 
I also met up with a few blogger girls.  Thank you so much to Jenn, Jenn, Vijaya, Joey and Mona for meeting up with me!
Mona and I had dinner one night at Upstate in the East Village.
95 1st Ave (at 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
(Yelp Reviews)
In short: I really enjoyed eating here. It was delicious! I would definitely recommend it!!

 The oysters were delicious!! Really sweet and they did not have the typical oyster smell.
And yes, I’m playing around with depth of field…

This bouillabaisse was fantastic! We asked for extra bread to sop up the broth. 

The seared scallops with brown rice risotto were delicious as well. The scallops were NOT overcooked – fabulous!

I have obviously not mastered taking pictures in low light.

Next up: some more “typical” places to go in New York…
xoxo, K
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5 thoughts on “New York Vacation: Part 1”

  1. Neat! A shout out. <3 It was really cool to meet you (and thanks for all the Japanese language help you’ve been giving me).

  2. I am so glad that you had a great time with the girls!! You really deserved this vacation!! I wish I could have been with you!

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