Winter parade downtown NYC

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

Saturday was a really gorgeous winter’s day in New York (it felt like a South African winter day) and since I have a friend staying with me, we headed out for an afternoon of shooting…starting out at Union Sq, making our way down through then East Village, then down to Chinatown, over the Brooklyn Bridge and then to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The whole Chinatown/Little Italy area downtown sometimes seems surreal – you walk down one street (Mott) and you feel like you’re in Asia; then step one street over to Mulberry and you’re surrounded by Italian restaurants. Anyway while we were there was a parade going on – with drummers, Santas, snowmen – and Chinese dragons. It was a lot of fun to watch especially since we had no idea it was going to be happening.

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

New York City – my camera’s first trip around the city

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I have been in NYC for 5 days now and I’m not surprised this is called the best city in the world. I still have to keep pinching myself that all of this is real, because being here couldn’t feel more natural. Today I finally took my camera out with me – I’ve been avoiding it so that I don’t look like a tourist. I’m not sure what direction the blog will take going forward but the idea was always to have a sort-of photography blog, so I don’t see why I should stop even though I am no longer in SA/Johannesburg. Hope you enjoy the photos – I would have liked to work on them a bit in Lightroom but sadly my computer is still behaving as though it wants me to throw it out the window. These photos were all taken Downtown Manhattan – so far my favourite part of the city and where I will be looking for an apartment.