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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

where i live - new york, ny, usa

mission: MUSE - "where i live"
by guest muse christy

All my life I have lived near the water and I can never get enough of its beauty. Whether the sun is shining brightly off of it like little sparkly diamonds or the rain is pounding down so hard it jumps back up off the surface, there's just that special something that only water brings into our lives.  I have noticed over the years that when I visit someplace that is not close to a large body of water I feel off balance.  It's as if deep down I need to know that the ocean, a big lake or a river is somewhere nearby and that I can get there in a flash if I need a fix.

Living on the island of Manhattan I am literally surrounded by water every day.  And with that water comes the bridges and tunnels that connect us to the rest of the world.  Whenever possible, I try to find the time to linger on or around the bridges, or at least be close enough to catch a glimpse through the viewfinder of my camera.

Bridges can have history and strength....

{Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883}
...and show us delicate beauty...

{Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, built in 1964}
I love spending lazy summer afternoons picnicking beneath the George Washington Bridge, mere steps from our apartment in Washington Heights...

I will cherish the memories of a freezing cold day last winter on the Brooklyn Bridge.  After our very small City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan, the only place I could think to take our wedding photographs was on the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite the wind, unbearably cold December temperatures and slippery ice from a snow storm a few days prior, our small group of family and friends came along for the journey...

And of course, when I really need to recharge, there is always a day like today, when the driving rain keeps everyone away and I get to enjoy it all for myself...

{self-portrait @ George Washington Bridge, opened in 1931}

Did you know that there are 2,027 bridges in New York City?  I actually didn't know that until I researched it for this post.  I hope you learned a little something about my city today.

Thank you for visiting where I live. You can visit me and check out my adventures in NYC anytime. 

Until next time!
Christy of Urban Muser


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  1. what a wonderful post, I love the pictures and it gives a totally different side to New York too.

  2. great photos--great post. it is wonderful to see this slice of NYC.

  3. Hi Christy!

    A very nice post about my home town! Amazing, I did not know the amount of bridges in NYC! Can you believe I've never even walked across the Brooklyn Bridge?! But back then it was not gentrified and "safe".

    Thanks for sharing some great pics of one my favorite towns!



  4. I am so honored to have written this post about NYC for Mortal Muses. Thanks for inviting me, and for putting together this amazing blog that inspires me everyday!

  5. love this post -- i lived in new york city in the 1980s, and just last weekend drove across the george washington bridge on my way south -- maybe it was you i saw waving! your post brought back great memories of my time there. thanks!

  6. Wonderful post, Christy. I grew up in the NW corner of CT but rarely made it to NYC. Thank you for taking us for a tour. xo Tam

  7. Love that photo of the lazy sunday under the bridge, so pretty and charming.

    Thanks for heading me over to this blog UrbanMuser, it's so interesting and pretty!

  8. Wonderful post! Thanks for the guided tour!

  9. Great post!
    I want to go to there.
    again and again and again...

  10. All these pictures are so evocative, but it has to be that last one with the red umbrella. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Christy ~ what a wonderful post, thanks for sharing your part of the world with us. I've never been to NYC, but it is on my life list. When I do, I'll certainly pay attention to the bridges now.
    Wonderful images here, but my favorite is the one from your wedding day, such a bright happy photo.
    ♥ maureen

  12. Christy - I love your bridge photos! Every time you post a new one I fall a little bit more in love.

  13. I've always lived by water too, until now, and I really miss it. For one thing, I've totally lost my sense of direction... Great photo with the umbrella.

  14. Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us, Christy. Wonderful photos.

  15. aw, I loved reading this - I also love the water and just wrote a little guest post about it, i'll let you know when it appears! the water is truly calming - and bridges are kind of majestic!

  16. Wow, I never knew there were that many bridges in the city! Love your wedding photo and the George Washington bridge photo. So personal and full of life and energy; I really love that. Great blog here too! Yet another to add to my Google Reader!

  17. I love your pictures! You do such a great job of describing your love for New York. Their are so many bridges there. You look very happy in the self portrait.

  18. Wonderful! I am in love with bridges myself! I love the selfie with the red umbrella! And the one of your picnic with GW in the bokeh! I lived on Long Island as a child and trips into the city always filled me with such anticipation of all the beauty there....I remember being very enamored with The Verrazano bridge back then! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images! Beautiful.

  19. Lovely trip I just took--thank you!

  20. beautiful shots. I think I amy have to visit sometime.