New York City is a big reason as to who I am today. Growing up in NYC I never understood the fascination, to me it was just ” New York ” a very overpopulated city with huge buildings and a lot of money. I would look at the tourist in amusement over their fascination with the unimaginably tall buildings and star-like shiny lights. They looked at it all in wonder, as I took it all for granted.

Growing up in NYC I never truly understood what it meant to grow up here a city that so many dream of one day being able to visit, to live in. I wasn’t able to appreciate it until I was old enough to embrace the surrounding beauty. You truly do not know what you have until things change and nothing is how it used to be.

Last night my friends decided to surprise me they said that after living my entire life here I should probably visit one of the most iconic buildings in the world. They took me to the top of the Empire State building. At the moment I was able to let go of everything that didn’t matter. In that moment I was free.

Gabriela A Tejada

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  1. Nice shots! I’ve visited the Empire State building several times, but my most unforgettable experiences were when I was a bicycle messenger, delivering packages and letters, and picking up such things from there. The elevators were a new experience for me, with, if I rememeber correctly, a 80-floor express button. It was like riding a rocket: lots of weight going up, almost weightless coming back down.
    I also visited the World Trade Centers several times, but they had no such button. It’s hard to believe I used to be able to just stroll in there with a bulging messenger bag on my shoulder, and go to any floor. As a tourist years later, I finally got to go to the restaurant on top. The TV footage on 9-11 was painful to watch.

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    1. Theastronomicalpoet says:

      Wow! Security in the city is unbelievable now, I can’t imagine just walking into a building in Manhattan without being asked for an ID/pass. I was 5 when 9/11 happened so I can’t say I remember much, but I do know its something no one will ever forget. Thank you for sharing your story with me πŸŒ™

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  2. Ted Jennings says:

    NYC can prepare you for life like no other place. I grew up, camera in hand, in Central Park. I live now, camera in hand, in the Lowcountry. In between, NYC taught me to survive… camera in hand.

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    1. TheAstronomicalPoet says:

      That was beautiful Ted, and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t imagine who I would be if not a ‘New Yorker’. I’m glad that the beauty of NYC inspires your beautiful photosπŸŒ™

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