Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stay-cation: Tourist For A Day/Shapely

Today's activities for my NYC stay-cation started on the subway.  On any given day there are many people on the subway who are speaking a language other than English, tourists and New Yorkers alike.  I usually don't even really notice it, but today, there were several conversations going on around me in Spanish, French and an unidentified language so it was hard to miss.  I loved it.  I just closed my eyes and pretended I was somewhere else...France, Spain, China, who knows!  A perfect way to start my stay-cation day.

My first stop was Times Square. Now if you knew me, you would know that I despise Times Square.  Don't take this the wrong way, but it's just too crowded (mostly tourists) and you literally can't get anywhere if you try to walk through there with a destination in mind.  When I am a tourist in another city I am certain that I walk equally as slow, stopping to take pictures, looking, pointing and just downright sauntering and enjoying myself.  That's what tourists do.  But when you are not a tourist, and are trying to get from point A to point B, trust me, don't try to cross through Times Square.  And don't even get me started about how bad it is around the holidays.

So anyway, since I am on a stay-cation I thought why not act like a real tourist.  Plus, I wanted to get out and play around with my camera and some new apps I got for my iPhone.  I heard about a new public art display smack in the middle of Times Square, and thus it became my destination.  "Cool Water, Hot Island" is by Brooklyn artist Molly Dilworth.  A gorgeous blue "river" is literally painted on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets in the pedestrian mall area.

(taken with my digital SLR)

It's pretty cool, but I was a little underwhelmed by it after seeing a bunch of aerial shots of the street that were way more impressive.  Alas, I don't have a helicopter nor do I know anyone who works in one of the buildings looking down upon it. 

After surviving Times Square I decided to walk around and see what else looked interesting.  I saw this sign and was drawn in by the huge circular M&Ms.  I thought it would be a good image for The Sunday Creative prompt this week, which is "shapely".  (Oh, and please note: I had no idea there even was an M&M store, and I was a little appalled by it.  That's all I am going to say about that).  I used two different iPhone apps:

(taken with new "film" for Hipstamatic app)

(taken with Plastic Bullet app)

Still with "shapely" on my mind, I passed by this voluptuous statue on my way back to the subway.  I couldn't resist.

(taken with Format 126 app)

And yes, I did get some strange looks from  people and I am sure I was walking too slowly, but I didn't care because I was a tourist for the day!

See what else is shaping up over at

The Sunday Creative


Jamie said...

You got amazing shots for this week's prompt.

Your stay-cation is inspiring me. I have some time at home later this year when I'm going to be on vacation. Been trying to figure out what to do, maybe I will just enjoy being home after 9 months on the road and play tourist there.

Virginia G said...

Ok, this is a little weird.

1. I NEVER go to Times Square, yet I was there this evening.

2. I also didn't know there was an M&Ms store, yet... I was there this evening (with some friends of mine from San Francisco)

3. I was in Columbus Circle and saw those same awesome statues. This evening.

One of these days we might actually find our selves in the same part of the city at the same time. :)

Virginia G said...

I can promise that I will not be going to Governor's Island today. :)

viewfromdownhere said...

I love a great staycation...T and I do that all the time here in Indy.

Kristen said...

NYC seems like the perfect place for a stay-cation. Those are great photos. I love that statute.

Melanie said...

LOVE it! I've never been to NYC, so I enjoyed travelling with you. :) Great photos!


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Melissa said...

These pics are amazing! I love the fact that you were "a tourist" so you didn't care if people were looking at you weird. You make me want to go back to NYC!
Peaceful Wishes,

Unknown said...

I want so bad to go to NYC. Thanks for sharing your staycation. I can visit from your point of view for now.

Marty said...

MY hubby and I visited NYC last Spring. It was our first visit, so yes, we we're tourists, and we can't wait to get back!
bf ff=))

Cathy said...

I hope you will check out my blog to see my thank you to YOU. Thanks for your inspiration!

Farah Jasmine said...

How cool!! I love your pics and sometimes it's good to have a stay-cation!

L. Eleana Johnson said...

Reading your posts made me realize that I need a stay-cation. I need to be a tourist just for one day and enjoy some of the things right in my backyard. Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

lisa geiger said...

crazy statue! definitely shapely ;)
remember that one of the best parts of a vacation is the sitting at a sidewalk table with something you normally wouldn't eat or drink and watching people...

Anonymous said...

Great photos! I would love to one day visit NYC. Glad you enjoyed your stay-cation!!

Anonymous said...

What a fun project.

Unknown said...

wonderful photos!
inspiring a trip of my own!

thank you!