Relaxing in New York: why Introverts can #LoveThisCity as well! #MC

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias / Social Fabric community, and have been compensated to share my experiences here with my audience by Collective Bias and their client, MasterCard.

You’d think in a city like New York there would be no place for an introvert like me to truly relax and enjoy the city’s vibes from a quiet perch, but this is one of the reasons why I love this city: there are nooks and crannies everywhere from which you can sneak away and unwind, even amidst all the hustle and bustle.  One of my favorite places in fact is a “secret” garden nestled amongst a series of buildings just off of South Street Seaport.  Of course, it’s not really THAT unknown (how secret can a garden be if it’s listed on Yelp anyway), BUT it IS relatively hidden enough that less than a handful of people are usually found walking the footpaths there.  It’s located up two flights of stairs, so once you reach the top you are afforded a priceless and memorable view of the East River as it feeds into the Hudson, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge and skyline.

I used the digital zoom on my iPhone to hone in on the ship sailing on the East River here, but as you can imagine the quality wasn't very good. So I used a water paint texture to give it a more artistic feel. #LoveThisCity #MC

That’s an actual photo by the way.  I was using a digital zoom via a camera app on my iPhone to get a closer shot of the ship passing by, but the resulting photo was (as you might have expected) pretty grainy and pixelated.  I used a water painting texture to make up for the loss of quality, and now what had previously become one of the poorest photos I’ve taken is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  WINNING!

In addition to the Brooklyn skyline, look further to the east you can see the famous Brooklyn Bridge, again all from the comfort of this quiet little garden.

Sepia tones to bring out the swirling clouds over the Brooklyn Bridge. #LoveThisCity #MC

So what’s the name of this particular garden you ask?  Oh well, it’s called the pFfttdghfhTTss…

Ok, ok, I probably shouldn’t be too worried that everyone in creation will suddenly show up at the garden if I spill its name, but JUST to be safe, if you reaalllllly want to know, shoot me an email.  BUT, only if you promise to be quiet while you’re here.  Shhhhhhhhhhh!

A cute Fiat advertises a nearby restaurant in the Chelsea District. #LoveThisCity #MC

A lonely Fiat finds new life advertising for a nearby restaurant in the Chelsea district.

Once I was done taking photos here and hanging out downtown, I decided to make my way further up, partly to check out a hotel for a friend, and partly to settle in again at another favorite place of mine in the city: Madison Square Park.

I have to say, when it comes to autumn, leaf peeping isn’t my only favorite pastime; I also love “sky peeping” as well, especially when it comes to some of my favorite buildings in New York.  Most modern buildings don’t leave much to the imagination, but you won’t have to walk very far to be treated to architectural delights that continue to stand the test of time; buildings that hail from those days when builders were more artists than architects, such as the Flatiron Building.

I use my photo wizardry ninja skills to remove a lamp post obscuring part of the Flatiron building here (with clock). #LoveThisCity #MC

Madison Square Park is truly another hidden gem for the introvert, and despite serving as a central hub for tourists and shoppers alike, there are plenty of places to get comfortable for either sky peeping or people watching (or just reading on the iPad like I do, thanks to the free wifi here). In a way it’s kind of like a mini-version of Central Park that I find ideal, especially given its close proximity to Penn Station where I usually check in and out of the city.  Sometimes I visit the main city library further uptown when it’s open, and failing that I’d sometimes hit Borders at Madison Square Garden for good reads and tasty hot chocolates (before they closed it down that is. Boooooo.)

When I need a change of scenery or need to kill some time before I get back on the train home, I tend to lazily walk up and down 34th Street, taking in the bustling atmosphere with aplomb (and the shish kebabs from the food carts).

Black and white tones seem to bring out the Empire State Building here better than normal color tones could. #LoveThisCity #MC

Somehow sepia just seems to make the Empire State Building look better…

Not content to leave just yet though, I make one more stop for coffee (my third cup in case you’re counting), and settle in somewhere along 7th Avenue with my iPad:

Wrapping up an afternoon with err, even more coffee. That's why I #LoveThisCity , as you can get almost any kind of coffee anywhere, at any time. #LoveThisCity #MC

Cars, people, the rumblings of a subway moving underneath, and yet somehow… I’m still perfectly at ease, an introvert recharging in the midst of chaos.  Only in New York.

Enjoy the rest of my photos here (or view the Google+ Album)

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26 Responses to Relaxing in New York: why Introverts can #LoveThisCity as well! #MC

  1. Sarea Clark September 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

    I’ve had zero desire to visit NYC (minus a show or two), but this post almost makes it look appealing. . .great photos too!

    • Frank Swift September 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

      Almost you say? ;-P

  2. Maeve September 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

    Frank, these are just spectacular. You have truly captured the many flavors of the city.

  3. Anja September 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

    THe photos are just amazing! I can’t compare with the real thing as I’ve never been to NYC, but they are breathtaking. Well done!

  4. Frank Swift September 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

    Thanks guys! Please feel free to share the post on your favorite social networks (Just use the share buttons above). It’s possible if the photos get enough exposure MasterCard might want to use them to promote their brand as well. WINNING!

  5. ava September 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM #

    haha, that’s so funny. your art project is like on the opposite pole from humans of new york ( http://www.humansofnewyork.com/ ). show me your pictures and i’ll tell you who you are, i guess.

    as an extrovert i feel obliged to add some chaos to this peaceful, introvert perspective, so let me ask you: if hony team snapped a picture of you, what would be the caption?

    • Frank Swift September 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

      Caption would read “WARNING: Approach with extreme prejudice and caution.”

      I keed, I keed, you know I’m REALLY a harmless, sweet and lovable guy. If I had any friends you could ask them.

    • ava September 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM #

      shrek? ;)

    • Frank Swift September 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

      Shrek, pffttttt, I’m soooooo much better looking than him.

  6. loischwarz September 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM #

    Wow, I am very impressed.. and here I thought you were a no body…. just hanging around doing nothing and making us laugh with your wittiness ! Then you amaze me at the photo’s you post. My goodness. You do have some talent after all. lol
    oh, and although the photo’s are great, lovely, amazing, beautiful, that is enough of New York for me. I would never care to be there.

    I went to New Jersey once or maybe twice, while working for a trucking company driving 18 wheelers across the United States. After I passed the great Mississippi, Life itself went down hill the closer I got to the East coast. As the miles zipped by I felt a darkness closing in on me like a vise. The C.B. Radio started blaring at me in a foreign language that I have never heard before. Hundreds of people cutting in, and then cursing and yelling an then screaming obscenities. Oh My Lord! If that were not enough, the roads started becoming heavy with traffic, the drivers went faster and soon cut in and out of the traffic as if, just one more car length ahead of another, would get them to their destination faster. I saw a car go around the right side of the lot of us who were all traveling about 2 mph. For some reason he/she felt the traffic was not going to stop him as he jumped the curbing to the off ramp and skirted the cars by going around us all on the right side and cutting back in over the patch of raised asphalt dividing the off ramp from the main freeway.

    No wonder you are an introvert. They would need to lock me away in some insane asylum if I were to live out that way.

    Ever heard of the song, “Oh give me a Home where the buffalo roam where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the cows are all happy while making cheese? Or how about “the Big Sky Country” ?

    I am glad you found a few places to sit and drink your coffee and take such nice photos, gee, someone has to live there, I guess. I do find myself wondering that if THEY (who live in the cities of New York and such) were given an opportunity to go WEST and say, live there for about a month, would they every go back? and why?

    • Frank Swift September 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

      Wow, I am very impressed.. and here I thought you were a no body…. just hanging around doing nothing and making us laugh with your wittiness ! Then you amaze me at the photo’s you post. My goodness. You do have some talent after all. lol

      Errrr… thanks?

      Be glad the east didn’t go west by the way, or the west would be just as bad as the east. ;-)

      I know what you mean about the traffic, and the worst of it can be experienced on Long Island. I noticed the difference right away as soon as I get past New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. There’s a distinctive change in the way people drive that makes it far less stressful once the land starts to open up and there’s more space for all of us to stretch out a bit.

  7. Sarea Clark September 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM #

    Okay, maybe a little more than almost (if a show was thrown in…) ;) Seriously though, great pictures, and of course, I love your style of writing!

    • Frank Swift September 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

      It’s always nice to see people acknowledging my special snowflakeness.

  8. Tara September 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM #

    Awesome post and photos! I have spent so much time at the Seaport, how have I never known about this garden??? I’m dying to discover it : )

    • Frank Swift September 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM #

      Sent Tara an email on the location, just cuz I’m so cuddly and awesome.

    • Tara September 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM #

      Thanks Frank maybe ill see you up there one day.

  9. Stephanie @Mammamoiselle September 12, 2013 at 2:36 AM #

    Stunning photos!! You captured NYC so well!

    • Frank Swift September 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

      Thank you Stephanie!

  10. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) September 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM #

    You are making me so excited to visit NY this month! Thanks for your post! #client

    • Frank Swift September 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

      You’re welcome! If you visit the financial district and want to know the location of the secret garden shoot me an email. :-D

  11. Sara @ CleverPinkPirate.com September 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM #

    These photos are simply amazing!!! I can’t wait to head back to NYC! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Frank Swift September 29, 2013 at 12:47 AM #

      Thanks for the kind compliments!

  12. Annette October 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM #

    Great post, and I absolutely love your photography of NYC! I live here and love it, but its always great to have a sanctuary.

    • Frank Swift October 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

      Thank you Annette! Let me know if you want the secret location too. ;-)

  13. Tia April 18, 2015 at 8:37 PM #

    Hi Frank, loved your article about Long Island and I agree with you wholeheartedly!! I was wondering where you ended up moving to?

    • Frank Swift April 19, 2015 at 1:01 PM #

      Hey Tia! Haven’t moved yet but I will be in just over a month, all the way to Colorado. :-D

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