• Ariana Velazquez

New York Minutes

In order to graduate, my school made us go on 5 mandatory day trips to New York City. In theory, that sounds like the coolest requirement ever, in practice, not so much. Now I know the intentions of the School of Art were pure, getting us to explore one of the world's richest art scenes, navigating our way through the big city. However, arriving to New York after 6 hours on a bus, spending 6 hours in the city, and then driving 6 hours back home in the same day, was a lot more to take in than the razzle dazzle of the big apple. This is not to say that I didn't make the most of my time. While I can say I've had much more enjoyable experiences in New York than these day trips, any opportunity to visit New York should not, and was not squandered.

I thought I should pay tribute to my ArtsBus days and share a couple of highlights within the chaos:

There wasn't a building I didn't try to photograph. I would say there aren't many places in New York I'd want to get up into and inspect closely, but I'll always take a step back and take it all in.

What do New York and Europe have in common? Every street is more photogenic than the last.

The goal was always to get to a rooftop.

We walked 99% of the time, but we had to treat ourselves to a cab ride every once in a while. In the appropriate spirit of the city, we had places to be and no time to get there.

However, when we had those places to be, no time, and less of a budget, we took the reliable subway. (DC can't relate.)

Once we were at the High Line and saw this happen?

Of course, we ate and ate and ate. (Top photo: Monarch Rooftop Bar, Bottom photo: Brooklyn Bagels.)

In case you were getting nervous that a ton of art students on a art trip did everything except visit art, we actually did. A lot. We branched out and visited other museums but The MET was a hard one to not visit every time. I still feel like I've only seen about 1% of it.

Finally we had to take in Manhattan's oasis that is Central Park and any other nature we could find when the city's weather was kind to us. That other nature mostly consisted of plant stands and beautiful bouquets of flowers we would walk past (I'll take what I can get.)

I've been fortunate enough to take in New York in many different ways, some more glamorous than others. Regardless of the experience, it's undeniable that there is a magic that keeps people coming back. While I've had enough bus trips to New York for this lifetime, I know it's only a matter of time before I make my way back. RIP ArtsBus trips.

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