Jasmine, a journalism major inspired by its Pulitzer School of Journalism, dragged me to visit her dream Columbia University.
So we came. I always heard its heritage far away from China. Its overall undergraduate ranking, its education college, its theatre department, and its uptown location in New York, all drew me into this place.
The moment I stepped into its campus, the moment surrounded by high white columns, European-styled buildings, I felt a strong connection and voice: I want to study here in future. (Two tourists thought I was studying here lol)
After a short stay, we visited a bookstore near campus. I bought a book called Bad Girls Throughout History, “featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen.”
What is the best way to experience the local life? Take the city bus!
We took the local bus along Broadway Street…
Just like our Metro bus in Austin except more compacted
The sun finally came out today on Black Friday, adding some energy to the city and nurturing beautiful flowers at the street corners~
Never say you visited New York until you have eaten a New York cream cheese bagel. We made a mistake, ending up stuffing all the extra, salmon, two eggs, mushrooms into one single blueberry bagel. Yum Yum!
Einstein Bagel’s inferior by comparison
Central Park. The soul of New York.
A perfect separation. The east side belongs to tourists: 5th Ave, museums, hotels; the west side belongs to citizens: broadways, colleges, restaurant stores.
However, a perfect connection. No matter you are tourists or locals, at Central Park, you do the same activities – play with family, take a walk, sit on the bench and listen to street artists…or do nothing and just stare at
The time freezes and a sense of New Yorker generates…
The Sunset at the Top of Rock at Rockefeller Building was one of my top favorite city view spots. We reserved the 4:10-4:25 period the day before yesterday just for sunset. The sun like a boy, shy so he hides behind the clouds, but naught so he”creates a mess” when leaving and colored the clouds into golden and pink…
Final Stop: Metropolitan Museum of Art!
When waiting in line to purchase the museum ticket, the last minute I was telling Jasmine how lucrative and sustainable an art career in U.S because endless tourists spend money visiting art museums, the next minute that I was told that the admission fee is simply suggested one. If you don’t want to pay the suggested admission fee (for students is $12), you could pay nothing.
I love this voluntary idea because once tourists decide to pay voluntarily, they will treat art and the museum visit more seriously.
Huge building, endless walking, endless people. We only finished two areas – 1200-1800 European and Modern arts. Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat, Vermeer, Benard, Dega, Rodin…
(There were a lot of street vendors selling postcards and posters outside. I bought 4 pieces of small New Yorker Magazine cover posters)
Probably will come again tomorrow~