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New York City

New York, New York. Its no Maysville but its alright. There seem to be a lot of people here.

New York is always an incredibly exciting place to go. Youve seen it in so many movies, read so much about it. Then you can step in and be part of it.We stayed with one of Stuarts library friends, Loida, for the duration. We were joined for our first evening by Pedro and Claudia for drinks before we hit the town.After quite a few drinks in the local bars I headed out on a solo mission round the Lower East Side to find a bit of adventure. After meeting lots of interesting people, I ended up in Rocket Joes Pizza Place where I spent quite a while chatting with the staff.Also in Rocket Joes was Josephine, one of the coolest people I met in the city. Im still a bit hazy as to why she too was hanging out there at 4am but we had a lot of fun.Also in Rocket Joes was Josephine, one of the coolest people I met in the city. Im still a bit hazy as to why she too was hanging out there at 4am but we had a lot of fun. We all got one famously and, as an afterthought, I had a slice of pepperoni.Stuart and Mikkel were keen to get out shopping. There seemed to be ample opportunity and they managed to find what they were after.Stuart and Mikkel were keen to get out shopping. There seemed to be ample opportunity and they managed to find what they were after.Not having any money to speak of I left the guys to it and went wandering round chinatown which I had not really done on my previous trip. It is so much bigger than Londons and most of the commerce seemed to take place out on the street. It was humming with life.Not having any money to speak of I left the guys to it and went wandering round chinatown which I had not really done on my previous trip. It is so much bigger than Londons and most of the commerce seemed to take place out on the street. It was humming with life.Not having any money to speak of I left the guys to it and went wandering round chinatown which I had not really done on my previous trip. It is so much bigger than Londons. There were lots of interesting windows to peek through.
Back on the subway (its insanely complicated) and over to Brooklyn for Saturday night.For more drinks.ATO! See Stus journalConey Island was grey and deserted, just about perfect.Coney Island was grey and deserted, just about perfect. The only exception being that it meant the freak was unavailable for shooting.Coney Island was grey and deserted, just about perfect.Coney Island was grey and deserted, just about perfect.Stu and Loida on the promenade, Coney Island.Coney Island was grey and deserted, just about perfect.
Back on the streets of the Lower East side wandering round, shooting from the hip.Back on the streets of the Lower East side wandering round, shooting from the hip.Back on the streets of the Lower East side wandering round, shooting from the hip. Note blues brother waiting for band.Lower East side. This was late now. Nothing seemed to ever shut.Lower East Side.Lower East Side graffiti.Lower East Side graffiti.The apartment we were in had 3 guitars, perfect for a much-needed retreat from New York overload.A typical grocery in the neighbourhood that we stayed in. Not a chain supermarket in sight, there was always something interesting around the next corner.Everything in our neighbourhood was covered in graffiti. Suited me.
Graffiti, Lower East Side.Graffiti, Lower East Side.Graffiti, Lower East Side, detail.Graffiti, Lower East Side (detail.)Emerging from the subways in Midtown was always a buzz as the environment rose around you. Like the thrill of emerging into a big stadium from the confines of the back areas. 

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