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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 10:00 PM
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New York, New York | 105 | a homecoming

Growing up in a small town in The Netherlands I had a poster on my wall of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, with the WTC towering over everything. Visiting New York seemed like a distant dream.

New York has always played a big part in my life through television, movies, literature, art and music. On my wall and everywhere.

Therefore, stepping off the subway last October in Brooklyn, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time, staring at that skyline that was there with me during my teenage years when I woke up the morning and went to sleep at night, I was expecting exhilaration, euphoria even, because, there it was - finally I had made it to New York!

But it wasn’t euphoria I was feeling with every step taking me closer to the island. It felt strangely familiar, like I belonged there. New York felt like a homecoming. It really felt like coming home.

Well, sort of.

And here’s what I caught on camera. And here is something to listen to while you're watching.

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See also:
Groningen | The Netherlands
London | Mind the gap
Spain; weekend break at the Costa del Sol (Málaga, Puerto Banus)

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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 10:19 PM
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Wow! Great set
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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 10:23 PM
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Nice collection! That new transport hub is pretty photogenic!
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NYC felt familiar to you because it remains a Dutch city at its heart and soul.

New Amsterdam was different than its New England counterparts. It all had to do with its attitude...less exclusive, less rigid, more open, more capitalistic, more ambitious, more opportunity.

Once American, the city never abandoned its Dutch spirit...and many people (from all over the world) felt like this place was special...like they belonged!
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Excellent mood! Great captures!
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Nice job. I really like the sunset skyline pics and Calatrava station pics.
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You know what, for most Americans, visiting NYC might not be as difficult as foreigners are, but working and living and integrating into NYC for decent life is also a dream hardly come true.

As not so many native Manhattaners living there and have nowhere else to go, most people they just come and leave, only a matter of period long or short.
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NYC felt familiar to you because it remains a Dutch city at its heart and soul.

New Amsterdam was different than its New England counterparts. It all had to do with its attitude...less exclusive, less rigid, more open, more capitalistic, more ambitious, more opportunity.

Once American, the city never abandoned its Dutch spirit...and many people (from all over the world) felt like this place was special...like they belonged!

its astounding how many dutch visitors nyc gets. its really a thing for them to make a visit. they seem to treat it with some touristic amazement as anyone, but additionally also like home, as well they should.
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Great set!

I can relate to what you said about arriving via subway on your first visit. On my first visit, I arrived in Manhattan via subway, but my real entry -- that first real sense of arrival into the city -- is when I climbed the subway steps at my stop in Chelsea and I was instantly in the middle of it all. A massive, buzzing city all around me. And that feeling of, Holy Sh**, I've arrived!
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Great intro, matched by the pictures. Fantastic.
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Very impressive set of photos.
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Thank you for sharing your photos. they are magnificent.

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Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

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its astounding how many dutch visitors nyc gets. its really a thing for them to make a visit. they seem to treat it with some touristic amazement as anyone, but additionally also like home, as well they should.
Actually, about the second person we spoke to - asking for directions (*blush*) - turned out to be Dutch. Not only Dutch but born and raised in Groningen too, our hometown.
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I could browse through threads like this forever. Great stuff.
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