New York City skyline featuring the Manhattan Bridge as viewed from Brooklyn.
“Chapter one. “
“He adored New York City.
He idolised it all out of proportion. “
Uh, no. Make that “He romanticised it
all out of proportion. “
no matter what the season was,
this was still a town
that existed in black and white
and pulsated to the great tunes
of George Gershwin. “
If there is one opening sequence in cinema that perfectly illustrates even a tiny iota of the overwhelming love I have for New York City, it’s the opening sequence to Woody Allen’s Manhattan which you can view here: Opening sequence and dialogue. I know that people have very definite ideas about Woody Allen but his early body of work still contains some of my favorite interpretations of life in Manhattan and this particular opening still chokes me up absolutely every time I watch it especially the montage from 1:52 on. I actually learned how to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the piano when I was younger almost entirely because of this opening sequence :).
I was asked a while ago if I ever get bored or jaded about certain views or landscapes in New York City. I didn’t really know how to answer the question without sounding like a blubbering idiot. I know many people seem to get bored of overly-photographed parts of New York City but for me, there is always something new and something special imparted to these landscapes based on each individual artist’s perspective.
The photo in this post is of a landscape that overwhelms me every time I lay eyes on it (I posted a phone photo of it last night to Facebook which prompted me to dig through my archives of regular photos of it). For me, this scene encompasses a feeling that is hard to express entirely in words. It’s how the light falls onto the Manhattan Bridge embracing its architecture in a glow while the skyline gracefully pushes through the dreamy haze distilling the essence of New York City down to its purest forms of hope, beauty and possibility.
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