You Know You’re In New York (even just briefly for a Conference) when…

You Know You’re In New York even just briefly for a Conference (and in must now see hipster Brooklyn, to be taken advantage of even more briefly after being in Manhattan for a conference) when…
…there are umpteen food fads staring and glaring at you from every grocery store – not that this is unfamiliar in UK, it’s just the breadth and depth of brands and products on show that stands out quite literally
a typical selection of coconut water brands

a typical selection of coconut water brands


ads for some coconut water brands

ads for some coconut water brands


Variants of tea including coconut water, or just going for the blatant antioxidant sell

Variants of tea including coconut water, or just going for the blatant antioxidant sell


Kombucha, and honest tea!

Honest tea, and kombucha – a big buzzword in the current gastronomic obsession of fermented food which apparently improves one’s digestive flora


Lots of kefir

Lots of kefir, also big buzz


Blah blah

Probiotics also still a-buzz, and that long-term favourite ‘non-fat’


Powerful yoghurt you say?

Powerful yoghurt protein drink


Every magazine featured various foods that should/shouldn't/could/couldn't be consumed

Every magazine featured various foods that should/shouldn’t/could/couldn’t be consumed


Ever more fresh and appealing ways to sell fruit & veg too - such as this regularly-hosed vertical wall of greens!

Ever more fresh and appealing ways to sell fruit & veg too – such as this regularly-hosed vertical wall of greens!

 

…there are healthy and innovative food products for on-the-go or in just more original or convenient formats
Seaweed also a big trend - for eating on the go too!

Seaweed also a big trend – for eating on the go too!


Ice cream as we just don't know it, as we just haven't yet eaten it!

Ice cream as we just don’t know it, as we just haven’t yet eaten it!

 

…there is also a lot of pairing up of key health fad ingredients in what could appear to be a blatant cashing in on trends just in case their true nutritional benefits are rendered myths by the soon-to-be-latest research(?!). Some worked though, and there is certainly an impressive level of inventiveness in variant stretching, but pure coconut and caffeine hyped coffee? really? surely that’s a contradiction…
Kale & chia chips, double fad whammy, in a tasty (but still healthy?) format!

Kale & chia chips, double fad whammy, in a tasty (but still healthy?) format!

 

…restaurants also seem to be doing a fair bit of pairing up, offering different combinations of single ingredients in an attempt to stand out from a very crowded market
This restaurant does Chicken & Waffles

This restaurant does Chicken & Waffles

 

…trendy bars and cafes are also battling it out in the originality stakes, serving up unusual concoctions in what seems like an blatant effort to out-do each other – and these sell too! Even if they are (honestly) unpalatable!
This trendy Chelsea cafe was serving up bourbon with smoked bacon bitters

This trendy Chelsea cafe was serving up bourbon with smoked bacon bitters

 

…everyone also seems to be consuming vast amounts of broth, that’s ‘liquid’ cooked up from bones and minimal vegetables for taste!
 …(and) there is always a new exercise on very public display too – and this time it was yoga, yoga, yoga. 
Enjoying the outdoors or just show-offs?!

Enjoying the outdoors or just show-offs?!

 

 …slogans and hashtags come at you from blackboards as well as billboards
Soothe your soul at this trendy lunch spot in Brooklyn

Soothe your soul at this trendy lunch spot in Brooklyn

 

…you could be forgiven for thinking that Air B’n’B is fully legitimate here, given how very established it is, and yet really it’s apparently almost illegal but still worth trying out as such a fun way to get a slice of local views too
My Air B'n'B host

My Air B’n’B host

 

 …there seems to be ever more buzzing down and around the bridges and river [Hudson]
One of many waterside cafes, this one on the Lower West Side

One of many waterside cafes, this one on the Lower West Side

 

…Americans really do seem to be out of central casting and ready to be scouted, and people love to show off as they dare to risk standing (both illegally and precariously) on the High Line, just to get That Shot that they will no doubt share across all and every social media with which they have an account, and ideally something more public than that;
High Line photo show-offs

High Line photo show-offs


Other venues are also really popular for those special shots, such as wedding photos down by Brooklyn Bridge

Other venues are also really popular for those special shots, such as wedding photos down by Brooklyn Bridge

 

 …you may not be in the home of the selfie, but people all around you have embraced the concept, with NYC the place for simply zillions of selfies to be taken, with and without the use of selfie sticks which are sold on most street corners in case you didn’t yet have one;
One of many street stalls selling selfie sticks

One of many street stalls selling selfie sticks

 

 …art is all around, on the street, on the side of buildings, just everywhere, sometimes as art, sometimes as art-chitecture
This sculpture was on the side of a school building

This sculpture was on the side of a school building


Trendy new Banksy style art on new build apartments

Trendy new Banksy style art on new build apartments


Side of building in Tribeca

Side of building in Tribeca

 

…the 24-hour reputation is still alive and kicking, with much of life going on by night as by day, even things for which you would think daylight could be required!
Man polishing the signs at Macy's department store, after dark

Man polishing the signs at Macy’s department store, after dark

 

 – everyone has to commute, and that includes the Hasidic jews risking the traffic of 8th avenue to catch their bus out to the suburbs; 
Hasidic jews commuting

Hasidic jews commuting

 

…cool guys really do still manage to walk with their trousers slung low around their hips, revealing trendy Designer underpants for all to admire;
Cool dude crossing the road

Cool dude crossing the road

 

…(and other) people do walk (too) – even kids!
Kids walking in crocodile style

Kids walking in crocodile style

 

…(in conclusion) you find yourself truly entranced, as the cityscape rushes around you, the city always seems to be innovating, and it always feels like you’re walking either on or off a film set!  
It’s up to you New York, New York!

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