Snapshots of New York | December 2015

We love taking bus tours to get a real sense of the city, and after shelling out on a City Sightseeing Hop On, Hop Off adventure, we whizzed around the streets of the Big Apple seeing far more than we ever could have on foot.

Starting in Times Square, our bus zoomed all the way down to Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, before heading up the island and stopping right by the Rockerfeller Centre (and Magnolia Bakery, how convenient!)

Rather than the usual snaps, I wielded my camera and braves the icy cold to capture New York from a different angle.

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The Burberry Building loves its name.

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Most of the city still uses steam for its energy and – strangely – refrigeration. But with pipes being heavy and broken, very often the streets are blanketed in strange-smelling steam rising through the grates.

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Lots of old, historical buildings in the financial district are being demolished to make way for fancy apartments.

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This building houses the USA’s first saint.

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Expecting New York to be full of drab greys and browns, lots of buildings have painted their facades to look a lot more colourful.

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I also have a fascination with the exterior fire escapes hanging off every building.

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Looking like Lego bricks, with water towers perched on roofs.

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