“Every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end.” ~ Seneca
Well, it was a wonderful way to see in the New Year – the weather in New York was comfortably chilly, which made for an even more enjoyable night out sans any sign of a cold snap, slush or snow. Relaxing with excellent company over a bountiful dinner against pristine, million dollar views of Manhattan was pure indulgence, as was the endless champagne sipping, midnight strolling and fireworks watching. Welcome twentytwelve!
Such a good start to 2012 was further enhanced by two fellow bloggers, Pleasantries & Pit Bulls and lpphotosblog, who have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. It’s an honour to be recognised by such thoughtful and inspiring authors+photographers in this way and I thank them both for giving me this New Year’s present!
As I recently posted on this award, I’d like to dedicate this post to the two blogs as my token of thanks. It is a showcase of images from New York that I have entitled, Turning to a New Year. From the lights of Brooklyn and Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, to the perfect day that became New Year’s Day, the photos provide a night & day glimpse of how New York celebrated from another vantage point (that didn’t include a ball drop). A fellow New Yorker, I hope lpphotosblog will recognise some of the vistas.
Seeing as it is New Year’s Day and I do not have a list of resolutions to share, I’ve interspersed quotes about the present moment in response to the recent post by Pleasantries & Pit Bulls: Resolutions: Friend or Foe?
All this good fortune combined has been a fine way to start off the brand new year and I extend the very best wishes to everyone for 2012. Enjoy!
“There’s no time like the present.” ~ Proverb
Views and drinks at Bubby's in Dumbo, Brooklyn on NYE (2011).
“The meeting of two eternities, the past and future….is precisely the present moment.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
A night time stroll by the Manhattan Bridge with Williamsburg Bridge in background, and Empire State to left.
“People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say the good now days?” ~ Robert M. Young
...Past the Manhattan Bridge and into the bright lights of the Brooklyn Bridge.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell
Off to Brooklyn Heights to watch the fireworks. Moonlit ferry at Statue of Liberty, far left.
“Forever is composed of nows.” ~ Emily Dickinson
The decorated Empire State and Brooklyn Bridge, as seen from Brooklyn Heights.
“The living moment is everything.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
Happy New Year! 12am fireworks
“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” ~ Brendan Francis
Fireworks from afar...
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though clear enough to see their beautiful colours....
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Cherokee Indian Proverb
... that vividly reflected off the water.
“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Starting off the New Year with a walk over the Manhattan Bridge, New Year's Day (2012)...
“The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.” ~ L. Thomas Holdcroft
...and witnessing the effects of the past evening's festivities.
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
"The sun is shining, the weather is sweet..." Bob Marley.
“Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.” ~ Tennessee Williams
A swift capture through the bridge's grills of a sightseeing ferry -a perfect day for it.
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
The Manhattan Bridge walk ends in Dumbo. A mural graces a wall on Water Street.
“Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
Curbed Xmas trees outside an art gallery.
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” ~ Morris West
The view from Brooklyn Bridge Park is simply stunning.
“If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.” ~ Senegalese Proverb
Quiet contemplation - Brooklyn Bridge to left, Manhattan Bridge to right.
“A jug fills drop by drop. ” ~ Buddha
Meaningful message on nearby scaffolding...
“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Families gathering by the water's edge (Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, by day).
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha
"Jane's Carousel" against the Manhattan Bridge.
“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
And then, a leisurely walk back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge!