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NYC in 3D: the multiple dimensions of New York

June 3, 2011

Milan Kundera once wrote: “The beauty of New York is unintentional; it arose independent of human design, like a stalagmite cavern.”

This is the 3rd post about our trip to New York City. When we wandered around the city, three dimensions of New York became very clear. Three dimensions of viewing the city: from above, from the outside and from within.

I promised this to be a photography post, so I will let the pictures talk for themselves.




Statue of Liberty with Manhattan


But I miss a fourth dimension. An intangible one. New York is more than regular 3D. I believe many of these big cities are more than 3D. The way you experience a city like New York is something you cannot predict. You have to zoom into the city and see how it expands beyond the physical. It might sound very ‘elevated’ to some, but when you consciously try to find the soul of a city you will be surprised. You have to look up, feel and listen because there is no design. It just happens.

I was inspired to write about pattern expansion because of a post by Manuel Loigeret about expanding fractals.Β 


The soul of a city is formed by a collection of its stories. It’s the New York Stories that make the difference, big and small. Each story covering a whole life of experiences, beliefs and expectations.

It’s that man reading a book and drinking his coffee. Gearing himself up for another day of hard work.

New York, coffee

It’s a tourist walking Time Square having the time of his life.
It’s riding the subway and watching people. Listening to their stories, getting a small glimpse into their lives.
It’s the diversity of people with different stories that make the book called New York so interesting.
It’s that fractal that keeps expanding, the right way.

I hope you have enjoyed this series about New York, part 1 and part 2. Thanks for all your great comments and support!


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  1. Dead On Emiel!

    NYC is about the people more than anything else. You can get away with everything and nothing at the same time. Someone is always watching and nobody seems to care. I love that about NY. So many different people. A very unique and exciting place. Great job capturing that.

    Thanks for the great posts!


    • It has been a wonderful project writing about New York City. We traveled through the city’s 4 dimensions for only 6 days but it is good to know we captured part of its soul. I also very much liked the idea of writing in series. Let’s see what my next series will be about….any suggestions?

  2. jacquelincangro permalink

    These photos really capture the essence of the city. I like how the first pictures were of the buildings and landmarks. Then you ended on a more personal note. I love that about traveling – getting a glimpse into someone else’s world, someone you’ll probably never cross paths with again, but just for a moment you made a connection of some kind.

    So where will your next adventure take your family?

    • Great comment Jacquelin. A short connection can sometimes mean a lot by giving inspiration or indeed just a small glimpse in another life (read: world).
      Our next adventure will take our family to the Spanish island of Ibiza. But we are making plans already for 2012…

  3. GORGEOUS pictures, as always! I love seeing New York through your eyes. πŸ™‚

  4. Once again, wonderful. This post certainly made me miss the city. Thank you for the photos and your insight.

  5. You are so right about this! What makes New York City great are the millions of stories that it is home to. Apart from the lights, the shopping, and the yellow cabs, New York is beautiful because of the different stories that it brings to life every second. That’s why I LOVE NEW YORK! Really unique! But I guess, every city holds something unique for us to appreciate and that’s what makes traveling so enjoyable and interesting!

    Love this post Emiel! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Cherszy. Indeed I believe you can write beautiful stories about every city, town or village. You never have to (and should not) stop discovering while you travel.
      By the way make sure to visit my site on the new url:! Soon I will write the last short message on this domain.
      Speak to you soon!

      • Hey, you’re moving to a new site? That’s awesome! Congrats! πŸ™‚ i’ll visit it soon!

  6. wow you made new york city looks even more beautiful with your gorgeous shots.

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