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Xposure: My New York minute
Kimsua Chay, staff reporter
June 8, 2007

(Photo by Kimsua Chay) 12:27 pm. Proof that you don't actually need a building to run a business in Chinatown. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and will like this old man running his shoe-repair business along some nameless side street.
Photo by Kimsua Chay

12:27 pm. Proof that you don't actually need a building to run a business in Chinatown. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and will like this old man running his shoe-repair business along some nameless side street.
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"Salsa from New York City?!"

"Yep, New York City ... "

I would have never thought that the first thing to enter my mind about being in New York City for the first time would actually come from an '80s salsa commercial. But that was the first thought to enter my foggy mind after I was jarred awake by the initial descent announcement from one of the pilots. Yep, salsa from New York City. That's how I kick started my 12 hours in New York.

Okay, I lied. I've actually been in New York City once before. It was during a long road trip from Fayetteville, N.C. to Springfield, Mass. back in 1999, but I don't really consider that to be a real visit because we drove through the city at 2 a.m. on a Thursday morning. So this trip was really a first for me and it started with a stop-filled hop on the MTA's Q33 bus from LaGuardia International Airport to the Jackson Heights Subway Station where I picked up an all-day metro card for $7 before catching a ride on the E train to Manhattan to start my photojournalistic journey.

Operating on only three hours of sleep, my eyes, my camera and a little bit of help from my feet and the metro card, I traveled to the World Trade Center Memorial Site, Chinatown, Times Square, Central Park, Gray's Papaya, The Asia Society, New York University and finally Koreatown all in 12 hours. My day was filled with moments that varied from being followed by security in the World Financial Center because of the size of my camera to posing as a food critic at the Big Wong Restaurant in Chinatown because that once troublesome camera brought about quicker service.

My day was also filled with other moments including being interviewed for a documentary somewhere in Times Square to being harassed by a young 20-something women along Broadway who was trying to convince me to sponsor two orphaned children from Cambodia. And finally, my day included the pleasure of being harassed by a guitar-wielding bum on the street while in search of the famous Gray's Papaya hot dog that I had heard so much about to wandering throughout Central Park in an attempt to find The Asia Society because of its exclusive Asian Art exhibition.

Yes it was definitely an interesting trip. But that's enough from me; I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. I mean after all, this is a photo essay.

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Kimsua Chay is a staff reporter for AsiaXpress.com. Kimsua can be reached at Kimsua.Chay@asiaxpress.com.


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