Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Hi there, I'm Carmen Murillo, a Madrid-born designer passionate about creating clean, usable, pixel perfect web and graphic designs.
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New York, New York

New York, New York

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of visiting the Capital of the World (I have to hold Woody Allen partially responsible for that). And I made that dream come true last May, which by the way is ideal for visiting NY. It’s been a while now but I?d like to use this post to share some pictures and impressions from there.

Usually, we, the newly arrived in the city, are distinguished by the straight posture of the head and neck that allows us to look up while walking the streets (sometimes mouth open included). You feel as tiny as an ant among tall buildings on wide avenues. However, despite appearances, I didn?t find the Big Apple that stressful. Maybe seven days are not enough to feel it or it?s just that I had imagined it excessively stressful.

Grand Central Terminal New York
(Carmen the ant, at Grand Central Terminal)

I have to say the itinerary for those days, which covered Manhattan, including Harlem, and Brooklyn, was pretty ambitious. This, coupled with the fact that walking is the best way to experience NYC, gives you as a result a strong pain in your feet!
As a consequence of the physical exhaustion and lack of sleep I couldn?t make the food tasting tour that I?d have love to do. (There’s no doubt that a few days are not enough for New York). Even so, I didn?t miss the opportunity to taste the famous cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery, a couple flavors of rice pudding from Rice to Riches, as well as the fabulous cheesecakes from Junior?s and Eileen’s among other tasty treats.

Of course, I had traditional food from the region. Hot dogs, huge sandwiches, and big hamburgers with French fries, onion rings and salad were a must-try. I should add I never ate the whole thing!

Central Park is the ideal place to let the food go down and enjoy peace and calm in quiet areas. It?s easy to get there from most of Manhattan.

View of Central Park from Rockefeller Center
(View of Central Park from Rockefeller Center)

Several appearances in movies and TV shows have made of it the most iconic and famous city park in the world. In fact, there are walking tours to visit more than 30 movie locations in Central Park (it’s difficult not to remember Macaulay Culkin feeding pigeons in Home Alone 2!).

I guess when you grow up watching New York in movies and on TV, it’s no wonder then that after your first visit you just felt you had been there before.

New York
(One of those places where I had that feeling)

So, like any tourist worth her salt, I didn?t miss the opportunity to see the shooting locations of some of the most famous movies and TV shows.

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(The Ghostbuster’s Fire Station)

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(Left: Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in ?Sex And The City?. Right: The building used as the exterior for the apartment on ?Friends?)

Olsen twins It takes two
(Yes? haha, here I?m recreating a scene from one of my favorite movies as a kid: ?It Takes Two?)

Manhattan is open-minded and very welcoming to visitors, exciting, fun and safe. However, Brooklyn is not far behind. It is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs and is currently enjoying a period of growth. I think the first thing I did when I got there was dropping by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. I tasted one of their delicious ice creams and walked around while gazing at the beautiful Manhattan?s skyline. The next day, I came back to Dumbo at night. Dumbo is a tiny neighborhood chosen by artists, architects and designers where you can find art galleries, interesting shops and restaurants. I wanted to try out the famous pizzeria Grimaldi’s but unfortunately there was a long queue forming outside (we were too hungry to wait for dinner!). However, this was made up for when we went later to a nearby beach for a beautiful view of the sunset over Manhattan. The peace and serenity of that night were maybe, the best thing about those days in NYC.

Brooklyn New York
(A park in Brooklyn)

Because I don’t want this to be too long, I?m going to share with you some pictures I took. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. But before I end, I ought to mention the kindness of New Yorkers. I never encountered so many polite people!
Every time my friend Raki and I were at the subway station with a confused look on our faces someone reached out and helped. Also some (NYPD) officers approached us and asked us if we were lost. Actually, we were just moving around a free wifi connection we had found!

Hanging out with the NYPD
(Hanging out with the NYPD, Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? :3)

Not to mention random strangers high-fiving or talking to us in the street haha.

I just hope to be back soon.

Subway New York

Central Park New York
(Central Park)

Central Park New York

Central Park New York

Central Park New York

Central Park New York

Central Park New York

Central Park New York

Enjoying views from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
(Left: Enjoying views from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Right: View of the Empire State Building)

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Me at FAO Schwarz playing the big floor piano
(Right: Me at FAO Schwarz playing the big floor piano from the movie ‘Big’)

FAO New York

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Chinatown New York
(Chinatown)

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View of Manhattan from the Empire State Building
(View of Manhattan from the Empire State Building)

The New York Public Library
(The New York Public Library)

The New York Public Library

Broadway New York

The Flatiron Building
(My favorite building in NYC: The Flatiron Building)

The Flatiron Building

Apple New York

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Inside The American Museum of Natural History
(Inside The American Museum of Natural History)

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Inside The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
(Inside The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA))

Times Square New York

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(Times Square)

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Brooklyn New York
(Brooklyn)

With my friend Raki in Brooklyn New York
(With my friend Raki in Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan
(Left: Me on the Brooklyn Bridge. Right: Manhattan Bridge)

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