T-minus 8 hours

When you've got an international flight that you should be heading out for at 1 PM in Newark, it would be a pretty reasonable schedule to sleep in until 10 or 11, mill around, pack up, eat some breakfast, and leisurely head over to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

Which is why I woke up at 5:30 AM to squeeze in three hangouts only to rush my way over to my flight (as in, I am forever the queen of unreasonable schedules in case you couldn't tell by now). 

Reasons to wake up for a sunrise in New York City

  1. No traffic.
  2. No tourists.
  3. It's sunrise, and its gorgeous.
  4. No traffic. Seriously.

It's 5:45 AM in Times Square which means that I am literally crouching in the middle of the street not worrying (too much at least) about getting run over by the occasional taxi. I'm watching the city wake up, and a quiet and sleepy NYC doesn't get any more beautiful than this.

But I didn't venture into this alone. Enter José Silva (Instagram Tumblr), a serious pro when it comes to NYC photography. If he can't make you fall in love with NYC (do you really need to be convinced though?) then I don't think anyone else can. While he boasts an incredibly impressive repertoire with his work in photography, he is humble, eager to show off his city, and can round up one hell of a hilarious, gritty, and talented group of NYC photographers together.

A hearty and amazing start to my last half-day in NYC. I'm a pretty firm believer that you can get a lot of things done by 1 PM, especially making new friends. 

The Instagrams of  lovely people I met that day that you should check out for way better pictures:

Seojups, tim.kau, karim.mustafa, black_soap, seandshoots, kevin.ornelas, samthecobra,

Until next time, NYC!