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An Overview of New York Politics


I’m gonna start this by saying I’m sorry to all people reading this who are not American. This could get quite confusing. Don’t worry, I don’t mean it to be that way and I’ll to to clear everything up as I go along.

A lot of people wonder about politics in New York. Where DOES New York fall on the political spectrum? You have a lot of conflicting things coming from all over the place. No two ideas seem to match when it comes to New York politics. Hillary Clinton was the senator, but Trump is a born and raised New York kid, and loves the city a lot. But there is a huge amount of anti-Trump sentiment, countered by quite a bit of pro-Trump sentiment.

What in the world is going on here?

I think to really understand New York, you have to understand that as a whole, the city and state lean liberal. Quite a bit liberal at that. I can’t think of an election in recent history that had New York falling conservative. So for the most part, New York is quite liberal and tends to vote that way. They firmly voted for Clinton in the last election.

There are really two classes of people in New York: the more “common people” type of people, for lack of a better term, and the richer elites. The rich tend to fall conservative, but there are not as many of them. People like Wall Street Execs, business owners, people like that fall under the rich banner.

The more working class people are still fairly well off, as they make much more than the average worker in the US would. But the wages are higher because the cost of living is so high, so they come out to pretty much the same as anyone else. You might make more stacking pallet collars from Kronus Collars in New York City than you would in Indiana, but the cost of living is the great equalizer.

For that reason, the rich vote conservative because conservatives typically side with businesses more than liberals do. The liberals tend to be more concerned with the people left behind when the economy surges forward. Some people feel that they have no reason to be quite as concerned about poorer people, because their lives are such that they can’t really imagine what the poor are going through.

And that is why you can get people like Trump and Hillary Clinton from the same city, even though they come from totally opposite ends of the political spectrum. The divide between the rich and the poor is true of almost every country and civilization. Trump believes the economy needs to be pushed forward as much as possible, Clinton believes that more work needs to be done in race relations and related issues before we do much economic surging.


I just like to take pictures, man. Don’t get too involved in politics. Understand it, then go do something else!

Why I Love New York City


When a lot of people think about big cities, the first one that pops into their head is New York City. NYC has inspired people from all walks of life; business, music, cooking, acting… And obviously photography as well! But I want to talk about why I personally find NYC amazing and inspiring, and why I love this city so much.

The Sheer Size

Some people don’t like the size of New York. That’s ok! But I think that the sheer size of the city is what makes me love it so much. New York City is the perfect size to be totally anonymous and be alone, or to find people that you like! You can be with a ton of people or hang out totally alone. The choice is all yours! The size also captures my imagination… When I look out at the city from the Rockefeller Center, it’s hard to NOT be impressed with how massive and amazing the city looks. And then…

There’s the Diversity

All kinds of people live in New York. It is not unusual to run into a local NYC family, then a family from Ethiopia, and then a musician from France! I’ve seen all that and more just walking around NYC. And that’s not all… The cultural diversity leads to a diversity of food like you’ve never seen before! The Chinese food, the sushi, the pizza, the Italian places, the burgers… They’re amazing and make you want to do nothing but eat!

Things to Do

Because of the size of the city, there have to be all kinds of things for people to do. There are the favorites like Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There’s also the Zoo, Broadway, and Times Square shopping centers.

But there are some even more odd and different things to do in NYC! For example, off of 6th Ave. there is an air rifles range where you can get do some target practice with your air rifles from Rifle Judge! There are also some random laser tag places, bowling alleys, and more restaurants and bars than you know what to do with!

It’s Just… New York

It’s hard to capture the feel of what i’m talking about unless you’ve been there yourself and been impressed with how massive the whole place is. Try this. Take a short vacation there. Go to Central Park and look at all the buildings. Go to the top of the Rockefeller. You won’t be disappointed.

Maybe you’ll even wanna move there! Just be sure to visit and pick up a high-quality air rifle to try on the range on 6th, and tell the owner I said hello! You’ll never run out of things to do, and if you’re anything like me you’ll never tire of watching the sunset over the city, and see all the lights go out one by one. It’s a sight that few people appreciate enough.

Feeling the Bern

Feeling the BernWith the elections heating up as primaries and caucuses run their courses around the United States, I find that it’s just about time for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to start pushing hard here in New York, which will be the site of the next big election event. I don’t know how all of you are going to vote and I’m not too interested in that anyhow – what really gets me right now is that the two leading runners for the democratic nomination are going to be debating and clashing very close to where I live, and very soon too. The New York primary is on April 19th this year.

Before the primary rolls through though, there are going to be some debates, and this is what I’m most excited about. Clinton and Sanders have been going back and forth for months now, with Clinton, the front-runner, refusing to debate Sanders at just about every junction where the demand came up. But now, on April 14th, the two will be debating here in New York, at the Bronx. I’ve watched a handful of the Republican “debates” over the last several months and they’ve certainly been a spectacle, so I’m curious about how the Democrats will fare here in New York.

According to just about every major news outlet here in the United States, New York is a “must-win” state for both Sanders and Clinton, which may or may not be what has my interest piqued as far as how those two will do in their upcoming debate. One of the two seems to wear his policies and decisions on his cuff where everyone can see them, and the other is currently under investigation by the FBI for some sort of private email server thing. I wish this was the sort of situation where a little extra light would help make the candidates easier to see and understand, but Light Bar Report isn’t going to help here.

Actually, this brings me to Sanders’ slogan, or at least the slogan being touted by his supporters – Feel the Bern. If he really wanted people to feel the burn, he ought to put them down under some of the lights I use when I’m taking pictures. Those things are bright, sure, they have to be, but that radiance also makes them very hot, hot enough to cause first degree burns for people who touch them or their housing after they’ve been running for long enough to get hot. There’s a Bern for you.

While I wouldn’t say I’m supporting any specific candidate just yet, I’m very interested to see how things will go between Clinton and Sanders, mostly because they’re getting the biggest numbers from the primaries and caucuses around the United States. Sure, Donald Trump is leading the Republican party, but even Bernie Sanders, who is far behind Hillary Clinton, has more pledged delegates to his name than the Republican front-runner. This makes me think our next president will be from the left, which in turn makes me very interested in their debates.

Top Ten New York Attractions

Top Ten New York Attractions

“I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps,” Frank Sinatra once sang. And we’d have to agree, you’ll definitely want to stay awake while New York City, if you want to cover a lot of ground. With hundreds of attractions to choose from, here are the top attractions that you absolutely must visit.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building, opened in 1931, is one of the world’s tallest structures, instantly recognizable by its spire.

The observatories at the 86th and 102nd floors can be reached by high speed elevators from the ground level. The upper observatory allows an 80-mile view in any direction. Visitors can see the neighboring states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut on a clear day.

The skyscraper is well known among film enthusiasts as the structure climbed by the titular character in the 1933 film King Kong.

The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets.

The Statue of Liberty

If there is one landmark that represents the City of New York, it’s the Statue of Liberty. Designed and built as a gift by the people of France to the United States and dedicated in 1886, the monument remains a symbol of freedom recognized worldwide. Visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan from Liberty Island.

Round trip fare plus admission to the island is available from the Battery Park ferry for $12 per adult, available 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Ellis and Liberty Islands are open to the public, however access to the interior of the Statue is restricted as a security measure.

Times Square and Broadway

Known for its mammoth billboards, Times Square is bustling with activity day and night, perfect for those late night jaunts. And if you happen to be spending New Year’s Eve here, you absolutely must attend the famous Times Square Ball, attended by almost a million spectators annually.

Theater enthusiasts will be glad to know that Theater District–AKA Broadway–is just a few minutes’ walk away. If you plan to watch a show, be sure to book your tickets well in advance.

Central Park

843 acres is certainly a lot of ground to cover, but this means that there is enough room for everyone wanting a little break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Attractions within Central Park include the Central Park Zoo and Strawberry Fields, a two and a half acre memorial dedicated to former Beatle John Lennon.

Visiting couples should not miss taking the horse-and-carriage ride. The romantic 45-minute ride starts at $155. There are other guided tour packages available on the Central Park website, if you’re looking for something different.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Located on the eastern edge of Central Park, the Met is the largest art museum in the United States and is the fourth most visited art museum in the world. It is home to a vast collection of Asian, European and Egyptian pieces, most notable of which is the massive Temple of Dendur installation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Admission costs $25 per adult, but if you plan on being a frequent visitor, we recommend getting a membership for as low as $80 annually, which allows free unlimited admission among other benefits.

Fifth Avenue

Right outside the Met is New York’s premier shopping area, Fifth Avenue. The mile between 39th and 60th Streets is lined with prestigious shops and flagship stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and the Apple store with its impressive all-glass exterior.

We recommend going to 5th Avenue by bus or subway: parking is hard to find and expensive.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a vast entertainment and shopping complex located between 48th and 51st streets in Midtown Manhattan. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, Rockefeller Center was opened to the public in 1939. It was named after its founder John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The centerpiece of the complex is the 70-floor NBC Building, also known as 30 Rock. The skyscraper is best known for being the home of NBC’s shows including The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live (David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s Late Night shows were also broadcast from here).

A recommended tourist stop is the Top of the Rock, an observation deck located at the top level of the NBC building. Adult tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, is a work of art in itself. Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and East 89th Street, the cylindrical structure is hard to miss. Visitors enter from the top through an elevator, then walk down a single spiral ramp that circles the entire building – one continuous floor spread over several levels. Over time, the museum had displayed works by Picasso, Chagall and Manet, among others others.

The museum is open every day except Thursdays. Adult admission starts at $25. Similar to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim is offering annual membership starting at $75, which includes unlimited admission.


There are hundreds of other stops to choose from, and these are merely the proverbial icing on the cake. There are also guided bus and cruise tours available. For a more somber tone, go to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. We recommend planning your route ahead of time to maximize coverage, especially during holidays. A New York Pass allows entry to over 80 attractions and can save up to 70% on gate prices alone.

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