Manhattan Moments: 7 Photos of New York City That Define Me

  Cristina Cianci, Daniel Ford, and Stephanie Schaefer   frolicking in New York City.

Cristina Cianci, Daniel Ford, and Stephanie Schaefer frolicking in New York City.

By Cristina Cianci

Born on Staten Island + raised in New Jersey + my love of the shore, loud talking with hand gestures, pasta (and my ability to eat it three times a day) = I proudly wear the Italian American badge on my sleeve.

Living in Manhattan during college was a whole other ball game. From thee hidden treasures I found and made my own to the spots I frequented as a kid, these are the seven I hold close to my heart and badge.

The Brooklyn Bridge

  Day or night, rain or shine.

Day or night, rain or shine.

The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

  For those times you wish you were in Europe,   but have to settle for Central Park.

For those times you wish you were in Europe, but have to settle for Central Park.

This View From My Friend’s Roof in Midtown Manhattan

  Oh, hello.

Oh, hello.

Madison Square Garden

  The best overpriced beer and hot dogs.

The best overpriced beer and hot dogs.

Little Italy

  For some historic Cianci stomping ground and really good cannolis.

For some historic Cianci stomping ground and really good cannolis.

Caffe Roma

  See previous description.

See previous description.

The New York Public Library

  For some light reading and escaping the hustle and bustle.

For some light reading and escaping the hustle and bustle.

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