New York is a non-stop show that you never grow tired of filming or photographing. A show that is constantly renewing itself. Each community celebrates its festivals in its own uninhibited and ostentatious way. Artists decorate every facet of a city where urban art fascinates for what it brings to light. The city, whose skyline bristles with sky-scrapers that seemingly climb ever higher, is awash with imagination.
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