A photo of Radio City Music Hall -- where Frank Sinatra first sang the iconic “New York, New York” in 1978 -- offers a perfect introduction to a New York City scrapbook layout. Music-themed pages that highlight the city’s exceptional entertainment industry could include anything from theater tickets and playbills to photos of street performers. Sheet music or lyrics from your favorite Broadway shows will serve as a one-of-a-kind backdrop to personal pages.
A scrapbook is designed to capture a moment or share a thought through photos and sentimental memorabilia. A New York City scrapbook stands out by incorporating the Big Apple's rich history. Thanks to Milton Glaser, a graphic designer who created the “I Love New York” slogan in the 1970s to promote tourism, you won’t be short of ideas to fill an album.
New York landmarks rank as an essential part of a memorable scrapbook, with photos of the city's skyline during the day and night providing a strong contrast at the beginning and end of the album. The busy Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, yellow cabs and fast-moving crowds provide an eye-catching image of the sleepless city. A shot of the Statue of Liberty gains significance when you include personal connections to Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants found freedom. Goofy poses in Central Park and Times Square add whimsy, while a sheet from a hotel notepad, a cocktail napkin or matchbook covers of restaurants enjoyed in New York convey sophistication.
Attending special events such as New York Fashion Week, a filming of "Saturday Night Live" or watching the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square can inspire and enhance a scrapbook. Jotting down thoughts or short stories that pertain to the outing further personalize the page.
New York was deeply affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Photos of the World Trade Center's North and South Towers -- and the brave and selfless New York firefighters and police officers who helped with the rescue and recovery efforts -- bring strong emotions. "The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response" exhibition at the New York State Museum and on its website provides timelines, sights and sounds from 9/11. You can personalize your scrapbook by writing about what it felt like to visit ground zero or where you were when the attacks happened.
A scrapbook can also depict experiences outside the hustle and bustle of the city. A page called “Escaping New York City” could include photos and memorabilia of places such as Niagara Falls, Coney Island, the Hamptons and Bear Mountain State Park.
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