Thursday, February 28, 2013

New York Life

 I'm really ready for winter to be over.  I'd just like a day where I don't fear frostbite or pneumonia if I somehow forget my gloves or my hat.  Yet for all my complaining New York can be beautiful in the winter.  On this particular afternoon it was raining and I asked my friend to hold my umbrella as we waited to cross Park Avenue in midtown.  I was already wet and then for good measure a cab splashed a lovely, filthy puddle all over me.  I kept shooting unfazed and not at all surprised at my luck while my friend, not a New Yorker, laughed at me. That's the thing about New York, you're having a great afternoon and then it rains and you're annoyed, and then you see something beautiful and you're inspired and happy again, and then you get wet and you're annoyed again, and then you move on to the next thing.  I guess that pretty much sums up life too, no?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Windows of New York

I'll admit it, I stare into people's windows in New York.  Depending on the neighborhood, and if the shades are wide open or drawn (although typically wide open since we New Yorkers tend to be a bit exhibitionist), you can really get a good look at the style of someone's home.  In a recent project entitled Windows of New York, artist José Guizar expresses his personal obsession by creating charming, colorful illustrations of our city - or more specifically, the windows of our city that have caught his eye.  He says "this project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up"  As someone who has is obsessed with looking up and taking photos of this city, I can totally relate.  Here are a few of my favorites but you can head over to his site to see more.

Via Honestly WTF and José Guizar.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 9/11 Memorial

I live very close to the new World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.  I pass by it pretty much every single day yet I've never gone to the site itself because I just wasn't strong enough to go in there, open wounds, and experience the feeling and energy of the place.  Last week I decided that it was time to see it with my own eyes.  I think the Memorial looks extraordinary and I felt proud to see the development and how much has been done there.  The waterfalls and the names and the reflection were extremely overwhelming.  I didn't stay long but after I left I started to imagine a day when I'd be able to take my kids there to see it and maybe play in the park and some day, when they're old enough, to tell them their dad's story of what he experienced that morning, what we both dealt with in the days, weeks and months that followed, and about my dear friend

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Instagram Weekend(s)

Times Square in the rain looking as chaotic and inspiring as ever.

The last week was a bit of a blur.  Between my birthday, a house guest, and a visit from what we're calling the Great Plague of 2013, things have been a little hectic.  I know it's particularly bad when my husband, a man with the constitution of an ox, is laid up in bed for three consecutive days.  By some miracle, or maybe it's just baby hormones, I've been spared this round...but I don't want to jinx myself.  Even so, I've been running around a lot lately with my iPhone (as always) and my camera (not as much lately) as my constant companions.  So here are some snaps via Instagram from the last couple of weeks.  Also, if you want to see more of these "camera you have" iPhone pictures, head over to my Facebook page where I share some more.  Happy Monday!

We spent all morning on Saturday and Sunday playing with our new Plan Toys dollhouse.  It's so beautiful and I'm proud to say my husband and I actually had the patience to put it together ourselves.  A miracle.

More Times Square.

I finally made it to the 9.11 Memorial.  More on that this week.
Grand Central.

It's been raining quite a bit in New York.

The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue aka Chaos Central.

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge for an early supper.

The 9.11 Memorial.

The light is always magical in Soho.

The Shack Burger!

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