A Trip to Coney Island

11 Aug

Coney Island is my summer staple, despite Thor Equities’ attempts to tear the place up.  Either way, some things (thankfully) never change and I was able to scream my lungs out on The Cyclone and enjoy the view from a swinging car on Deno’s Wonder Wheel .

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Thunderbird Powwow

10 Aug

So, this post is a little over a week overdue, but bear with me.

 

Considering that my boyfriend is Native American, it’s a bit pitiful that it’s taken me so long to get to a Powwow, but better late than never, right? (At least that’s what I tell myself every time I’m running late for something. It helps.) The Thunderbird American Indian Powwow is actually the oldest and largest powwow held in New York City. There were loads of vendors  selling jewelry and handmade crafts and various food vendors. (FYI: You must try an Indian taco – it’s this massive piece of frybread topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. There’s no classy way to eat it, but it’s worth it.)

At the end, there was a huge bonfire. And yes, if you check the slideshow below, I did climb a tree to take better photos.

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Inline by the Highline

28 Jul

Okay, technically I did not use inline skates, but I couldn’t resist the play on words. Today, the Uniqlo-sponsored skating rink opened beneath Highline Park at 30th and 10th, with free admission and skate rentals to the first 500 people (this deal is available for the next two days as well, so make sure you get there early! After that, admission [including skates] is $10 for kids and $12 for adults])

I had so much fun and it seemed like a lot of other people were as well. Apparently, there will be theme nights and other fun activities, so make sure you get there before it closes in September. In addition, today CoolHaus was there to help combat the heat. The Uniqlo Cube features select tees and cashmere sweaters for purchase (though I couldn’t seriously consider buying a sweater in this weather, despite the wide array of colors available).

Afterwards, I headed out on a stroll on the Highline. There’s this great new(?) feature where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in a section of flowing water.

 

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Summer Snapshot

22 Jul

Here’s just a cool picture I took while I was at Randall’s Island last week for a kickball game.

 

Update

30 Jun

I know things have been fairly slow around here, BUT it’s because I’m currently interning at the NY Daily News. It’s very exciting and perfect, but it does take away some time from the blog, so I do apologize for that.

I currently am covering the New York Today section for Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as the Upcoming Film section on Sundays.  I’ll soon be working on other features, too, so keep an eye out for that.

Stay Cool, NYC

10 Jun

With temperatures flirting with 100 in the past couple of days, some New Yorkers seem to be losing their minds. Heat waves make everyone testy and cranky and we all just need to try our best to chill.

The recent shootings on the A train, at Brighton Beach , and in the Bronx (NOTE: the shooting did not take place in Castle Hill as reported. St. Lawrence Ave. is just slightly south of Castle Hill.)  are just examples of the summer mayhem and violence we need to put an end to.

I try not to get political on here, but these are just senseless acts and innocent people are getting hurt. So, hey, let’s try to play nice, okay?

 

 

Mother Nature & Me

3 Jun

As mentioned in previous posts, I’m an absolute city rat (hmmm, perhaps I should find a new way to describe my addiction to city life – note to self). I barely even go to Long Island. Either way, this past weekend was my birthday weekend and because it had been a really stressful school year, I really just wanted to take it easy and have fun. Saturday, I went to Rainey Park where I flew my first kite (with mixed success) and had my first italian ice (or coquito as it’s referred to in these parts of the Bronx) of the summer (cherry and mango thanks very much).

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Sunday, I finally made it over to Alley Pond Park  to do the zip line after pining away for over a year. I’m not afraid of heights, but ask me to step off of a platform x feet in the air and I will laugh in your face (literally. Sorry, Evan.) Eventually, seeing 8 year olds swing by in the air convinced me that I could do it, too (even if I did release a scream heard miles away).

Best of all, everything was free!

 

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