Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dance & Fashion


Yesterday, I checked out the new Dance & Fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology museum and it was great (and free!). It showcases dance costumes and designer clothing that was inspired by dance fashion. It's really cool to see how these two art forms come together. Some examples of the influence that dance has had on fashion include ballet flats, harem pants, and lightweight cropped sweaters like this. The outfits cover different time periods (from the 1800's to present) and include costumes from ballet, modern dance, and flamenco. It was beautiful and I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance! The exhibit runs through January 3rd. 

Something else dance-related: I recently watched First Position, a fantastic documentary about young ballet dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix. It's amazing to see the dedication, talent, and passion that these kids have for dance! If you're interested, you can find it on Netflix

Monday, September 15, 2014

Seeing Red

A few red things I've spotted lately (part of an ongoing photography series)...
Looking back photos of fireworks from the 4th of July...
Cheesesteaks at 99 miles to Philly (the sign looks a bit orangey 
here but looked much more red in real life)...

...And a red flower in a bed of purple ones at The Cloisters. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Governor's Island


I had been wanting to take the ferry out to Governor's Island for weeks and finally got around to it this weekend. It was amazing! Such a great (and inexpensive!) escape from the city. The ferry was just $2 and there are also certain times when you can catch it for free. We packed bread, salami, and cheese for lunch and had a picnic as soon as we got there (we had to eat fast though, there were quite a lot of bees). Then we rented a tandem bike and just biked around the island for a few hours, enjoying the fantastic views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. 


We caught the ferry from Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building. While waiting for the ferry to leave we watched helicopters take off and land at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. 



I loved all the houses with cute porches on the island, it reminded me of a small town in New England with a town square. 


Neither of us had used a tandem bike before, but luckily we caught on fast. 



Riding on the backseat and not being able to steer was an adjustment but pedaling was (obviously) much easier with two. That said, if you're trying to actually exercise, these probably aren't the best option.





 I just couldn't get enough of those views. ^



You're allowed to bring food onto the island, but there are also a lot of food trucks. We took a break from biking and indulged in some dairy-free strawberry ice cream from Alchemy Creamery. We tried the cookie crumbs topping and it was SO good.


I loved this telephone sculpture! ^





Right before returning our bikes, we saw these awesome paddle-boarders. It looked like so much fun!


Next time I want to go with a group and rent one of the surreys! ^


Before we left, we relaxed in the shade for a while and listened to a concert (part of the Rite of Summer music festival).

I'd love to go back to Governor's Island! The bike paths are amazing, and although the island is small, there's really a lot to see and do!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Cloisters


On Sunday, we visited The Cloisters, a branch of the Met in northern Manhattan which showcases medieval art (and is just a short subway ride from us!). Both the art and the setting were lovely. The museum itself was made to look like medieval architecture. Some parts are new, while others were reconstructed from pieces of old cloisters shipped over from Europe. The property contains several gardens and a beautiful view of the Hudson River! The museum has a suggested donation, but is pay as you wish. 

More photos after the jump...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Parenting across the Globe

My sister and I (circa 1996).
I saw this fascinating NPR article the other day and had to share! It's about parenting techniques and traditions around the world and how they vary. I had previously read about babies in Denmark being left outside shops or restaurants in their strollers to nap but I hadn't heard about a few other things listed. Babies out of diapers at 9 months old? 4 year olds taking the subway alone? It's so interesting to read about what the norm is in other countries and what is considered safe, dangerous, good, bad, etc. I don't think I would've been able to find my way on the subway as a small child, but maybe if I had been taught how to ride it at a young age, I would've been able to figure it out. What do you think about all of this? I'm trying to decide what surprising or shocking parenting thing the U.S. would be known for. Maybe kids going to bed really early? Or children eating a lot of fast food? I'd be interested to hear people from other countries weigh in on this!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Boyhood

I finally got around to seeing Boyhood and it was such a fantastic film! I'd highly recommend it... 

Still from Boyhood (Richard Linklater, IFC Films 2014)

I think one of the things I liked most about it was that it was so easy to relate to and felt like nostalgia to watch. If you enjoyed Richard Linklater's other films, particularly the Before Sunrise series, you'll probably love this one as well! It's similar in that it's more about people than events. Just as the "Before" series feels like watching real human interaction and conversation, Boyhood feels like a realistic representation of what it's like to grow up. I think you'll have an extra appreciation for the movie if you grew up during the early 2000's, as you'll be able to pick out little things like music, t.v. shows, toys, etc. from your childhood. Although, you certainly don't have to have grow up in this time period because anyone from any generation can relate to what it feels like to be a kid (which is whats so great about this movie!) The dialogue also struck me as incredibly realistic. As I was watching, I kept thinking about the fact that either myself or someone I knew had said almost the exact same thing before. This in combination with the fact that the same actors and actresses were used over a 12 year period almost makes the you forget you're not watching a documentary. I can't help but think what a labor of love this movie must have been for everyone involved in making it, since they had the dedication to come back year after year and continue filming. I definitely think it was one of the best movies of the year! 

Have you seen it? I'd love to hear more opinions! 

Also, check out this awesome infographic about the cast and crew!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Smorgasburg


On Saturday we ventured to Brooklyn to check out Smorgasburg (Where different vendors set up stands in Williamsburg every Saturday to sell food. Like a food truck rodeo but without the trucks).  A few tips if you're planning on going:


1. If you're as indecisive as I am, particularly when it comes to food, check out the website in advance to get a general idea of what you might want to try. I didn't do this and ended up wandering around in circles for quite a while, overwhelmed by the number of choices. 
2. Bring water with you. It's summer, it's usually hot, and if you forget to refill your water bottle you may end up purchasing 2 or more lemonades which are delicious but not necessary. And which sometimes come with a donut for only $1 extra.  
3. If your food-related interests include trying a ramen burger, fries, or ice cream sandwiches, be prepared to wait in line. The lines for those 3 things were crazy. 
4. It will be annoyingly crowded. Be prepared for the usual crowded-spot-in-the-city frustrations. The good news: once you move away from the food stands, there's plenty of room to sit and eat!

We ate enough for 2 meals and everything was great! I do feel like if I had researched in advance, I would have had a better idea of what the best food available was. 

Ramen burger from here,  fries with lemon garlic aioli from here.


Mexican sandwich from here.

Besides eating yummy food, this spot is also perfect for taking in a beautiful view of Manhattan. Complete with some fairly ugly construction signs/fences and tall lamp posts (which are solar-powered, so that's kind of cool). I love a good slightly-obstructed view of the city skyline:


Anyway, I think it is worth battling the crowds because food is always worth it. I'd recommend going (on an empty stomach)!