Friday, September 26, 2014

The End of the High Line

The final section of the High Line is complete! I went by earlier this week just before sunset to check it out...

I have to say that I don't think this is the most scenic part of the High Line, since the area is being developed and there is a lot of construction going on. However, it is cool to see the train yard and it does provide a look at a different side of Manhattan, since the area has less tall buildings and more open space. (Although, it won't be that way for long)

If cranes are your thing, this is the place for you!

I really liked the extra little details they added in this part of the park to pay homage to the High Lines roots as a former railroad track. 

  The plants and flowers were, of course, beautiful.

 I really loved this bench which curves around the path and a nearby building.

If you decide to visit, I would definitely recommend going in the early evening because, it is a nice place to watch the sun set over the Hudson. The light also makes for great photos at that time of day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Late Night Stroll

Sometimes I have that antsy feeling at night where I just want to get out. At times like that, I think it's nice to go for a walk. It certainly doesn't hurt to choose a walk with a view, so the other night we decided to take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. 

The Statue of Liberty in the distance.
A bit of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I'd also recommend stopping at Juliana's (on the Brooklyn side) for delicious pizza
And, of course, a slice of New York cheesecake!

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!