nyc | city moments and pretty thoughts

It’s amazing how easy it is to let the daily chaos override my appreciation of living in such an awesome place.  Last night, I took a long walk and strolled by some favorite spots in and around Central Park.  Columbus Circle was my first home before moving to the Upper East Side and I love revisiting it at this time of year.  The massive musical glass stars blinking colors in time to Christmas music at the Time Warner Center never fails to put a smile on my face.  The stillness of the park accompanied by the quiet hush that falls over its wide grassy patches and walking paths after dark reminds me how to take a deep breath of fresh air.  Lincoln Center’s glow in the abundance of creamy stone architecture begs me to twirl by the mirror-like pond and slanted lawn in front of Juilliard.  This place is a dream and I need to soak it in more often.

This song sums up this city in another awesome way.  These are some great lyrics, folks.

And, I thought I’d share a little poem written by a good friend of mine.  Read more of his stuff here.

The Perfect Girl Lives in New York City

The perfect girl lives in New York City
She’s a thousand miles away
But has this immense presence
like I carry her on my shoulders
or walk along next to her
down golden lanes
How much is real
How much is mine
Only the wind can say
Blowing from peak to valley
along rocky shores to calm seas
over plains, farms and mountains
She’s all bright lights and pounding bass
An assault on all senses
Overwhelmed grins take the place
of confident smirks
She’s wide avenues and dark alleys
Glitz and danger, grime and glamour
A tipsy twirl and seductive eyes
She’s more Manhattan
with a bit of Brooklyn for flavor
Screaming down Fifth Avenue
like some cabbie in search of a fare
She bolts downtown like the 4
Usually express
I watch her like the Empire State
towering over me
Majestic princess
Flashing signs and silent side streets
You can see her
even when you’re at home
The skyline is in her eyes
and the world sits in her hand
The perfect girl lives in New York City

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W

All images by me.

an assortment | good vibes & giving thanks

Time always seems to speed up as the Holidays approach.  I’ve barely wrapped my head around Thanksgiving already arriving and before we know it, it’ll be 2013.  Sometimes it helps to take a step back, look around, and just appreciate the daily simple stuff.

That said, I’ve compiled a little assortment of things I’m thankful for in my life (and just things I’m thankful for in the world).  I hope it inspires some life appreciation for you, too.  Enjoy!

What are you thankful for this year?

1. My constant exposure to live music in this city.  Especially this show I saw last Sunday at City Winery.  Matt Wertz, you’re great:

And buskers, too.  Snapped these guys in front of the Met a few weeks ago.

2. All of the spontaneous nights I’ve added to the memory bank this year.

3. The endless possible outcomes of Art.

4. My job.

5. Good eats.  And the extensive list of spots to try in this city that I won’t get through even if I live to be 100.

6. Discovering writing as one of my passions these past few months.

7. Everything I’ve learned from my risky decisions this year…

8. …And the things I’m still working on, because they mean I’m growing.

9. The ability to treat myself to a few guilty pleasures now and then.  Expecting these in the mail any day!  Also, if you don’t know about this shop yet, go now.  Warning: you will want everything.

10. All the awesome people I’ve met this year.

11. Taxis. And all the other NYC conveniences I take for granted.

12. Dinner parties.  Can’t wait to host Thanksgiving again this year!  Wish me luck on this recipe.

13.  The Eurotrip I took in June/July and the memories from it.  I’ll have them forever.

14. Christmas lights, of course!

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W

1, 14 – me | 2 | 3,8,11 | 4 | 5 | 6,7 | 9 | 10 | 12,13,15

nor’easter needs | keep cozy and calm

Just some comforting thoughts to warm up my fellow New Yorkers!

Can’t wait to see this tomorrow at BAM.

Now, click PLAY…Then, scroll and daydream.

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W

1,2,3,4,9,14,15,24,25 | 5 | 6,17,23 – me | 7,16 | 8,10,11,12 | 13, 20 | 18,19 | 21 | 22