11.23.2010

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Randomly New York:

A spectacular singing group in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Halloween weekend: you never know what you'll see!
French toast brunch
The best whoopie pies at One Girl Cookies
Brooklyn, Brooklyn, I love Brooklyn :)

This post contains my last batch of fall photos I want to share from my recent New York trip. This is appropriate I think, as Thanksgiving is this week, marking the end of fall and the true beginning of the holiday season!

I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately on my time living in New York and how I feel about the city now that I'm removed from it. I went through so much there...the good and the horrible. I had my honeymoon period with the city, my "get me out of this hell hole" period, and finally grew to an even greater love and appreciation for this place where I struggled the most and was simultaneously the happiest I've ever been, maybe in my whole life until now. It's a hard feeling to express. It's interesting to feel like you belong somewhere...to feel like you could live somewhere forever and never leave, no matter what the city throws at you. I love knowing that I will live there again one day sooner or later... and quite possibly for life. I absolutely love the way Jenna, a native New Yorker, expressed it on her beautiful blog Sweetfineday:

"And so…New York…here we are again. I won’t make any promises that I’m a lifer. I don’t know if that’s true anymore, but I am here. Sometimes I don’t know why. You don’t deserve the love after the horrible summer you made us suffer through, but you are making up for it in the Fall. You take, suck our souls and test us at every turn, but we can’t seem to quit you. Maybe we are suckers and fools, but you must be doing something right."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

11.19.2010

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The 91st street garden in Riverside Park is one of my favorite places in New York. I nannied close by last year, so I spent tons of time there with the little guy... not to mention the garden is featured in one of my favorite movies, "You've Got Mail." I shared pictures of the 91st street garden back in May during the height of spring. So you can imagine my surprise when I found the colors throughout the garden to be even more vibrant during the fall. I don't know if it's because New York is having an unseasonably warm fall this year or if the yellow colors of the trees simply add to the vibrancy. But it was just stunning. I love that the garden is open to anyone in the community, and how there are even small watering cans left out for anyone to use. It's a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. 

11.16.2010

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Above: New York's Union Square Greenmarket on Halloween weekend! I made frequent trips here last year for fresh groceries and sometimes to just absorb the hustle and bustle and beautiful colors. But I never brought my camera with me. Perhaps because I was usually stopping by after yoga in the area. Whatever the case, I knew I had to pay Union Square a special visit--this time with my camera in tow! I found Ashley and Aron's posts on Greenmarket through the seasons to be very inspiring :). 

P.S: Don't you just love those flowers wrapped up in brown paper?! My favorite find of the day! The photo doesn't do them justice. 

11.14.2010

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Forgive me if these photos seem too repetitive. I felt like I couldn't take enough pictures of this incredible piece of art. I had the opportunity to visit this Big Bambu exhibit on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and take a walking/climbing tour early on a Saturday morning. It was absolutely incredible and astonishing. We weren't allowed to take photos on the tour...only afterwards at the bottom...so I can't show you the view from the top of the exhibit (which was 40-50 feet above the Met: breathtaking views of the city and Central Park!). I could have stayed up there for hours. So beautiful. 

You can see some of the "walking paths" in two of the pictures above. We literally ascended the structure, which was held together by rock climbing rope (and even declared by the department of New York City to be structurally sound!). Unfortunately, this entire exhibit has already been deconstructed :(. But I would encourage you to read more about it and see more pictures! There's quite an interesting story and concept behind the construction of Big Bambu!

I think I'll keep the NYC posts coming if that's alright :). A few more interesting things to share.

11.12.2010

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More of Central Park! (and me holding a pumpkin) :)

My sister and I stumbled upon that castle pictured above when we were exploring Central Park last year. I finally made time to climb to the top of it this year, and it was soooo worth it, as the views were absolutely incredible!

At one point, I walked around a corner and happened upon this "pumpkin festival" in the park. It looked like something out of a dream! A little bizarre even. That's what I love about New York...you never know what you might find around the next corner. 

11.10.2010

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Central park has got to be my favorite place in the fall. Definitely one of the best places known to man to take a photo walk.

I found a golden doodle pup (above), who was very excited by all of the geese swimming around. Watching her made me wish I could take Jack for a walk in Central Park. He would love it!

I've been slowly catching up on life since being back from my trip. One very important thing I got accomplished today included the purchase of Harry Potter tickets. Can't wait till next week!!!! :)