Bushwick, the New Frontier

Slowly but surely the boundaries of cool are expanding in Brooklyn, especially as store rents and housing prices soar. People are looking to set up shop and home in more affordable neighborhoods so sections of Brooklyn that may not have been so desirable in years past are suddenly booming with activity. One such neighborhood is Bushwick, which is on the verge of a rebirth. I went there recently to eat at the famed restaurant, Roberta’s, which is known for its pizzas. It is housed in a ramshackle building, formerly an auto body shop, but between the delicious food – I stuck with the pizza, which did not disappoint – and the crowd of young, hip people (“hipsters”), it was an experience worth traveling for. The buildings in the area are covered with street art, which makes it a great backdrop for pictures so I did not pass up the opportunity to take some photos.

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Senseless Tragedy, Selfless Act

This beautiful, little girl named Layla Peterson was murdered while sitting on her grandfather’s lap in the living room of his own home. Despite their obvious state of grief, her parents showed true compassion when they announced that they would donate her precious little heart to another child in dire need of one to stay alive.  Organ donation is a selfless act that benefits a stranger whose life depends on the death of another.  Truly heartfelt, yet inspiring story! Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 12.35.58 AM

Spooktacular

I must confess that Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year, especially when it falls on a weekend. I love it all—the costumes, the decorations, and the candy. I take the “more is more” approach: if one costume is good, two is better. This year, I’m dressing as a motorcyclist by day and a boxer by night (pictures to follow). Here are some photos of the spooktacular decorations around the city.

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Parks and Recreation

Skyscrapers, traffic, noise, lights . . . those are some of the main sights and sounds that we experience here in the Big Apple.  In the midst of all of the chaos that makes this city so exciting, sits the magnificent Central Park.   We come here to run, bike ride, ice skate, boat, and to decompress from our busy lives.  Every city needs its green spaces to provide its residents with entertainment, tranquility, oxygen production, carbon dioxide absorption, and so much more.  I encourage you to check out and support the great work of the New York Restoration Project started by the actress Bette Midler at www.nyrp.org.  The organization raises private funds to restore public parks throughout the city so that each and every community can enjoy the great outdoors.IMG_0689_2DSC01514IMG_0686_2IMG_0688_2IMG_0682_2 IMG_0687_2

Kolorful Koons

DSC01120 DSC01126 DSC01150 DSC01147 DSC01145 DSC01137I took these photos at the Whitney Museum, on 75th and Madison, for its final exhibit before relocating to the Meatpacking District. Its new downtown site is designed by the famed architect Renzo Piano, and will be opening in the spring of 2015.  The final exhibit is a Jeff Koons retrospective.  It covers a wide range of works dating from the 1970’s to the present.  I loved the exhibit but I must confess that I found some pieces baffling and others shocking.  Whatever the case, it has attracted a lot of visitors, has started countless conversations about what art is, and has shown what a fertile mind the artist Jeff Koons has.  The exhibit closes this Sunday, October 19th, but will remain open for 36 consecutive hours, beginning tomorrow at 11 am and closing the following day at 11 pm.  If you’re asking yourself whether or not you should take the time to check out this exciting exhibit, the answer is GO! It’s worth it, I promise! 

Friend or Faux

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This shearling-style vest is both friend and faux.  It is ‘friend’ because it is reasonably priced, comfortable, warm, and stylish, all at the same time.  It is ‘faux’ because it is made out of a synthetic material that mimics the look of shearling, while sparing the life of a lamb.   

Humans of Madrid

A city’s architecture makes up its backbone but its citizens make up its heart and soul.  That is why I absolutely love photographing random people when I travel abroad.  I imagine the lives that they lead, the interests that they pursue, and the relationships that they have.  I snapped these pictures in Madrid on my recent trip to Spain.  The subjects come from all walks of life and each represents an element of Madrileño life that makes up the heart and soul of this beautiful city.DSC00068 DSC00143 DSC00152 DSC00181 DSC00268 DSC00294 DSC00322 DSC00398

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Casually Dressy

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Sometimes I like to mix dressy pieces with casual ones. That way I don’t feel overly dressy or overly casual.  On this particular occasion, I am wearing a lace-trimmed, black mini skirt with a bulky, black, cable knit sweater. I could have worn heals with this outfit for a dressier look but the flat oxford shoes, that I am wearing, underscore the more casual feel of the outfit.

And of course, a couple of photos that I took!!

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Empire State of Mind

I spent a gorgeous September day wondering around the City.  I started off uptown, made my way to the Nomad Hotel on Broadway and 28th, with its gorgeous terrace overlooking the Empire State Building, and ended up downtown in Soho.  I just love it down there.  While SoHo has seen plenty of gentrification and construction of new buildings over the years, it still retains its old world charm.  The cobblestone streets, the old-fashioned industrial-looking buildings, and the occasional graffiti-covered doorway make this a great backdrop for photos and a fun area to walk around. 

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And of course, I seized the opportunity to snap some pics:)
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Leather Weather

IMG_0215IMG_0219I often talk about weather because it is one of the factors that dictate what we wear each day.  When fall begins, as it did the other day, I start living in my leather (or my vegan leather, otherwise known as pleather) jackets.  As the temperatures dip down, I add heavier sweaters, throw on scarves and hats, and try to maximize the length of time that I can wear my leather before covering it with a bulky parka.  Enjoy the leather weather!:)