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Balloons on St. Mark’s Place. East Village, New York City

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and my birthday looms on the horizon (it’s tomorrow, January 4th). It’s a significant birthday in terms of time. I won’t go into which one but I will say that it’s made me even more introspective than I usually am when my birthday rolls around every year. 

I have a vivid memory of the day after my birthday 11 years ago that I replay in my head from time to time. It gives me a sense of perspective because it let’s me realize when I think back to how I felt in that moment just how far I have come in my life since that memory. And when I think about it that way, I am pretty amazed that I even made it this far. I am grateful every day for how my life continues to unfold before me but even more so when I think about the passage of time in such a way.

 It’s been a really tough week despite all of the great things that have happened in my life over the last few months. One of my cats ended up hospitalized for a few harrowing days due to a bout of acute pancreatitis and slight fluid in her lung. I am most thankful to have her home now (even though I am watching her like a hawk) and in that way, I couldn’t ask for much more for my birthday this year.

And so, I embrace my birthday this year with open arms as scary a number as it may be ;). Here’s to another year round this orb and to more cheerful and unexpected twists and turns.

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Balloons on St. Mark’s Place. East Village, New York City

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and my birthday looms on the horizon (it’s tomorrow, January 4th). It’s a significant birthday in terms of time. I won’t go into which one but I will say that it’s made me even more introspective than I usually am when my birthday rolls around every year.

I have a vivid memory of the day after my birthday 11 years ago that I replay in my head from time to time. It gives me a sense of perspective because it let’s me realize when I think back to how I felt in that moment just how far I have come in my life since that memory. And when I think about it that way, I am pretty amazed that I even made it this far. I am grateful every day for how my life continues to unfold before me but even more so when I think about the passage of time in such a way.

It’s been a really tough week despite all of the great things that have happened in my life over the last few months. One of my cats ended up hospitalized for a few harrowing days due to a bout of acute pancreatitis and slight fluid in her lung. I am most thankful to have her home now (even though I am watching her like a hawk) and in that way, I couldn’t ask for much more for my birthday this year.

And so, I embrace my birthday this year with open arms as scary a number as it may be ;). Here’s to another year round this orb and to more cheerful and unexpected twists and turns.

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Happy Halloween. Balloons. Lower East Side, New York City.

 Sometimes there are moments that occur that are so whimsical and perfect for the time of year that it makes you stop dead in your tracks and smile the widest smile that you can accommodate. This was one of those moments. 

I was walking around my neighborhood and a man was standing perfectly still with a gaggle of black balloons the day before Halloween. In typical New York City fashion, passerbys hardly even blinked an eye. They sort of resembled a very large bunch of grapes. I am sure they were for a Halloween event. At least I would like to imagine they were.

Happy Halloween everyone! 



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Happy Halloween. Balloons. Lower East Side, New York City.

Sometimes there are moments that occur that are so whimsical and perfect for the time of year that it makes you stop dead in your tracks and smile the widest smile that you can accommodate. This was one of those moments.

I was walking around my neighborhood and a man was standing perfectly still with a gaggle of black balloons the day before Halloween. In typical New York City fashion, passerbys hardly even blinked an eye. They sort of resembled a very large bunch of grapes. I am sure they were for a Halloween event. At least I would like to imagine they were.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Rainbow City - FriendsWithYou Art Installation. View from the High Line Park. Chelsea, New York City.

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I went to the newly opened section of the High Line Park earlier today.  I got to view (and play with) the public art installation at the entrance to the new section of the High Line Park at 30th street between 10th and 11th Avenues. It’s quite amazing! They are giant balloons that you can play with. You can even go inside some of them and jump around (it’s sort of like being in a balloon trampoline).

The exhibit is the first major public art installation by FriendsWithYou which is the project of two artists named ​Samuel Borkson and Arturo “Tury” Sandoval III who made the exhibit to try to infect New York with a ‘happy virus’:

"Because our medium is helium in these monolithic-type sculptures, it is kind of like they are breathing — they are living with you and almost dwarfing you — it helps to convey this religious and spiritual experience that people are used to inside of churches and inside of your usual spiritually evoking environment," Borkson said." Source

 It’s virtually impossible not to smile when you are near this exhibit whether you are playing with the giant balloons or viewing them from the High Line. :)

Rainbow City - FriendsWithYou Art Installation. View from the High Line Park. Chelsea, New York City.

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I went to the newly opened section of the High Line Park earlier today. I got to view (and play with) the public art installation at the entrance to the new section of the High Line Park at 30th street between 10th and 11th Avenues. It’s quite amazing! They are giant balloons that you can play with. You can even go inside some of them and jump around (it’s sort of like being in a balloon trampoline).

The exhibit is the first major public art installation by FriendsWithYou which is the project of two artists named ​Samuel Borkson and Arturo “Tury” Sandoval III who made the exhibit to try to infect New York with a ‘happy virus’:

"Because our medium is helium in these monolithic-type sculptures, it is kind of like they are breathing — they are living with you and almost dwarfing you — it helps to convey this religious and spiritual experience that people are used to inside of churches and inside of your usual spiritually evoking environment," Borkson said." Source

It’s virtually impossible not to smile when you are near this exhibit whether you are playing with the giant balloons or viewing them from the High Line. :)

Balloons on East 4th Street. East Village, New York City.

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East 4th Street in the East Village is not only the home to the most cheerful and colorful copy shop I have seen in downtown Manhattan (shown here in this post) but it is also one of three official arts districts in all of New York City. This designation is largely due to the diligent efforts of the Fourth Arts Block organization (also known as FAB). From their site:

"Before Broadway was "Broadway," the Theater District was on the Lower East Side. Straddling the Vaudeville and Yiddish theaters of 2nd Avenue and the dance halls and saloons of the Bowery, E. 4th has literally been at the center of New York City arts & culture since the early 19th century. Today East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery is home to more than a dozen arts groups, 12 theaters, 8 dance & rehearsal studios, 3 film editing suites and 1 screening room. Due to FAB’s activism, in October 2005, the City sold the block’s arts tenants 8 properties for $8 and designated it a Cultural District - one of only three official arts districts in the City."  Source

Balloons on East 4th Street. East Village, New York City.

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East 4th Street in the East Village is not only the home to the most cheerful and colorful copy shop I have seen in downtown Manhattan (shown here in this post) but it is also one of three official arts districts in all of New York City. This designation is largely due to the diligent efforts of the Fourth Arts Block organization (also known as FAB). From their site:

"Before Broadway was "Broadway," the Theater District was on the Lower East Side. Straddling the Vaudeville and Yiddish theaters of 2nd Avenue and the dance halls and saloons of the Bowery, E. 4th has literally been at the center of New York City arts & culture since the early 19th century. Today East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery is home to more than a dozen arts groups, 12 theaters, 8 dance & rehearsal studios, 3 film editing suites and 1 screening room. Due to FAB’s activism, in October 2005, the City sold the block’s arts tenants 8 properties for $8 and designated it a Cultural District - one of only three official arts districts in the City." Source