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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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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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Buy “East Village Balloons - St. Mark’s Place - New York City” Posters and Prints here, email me, or ask for help.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Brooklyn, New York City

One of my absolute favorite parades is taking place this coming Saturday and I cannot wait to attend! I go to this parade almost every year because it is one of the most outrageous and (in my opinion) unique parades that exists here in New York City. Where else can you find people dressed as mermaids, mermen, sea creatures in one spot? Every time I attend this parade my face hurts so much from smiling and laughing which is a total win in my book. :)

Click through to view a tiny fraction of the photos I took at last year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade (I included 11 of my favorite photos). You can view the full set (with tons more photos) here in my Flickr set: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade .

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About the parade (for the curious): Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island’s forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.

The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.

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St. Mark’s Place party balloons. East Village, New York City.

Before I run off to do birthday things, since today is my birthday (yes!), I wanted to share this lovely festive photo of balloons blowing in the wind on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village along with some information about how to find me on Google Currents. 

It turns out that I am now a curator on Google Currents and this means that you can now view my photos and posts on your Android, iPhone and iPad. I really love the layout and how feeds look on Google Currents. I hope you do too. You can find me there by clicking here: 

Vivienne Gucwa’s New York City photography on Google Currents

I have been having a really wonderful birthday week. I will post more about the new lens I received as an early birthday gift on Monday in another post. Suffice to say that I am having a blast and there are cupcakes on my current agenda. How can you go wrong with that?!


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St. Mark’s Place party balloons. East Village, New York City.

Before I run off to do birthday things, since today is my birthday (yes!), I wanted to share this lovely festive photo of balloons blowing in the wind on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village along with some information about how to find me on Google Currents.

It turns out that I am now a curator on Google Currents and this means that you can now view my photos and posts on your Android, iPhone and iPad. I really love the layout and how feeds look on Google Currents. I hope you do too. You can find me there by clicking here:

Vivienne Gucwa’s New York City photography on Google Currents

I have been having a really wonderful birthday week. I will post more about the new lens I received as an early birthday gift on Monday in another post. Suffice to say that I am having a blast and there are cupcakes on my current agenda. How can you go wrong with that?!

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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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Buy “Balloons - East Village - New York City” Posters and Prints here, View my store, email me, or ask for help.

Amusement park swing ride. Coney Island. Brooklyn, New York City

Summer is: wind in the hair, warm sun on bare skin, laughter blended with the sound of amusement park whirs, ice cream cones that drip from melting too quickly and a face that hurts from smiling too broadly. 


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Amusement park swing ride. Coney Island. Brooklyn, New York City

Summer is: wind in the hair, warm sun on bare skin, laughter blended with the sound of amusement park whirs, ice cream cones that drip from melting too quickly and a face that hurts from smiling too broadly.

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View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page

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Buy “Summer at Coney Island” Posters and Prints here, View my store, email me, or ask for help.