Seaport’s Smorgasburg & More

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If you’re visiting New York, you might be told to “check out Smorgasburg” on the weekends. It was really cool the first time I went because you have many of the hottest vendors all in one place (but hang onto your wallets because you will want to try a little here and there!). It’s definitely an experience where you should bring friends or family along to try everything.  I mean everything. 🙂

Before, you could only find Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and the Brooklyn Bridge pier, but two new locations opened up last weekend: Coney Island in Brooklyn, and Seaport, Manhattan.  Plus, both of them are opened daily. I had a chance to pop by the opening weekend with some good friends and shot some pictures along the way. Seaport has completely transformed since it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy but its historic roots haven’t changed and is definitely worth visiting this summer! Here are a couple of highlights:  

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One World Trade Center

Thanks to special tickets from my sister-in-law, during this Memorial Day weekend, we went up to the pre-public opening of the new One World Trade Center. It was definitely an emotional step towards the site at first. It was exciting as the structure gives new life and an incredible view, but nerve-racking as it brought up some memories of the past.

12 years later since 9/11… 10,000 workers… 104 floors… 1,776 feet… One World was spectacular. I don’t know if it’s because of my love for a city that I’m beginning to know like the back of my hand or if it was the anticipation from the elevator up to the presentation room before the observatory. It was surprise after surprise, and at one point I think a tear may have shed from the beauty of the sight.  I would explain more, but it would seriously take away the element of surprise that it gave when I was there! For those who think they may never go and really want to see, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to send you a video of the experience! 

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Frank Sinatra said it right –

If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you, New York, New York.

One of the most beautiful places to me is the skyline view of Manhattan. No matter what, I never get tired of it. There’s just something magical about this city – the people, the talent, the diversity, the adrenaline rush. If you can make it through this city, you can definitely make it anywhere. Though there are some seemingly impossible people on days you just can’t tolerate, you learn to embrace the uniqueness of the hustle and bustle city that once was just a landscape of green back in the 1600s. I wouldn’t trade this place for the world.

Thanks to simple technology today, I can take panoramic view photos right on my phone and share them with you. Happy mid-week, New York! 🙂

xoxo

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The Sock Monkey that started it all

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I remember on my 29th birthday, people said to me “Enjoy the last year in your twenties!” What did that mean? Are the 30s really that much different? Is there a list of things that I’m supposed to have done and if I don’t, I should scream in my pillow and start pulling my hair? (Though even without pulling, they just love to fall on the ground little by little!) There are even countless articles, blog posts, and videos related to “What to do in your twenties.”  Does this mean life is gonna change drastically?  Ahhh, the questions! 

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2 and counting…!

When people hear “May 4th,” they think of Star Wars right away!

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There’s even an entire page from CNN today dedicated to what you can do on this day of the year. Click here to read!

But in my household, it’s a different kind of force.

Sharing our special day (and slightly cheesy puns) with everyone-
It’s our 2 year anniversary. Whoo-hoo! 😀  A special thank you to my husband for always supporting me, for making me laugh, for pushing me to do almost everything I dream of doing and learning (and that includes Australiaaaaaa!), and cooking me the most deeelicious foods. Aren’t you so proud of me for making my own meme? 🙂 I can’t wait to celebrate our 3rd, our 4th, our 50th, and alllllll the way till we both get white hair, fake teeth, and personalized canes.
Happy anniversary! <3

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Birds Beyond Pigeons and Gulls!

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Thank you for the lovely emails (and for being forgiven!) I’m taking things one step at a time and balancing all the work with nice walks in the spring weather! Last week, a friend I met during last year’s Maine and Hog Island trip visited NYC. While I took her around the city for a bit, she took me birdwatching within the beautiful Central Park. It was the perfect day to do it, and we had such a good time!

Of course all the while I was birdwatching and catching up, I was thinking of photos to take and post so you can learn along with me.  So here they are! This whole newfound love for birds began with my second grade’s bird study with the children – you’d be amazed how amazing birds actually are!

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