Have to admit, being in the open water at first was frightening. As we sailed away from New York, all you can see around was endless water. We were at the mercy of the ocean. Our cabin was upgraded to the one with a balcony. Looking down, the water seemed so close.
Carnival Splendor sails from New York to BostonPosted on Sep 13th 2015
Next stop Boston.
Leaving New YorkPosted on Sep 13th 2015
Map of Carnival Splendor East Coast routePosted on Sep 10th 2015
In a few days, we will board the Carnival Splendor cruise ship and will sail following this route. Starting from New York, NY to Boston, MA then to Portland, ME. Followed by a day at sea. Then we will arrive in Halifax, NS. The last stop will be Saint John, NB before we will turn back, spend another day at sea before returning to NY.
FitBit’s Sahara BadgePosted on May 10th 2015
As I was walking into my loft, the FitBit app cheerfully announced that I had earned a new badge. The Sahara badge to be exact for walking 2,983 miles, which coincidentally is the length of the Sahara Desert. It seemed to have taken me 2 years to walk that distance. Guess if I ever get stuck in the Saraha Desert, I know how long it will take me to get out of there.
Walking on the TracksPosted on Apr 21st 2015
Today I took a walk on the newly renovated High Line on the West side of Manhattan. I noticed it the other week while walking around getting my step count and decided to make time to check it out the following weekend. The second level walking linear park stretches for 1.45 miles connecting Gansevoort Street to 34th.
A few interesting historical facts I learned from reading the posters along the way. The High Line was build between 1929 and 1934 to eliminate street level train crossing and to allow for efficient deliveries of products and produce into the warehouses and factories up and down the West Side. The decline of manufacturing in 1950s and 60s decreased the train traffic and the High Line fell into a state of disuse.
The last train rolled down in 1980. After that for nearly two decades it sat unused until in 2002 the commitment was made to convert the High Line into a public park. Between 2009 and 2014 the different phases were completed and open to the public.
As I have learned the other day during the Walking Workshop, the re-development of High Line led to $900MM of real estate investment in the neighborhood displacing a large portion of the population. However, the developers have realized that and have been trying to introduce new public programming to engage local lower income residents.
Public Space and Sphere of WilliamsburgPosted on Apr 19th 2015
One day sitting in a coffee shop my attention was caught by a pile of flyers at the end of the bar. One of them was advertising a Walking Workshop around Williamsburg. It seemed like it would be a great way to learn more about the neighborhood I’ve have enjoyed living in for the past year.
As it turned out the Walking Workshops were a limited time series, organized by Julia Borowicz and Larissa Begault as part of their graduate thesis. The duo are students at the Parsons Urban Practice Graduate Program and have partnered up to work together.
Starting at the Williamsburg waterfront the 2 hour tour had 10 stops on the way, including Bushwick Inlet, Entertainment District, McCarren Park, Domino Site and Grand Street Ferry Park. At each site Julia and Larissa talked about the past and present uses of the space, and future plans, outlining how the changes due to re-zoning and re-development had impacted the social and economic dynamic of the neighbourhood.
It was interesting to learn that the transformation of the public space would result in a negative impact on the existing population, where the resulting increase in land prices would displace the local residents that can no longer afford it. It was also interesting that those who have contributed to the authenticity of the space making it appealing and popular, such as artists who first moved to Williamsburg, were the first ones to be displaced.
|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week TeaserPosted on May 16th 2013
|FAT| Arts & Fashion WeekPosted on May 02nd 2013
FAT week was an intense 5 days of shows, performances and other fun stuff. Got to see and meet very promising emerging designers. The photographers in the pit were a fun bunch. I myself managed to take about 5,000 photos and realized I need to get a tripod for my iPhone as my hands were getting tired. And another note to myself, need more ribbons… the black ribbons I brought with me were a huge help when trying to reinvent my hairstyle for each day.