City Lights

City Lights

View of the Southern Part of Manhattan in the Evening

Feeling Hot? Jump into a Dumpster Pool on Park Avenue

That’s right, I said “Dumpster Pool.” On Saturday morning, I got up early, met some friends and went to the Summer Streets Festival. This is the third annual Summer Streets Festival, run by the Department of Transportation, where they shut down Park Avenue from downtown all the way up to Central Park for a few glorious hours.

I started heading uptown from around 23rd street, where all the Whole Foods free food was laid out for you to try! They had all sorts of delicious treats, like my favorite, gelato.

Next stop, a free class from Crunch. Anyone could choose various classes from exercise to dance classes, provided by various vendors throughout the city.

The paths were marked off, pedestrians on the right, bikers on the left. At the fest, you could choose to rent bicycles or rollerblades for free. You can even have your bike or blades fixed for for you.

Many people chose to ride with their pets!

Some put them in baby carriers and rode along, happily.

It was pretty great to be able to walk leisurely in the middle of Park Ave., where taxis are usually roaring past you quickly.

I had […read more…]

Sunbathing in the City

When there’s only a bit of grass in your city, you sunbathe on your fire escape. I thought this was a great photo of typical New York City summer scene. First, it was the girl who was laying out on a simple towel, but later, a guy came by and called up to her. The girl threw down the key to the guy and a few minutes later, the man appeared in her window, took of his shirt and sat down with her. It was definitely a sweet sight and a very New York moment.

Manhattanhenge

As you all know, I have a passion for photography. I found out about Manhattenhenge from my friend, Joanna, who is another lawyer into photography. This is one day of the year where the sun perfectly lines up with the street and you can get some really interesting photos. So, you can see all the crazy photographers running into the middle of the street when the light changes to take photos! You only have a matter of seconds to get your shot, so everyone is aggressively taking photos.

There’s really a lot of ways to take interesting photos of the day. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to take HDR photographs. This time, I chose not to do that, but my husband did. He took 7 photographs on a tripod and we post processed them by combining them in Photomatix Pro. The result is beautiful. I begrudgingly will admit that he definitely took the better photos today.

I decided to use my 18-200 lens and zoom in on the interesting Times Square stuff on 42nd Street, while the sun hit the street. I had my ISO set at 1000 and my Fstop was at 22. I had my […read more…]

The 80’s Attack with Awesome 80’s Prom!

I had a BLAST tonight at the Awesome 80’s Prom with my friend, Donnell. The fun started as we approached Webster Hall, with the actors already in character outside.

We dressed up in our 80’s clothing and headed out to party it up with the students of the Class of 1989! I wore my skinny jeans and David Bowie Shirt with star plastic earrings as a tribute to Gem and Donnell wore a Blondie shirt with Zebra skirt.

We danced and sang 80’s songs and interacted with the class actors. I got my picture taken with “MC Hammer.”

Donnell went up to the nerd homecoming nominee and chatted him up a bit. This is how their conversation went:

“Hey, it’s guys like you that I love. Wanna know why?”

“Why?”

“Because you do things like grow up and start Microsoft.”

He looked dumbfounded in his retainer and said, “What’s Mi-crow-soft?”

Even Screech —errr..I mean Dustin Diamond from Saved by the Bell was there! I feel him with the Celebrity Fit Club and could swap stories with him! And for all of you who don’t think he’s awesome, come here so I can punch you. So, […read more…]

Concert Night

Tonight, after I worked out, I went to see Joe Firstman at the Rockwood Music Hall. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, you should check him out. He’s incredible and you will love his music. I’m going to write a more in-depth post about him this weekend, but for now, I’ll just post a photo of him. I will tell you that it was incredible and had extra suprises, but I will share those soon!

Breakfast: Apple Pancakes with Walnuts and Bacon.

Lunch: Whole Wheat Noodles with Beef. Of course, hot peppers were added.

Dinner: Thai Ginger Meatballs with Rice Noodles and Bok Choy

Happy 4th of July!

There was a ton of much needed R & R this weekend. My hubby actually woke up around 2:30PM. By the time he woke up, I was up for 3.5 hours. I was already finished with laundry and dishes, read for an hour and researched some travel ideas.

We went to our friend’s apartment in Tribeca to watch Fireworks right on the Hudson River. My hubby and I worked together on these shots. To get a good shot, we set our ISO to its lowest normal level (in the case of our D3s, 200), set focus manually at infinity, and set exposure to around f/9 or f/11 with about a 4 second shutter speed (we played with these somewhat throughout the night). For a shutter speed this low you need to set your camera on a tripod, and it’s best to use a remote shutter release and mirror lockup mode if you have that available.

It was warm and breezy on the roof and the view was spectacular. During the show, random people would burst into songs like “God Bless America,” and “America the Beautiful,” and the rest of the crowd would join in. I loved […read more…]

Long Weekend Ahead

I saw this lady with a bird on her shoulder in the subway. At first, she was not happy with me taking photos and turned away, but later, she came over by me and asked me if I wanted to hold the bird. I saw my train coming, so I declined her offer. She kept speaking to me as I told her that my train was here and even as I walked onto it. I felt a little bad that I had to hop on and couldn’t finish my conversation, but I needed to meet my hubby and plan out some fun stuff for the weekend.

Breakfast: Strawberry Almond Rhubarb Loaf

Lunch: Italian Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Lemon Asparagus Risotto.

Dinner: Chicken with Zuchini, Eggplant, String Beans and Cabbage.

Free Hugs

I saw this guy giving away free hugs in Times Square. I don’t think he was one of the “free hugs” people that you see all over New York. He seemed to be a rogue hugger.

He had an amusing sign, which made me laugh, especially with the juxtaposition of the very serious look on his face. In true New York fashion, he asked me for money after I snapped his shot. I politely declined. It made me wonder if the hugs were actually free.

Breakfast: Cheese Crepe with Spinach.

Lunch: Whole Wheat Mac and Lite Cheese with Broccoli. I can truly say that it is VERY difficult to eat a tiny plate of mac and cheese!

Dinner: Tilapia with Veggies.

Official Release of Twilight

My sister-in-law came into town to see the triple feature and official release of Eclipse tonight. From 6:30PM-2:30AM, we were in the theatre. That meant, I skipped my workout, but that was fine to do one day, in order to see the book series come to life! I was very sleep deprived the next day, but it was worth it! A 1000 people filled the theatre that day in just Regal Battery Park and it was the largest world wide release ever!

The only full meal I ate today was breakfast: Salmon on a Multigrain Muffin. Grapefruit.

Semi-Dinner: I had some junk at the movie theatre. I ate popcorn and sour skittles. I’m pretty sure those things added up to my 1300 allotted calories a day!

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