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New York State of Mind :: Part 1Saturday, September 21, 2013
THE UNEXPLAINABLE CHARM of New York City has an enormous hold over me. Immersing myself into the culture, people and stores gave me better insight toward the fast paced life in the city. For those who have been reading my blog, I went to New York in collaboration with Bloomingdales x Free People and it was an unforgettable experience. I do not have all the pictures yet but I will post them and tell you guys all about the shoot when they are in my possession! Anyways, I spent the rest of the afternoon and the next morning exploring the Big Apple and in my opinion, New York definitely lived up to the hype. Unfortunately, the humidity made the heat unbearable - nothing I have ever experienced in California!
For my 2 nights and 2 days in New York, I stayed at The James in SoHo. It is one of the newer hotels and it's pretty neat though I must say the atmosphere of the concierge area is a bit depressing. However, the view from the Jimmy on the rooftop was spectacular (first picture). For my expedition, I visited Washington Square Park and then I ventured to the Flatiron Building. I walked pass Flatiron and did not realize I was already at my destination until I turned around! It's unique design held my attention so I did the typical touristy thing and I took a bunch of pictures. When I got back to the hotel, I did some quick research and found that Robert Hooper's Nighthawks replica can be seen at the prow of Flatiron. So the next morning, I went back to Flatiron and was able to capture a picture of it! I then made my way to Times Square and a large amount of tourists were walking around with maps in their hands. I believe it would be better to explore the city when it is cooler... it was way to hot to enjoy the city in its entirety. Most of the buildings in New York have some sort of construction occurring above so random water drops might hit you...ew!!! Also, a plethora of people smoke and some of the streets reek from mysterious odors! Since I was already in the area, I decided to visit my final landmark, New York Public Library. I bet the Marchesa fashion show, which was situated in the library, was breathtaking. It is the prettiest library I have ever seen - made me feel like I was in Hogwarts! Hope you guys enjoy my pictures!