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NYC Vintage Train Swing & Jazz Festival 2017

NYC Vintage Train Swing & Jazz Festival 2017

I firmly believe that everyone should attend at least one vintage-themed event in their lifetime. Let’s face it: it’s the closest we’ll ever come to experiencing time-travel, (unless you know something I don’t.) So you can imagine my utter delight when I found out the […]

Autumnal Prospect Park

Autumnal Prospect Park

I spent my very lazy Sunday afternoon wandering Prospect Park. After finding the Audubon Center, I climbed my way to the balcony and found this spectacular view of vibrant foliage framing the Lullwater Bridge. Near Boulder Bridge, I found a bed of massive leaves; multi-colored […]

Carroll Gardens in October

Carroll Gardens in October

With nearly every brownstone decorated for All Hollow’s Eve, it was hard to not get into the spirit of it. I don’t celebrate Halloween myself, but I keep with the Americanized tradition of ‘This is the Time of Year You Get Spooked for Kicks’. Though […]

Atlantic Antic 2017

Atlantic Antic 2017

Atlantic Avenue’s annual ode to the diverse cultures and communities of our beloved Brooklyn has once again delivered on its word. From my left, a Cuban band loudly sings asĀ lingering notes of amor and corazĆ³nĀ resound.Ā On my right, a kindly Rasta fellow donning traditional kaftan garb […]

Hiking Watkins Glen

Hiking Watkins Glen

Driving through the Finger Lakes region in Upstate NY, with a short stopover in Watkins Glen, was super beautiful. So many vineyards! Our tour group’s drive up to Canada was just underway and our coordinator thought it best to give us some place to explore. […]

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain

The Hudson Highlands hold many treasures; one of them being Bear Mountain. I remember coming here once when I was a kid on a family outing, so it will come as no surprise that my second visit here was by way of another family outing. […]

Stamford Retreat 2017

Stamford Retreat 2017

For the past 3 years, I’ve taken annual summer trips to Stamford, NY in Delaware County. I come here for an all-women’s Torah retreat which leaves me feeling spiritual, inspired, and full of sisterly love. Though the grounds haven’t changed much from any of my […]

Sakura Matsuri 2017

Sakura Matsuri 2017

ā€˜Sakura Matsuriā€™ in Japanese translates to ā€˜Cherry Blossom Festivalā€™. This event is held all over the world to celebrate regrowth and continued friendship between the U.S. and Japan. (After all, Japan did gift us with 3,000 cherry trees back in 1912.) Our histories and connectivity […]

My First Visit to Ellis Island

My First Visit to Ellis Island

I need to preface this post by saying it took me 20-something years to finally visit the most incredible island in all of NY. This place echoes endless tales of unification, acceptance, freedom, and hope. I truly wish every tourist (and resident) gives Ellis Island […]

Hello, Lady Liberty

Hello, Lady Liberty

After reading an article that mentioned in a few years time, the Statue of Liberty may no longer be open to visitors, I felt an immediate need to rush to Lower Manhattan and grab the next ferry heading out. Lady Liberty represents so much more […]