Gallery Mondays: “Balloon Flower” by Jeff Koons

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Now, I’m aware that flowers are the last thing that come to mind when it’s almost the third week into winter in NYC, but we’re making an exception for today’s Gallery Mondays.

I saw “Balloon Flower,” a balloon-shaped, stainless steel sculpture of a flower, while headed to the 9/11 Memorial Museum with a friend in December. Jeff Koons, the same artist behind the blue gazing ball on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album cover, created the sculpture.

The sculpture is part of Koons’ collection called Celebration. He has also created the same sculpture in yellow, blue, magenta, and orange. This red one sits in front of BMCC’s Fiterman Hall in the middle of a fountain.

See the blue version of “Balloon Flower” and the rest of the pieces from Celebration over on Jeff Koons’ website.

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The High Line NYC in the Fall

The last time I visited the High Line was May of this year. It was springtime, so all of the flowers were in full bloom and the colors were so bright and lively.

When I visited this month, most of the flowers were drying up. Instead of the bright pinks and orange flowers that are around in the spring, fall at the High Line looks very brown, yellow, red, and green.

It’s still quite beautiful. Just a different kind of beautiful.

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November vs. May at the High Line NYC

To add to the differences, this time I entered High Line at 23rd Street and walked down to 13th. Last time, I walked with my friends from 18th Street up to 23rd.

Since I walked farther down this time, I saw three new interesting things.

Liquor Store Attendant by George Condo

Liquor Store Attendant by George Condo

1. Let’s just say this is a very interesting looking liquor store attendant.

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

2. Florent Morellet’s eyes follow you when you move around in front of him. I know for a fact that I’m wasn’t just seeing things, because my friend Vickie said the same.

Pan by Sean Landers

Pan by Sean Landers

3. Greek mythology on the High Line! I was instantly reminded of Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I was shocked to see how different the High Line looks when the season changes. Maybe I’ll go see how it looks covered in snow this winter.

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Gantry Plaza State Park and East River Ferry

Gantry and East River Ferry

Yesterday I went to visit Gantry Plaza State Park with my friend Kristell.

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During senior year of high school back in May 2012, a trip to this very park was planned for Senior Skip Day.

But we were such good students that we didn’t go.

That and my rough draft in creative writing was being peer critiqued that day.

So about a year later we finally got to visit the park.

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Kristell and I on one of the cool wooden park chairs

Its a very lovely park. Gantry is located in Long Island City, right along the East River, so you can see the buildings in the city from there.

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The view was just breathtaking.

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After strolling through the park for a while, we decided to try to find the East River Ferry.

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We got lost and had to ask for directions. Twice.

So much for iPhone maps, eh?

In our defense, there was construction everywhere.

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PicsArt_1371144316555 View from the Gantry ferry dock.

The $4 ferry ride from Gantry to 34th Street was short. The second level of the boat was so cool! We could see all of the Manhattan skyline from there. I was in awe.

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If you’re ever in Long Island City looking for something touristy to do, this should be on your list. Take a trip to Gantry, enjoy the skyline, and then take the ferry into the city for some sightseeing.

Enjoy some footage from Gantry and the East River Ferry!

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!