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Local wanderings

18 Jul
the name says it all

the name says it all

Last weekend, I spent an afternoon wandering Greenpoint with a friend.  Even though I am coming up on my one-year anniversary in NYC, there is still so much more to explore.  I am finding my way around these days, and can somewhat navigate the subway system, but there is still so much more to explore!

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One of my favorite things to do when traveling is just to wander around and see cities by foot.  I spent so much of my time in India, Vietnam and South America just wandering.  Visiting different neighborhoods, wandering into coffee shops, trying to get a glimpse of what life is like.  In NYC, it is no different.

But, one of the things that I particularly like to do in NYC is to check out all of the street art, as it is amazing, free and abundant!  And Greenpoint did not disappoint.  First off, it is on the water, which was pretty cool to check out.

the view from Greenpoint

the view from Greenpoint

And there were a bunch of abandoned buildings that were great tableaus for local artists.

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Here are some more pictures from Greenpoint — come check it out!

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During my visit to San Francisco, I will be on the look-out as well.

Surprises

3 Jun

Sometimes the push is worth it.  This weekend, I headed out to Bushwick for the Open Studios art weekend.

Being the daughter of a writer and an artist, I have been around wildly creative people my whole life – and appreciate the commitment, talent and tenacity it takes to be an artist.  At the same time, I have not made my community to be one of artists and craftspeople.  So visiting studios and seeing people’s work is a bit like coming home for me.

I saw some amazing art work this weekend – from some amazing paintings by Tim Okamura that blew my mind a little (portraits of women as boxers, though the women themselves are not boxers, with butterflies in the background – I am SO not doing it justice, but if you can – check out his work) to wooden sculptures that were … well, kind of like cranes – with counterweights of various materials.  And these sculptures were all different sizes, including one that stretched across half of the wall.  I am not doing either of these mens’ work justice – but trust me, it was wildly impressive.

But the highlight of the day?  Well, Tim and his work was definitely high up there, but… the street art in Bushwick.  It blew my mind.  Here are some samples of what I saw.

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get there.