not in new york city

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I've had very little time to blog these days or really do anything at all apart from work, but I am so appreciative of all your kind notes of concern about my whereabouts! I am in DC, at a desk most of the time, but the weather is just so absolutely amazing that I can't help but sneak out at any given opportunity.

The lack of tall buildings means I am constantly looking up to open, wide, sweeping canvases of sky.

I am enamored with the patterns of clouds and birds, the contrast of sky blue, cloud white and changing leaves.

The city feels like a ghost town to me, nearly empty compared to the constant bustle and human crush of New York City. The sidewalks, subways and everything else is just so wide and open and spacious. It feels like you can really breathe here.

I'll be back again soon, I promise!


Today's Soundtrack
Camera Obscura - Lemon Juice and Papercuts

i ♥ new york - The Cloisters... and an idea.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

This might be the last I ♥ New York post for a while, mostly because starting next week I am going to be chained to my desk through to election day and there will be precious little time to be out and about in this glorious city. I feel like I'm stating to sound like a tour guide... don't I? But that got me thinking - what if I could be your tour guide to New York City? Is there anywhere in New York City you want to know more about? I could go visit, take photos, jot down some notes and then post about it here... what do you think? If that sounds appealing to you at all - just let me know in the comments!

For now though, indulge me once more, if you will, as I take you to one of my favorite places...

With its winding paths, deep, sudden drops, sweeping views of the Hudson river and the Jersey coast, great, shady trees and a incredible variety of flora, Fort Tryon Park is one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

Tucked away close to the northern most tip of Manhattan Island, it is probably best known as the setting for The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focused on Medieval art. The museum is actually built like a cloister - and I highly reccomend visiting it, but it's the gorgeous park that surrounds the museum that keeps me coming back time and time again.

Particularly at this time of the year, when nature tries to make up for the chill in the air by overloading our eyes with warm colors, walking under the changing leaves transports me somewhere else.

Ivy covered walls plunge down to roads below, making me feel so far removed from the madness of the city, all the way on the tip top of a mountain.

The contrast of stone and leaf is so beautiful - and ever changing, from spot to spot.

A few more photos on Flickr.


Today's Soundtack
Vampire Weekend - Ottoman