It’s Summer!

The sun is shinning, cherry blossoms are blooming, and the grass is growing, it is summer ladies and gentleman! That means outdoor brunches, tanning in the park, and most importantly no more homework. After an intense week of finals it feels good to actually enjoy the weather we’ve been having here in New York. I’m no longer trapped in the library like a prisoner longing for the outdoors, I have my freedom, and it is called summer!

Although summer means going home to California, I did get to cram in a few of my favorite summer spots before I left.

First, I went to Central Park. I spent a whole Sunday wandering around the park taking pictures, people watching, and found the perfect grassy spot under the shade of a tree to read, All The Light We Cannot See. Nothing like a good book on a perfect summer day. It seemed like all of New York had the same idea as well. It was crowded but there was such a great energy, everyone so happy, so excited to be there.

Another day I went to the Highline. I wandered around Chelsea and TriBeCa for a while photographing the architecture and flowers before meeting my best friend on the renovated train tracks. The Highline is one of my favorite places in New York. It is an elevated freight train track that was abandoned and recently renovated into a public park. It runs from the Meatpacking District to Chelsea, it is currently expanding, and is completely elevated offering some of the most amazing views of the city and the Hudson. The charming tracks peak out of the wild gardens, the path goes between warehouses and high rises, there are colorful murals and food vendors and street artists. It’s a fresh new take on parks that everyone should enjoy.

Lastly, one of my favorite places is the Staten Island Ferry. Hold the scoff, I know sometimes it sucks, I use it all the time for my commute into Manhattan. Like any other form of public transportation it can be really crappy, rude people, crowds, tourists, busy commuters, all on one boat. Other times, it can be really nice. On a warm summer’s day, sitting on the outside upper deck, watching the sunset over the skyline, it can be pretty magical.

While people flee the city for the summer for the Hamptons or California, like myself, I highly recommend staying. There is so much to do and enjoy. The days are longer and offer so much, and the nights are warm and fun and offer even more. Take advantage of this special, magical time, because before you know it, the leaves will be changing and school will be starting, and summer will be only a memory.

Boats on Conservatory Water.
Guys scootering down the steps to Bethesda Fountain
Child roller blading with his father.
I was stopped by a photographer while I was reading, she wanted to photograph me in front of the flowers. I was having a pretty good hair day.
Another shot from my spontaneous photoshoot.
Bethesda Terrace
View of Essex House from Central Park
The gorgeous tiled ceiling of the Bethesda Terrace
View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry


Little boys goofing around and enjoying the view from the Staten Island Ferry.
My favorite view: the Manhattan skyline.
But really, look how amazing this view is.
My favorite lady.
The birds chase the ferry, it turns into quite the race.
The sun setting over New Jersey.
Chelsea Market
The yummiest looking cookies in the Chelsea Market
Tacombi food truck
An awesome sign.
Mural on the Highline
The train tracks peeping through
I’m in love with this window.
I really love flowers.
This white door just seems so fresh and clean.
It’s the details.
Art is everywhere.
ughh look at that ivy.
You’re a cherry blossom. You’re about to bloom. You look so pretty but you’re gone so soon.
But like, I really like flowers.
I really want to EAT here.
The buildings are so pretty.
In love with this door.
Even flowers have their dangers.

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