August 19, 2019
Hello! I am back… I had a WOOnderful trip to New York and saw many new things! Learned so much too! This city is so loaded with things to do, I think this is my 9th? 10th time there? And there is always something new to discover. My mind stays buzzing with its sounds and views for days… and much inspiration too. But one thing I never miss is having to avoid running into people coming from all directions…so exhausting! I am so relieved for the space I have in Boston… and trees! How thankful I am that Boston is a pretty green city too.
So I decided to repost the beautiful images from Jung Il-woo in his 2012 New York visit when he modeled for First Look Magazine and combine them with some of the highlights of my trip to New York. Ready?
I think what I enjoyed the most on this trip was a place called “The Vessel” at Hudson Yards, a new place full of glass buildings that are still being built. This structure is the centerpiece of this place. A climbable structure that looks like a rib cage and consists of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, with almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings. (Cr. footwearnews. com) It is very popular in Instagram, that’s how I found out about it. I arrived late in the afternoon in time to see the sunset from it and thus enjoyed it by day and night. I delighted in taking photos… it is a photographer’s playground!
This last photo marked a very special moment when a man proposed to his sweetheart right in this heart! Everyone cheered and clapped. Then about 5 minutes later, the heart was gone.
The photo coming up is probably my favorite… in fact I think it’s my best photo of the whole trip…
I loved walking among all the reflections and very high end buildings in Hudson Yards, but inside I wished they were somehow greener. The Earth really does not need more glass buildings… and all the smoke…
…talking about smoking… here are the ones where Jung Il-woo is smoking.. hot!
I visited 4 art related exhibits, of all these I will share a bit of one here, thought I will probably share a bit of all in Instagram…
This was “Beyond the Streets.” An exhibit about street art: Graffiti. It covered the whole New York history of the medium… it was so fascinating. I realize now how much I’m drawn to street art lately… it just seems so real to me… I love how many of these artists are self made, telling their feelings, the story of their lives and so talented! I don’t like it when it is destructive though, I like it when it tells a truth, it enlightens… So I will place a few photos in this post and the rest HERE. The exhibit was held in a huge compound in Brooklyn on the 5th and 6th floor, so the views of Manhattan from there were stunning… and it was beautiful sunny day!
Yes… that is my second best photo in this trip I believe! Just WOOw!!!
This last photo comes from the recreation of a teenager’s room and his designs… it was unbelievable! The talent! The amount of work!
Hungry for Jung Il-woo… well here he is consuming… even a newspaper!
I tried a few ‘nifty’ food on this trip… for the first time and about time!!! I had my first New York Bagel. Do you know what a bagel is? A bagel is a bread product, round like a donut. Though it was started by Jewish people in Poland, it really became what it is today in North America, particularly in New York. They boast to have the best bagels in the world. I went to a place listed as one of the best: Baz Bagel and restaurant. I had what is called a “lox and a schmear” which is cooked salmon with cream cheese. A bagel staple! My bagel was different to the usual though… it was a rainbow bagel!
That’s what they usually look like, this was mine:
Yes! It was as delicious as it was colorful! Yummmm! I loved the look of the place too… it had a 1950’s air to it even though it is only about 5 years old. I loved how it was very green… almost no plastic!!! Way to go!
Another treat I had was a Japanese ice cream. I had a red bean/green tea soft serve ice cream! It came served in a cute fish waffle cone, that had red bean in it! It was so good! I was a bit hesitant, but I decided to go for it instead of my usual which would have been a chocolate one… I’m so glad I expanded my ice cream horizon! Koreans eat sweet red beans in many of their treats.
Last but not least, I’d like to share some of the froggies I encountered on my trip there. Jung Il-woo was always with me, one of my tour guides was 1/2 Korean and I also visited Korea Town… had a delicious Ramen, in honor of my favorite character of his… you know who…Cha Chi-soo! So here he is jumping (and swimming) all over New York!
This last one was funny… I ran behind this man trying to capture this photo he walked so fast! It is now I notice the beautiful smiles of the people in front of me as they must have thought I looked funny or absolutely crazy! 🙂
Did you notice in the last two photos something? There is a dog next to the frog… that;s Awoo who is always by Ilwoo’s side! 🙂
Last for now for those hard dying fans like me… here is a double treat. The video from Jung Il-woo’s 1st Look Photo shoot and my last glance of New York City as I rode the train back to Boston in a gorgeous sunset… this trip could not have ended in a better view! I am always so thankful to the divine energy that makes my life so blessed!
New York…There is really no place like it… it holds both the best and worst of humanity and certainly the biggest melting pot in the world! My 1/2 Korean tour guide told me that in Brooklyn there is a famous block where the people who live there speak over 70 different languages! Can you imagine!!!?!!!