2) CENTRAL PARK.
People rarely think about the fact that smack dab in the middle of this crazy, hectic, a-mile-a-minute island, is a giant, sprawling, spacious and nature ridden park; a suburb of sorts—mostly taken for granted, and sometimes associated with maybe not so nice things, like muggings, and the central park jogger.But when you look at it from say, a birds eye view, your whole perspective can change. This really is an amazing site. It fills so many functions, and can be so many different things to different people; a date, a jog, a Sunday stroll, a first date, an ice skating rink, an art space, a Revlon cancer walk, a soccer day, and the list goes on and on.
One of the best things about central park is that it’s a simple pleasure, and there’s not many of those. You can spend the day in it, and you don’t have to spend relatively any money. You can sit out in the great lawn, take a carousel ride for $2.50, have a hot dog, or a pretzel, and lounge around listening to classical music for free. A simple, and yet ideal sounding day. And isn’t that what living is all about.
3) The Kentucky Derby.
We’ve all been there. All that buildup, all that tension, planning, what to do, what to wear, and then 4 minutes later, it’s all over. And then there’s also Horse Racing. Specifically this weekend,the Derby,the race that starts off the whole season and brings crazy, large hats and mint juleps from near and far. For the past few years I’ve gone to the Belmont Stakes, where the sloppy girls think they’re at a high class event, and there is less julep sipping, and more beer chugging. But if you have the opportunity to go to a themed party, put on your best party dress, scrounge up your cutest hat, and sip away. This year is making history, as Rosie Napravnik becomes the first female jockey to have a spot at the title. And of course she’s gonna take it; she ‘s a red head after all.
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4) Something Borrowed. First I read the book. I loved it. Then I gave it to my friend to read. She loved it. it is now on it’s 3rd reader, and has become the ultimate “borrowed” item between my friends. Now, the movie is finally here. So get your girls together, plan a corny, sappy, girly afternoon and go check it out. We can only hope it lives up to the book. But if casting is any indication, I will be pleased.
5) The Festival of Ideas for the New City. This new, first annual event led me to the website Bowery boogie.This find, is a website all about new ways to express your creativity on the island; a website devoted completely to ‘downtown’. And though I don’t completely exude that air, I am proud to be a tried and true down-towner. There is a distinct difference between downtown neighborhoods as well, but that’s for another time. The festival takes place between May 4th – 8th, and one of the most exciting events during it is the Bowery Gates.
This got me thinking about the little things we see every day, the random island findings that catch our eye, and truly exude art being in the eye of the beholder.