Monday, August 25, 2014

Adventures in Central Park

About two weeks ago I headed in to Manhattan to help move one of my best friends into his new apartment. Being from Long Island, I'm in the city quite a bit and I generally walk along the same routes to get where I'm going. This time, however, I changed it up a bit.

Firstly, I always use Madison Avenue. It's my favorite street in New York and I could just window shop up and down for hours. I usually take Madison all the way up to where I need to be, but after hitting Ladurée (since I'll never skip Ladurée) I headed over towards Central Park. And boy am I glad I did.
Central Park is huge. Let's just start by getting that out of the way. On the way up I walked through and on on the way down I walked along the outside since it was evening (better safe than sorry). According to Siri's scenic route and directions the walk is about four miles each way and despite my poor choice of footwear (seriously, choose comfort over style for this trek) I really enjoyed myself. I'd only seen a small portion of the park in the past, but I had no idea the park had gorgeous, secluded areas like the ones I found.

If you ever get the chance to just spend an afternoon in Central Park wandering around on the various paths and trails I cannot recommend it enough.

There are some more photos of the absolutely beautiful park under the cut.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In Defense of the Selfie

Let's get real for a second. Selfies have taken the world by storm. Selfie was literally Oxford Dictionary's word of the year in 2013. We see them all over our social media; Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook being flooded by photos we take of ourselves. So why are people getting so bent out of shape when it comes to selfies? What's the problem with selfies?

Nothing. I think there's nothing wrong with selfies. I'll tell you why. There is so much negative energy floating around in the world, and especially in our media. Magazines say we aren't pretty enough or thin enough, that we'll look this much better if we change this about ourselves, and that if we only change ourselves then we can be better. To me, a selfie says, "Look at me. Look at me being happy with myself. I am so happy with the way I am that I am going to show you." What could be the matter with that? And yes, I understand that you might think it's reaching for attention and whatnot, but who cares if it is? I post a selfie because I am happy with myself and I want everyone to know.

And with that, I'll leave you with the most maddening song of the year.