Hurricane Sandy began to threaten New York 5 days before I was set to move to California. Along with the rest of New Yorkers who had to deal with the hype of Hurricane Irene just a year previous, I brushed this news right off and went back to making jokes and watching the only DVDs I hadn’t yet packed to be shipped off. The Golden Girls.
Luckily, my night is full of better stories than many other New Yorkers. I fell asleep with the heat on and the lull of Rose and Blanche conversing over a slice of cheesecake, on the TV.
The day after the hurricane, I woke up with the sun and walked outside to see the damage that had been done to my neighborhood. I’m fortunate enough to say that it wasn’t nearly as bad as most of the rest of the city got hit, but I put on my worn out Chucks and went out to take some photos, anyway.
It was cold and gloomy and wet and eerily abandon, on my walk to and from Riverside Park. By the time I got back to my apartment, my shoes were soaked in Hudson River water. Slippery from sliding over piles of dead worms and misplaced used feminine products that had washed ashore. It was so cold that I couldn’t feel my toes for over an hour after I had returned to my apartment.
I knew there was no amount of washing that would make my shoes sanitary ever again, and so I sent them off to a large farm with lots of other shoes for them to play with. I know their in a better place now. Especially after the last adventure I put them through in New York, as captured here:
Rest in peace, old friend.
Other photos that I took after the storm, can be seen here
Before Sandy, my pre Halloween treat days were going about wonderfully! I stocked up on witch fingers that I distributed to everyone I passed in my everyday life, in hopes that they would keep them on for the day. That means that out of the 4 elevator guys in my building, my grandma, the guy at the bodega downstairs, a couple of friends, and my dog, only my friend Jay was the only one who was stoked on walking around Brooklyn with me while wearing lady fingers for a day.
We liked our new fingers so much, that we wanted to continue our makeovers by trying on new faces, too! So we went into RePop in Willamsburg and tried on the spoooookiest old masks we could find.
We also stopped by Junk to play hide and seek amongst the piles of half broken furniture and to recreate some old sad family photos.
We worked up quite an appetite and decided to go to one of our favorite newer restaurant establishments. The Meatball Shop! At the Meatball Shop, they give you a laminated menu with tons of options, and a cup full of markers, so that you can mark off how you want your meatballs served to you!
No meal is complete without dessert! Luckily, theres a new candy shop in Brooklyn called Suckers the Sweet Cellar. Trying to eat candy with witch fingers proved to be very difficult, since half of Jays candy corn ended up falling through the bench.So we took a break from the halloween hands, to enjoy the thought of New York covered in snow (caps) since we both would probably not be in town to see it in real life.
OUR SECRET’S OUT, PETER! I’m SO excited to announce the new project that I’ve been working on with the people at Disney.
Yes! A little while back Disney asked me, along with several other unique photographers throughout the world, to come visit the Disney Parks and capture photos of all of the different parks through our own perspectives. The photos would then be curated on Disney’s very own Tumblr page. As a kid that grew up hoping to somehow magically just become Tinker Bell, I happily obliged!
I quickly packed up my digital camera, my Polaroid camera, a stack of construction paper, and some bubbles (a very fragile item by the way) and went down to Florida to venture throughout the Disney Parks that I remembered so fondly as a child. It was great to still have that same youthful excitement for life, but also having a little more technical knowledge on how to capture it in an image.
I made some great memories within my couple of days at Disney World:
- I wrestled Chip and Dale for an acorn that I brought to show them
- I got to watch old robot cartoons and sip on chocolate coke in an old car, at theSci-Fi Dine-In Theater
- I got to fly around a garden with Peter Pan.
- I watched an AT-AT lead a group of tourists to shelter from the rain
- I had a very serious business meeting while floating through Its a Small World
- I tried a top secret menu-less item at the 50′s Prime Time Cafe (peanut butter and jelly milkshake yummm!)
- I creeped around the graves of the Haunted Mansion right as the sun came up and all the ghosts went back to sleep for the day.
- I felt bad the the beautiful flowers never got to hold one of those iconic mouse eared balloons, so I made some especially for the shrubs.
- I counted all the Duffy bears I could find, throughout the parks
- I fell in love with all the flamingos at the Animal Kingdom, and named one of them Hubert
- I used my wizard skills to make a blue serving tray look like the Sorceress Apprentice.
- I got to dance with Donald Duck, who despite possibly having two left feet and being a massive bird, is excellent at the fox trot!
- I got to hold all the balloons, in hopes of recreating a scene from UP!
And did SO much more!!!
Photos from these adventures and more are going to be unveiled on Disneys Tumblr page, throughout the next couple of months so keep an eye out for them by following DisneyParksPhotoProject.tumblr.com
Congratulations America! We practically killed the GOP and set all women free from the binders that Mitt Romney was trying to keep us in! We also got a very inspiring glimpse at one of Oprahs new favorite things. Flag Hats!
Hudson River Pier in Hurricane Sandy
Happy Halloween! I’m in NYC and wanted to spend the day at the coffee shop with internet so that I could to introduce some spooky friends I made to help me scare the city, over the week but Hurricane Sandy outdid me and my little ghost friends by turning off the lights in half of New York!
VERY luckily, it wasn’t the half that I’m in, but my coffee shop looks a bit more like a CNN business center. The lower half of Manhattan is joining me in trying to get some work done in the 15 minutes before this coffee shop closes so that the employees can get back to their loved ones before dark.
Seems that with or without a storm 3 things stay true:
- New York is always in a very organized state of chaos
- Not having internet at home makes me feel vulnerable
- Halloween is just another day of the week!