Bryant Park Summer Movie with Marilyn Monroe

All summer long I have been meaning to get out and see one of the outdoor summer movies that have been taking place since June. Despite heat and exhaustion on Monday night, I made sure to attend the HBO Summer Film Festival in Bryant Park, showing the Marilyn Monroe movie 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.'

I'd never seen a Marilyn Monroe movie before, and I didn't understand the movie too well. I was there mainly for the experience though, and to have fun watching an outdoor movie with a thousand or so other people who were also attending!

Before it got too crowded...
People on the Lawn

"Diamonds are a girls best friend"




Manhattanhenge 2011 - July 13

Manhattanhenge - July 13, 2011 in Times Square.

Best Manhattanhenge ever.

Manhattanhenge, July 13, 2011


Manhattanhenge, July 13, 2011

Manhattanhenge, July 13, 2011

Manhattanhenge, July 13, 2011

Bathed in the Manhattan sunlight

Manhattanhenge, July 13, 2011

Goodbye Manhattanhenge. See you next year!
42nd Street, after the sunset


Manhattanhenge 2011 - July 12

Since I missed the event in May, the Manhattanhenge that was set to take place on July 12th and 13th was all I've been able to think about.

I was lucky enough to see this rare sunset from 34th Street and 1st Avenue, and capture the "Peoplehenge" phenomenon that takes place too as photographers take over the intersection between green lights to get the best view.

Practice shot for Manhattanhenge, just minutes before it occurred!
Manhattanhenge capture

Paparazzi waiting for Manhattanhenge, just minutes before it occured!
Manhattanhenge paparazzi!

Sun spark

Close call with a cab

Scary bus traffic speeding by
Manhattanhenge & bus

Cell phone capture
Manhattanhenge cell

More to come from tomorrow's Manhattanhenge viewing!


4th of July Fireworks - 2011

On the 4th of July, I was at a friend's roof top cook-out in the West Village (West 14th & 7th to be exact), waiting for the Macy's fireworks show to begin over the Hudson.

This was going to be my 4th time seeing the Macy's fireworks. I had always braved the crowds along the FDR Drive, by the East River, or along Chelsea Piers and the West Side Highway, overlooking the Hudson River.

This year I planned to do something low key and luckily I had the chance to view the show from the comfort of a roof top with snacks, drinks and good friends!

So here's how the night went...

The sky turned a bright orange
United States flag

Night was falling
Purple sky

I had a cupcake
Cupcake flag

They started!
Fireworks - cloudy

My friends got out a blanket
Fireworks - friends

There were reds!
Fireworks - red

And golds!
Fireworks - gold

And then I stopped taking pics just in time to actually SEE the finale, out from behind the camera lens...


Rainbow City at The High Line

"Rainbow City" is open in New York City! This large-scale installation of balloons or 'air-filled sculptures' as they're called, have taken over the grounds at the foot of the High Line. Set up near the 30th Street entrance to section 2 of the elevated park, and part of FriendsWithYou and AOL, these art objects were created to be an interactive playground. My friend and I stopped by on our way to explore the new extension of the High Line and enjoyed playing with these colorful sculptures and interacting with the kids and other visitors there.

Liza & kid

Rainbow City kid

Rainbow City by the High Line

Rough red balloon

Rough balloon

More pictures from the site here.

The installation closes on July 5th, 2011.