Global Citizen Festival – 2019

I had been to the Global citizen Festival 2019 recently which was celebrating 10 years of powering the moment to end extreme poverty. Through this campaign Global Citizens have taken over 1 million actions. These actions have resulted in 18 commitments worth $932.1 million, and set to affect the lives of 7.6 million people. The festival also saw partners and members of Congress make announcements worth $1.6 billion.

The event took place in the open lawns at Central Park which could accommodate as many as hundreds of thousands of people. We arrived at the location at 3ish. There is a boat house restaurant at central park where I planned on having our brunch/lunch.

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Being a Saturday our lazy bums got lazy and we didn’t get out till 2:00pm. So, we did not get to eat at the boat house restaurant.(there was a waiting time of 2 hours and the event started at 5:00pm). We just grabbed burgers, Salads and fries at a cafe nearby and headed to the event.

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Shredded Chicken and everything else!

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Oh wait. There was a lemonade truck (very small one which doesn’t qualify to be called a truck) where they offered free lemonades if we followed them on Instagram. Of course all of us did (who doesn’t want a free lemonade).

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We got extra lemonades when we promised to tag them on Instagram (So cheap of us, I know but don’t judge).

By the way the lemonades were awesome. I took the pink bottle which was both fancy and tasty. Probably one of the best I have had. ! You should try it if you find one (2-3$ won’t hurt – So just give it a try and Thank me later). Holding our bottles we headed to the event.

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Sip while you walk – the line was really big and it took us about 25-30 minutes (including the security check) to get into the venue.

This event was sponsored by Comcast and NSBC. We got free water in free pretty bottles labeled Comcast and NSBC.

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While we settled on the lawns, we took few pictures.

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The wallpaper is a picture I clicked recently!

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Shades of Brown!

Okay! So now the festival had the amazing people who performed that evening. With a blend of pop and policy, Saturday night was filled with music from headliners including Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and Carole King; and special guest performances by French Montana, Ben Platt, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, David Gray, and NCT 127.

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Oh wait. The special guest at the show was Leonardo DiCaprio – the wolf of the wall street and an Oscar winner. !

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We took one last picture while heading out.

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We had an amazing time at the festival.

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October is for Pumpkin Picking !

Grabbing a pumpkin from a nearby market is convince.  But, visiting a farm on a sunny day, walking through colorful foliage, plucking the perfect apple, picking the best pumpkin, biting a fresh donut, sipping fresh hot cider with family and friends, fills your fall memories and warm moments to get through winter. 

Initially, when I wrote a post on pumpkin picking, I decided to visit a different farm every year. However, the taste of donuts and apple cider from Wilken’s Farm is unmatched. I was disappointed with the donuts from the last two farms I have visited. So, hitting the road to Wilken’s farms again for the second time after two years.

This is a long weekend with all the schools giving a day off as its Columbus Day, so we decided to head out early. We started at around 9ish and went to a nearby cafe and had an amazing breakfast.

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The weather was so gloomy when we were out for breakfast and the forecast was cloudy. So, I haven’t carried my DSLR – Obviously because I was disappointed with the weather.

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Guess What? The sun was out so bright, skies so blue by the time we hit the road.

Here I am super excited to back at the Wilken Farms for the donuts. Oh, You should see the line for the donuts. I have included a video on my Instagram stories. We were in line for about 30-35 minutes before we got our hands on the delicious donuts, Banana bread, Coffeecake, Peach Pie, Lemonade, and Apple cider. 

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We Loved eating our brunch after breakfast with the bees. (The bees part was supposed to be a joke)

We took a lot of pictures and picked our perfect pumpkin to float at the Central Park on October 30

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Please feel free to make this your wallpaper 😛

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Never leave any place you visit without taking as many pictures as you wish for.

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Now, Let’s enter into the apple farms. Aaah! The apples were soooo delicious. They are so fresh, juicy and crispy.

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Lots of Illegal Apple eating and even more Illegal photo taking 😛
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Trying to get my hands on the best apples!

I hope all of you go Pumpkin Picking and apple plucking.!

HippoBallerina has found her new home!

So, I follow Misschloenyc who has posed and posted pictures with Ms. Hippo on Instagram. Seeing the cute hippo instantly made me want to go see her. The 2.5 ton-statue, designed by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, was installed across from the Flatiron building on 22nd Street and Broadway. She was across from Lincoln Center way back in 2017 – but now she is back and is going to stay through Thanks giving.

“Standing over 15 feet high, Hippo Ballerina has found a happy home among New York’s skyscrapers… I am delighted when people of all ages interact with the bronze sculpture, as they pass, smiling and even posting photos to #dancewithhippoballerina. I know that Hippo Ballerina will enjoy living downtown!” said the artist, Skaarup, in a statement.

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The statue was inspired by the dancing hippos in the classic Disney film Fantasia as well as Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans). The new installation of the statue was made possible through NYC DOT Art & Event Programming, Cavalier Galleries and the Flatiron Partnership. 

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“The Flatiron District is a storied part of New York City which has taken on new and exciting roles as a booming residential and commercial district,” states Anna Gillis of Cavalier Galleries. “We are very happy to call it Hippo Ballerina’s new home!”

My Latest Obsession – Orchard Street NYC

I have been living in New York city for about three years now and I have never been to any new places other than the typical tourist attractions. I visited the same places almost ten times now with different sets of people. I recently started discovering NYC through Instagram posts and various other blogs.

I saw these cute bears on MissChloenyc‘s profile and wanted to visit them so bad. They are on display at Galerie Perrotin through June 8, 2019. Sadly, it was closed the day I visited -which is when I decided to just stroll on the streets and fell in love. Orchard street is one of the main thoroughfares of the neighbourhood. With so much history and culture, it can be difficult to navigate through the sprawling district but its totally worth it. 

I started from the Essex station which has a beautifully tiled fish all over the walls.

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That’s me trying to pout like the fish 😛

I made a quick stop to grab my bubble tea at this very cute tea place (DIU TEA). 

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Eyes Speak a lot !
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Welcome to New York City – Everything has art on them !

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The seven blocks between Canal and Houston Streets are lined with historic tenements, trendy eateries, boutiques, art galleries, and second-hand clothing stores.

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This is the at the Orchard Street hotel!

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P.S: This is a very small part of Orchard Street and there is so much more to do.

Frost Fest 2019

I walk across the Bryant park everyday and was really excited to see the Bumper ice cars here. This is my first time seeing a bumper car on ice which was totally a blast for me. I was told that the bumper cars on ice are one of the new activities to appear in Bryant Park as part of the Frost Fest. I booked tickets online as I was not sure if any would be left at the ticketing counter on a Saturday night.

There was also live ice carving and the man carved a bear. The fountain was frozen and of course what else do you expect in New York during the winters?

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On reaching there, there were many fancy photo booths to flood my Insta stories. We took as many pictures as possible.

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We had to wait for atleast two hours before getting on the cars. My face and feet started hurting very badly because of the frost bites and wanted to go into a warm place so bad. However, thanks to my husband for not letting me leave the line and we got to get on the bumper cars. The car was so much fun.

It’s $15 for a 10-minute ride—a little pricey, but totally worth it.

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There are also cool igloos if you can afford the price. Each one costs around $200 for four people.

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The Lodge is Bryant Park’s new winter food hall and bar. It’s on the north east side of the skating rink and has enough options of food and drink too make everyone happy. It’s a perfect first date spot. Get a couple of their hot cocktail options, try to cozy up, and if you click, grab a bite from one of the many food vendors.

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Hit it off and hit the rink after!

 

 

NYC’s Newest Street Art Hub

I live in newYork and get to visit Ground Zero quite often. I have been to the WTC recently on the New Year’s eve and guess what ? The entire area is flooded with colours making the entire place Look so cheerful. They’re in Financial District all around The Oculus Plaza so make sure to walk on all those streets (and crossing streets) where the Oculus and 9/11 Memorial Plaza is.

Mural by Boogie Riz

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One of the approaches is Stickymonger’s Cosmic Traveler, depicting an alien girl peering through a portal into our world.

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Mural by: Unknown

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Mural by Brandon Sines

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Mural by Todd Gray

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The murals are now a permanent part of the visitor experience in Lower Manhattan and they are absolutely free.

 

Pumpkin Picking in New York!!

I have been to Pumpkin picking to two places in NewYork in two consecutive years. I will just include the pictures of both the places without much write up.

The first time we had been to pumpkin picking was in 2016 to Wilkens farm. It was a bright sunny day.

 

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We had fresh apple cider and donuts. The donuts are crazily insane and I was told that people go there just for the donuts and no wonder they do.

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They had cute benches !

The second time we had been to Demarest Farms. This time we were not very happy with Apple cider and donuts. But there were many photo booths for children and the entire place was really vibrant. I think its a must visit place for kids.

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Meet Zoe, My bear !

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This is just one of many photo booths they had !!

I look forward to visiting many more farms. And I loved the choice of the clothes I choose to wear. If the sky is blue, wear something that has so much blue and you will not regret. Or you can also pick something in shades of Orange or red like I did !!

Instagrammable dessert Places in NYC

As said in my profile, I love clicking pictures so I can relive the moment when I see the pictures randomly some random day. I will keep updating this post whenever I go to a new dessert place.

  1. Vivi Bubble Tea IMG_20180407_091944_701I did not like the ambience very much, but was told about their renovation plans. I   tried the Matcha Bubble Tea Floats. My Insta It blew my mind. They also give you steps to eat the floats which I felt was so cool. Vivi Bubble tea has branched out at various places in NewYork city but the floats are found at Allen street. Vivi Bubble Tea  

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  2. Maison Kayser cafeIMG-20180414-WA0030-01My Favourite is Mangodoor not just because of its taste but also  for its bright colour. Tell me who just eats food just for the sake of taste these days. It must be instagrammable rite ? Maison KayserIMG-20180414-WA0032-01They have an exclusive variety of desserts which can be instagrammed. Good luck taking nice pictures 😛
  3. Magnolia BakeryIMG-20180414-WA0026-01Magnolia Bakery is a chain of bakeries founded in New York City.  As a newyorker you ought to have tasted from this place at least once. Magnolia BakeryIMG-20180414-WA0020-01The first bakery was started at Bleeker street in 1996. But we have been to the one in Grand Central before catching our train. Oh ! Did I tell you New York has the best public transport which is cheaper and faster than private. Instagram PageIMG-20180414-WA0022-01.jpegI have ordered cheese brownie, pineapple cake red velvet chocolate. Needless to say everything was amazing. But I personally like the cheesecake from Junior’s cheesecake (other bakery from NYC) better than this place. But the pineapple cake and the chocolate are too good.
  4. Coco Fresh Tea & JuiceIMG-20180414-WA0045-01.jpegCoco Fresh and juice also has many chains in NewYork. These people actually mean it when they call themselves fresh. Coco Bubble Tea I had to wait for 10mins to get my regular bubble tea, but the wait was totally worth the time. This might not be one of those fancy places to take pictures but the taste was unbelievable. P.S: I crossed the road twice to take this picture !
  5. Sugar Fina 

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I am not a great fan of milk chocolates but I love white chocolates so much that I forget counting calories when eating them. I picked XOXO chocolates. I have tried plain chocolate and plain gummy bears but these had champagne bears within the chocolate bar which is a must try. 

NewYork State Capitol

I heard a lot about the New York State Capitol building that I decided to go for a day. I took Amtrak and the journey lasted for about 2.5-3 hours. I experienced few breathtaking views during the entire journey.
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View from the moving Train !
The Albany State Capitol is stunningly beautiful inside and these pictures will not do it justice. It took over 32 years to construct and today it sits incomplete.  This building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $735 million in 2017), making it the most expensive government building of its time.
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Capitol Entrance !
 There are free Capitol tours starting from 9am in the morning lasting till 5pm in the evening. The guide was patient enough to explain every detail and friendly enough to let us take as many pictures as we wanted. I was amazed to see the old elevator still working just fine even after a fire disaster which destroyed the entire building calling for a renovation..
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We walked through the beautiful corridors.
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“Nestled within the labyrinth of stone that is the NY State Capitol lies  the Senate chamber, proclaimed the “most beautiful room in America”. Visitors are allowed only into the senate chamber but not allowed downstairs where the actual sessions take place.
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This chamber that has been designed by Henry H. Richardson is a haven of beauty and elegance. Mr. Richardson designed the room in Romanesque style which was developed in Italy and Western Europe. His plans included carved Oak for the 50 foot high ceiling, pale grey stone for the two huge decorative fireplaces at the rear chamber, golden Mexican Onyx, Yellow Siena marble from Italy, red-brown granite Scotland, red leather from Spain, Mahogany from Caribbean, pink Knoxville marble and 23-kt leaf covering the walls of the arcade. 
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Here comes the million dollar staircase. This Great Western Staircase, also known as the Million Dollar Staircase, took an unheard of 14 years to construct, from 1883-1897 costing, more than one million dollars.
It is made of sandstone imported from Scotland. The massive staircase is most notably known for the intricate carvings that decorate the stairs. There are many number of faces carved on the staircase. 77 of which are faces of famous individuals, and the rest are referred to as the ‘Capitol’s Unknowns’, as they remain unidentified. There are over 1000 unidentified faces.

 

 

Heading towards the less fancy Lower house.
The walls have beautiful patterns painted and the yellow paint is 23-kt gold.

 

 

Finally, the Governor’s War Room has wonderful ceiling paintings depicting the various wars and battles of New York’s history and Lady Liberty in the center of the ceiling.