Governor’s Island – Pumpkin Patch

Hello People. Tell me who doesn’t feel like enjoying good weather, especially when one knows that it might be the last weekend before the temperatures go down?

This is exactly when I stumbled upon this event at Governor’s Island that involved decorating the island with 5000 pumpkins. Then I made an impromptu decision to go to the Island and make the most out of my last (Or maybe last but one) sunny weekend.

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For strangers with no awareness about governor’s Island, it is a 172-acre island in Manhattan, New York. Should you decide to visit, be sure to be informed about the events scheduled for the day of your visit. 

This island is one of the best places to picnic with family and friends. I was on the Island with my husband and a friend. You could tour the Island either walking or biking. Since we had the entire day, we choose to explore the island walking. 

We took a 4 express train from Grand Central to Wall street where we walked to the ferry (5-minute walk). The ferry to Governors Island from 11th Pier/Wall St is an eight-minute-ride and costs $2.75 each way. 

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So, as we hopped out of the ferry we found cute signs guiding us to the Pumpkin patch. We passed across the William Castle en route to the pumpkin patch. The castles and the centuries-old buildings made me wonder about how much history this Island has gone through. I am certainly going back to learn it’s history.

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We were famished with all the walking around and clicking pictures.

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We started googling for food places on the Island and got a few options. Upon reaching the set location, we were amused to see food trucks. The amusement was because I was told that the Island is a car-free zone and people from New York love street food. You can pack your own food (as long as it’s not alcohol) and do a picnic on the lawns of the island.

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After lunch, we walked until we came across the longest slide in New York (57 feet, as I was told). My husband and my friend haven’t gone on the slide. But, I did not want to miss a chance to be on the longest slide in NYC. There are slides of different lengths, feel free to choose which one you want to slide on.

We headed to the man-made hill which is 70 feet above sea level which offered beautiful views of the city. We walked past the glamping sites and new sit-outs that are under construction.

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I am certainly not exaggerating when I tell you that the views, you get by looking around, and the sounds, you hear while walking along the water are the best things to experience. All the exhaustion caused by walking over 5 miles has been taken away.

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Note: Note: Ferry has different schedules on weekdays and weekends, make sure to check the schedule before going. I am sure you don’t want to miss the last ferry to the city getting stuck on the island.

I might go there next week if its sunny, surprise me if you find me there.

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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Central Park never fails to impress. Does it ?

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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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!”

Classic New England charm – City Island

Did you know there’s a quaint country-like island just off the tip of the Bronx?  It was a sunny day in New York and I’ve never been to City Island before. The trip to The City Island felt worlds away.

City Island, the Seaport of the Bronx, is what you would get if you crossed a New England seaside village with the Bronx. City Island is a neighbourhood in the Bronx, New York City, located on an island of the same name approximately 1.5 miles long by 0.5 miles wide. The population is under 5,000 and it’s a strange place to visit in the summer when everything is (mostly) open.

We kicked off our day with brunch at the City Island Diner. This classic diner, popular with locals, is also where Jerry Seinfeld took Ricky Gervais on an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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City Island Diner

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We strolled, stopped and clicked pictures through the roads we walked.

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Ruth Markowe, the namesake and proprietor of this City Island antique shop, is a genuine lover of art and ephemera, and it shows in the collection she’s amassed here. Visitors will encounter not just the typical antiquing finds—though there are plenty of beautiful old things about—but also a wide breadth of found objects and unexpected, even unusual, art finds. The difference between junk and a masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder, but shoppers are assured they’re likely to find both here if they look hard enough.

 

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The difference between junk and a masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder

 

We needed a place to have our lunch and we choose the Fancy Artie’s. Oh ! The vibrant colours of the place left me amazed. We were so exhausted at this point – Did not bother taking pictures of the food.

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City island is really great for sea food lovers. I personally am not a Sea food lover and I choose to have from some place that looked cute from the outside. There are a lot more options if you wish to taste the sea food.

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Of Course Open !!

Keep looking for wall arts because you are sure to find many while you walk. This is a wall art at the Sundco Gas station opposite to the Artie’s.

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Wall Art – Gas Station

Also, Look out for Pretty Little Spaces.

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Pretty Little Spaces !

We have come to the houses with a  view.

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Impossible not want to live in one of these !

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That is us – Famished !

It was oppressively, when we visited City Island – Lickety Split is a really great place to cool down with a generous scoop of ice cream and/or an iced coffee. 

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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!

 

 

Colour Burst at the WTC

I can’t get enough of these arts at the WTC.

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One Free Day in NewYork

To begin with, there is always something new to see in NewYork city, from temporary street arts to permanent art installations. 

This itinerary covers only the two boroughs among the five: Manhattan and Staten Island. It starts at 9am in the morning ending at 9pm in the night; starting and ending at Times Square having the list of stuff you can do for free in one day. I have covered the important attractions of NewYork city. 

Tip: Be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central terminal is a historic NYC landmark which is not only a transportation hub—it’s a shopping, dining, and cultural destination. The zodiac ceiling in the massive, cathedral-like Main Concourse features 12 constellations painted in gold leaf plus 2500 stars—59 of them illuminated by LEDs.

 

 

Tip: NewYorkers do not appreciate tourists randomly stopping on the streets to click pictures. Move aside let the flow pass and then click as many pictures as you please.

One World Trade Centre

As all the attractions are relatively close to the station commuting in the subways is preferable . Subway is much cheaper and faster than Uber. There is a subway station within the Grand central on the 42nd street. Take 4 or 5 service number trains going downtown and get off at Fulton subway station.

Start walking to the One world trade centre which is 0.4 miles from the subway station and should take about 10mins to get there. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest building in the world. The top floor of One World Trade Center is 1,368 feet (417 m) above ground level and the tower’s antenna brings it to a pinnacle height of 1,776 feet (541 m). It is said that the World Trade Centre moves when its windy. So keep an eye to see the movement.

 

 

9/11 Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (also called 9/11 memorial) is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed  thousands of people. Start walking to the 9/11 Memorial which should take about 10mins from the one world trade centre.  You can also go to the museum if you are a museum enthusiast. You can purchase tickets at the museum or can buy them online saving time surpassing the big lines.

TIP: The museum is free on Tuesdays.

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Pay your tributes at the memorial !

Trinity Church

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New York Stock Exchange

You cannot miss the New York stock exchange when touring in NYC. It is by far the world’s largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies. Continue walking on the Wall Street to The New York Stock exchange which is 5 mins away from the church. Click a picture of the NYSE and with the NYSE.

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Don’t forget to take a picture with The President George Washington who stands in front of the Federal Hall.

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Charging Bull

Here he comes, one of the most instagrammed attractions in NewYork. He stands 5 minutes away from the NYSE. You should reach the bull by lunch.

The 3,200 kg sculpture stands 11 feet (3.4 m) tall and measures 16 feet (4.9 m) long. The oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on his haunches and with head lowered as if to charge. He attracts thousands of tourists a day, so forget getting a solo picture with him. There are going to be crowds and be prepared to photobomb other’s pictures and be prepared for photo bombers.

 

 

 

I know its a lot of walking from morning. Newyork is well known for its street food. try some halal food. Street food is as cheap as $2 for a hotdog and $6 for chicken over rice and it is really tasty. My favourite is Chicken over rice.

TIP: Carry cash. Not all street vendors accept cards.

Staten Island Ferry

Head to the battery park which is 5 mins walking from the charging bull. Get on the ferry to the staten Island.  It is the only direct mass-transit connection between the two boroughs Manhattan and Staten Island. There are ferries every 15-20 mins during peak times and every 30mins during off peak operating 24/7 and the trip only lasts for about 25 minutes. Staten Island Ferry is free offering great views of the skyline and a closer view of the Statue of liberty.IMG_2855-01.jpeg

P.S: You can also purchase tickets to statue of liberty. Tickets to the Statue of liberty

 

 

 

These are few pictures I clicked from the Staten Island ferry. 

Times Square

At this point of time – after all the walking, all I can think of is a chilled beer or a chilled coke. Once you reach battery park walk to White Hall street which is 0.1 miles. Take trains N or R to Times Square and get off at the 49th Street.

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of NewYork city. Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Dine at one of the oldest restaurants or a roof top bar. I would recommend the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar from where you can also have a bird’s eye view of the city without having to buy tickets for the view. You can see the Empire State building on one side and the Chrysler Building on the other.

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haven’t included the Empire State Building but please feel free to squeeze it in.

Hope you loved it !

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 

Screen Shot 1940-01-15 at 8.14.34 PM-01Sugarfina is the ultimate candy store for grown-ups offering the Original Champagne Bears. The people in the store are so friendly that they allow you to take pictures even if you walk out buying nothing. I don’t see many places like that these days. Sugar Fina

 

 

 

 

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.