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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True that!
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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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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.