Hey Hart Beat! Happy Mondaythatwe’reallatworkbutwishwewerehome. Just me? Anyway, this week I’m pretty stoked because I’m FINALLY getting a new phone. My upgrade is here and I am taking full advantage of it. To celebrate I’ve been looking for some new photography for my phone screen, and on that note, for my computer.
One of my favorite bloggers Alice Gao is also an extremely talented photographer and has a whole slew of gorgeous shots on her professional site. I thought I’d share with you my favorites. Let’s live casually through Miss Gao today.
All photos by Alice Gao.
Hey Hart Beat! Over the weekend New York Magazine shared something super cool on their Instagram that I thought you might like to see. The magazine posted a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes look backstage at the New York City Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker.
The photos are so captivating and remind me how much I love the ballet. Growing up I danced for about 8 years (till I hit fun times puberty in high school) and since then I’ve always loved watching documentaries and even sometimes going to watch the performances in New York. And these photos, I mean, what’s more holiday than The Nutcracker? Check out these photos and more on The New York Magazine‘s instagram account.
All photos by @dalberda.
Afternoon, Hart Beat. It’s a dreary day here in New York so let’s talk about something a little more uplifting. Succulents! I’ve never had a very strong green thumb so when I moved to New York and got my first apartment I decided that now was the time to learn. I tried a few different kinds of plants to no success. No matter how much or little I watered my plants and herbs they just died within a couple of weeks.
After living, and struggling with this issue, for two years I was lucky enough that a beautiful plant store opened up in Greenpoint that stocked the most adorable succulents. Homecoming showed me that you don’t have to have big, complicated, allergy-inducing plants to make your home warm and friendly. Better yet, succulents let you be the forgetful plant owner that you know (ahem, I) am.
My new office at Food52 is located smack dab in the flower district so everyday I walk by tons and tons of succulents on the streets. The store next to our office even has a happy hour on Thursdays for half off all of the little plants.
Now that I’ve had a few for a few months they’re starting to get little big and last night I propagated my first succulent. For instructions and a how-to check out this post by Needles + Leaves. Right now my cutting board holds some soil and the lone leaves of my first succulent. Fingers crossed that it goes well..
What about you, Hart Beat? Have you had any success with succulents? Any other easy, adorable plants to recommend to a city dwelling, serial plant killer like myself?
Top photo by @home.coming and bottom three by me.
Hi Hart Beat. Some of you might have seen this but The New York Times is pulling this great series called “Summer Love” that I thought you might like to see. The paper is requesting couples to submit summer love stories that they have experienced in New York, for however long, or short amount of time. Not to overdo this but, I love this idea.
So far the Times has pulled together about a dozen features on couples of all kinds. I’ve had the best time reading through them and thinking about all the ways to fall in (and sometimes out) in this city. As much as I love so many cities in the world (Madrid, Boston, Amsterdam, Portland), New York really has the most romantic feeling about it. I think it has something to do with the vastness and the sheer number of possibilities. On any given day you could run into your soulmate, the most romantic bar you’ve ever seen or into a heart-wrenching public breakup on the C train.
This video here is one of my favorite stories from the series. Summer = roller coasters and love = a roller coaster (see what I did there?). I’ve been thinking about submitting Pedro and my story to the paper. What do you think, Hart Beat? Have you found love in New York before?
Photos and video via The New York Times.
Oh Hi Hart Beat. Blurg, Wednesday is here. Is it just me or is this week dragging by? Last weekend I went to visit Orient, Long Island with Marina and Carolyn and I’m still thinking about how amazing it was to be on the ocean.
I love living in Brooklyn but one of the things that I don’t love is not living right on the ocean. Sure, my new neighborhood is right by the bay but, not quite the same. Especially when you can’t go swimming in the water. So if you, like me, are missing the ocean or really just the outdoors in general here are some Instagram shots from what I took this weekend (the top photo!) and a few by others so you can dream with me.
@seacannon via @artifactuprising
Hi Hart Beat. How’s your night going? Quick question for ya out there in the internet world. Do you keep a journal? I have a date book that I kind of use as a journal sometimes and Pedro has made a few pokes at me for my “dear diary.” IT’S NOT A DIARY PEDRO. It’s a journal.
Anyway.. I was thinking the other day about how I actually do have a journal that I’ve been keeping for years now. And lucky you, Hart Beat. That journal is right here! The other day on the train it occurred to me that this past winter marked four years since I’ve been writing here. I was going through the posts and realizing that there has been so much here on the blog, even if it hasn’t been 100% transparent.
That got me wondering. Should I be more transparent here? Should I talk more about real life and less stuff that I just find on the internet slash am randomly thinking about while sitting on the R train? I’m not really sure yet. Until then, take a look at these amazing photos of pencils from artists in the course of history. If anything makes me want to get out my “diary,” it’s these photos.
All pencil photos come from the great article by WNYC called “Why Pencils Still Have a Place in the Age of Digital Art.“
Apartments, apartments, apartments. In New York just the word has a chilling effect. One of my favorite things about walking around the city is creepily looking into windows walking by and seeing the both beautiful, huge apartments next to the small, dark places. It may sounds creepy to you non-city dwellers but I know you New Yorkers know what I’m talking about.
The other day I found this great Brooklyn apartment detailed by Refinery29 and I just had to share. THIS PLACE. Ugg, it gives me such apartment envy. The woman who lives there, Lauren Snyder, also owns The Primary Essentials one of the best curated boutique in Brooklyn. She’s been living in this Fort Greene apartment for 10 years and all I want to do right now is drag all of these amazing things from the photos into the room I’m sitting in now. Having an apartment in Brooklyn must be lovely. Think of everything you can do virtually on your own doorstep! This is why many people are willing to sacrifice purchasing a home outright by renting instead. After all, renting can actually be a mutually beneficial arrangement particularly when you have a fair lease agreement in place.
Hi Hart Beat. This weekend was super snowy in Brooklyn. Seeing all this snow outside my window in Brooklyn has me missing my hometown in the Berkshires. Lucky for me (and you) I recently discovered an amazing Instagram and ecommerce site called And North, a site and brand dedicated for sharing a curated look at upstate New York. The founders and contributors to the site are based in Brooklyn and use their love for exploring new places to share with us urban dwellers the beauty of upstate.
I love the And North website but most of all, I’m obsessed with the Instagram account @andnorth curated by the group that runs the site. The photos are a combination of shots that they’ve taken while traveling upstate and crowdsourced by their hashtag #andnorth. Even though I didn’t technicaly grow up in Upstate New York, the Berkshires in Massachusetts we’re that far off. I love seeing the hills, fields, forests and small towns that I miss all the time. For anyone (even those living outside of New York) this is an Instagram account that I couldn’t recommend any more.
That face. Today I want to share the third Instacrush installment with you. (For the first
Instacrush highlights check out the links.) One of my favorite accounts to look at is @thedogist
, a feed dedicated to photographs of dogs out on their walks. All of the beautiful photographs are taken by native New Yorker, Elias. I heard about The Dogist
through my friend Marina who grew up with the photographers younger brother.
Every photograph shows so much personality from every dog. Elias always gets on the same level of the dog and takes the photo without any people in the photo. I love that each caption is so simple and just says the name of the dog, the breed of the dog and the location that the photo was taken. So many of these dogs come from Manhattan and Brooklyn and I love seeing my neighborhood pop up now and then. I can imagine even more people would see these fantastic dogs if they had a bit of a instagram boost. If you’re interested, get more instagram followers for free
because these adorable dogs deserve to be seen by as many people as possible!
Before I moved to New York I always said that in the two years after graduation all I wanted was a job where I could ride my bike to work and a dog. I have one of the two down so I think I need to just get on the second. This feed definitely doesn’t help. I want all these pups!
One of the best parts about @thedogist is that every once and a while a dog is photographed that is up for adoption through the @ASPCA of NYC. You can tell which dogs are up for a adoption as bones are donated by fans and then photographed with the donated bones for the feed. Look at these two sweethearts (below and above.) I want to cuddle with them right now. GAH.