The birds and friends at Central Park

There seems to be this misconception that children from NYC don’t know much about nature. We live in the concrete jungle but those of us exposed to nature do exist. I love birds, pigeons are my friends, robins and I always have a stare down whenever I see them, crows fascinated me outside of my window from the projects growing up, ducks will always be my favorite (these were my pets living on an island), geese don’t mess around, hawks aren’t so rare to see in NYC and I’ve seen a bald eagle a couple of times in my lifetime living in this city. Squirrels come in all sorts of colors besides “basic” grey and will still freak me out when coming close to me for food (don’t follow a squirrel and not expect it to chase you the way it did me when I was 13). 

Central Park is just one place that is a gem to find all sorts of animals, particularly birds. I am by no means an expert but like to wander the ramble or other paths in the park to discover birds, turtles, dogs with their humans and more. Remember when especially bird watching to be respectful of these animals, don’t be obnoxious and if you encounter other bird watchers who aren’t friendly, ignore them. You belong there even if they don’t think you do. 

New York Transit Museum After Hours

This is my second time visiting the NY Transit Museum but this time it was after hours for a craft event that I was invited to. I will almost not likely ever pass up an opportunity to look at trains so I went. I went with a friend who has never been so it was nice to show her around and explore without kids running around. They had refreshments (beer, woo hoo), some chips and an option to kind of sip & paint (we got there too late so we couldn’t do that).

We had some time to check out a collection of ads that MTA and other places have run before, things that were commissioned by MTA and really just get a small glimpse of how NYC used to be.

I love trains, I love the history behind them in NYC but like any New Yorker, I wish they were maintained and repaired to run better. If you really think about it, we have an amazing system set up from a century ago that moves so many daily around the city. 

Curlfest 2019 at Randall’s Island

This is my 3rd year attending Curlfest. This year the event was moved to Randall’s Island and I have to say I prefer this space. MTA made the M35 a free shuttle bus for guests and there was also a free shuttle bus (that was really nice compared to my express bus that I take everyday). This made getting there a lot easier than walking forever in Prospect Park after securing parking.

Prospect Park is nice as well but it was getting harder to control who can enter the space with and without a ticket. We got in with no issue as the lines were labeled for whichever ticket you purchased, there were bag checks and hand held wands for security. There is always an issue with picking up your bag of hair goodies but we made the most of it on our line.

The space seemed larger, there was more space to lay under some shade, more food vendors (vendors y’all got to do something about folks standing on line for an hour for icees), beverage options (hard cider, spiked seltzer, ice creams, etc), more bathrooms (port o-nasty potties that were hotter inside there than outside) and less creeps with cameras.

As a photographer this always chaffed me the wrong way in BK, Curlfest thank you for having photographers there to take pics. It was also nice to see more women walking around with their own cameras celebrating who they are with their friends and families.

There was a section where artists were painting their works of art that I was seated near and it was nice to watch from beginning to end (I was there for close to 6 hours). Also there was a section for kids to get their paint on too.

Events like this are important to us. I can’t tell you how much this would have helped me as a kid & teen to see other women celebrate their hair, skin, body types, art, music. Representation matters and it was nice to be surrounded by it.

To the woman who helped us finish folding my blanket, thank you! You’re a gem for that, I was reaching a moment of this blanket is going to be zipped back in incorrectly.

See you next year!

If anyone knows the names of the artist please let me know so that I can tag them. I only got the ig of one of them.

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