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A Long, Blooming Walk in the Sun

Today I caught the train to West 4th, and walked to Washington Square Park. Just cause. Well, not really….I had some time to kill before my barbershop appointment.

There were some pretty flowers there, but the construction in the surrounding area was taking away from the ambiance, so I walked up to 14th street and soaked in the sights of Union Square for a while. These yellow flowers ARE sunshine itself.

Union Square had some silent protest going on, that wasn’t quite so happy. Something about Guantanamo that I wasn’t in the mood for. Black hoods on people don’t make for a pleasant experience, in or out of prison. However, there were some more flowers there to see, like the clover looking flower above.

There was a really odd set of sculptures in the northern half of the park though.

When I soaked in as much sun as I could there, I continued on my way to Madison Square Park, and photographed even more flowers. They had dahlias that were to die for, and their hydrangeas were in full effect. There wasn’t really any cool fashion going on with anyone out today which was a bummer.

Except for this cool old lady who deftly juggled her belongings into order.

Despite the heat, I braved Broadway some more and continued on up to Herald Square. It was just a bit jam packed for my taste, but they had planters full of hibiscus that caught my attention. Their delicate peach color was really amazing, considering the norm is red.

I topped off the walk with a couple photos of my favorite ziggurat, and headed to finally get my hair cut. BTW, it looks awesome, in case you were wondering. I’m sure I’ll be vain enough to post a photo of my fresh cut soon. This walk was great because I covered almost all major squares and parks that I love in New York in one long stroll. Success!

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Take Back Your Lunch: A Success Story!

Last Wednesday, the 23rd, I shot photos for a nonprofit called The Energy Project. They specialize in maximizing personal energy to improve the quality of the workforce, in and out of the office. . The Energy Project’s leader, Tony Schwartz, is a charismatic man (that I swear has a voice that sounds like barack Obama) and his mission is to spread the word about how inefficient many of us live and work, and what can be done to remedy the situation.

Ramona Pringle, my fellow ITP alum, set me up with the event, and while she covered video, I captured stills. This was clearly a Canon-centric affair, because she used the formidable 7D (W00t!).

In Tony’s new book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, he describes that one of the main sources of inefficiency at work is lunch, or rather a lack thereof. You know what I’m talking about here. You’ve gone to work, waited HOURS for lunch, then got your food, and went back to your desk, and finished eating in 15 minutes. LAME.

Tony says that if people took their full hour long lunch break, and got out of the workspace for the entire time, people would be able to work at 100% of their potential for the 8 hours or so they are at work, instead of starting at 100% and decreasing to about 40% by the end of the day.

So, in an effort to get New Yorkers and everyone else out there to take their full lunch break and get outside, Tony and his team got together with the Hired Guns and put together a huge event in Madison Square Park to encourage people to get out and stay out for lunch.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather that day, as it was hot and sunny—-and thanks to the trees in the park, we had plenty of shade. I arrived at about 7am to take shots of the promotional hours before everyone jammed to work at 9am, and the event started at noon.

It was a huge success, and the event was on the cover of the AM Weekly, and news crews from all over came to talk to Tony and spread the word. The event in Madison Square park will continue all summer long, so make sure to take back your lunch, and if you are in the area, come have a bite at Madison Square park.

P.S. Madeline face came! Success!

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Maddy and I Do Madison Square Park + More

Maddy and I have a thing for parks here in The City. After meeting at our haunt, Cafe Orlin on St. Marks, we wandered up to Madison Square Park to coax her boo, Brian out of his casa.

We somewhat failed at that, as you can see by her angry face here. However, we did succeed in having drinks on his roof and hanging with his roomy.

Before we got to his place, we spotted some girls in the park dressed as Marilyn Monroe to celebrate her birthday. Eat your heart of Xtina.

We also spied the strange statues that look like they are about to jump from the top of buildings in the area. Who makes these?

I couldn’t help but take another lopsided photo of my favorite skyscraper while on Brian’s roof.

All in all, a good night was had with Maddy, Elizabeth, Emeri, and Brian.

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