• Recharge Your Mind By The Water

    …alongside views that even Drake would be jealous of!

    A workaholic, I always cram my days with chores, deadlines, happy hours, and quick brunches. In fact, I always feel so out of place with free time on my hands. The thought of nothing to do and nowhere to be not only gives me goosebumps, but also makes me extremely fidgety. Normally, I’d take that extra time to scroll through my social media–check the day’s accumulation of Snapchat stories, Instagram photos, and Facebook interactions. Recently, however, I’ve been trying to curb that habit.

    As much as I want to turn a blind eye, my social media dependency isn’t always the healthiest.

    Back in high school, my friends and I would go to Fort Totten Park to pass time. We’d sit on these huge rocks and stare into the water all while making short conversations, long conversations, or sometimes, no conversations at all. Sometimes, the movement of the water was enough. I’d even go there myself to de-clutter my mind after a breakup. Of course, I’d feel much better afterwards.

    With social media front and center in almost every aspect of my life, I forget how important it is to just stop and appreciate nature.

    Water, for one, has always given me loads of positive energy and good vibes. Being by the water can automatically de-stress and relax the brain into a more balanced and meditative state. Think of it as therapeutic downtime!

    If you live in New York City, you have to check out these water vies sans social media. No excuses, we’re practically surrounded by water!

    Fort Totten Park

    Bayside, NY

    Gantry Plaza State Park

    Long Island City, NY

    Battery Park

    New York, NY

    Okay, if you must, you can post pictures of these gorgeous views on Instagram. Your visit didn’t happen unless you uploaded evidence, amiright?

     

    Please let me know if you have a mindful place you like to visit. I’d love to check your spot out!

  • Three Instagram-Worthy Spots to Visit this Weekend!

    Smize, Y’all! Oh, and werk! 

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always a big sucker for insta-worthy destinations. Feed on fleek? You betcha!

    Here are three super awesome places I scouted out for scenic pictures and dope backgrounds. Taking a social media cleanse? No worries! They’re also great places to visit in general.

    Blackbody Show Room

    25 Greene Street

    The Blackbody Show Room is home to the world’s first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The space consists of two floors filled with all things lights. We’re talking incredible fixtures and mind-boggling chandeliers! Their “Orange Room” with “raining” lights is definitely a fan favorite.

    Plus, it’s that perfect backdrop for your new profile pic.

    And, admission to this French light installation is free! If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest dropping by to relax your mind, body, and soul.

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City)

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    You can find this contemporary art museum in Long Island City, Queens. After walking through the colorful “Weaving the Courtyard” to get to the actual museum, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed everything the three-floored MoMa PS1 had to offer.

    Not gonna lie, there were some disturbing artworks, but I guess that’s just what contemporary art is.

    Otherwise, the museum has an incredible selection of art ranging from short films, to simple paints, to sculptures. Come with an open mind but you might want to leave the children you’re babysitting at home.

    Oh, and admission is free for all New Yorkers until October 2017 in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary!

    SeaGlass Carousel

    State & Water Street (Battery Park)

    You need to check out the SeaGlass Carousel because it is the prettiest carousel I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Even though I’ve “been there” and “done that,” I gladly would do it all over again.

    Yeah, I know, it’s $5.00 for just a couple of minutes, but these glowing and rotating fish are so worth the mulah!

    Best of all, it’s gram-worthy day and night, inside and out!

    OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT

    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    • David Zwirner Gallery

     

    Pray tell, what are some of your favorite gram-worthy spots this summer?

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