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Eye For Style Recommends: Escape to New York

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Eye For Style Recommends: GRUB STREET

For one day only, Hester Street Fair will literally transform into “Grub Street, USA” with picket fences, eating parks galore, and over 40 exclusive food vendors selected personally by Grub Street and New York Magazine.

Curated by the folks at Grub Street, the editorial staff has invited their favorite food purveyors and restaurants to participate in their first ever ALL FOOD, all day event. From the best restaurants, to trucks and carts, to neighborhood joints from all across the 5 boroughs, this mouth-watering event will give you a taste of the finest morsels New York has to offer. All in one place!

Plus, to add even a little more spice to the mix, Santos Party House will whip this smorgasbord into even more than your average eating fest, providing the necessary ingredients to dance off some of those extra calories you’ll be packing on. Shake liberally so as to avoid impending food coma!

Just make sure to leave room for dessert, kids. This is surely destined to be the most exciting food festival on the Lower East Side this fall – or I promise to eat my words as well. Gulp.

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To view more of my food photography, please visit my website: eyeforstyle.net.

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Celebrating Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri is a yearly “rite of spring” event at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens celebrating the revered cherry blossom and the diversity of Japanese culture, with over 60 events and performances all weekend long. Visitors can sample a wide variety of traditional Japanese music and dance including: taiko drumming, butoh performances, and flower hat dancing, or the more contemporary fare of today’s techno DJ, anime, and manga culture. There are dozens of all-ages presentations, ceremonies, and workshops to participate in, including ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, cosplay photo shoots, and more.

Avid photographers, pro and amateur alike, will undoubtedly eat this event up with a spoon as people-watching is truly at it’s best here. It’s a unique mix of stroller toting urban families, excited little kids running wild, couples enjoying a romantic day out, young goth/lolita Cosplayers having tea parties and snapping pictures on their mobile devices, and Japanese performers dressed head-to-toe in traditional garb. Certainly a lot to take in! In spite all the activity, you may opt to just come and enjoy the gardens by spreading your blanket on the lawn, breathing in the sweet fresh air, and daydreaming amidst the beautifully lush greenery and happy people. When you’re ready for a stroll, head to the floral gardens, greenhouses, and bonsai exhibits to revel in the fact that spring has finally sprung!

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
May 1 – 2, 2010
10 am – 6 pm

Here’s a gallery of my favorite photos of the day. For more of my portrait and event photography, please visit my website: eyeforstyle.net.

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Best iPhone photos of 2009

I’m not a huge gadget person, but my 3 year old cellphone was literally dying recently, so after much hemming & hawing I decided to take the plunge and purchase an iPhone. Immediate love! No longer am I trying to remember where this or that is, I can just use the maps app and find out its exact location. Just brilliant, especially in such a walking town as New York. I’ve also become one of those people with the little white cords hanging out of their ears, as I navigate the city streets to my own personal soundtrack. All the while being mindful that is important to pull them out every now and again so as not to miss out on all those great spontaneous conversations that you have with strangers, which is such a pivotal part of life in this city. Sometimes one little moment I have with someone, a brief connection with another human sharing this experience, that brings a smile to my face and makes my day. I love picking an album that suits my mood and walking down the street like I’ve got a juicy little secret in my head, but I equally love the cacophony of traffic, honking horns, people yelling – all the hustle bustle that makes New York so unique. It’s all about striking a balance, you know?

My favorite thing about the iPhone is probably the camera. As a photographer, it’s been a life-changing tool. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been out in the world, sans my rather large Nikon SLR, when I see something that I want to capture and I’m not able to. Doh! No more, “I gotta come back and get that later”. I love that I always have a camera with me now, and a pretty good one at that. Though you need to shoot mostly in decent daylight (there’s no flash capability) and have super steady hands to focus, it’s great to feel as though there won’t be any more missed opportunities.

My favorite thing to photograph with my iPhone at the moment is New York City “street art” – graffiti, posters, murals, quotes, found objects, etc – mostly in and around my East Village neighborhood. Art that exists for everyone’s eyes, by artists for the masses, for public contemplation and enjoyment, a la Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and De La Vega. It’s raw, it’s temporary, it’s often there one day and gone the next. It evolves, as people come by and add to it, until it’s inevitably papered over with some new advertisement, or painted over completely, forever. Hence, I love the immediate accessibility of my iPhone camera, and all the joy I experience capturing these fleeting works of artistry, where I live right now, in the present moment, so long as it lasts.

So, here’s my gallery of “The Best my iPhone Photos 2009″. To view more of my street art photography, please visit my website, www.eyeforstyle.net.

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Musical Discoveries in NYC’s Parks and Subways

Upon moving to NYC, I managed to land myself a fabulous floor through one bedroom flat, in a little row house on West 4th Street, originally owned by one of the founding mothers of the historic preservation movement in Greenwich Village, previously occupied solely by photographers (including the legendary Paul Strand), just one block from Washington Square Park. I could not have found myself in a more perfect location – at the epicenter of the most radically artistic, musical, literary, political community – steeped in history and more vibrant than ever! Majorly good juju for a newbie in town. Oh, how blessed I am.

So, one of my favorite things to do after working on the computer all day, was to take a cup of tea into the park in the afternoon and listen to MUSIC. I could always count on someone to be playing some sort of instrument at one corner of the park. ALWAYS. And I can whole-heartedly say, some of the best musicians playing out there today, hands down, are playing in New York City’s parks and underground subway tunnels. Busking and crowd pleasing, on their own schedules and terms (when the NYPD isn’t harrassing them, that is), raking in a guitar case full of bills, on the regular. Some really epic talent! Maybe they’re waiting to be discovered, or for that big break that will propel them into major stardom, but honestly I think not. They do it because they love it, because the people love it, because it’s an instrumental part of what Washington Square, Tompkins Square, and Union Square Park are about at their very core. Stumbling upon these performances in the city automatically injects a jolt of fun into my day and is such a gift to the general public. These musicians represent some of the most stellar creativity NYC has to offer. Nothing beats an afternoon in the park, by the fountain, under the Arch, listening to jazz, and people-watching. I love New York City!

So here is my short list of “The Best Musical Acts of NYC’s Parks & Subways 2009″:

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Baby Soda Jazz Band

Stumblebum Brass Band

Xylopholks

Brothers Moving

Jason Stuart, upright bassist extraordinaire

Collin Huggins, The Crazy Piano Guy

To view more of my music photography, please visit eyeforstyle.net.

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