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It’s October 6th, but I feel like I can’t get around to talking about fall or anything else before documenting the rest of Summer 2016 highlights. So here we go:

Getaway Tiny House


Towards the end of August, I had the opportunity to check out a ~160-square-foot tiny cabin in upstate NY. Designed with busy city folk in mind, Getaway houses are there to help you unplug from devices and reconnect with nature.


I kind of did that? Does Kindle count as unplugging? I didn’t put my phone in the “Cell Phone Lockbox” provided, but I didn’t have service either (thanks, T-Mobile.) Everything I thought and felt about the experience is in an essay on Curbed. In a nut shell: it’s a worthwhile weekend retreat ($130/night for two people :X), but it didn’t exactly turn me into a tiny house convert. But more importantly: Sharon and I got to load up on Chef Boyardee and cup noodles.

On our way back to Manhattan, we also stopped by Dia:Beacon, the perfect pit stop for some modern art eye candy and glorious light. I mean…(Just found out the space used to be a Nabisco box printing factory!)

Cape May 

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One of my personal goals at the moment is to get better at planning time off/vacations/traveling, because otherwise it’ll never come! For one, it took some serious convincing on my dad’s part to get me to take two days off to explore Cape May and Atlantic City with the fam. To no surprise, great times were had.

I already knew I was in for a treat since Cape May just made Curbed NY’s map, “16 small towns near NYC you need to visit right now.”

Cape May prides itself as a quaint Victorian village nestled in the southern tip of New Jersey…

Sold! Quaint Victorian houses there were! Two examples:


Unfortunately, we only had about 45 minutes in “downtown” since we spent a good chunk of time at the Cape May County Zoo earlier in the day (totally worthwhile considering it’s free! Plus: a total #dreamcolorscheme moment in the ‘gram below) and then went straight to the Cape May lighthouse and beach (where there was also a huge World War II bunker…) I’d definitely like to go back and spend more time in town.

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The second day, we went up to AC, which was not nearly as attractive visually (sorry), but was very engaging intellectually. Workers seen protesting the imminent closure of the Taj Mahal Casino Resort sent me down a content rabbit hole, digging up articles about Trump, AC vs. Vegas, etc. etc…

Governor’s Island


The good news: I have found my favorite place in NYC, maybe. The bad news: Governors Island, a blissful, secluded 172 acres a short $2 ferry ride south of Manhattan, is closed to the public until next May. Anyway, with all its young trees, Teletubbyland hills, bike rentals, architectural slides and play structures, educational gardens, Gov Island is where I’d go to find “California” in New York on a sunny summer day. Much recommend!




Processed with VSCO with c1 presetEnded the day walking across the Brooklyn Bridge…Check!

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