throwback thursday: chi-town

For some reason I’ve been reminiscing lately about the semester I spent in Chicago my junior year. This was way before The Purple Notebook was born (and way before I had a higher quality camera), but I thought I’d go ahead and share some of my favorite pics from that time anyway:




Not only was I lucky enough to be there on St. Patty’s Day, I was lucky enough to have the day off from classes on St. Patty’s Day. Yay day drinking!


Not sure what happened to my camera here. I think it was on fireworks mode.



pics post: inflation station

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a bunch of really big balloons getting blown up:






dumbo, chinatown, and the bridge in between


I originally had the idea to walk the Manhattan Bridge so that I could get some good shots of the Brooklyn Bridge (which I’ve already walked twice). When I found out it connected two neighborhoods I had been meaning to explore, I decided to make a day of it.



I started out in Brooklyn, walking around DUMBO (that’s Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass–those New Yorkers love their acronyms), before heading up to the bridge for the main attraction.




Once I touched down in Manhattan, I took a quick stroll around Chinatown…



…before ending my day with some apple bacon pizza and a rose lemonade (my new favorite beverage that isn’t coffee).


prospect park

Last weekend I rolled into Prospect Park with the intention of exploring the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, only to find out that admission was $12!! I’ve only been to one other botanic garden before (here), but does anyone else find it odd that it wasn’t free? I guess that’s New York for you.

So, determined not to waste the commute, I strolled through the park instead. Less exotic but just as enjoyable.









pics post: manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge was actually over a month ago, and the reason I didn’t post about it right away is that my photos of the actual big moment were quite disappointing. But I still got some shots I liked while I was waiting on 34th Street. So here’s Midtown in all its sunset-y glory:

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pics post: unedited

More photos from the archives, in all their unfiltered glory.

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pics post: springtime in brooklyn

Apparently wonky weather isn’t confined to the Midwest, because while it was a lovely 60+ degrees when I took these photos last week, the last couple of days have seen me huddled under my comforter in my warmest hoodie. But today I’m back to cracking the window open just a little bit and hoping we finally get a decent spring before the brutal New York summer kicks in.

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pics post | snow day


There was a big hullabaloo leading up to the blizzard in New York this past week. So of course it was over and the sun was out by two or three that afternoon. But I still got a day off work, so everyone wins.



pics post | the leftovers

I take a lot more photos than what eventually ends up on the blog. Usually a photo doesn’t make the cut because there’s another photo I like just a little bit better, a random passerby awkwardly inserted himself into the frame, or it’s just plain crap. So they get squirreled away in my hard drive, never to see the light of the Internet.

I did some digging through my archives to give a few of my leftover pictures a chance to shine. Most are from the city, and a few go back to my Nebraska days.

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pics post: nye in nyc

These were all taken on New Year’s Eve. I took a short walk in Central Park before work. The sun was out, the air was crisp, and my favorite song was playing on my iPod:

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After work, as you already know, I popped over to Times Square to catch the action:

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