LEGALITY HERE I COME, in an adult manner of serious sophistication of course...

WAHOOOOOO! I turned the big two-one on Saturday (October 10) in a little place called New York City. It was the funnest birthday I've ever celebrated, and no, not just because I can finally go out without the big X marks on my hands...but because the people I was with made it really incredible. The first thing we did to start the day was going to see Art in Odd Places (yes, that's an actual planned event).

For a class assignment I decided to photograph the art event (AiOP) that's been going on in NYC for the last 10 years. The name sums it up, an array of art from visual to performance all along 14th street created by an endless array of unique artists.

Here are a few pieces that we found while on 14th street:

"COPY is a multi-site public artwork consisting of aluminum street signs installed on existing New York City signposts..each sign is a textual copy of an ad appearing on a billboard mounted on a building opposite. COPY exposes the slippery, often counterintuitive assumptions we make about the clarity or legibility of text and images, as well as how these images function in the context of our urban landscape"

"COPY is a multi-site public artwork consisting of aluminum street signs installed on existing New York City signposts..each sign is a textual copy of an ad appearing on a billboard mounted on a building opposite. COPY exposes the slippery, often counterintuitive assumptions we make about the clarity or legibility of text and images, as well as how these images function in the context of our urban landscape"

"This installation chronicles Jet Magazine's "Beauties of the Week" from 1953 to present, which historically depicts the alluring elements of fashion and style, along with the ever-changing standards of beauty in the American socio-cultural landscape"

"This installation chronicles Jet Magazine's "Beauties of the Week" from 1953 to present, which historically depicts the alluring elements of fashion and style, along with the ever-changing standards of beauty in the American socio-cultural landscape"

 

After that, we got lunch at The Park, where I had my first official drink, followed by amazing breakfast food in the afternoon...and a pitcher of Sangria, duh.

 

Sidenote: I was waiting all day to finally show my ID to order a drink for the first time, and I was preparing a way to force the bartender check it, but luckily he did ID me, which resulted in me momentarily becoming the giddy 10 year old I really am. Luckily I got to use my shiny little ID card then, because the subsequent bars assumed I was legal..how rude, am I right? 

 

Then we strolled along the Hudson for a bit to the High Line, where there was an interactive lego installation!

Then there was also the beautiful Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Coney Island, a graffiti gallery, an aquarium carousel, Aladdin on Broadway,  a guy who tried to sell us all the drugs under the sun (in Time Square of course), Central Park, several ice-cream encounters, an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant, buying a cupcake out of an ATM machine, some awesome museums and a ton of other fun moments. I was beyond happy to get to share every one of these moments with my big seester Shelby. I can't wait to go back again for more memorable adventures!

P.S - who doesn't end their birthday night in a stellar mexican restaurant in Astoria sipping tequila out of a pineapple with two straws and getting sung happy birthday to while getting free churros and wearing a giant sombrero during all of it? 

Just another typical twenty-first birthday for me after all, maybe next year will be something extraordinary.

 

Until next time...go have an adventure :)