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today’s desk view: ny public library aerial


Beautiful view from my current job site.

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Grand Central buzzing even at night. My favorite people watching location. Been awhile since I his stood there and took it in. A really good end to a long day on Monday.

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giant ornaments


A yearly christmas tradition–the giant ornament installation across on 6th Ave in Midtown near Rockefeller Center.

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christmas @ the rock


Tree is up at Rockefeller Center, but where are the ice skaters?

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autumn in bloom

Beautiful day in the city yesterday.  The edge of Central Park was looking amazing in shades of orange. A great way to start the holiday.

Have a Happy Turkey Day today feasting with friends and family!


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sunset on the highline

Beautifully orange.  It was a great way to close out my parents visit to the East Coast last month.


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gallow green






The McKittrick Hotel on 27th street not only houses the amazing Sleep No More performances, it has just now opened a rooftop garden bar. It’s so cute and fun. Cocktails, alcoholic punch bowls for groups, wine, beer, great view of the water and the city complete with Empire State Building nearby. Blonde in Peril drink shown above. Reservations currently needed. $20 dollars a person, but the amount go towards the overall bill at the end. Check it out if you can.

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5 years_nyc


Been in New York City 5 Years today! Happy Anniversary!!

View of the rooftop gardens with the new World Trade Center Towers in construction (background) as taken from an apartment on 12th street. Classic NYC. Love it. What a different view from higher up!

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brooklyn botanical greenhouse

View across the lilypad koi pond towards the Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.


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garden reflections


View at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Love the reflections.

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spring green


Beautiful day as I pass by Central Park headed to a meeting. I wish I could be one of those people lounging in the grass…

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park view


View of Central Park from a job I’m working on at Madison Ave and 61st Street.

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belvedere sketch

A happy find. An image of an old sketch done in Central Park of Belvedere Castle from across the Turtle pond. Can’t wait till the weather gets nice enough again to sit out and do more sketching.

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olly oxen free vintage







Just went to the opening of the Olly Oxen Free Vintage Store on Sunday. Owner Suzanne Palmer has opened a great little Vintage store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I found out about it through Kelly (pictured standing at the storefront). There’s a great selection of vintage women and men’s clothing as well as accessories, shoes, jewelry, records, books, and other miscellaneous items. There’s a 1960-70’s vibe to most of the clothing. There is even a rack of hand inked patterned clothing from India in 1971, never work. Fun, colorful, retro prints. Bohemian and mod. You’re bound to find something and best of all it’s really affordable. I love vintage stores, but they are definitely a strain on the pocketbook. Here, I felt you are bound to find something great at every price range! Kelly and I both walked out with great pieces (she’s modeling her’s above).

Olly Oxen Free also holds a donations based yoga class on Tuesdays from 7p-8:15p. Also on slate for extracurricular activities are film screenings and workshops. Really great idea to make a retail space in to a community gathering point. I’m all for that.

Check it out next time you are in the area. It’s off the Montrose stop on the L train.

M – closed
T – 1p-6p (Yoga 7p-8:15)
W-S – 12p-8p
SUN – 2p-8p

Olly Oxen Free Vintage
137 Montrose Ave.
Brooklyn, New York

(images by: vivien chin)

sunsets & towers




Sunset views on Friday from a project in Tribeca my office is working on. Progress on the World Trade Center visible as well.

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towering over the park


Tower spires and central park. View from 57th st. & 5th ave at the bottom of the park. Went to a meeting there yesterday and saw this! A great view.

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an aerial perspective



(image from Super Colossal)



Trapped in traffic in the tunnel between New Jersey & New York. At the midpoint as the wall indicates.

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empire night shot


Night view of the Empire State from in front of the Church of Transfiguration on East 29th street and 5th ave or Broadway. Nice view when walking back from dinner to the subway last night.


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farewell for now…


Last view as I leave Grandma’s to go back to NYC. Miss you Cali.

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Attended the “City” exhibit that just opened last night at the Bridge Gallery in the Lower East Side.  Beautiful works on exhibit especially by my friend, Raylene Gorum (see first 2 images).  Fabulous work Raylene! Congratulations to all in the show it is amazing.  Please check it out if you can.  Show it up through January.

Bridge Gallery
98 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

(images by: vivien chin)

park view: big spotted dog


Stumbled upon this pic recently.  It was a Union Square Farmer’s market find.  I don’t know my dogs well, but it is best described as a Great Dane Dalmation mix.  It was beautiful and one of the biggest dogs I’ve ever seen.  A great animal!  If I could have only gotten his face in the pic.  Where does someone keep a dog this big in the city??


(image by: vivien chin)

intersection: mott + prince


@ intersection of mott st. & prince st. in nyc

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highline part 2_aerial

Section 2 of the Highline just opened up.  Can’t wait to see it first hand.  More pics to come after my own visit.  Check out my previous posts of Section 1 from June 2009.


(image from dezeen)

missing wheel

Lost little wheel on the subway tracks.  How lonely…


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desk view: super saturated


The trees really looked this bright after the rain one day

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sleeping on the job


Maybe the street performer got tired of not getting any donations? Or it’s all part of the act…haha…the things I see on my way to work. If only we all got paid to sleep 🙂

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feathers, feathers everywhere!!




Giant pillow fight in Union Square today!

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flower power







Plant studies from trip to Hawaii last year. Akaka Falls on the Big Island (Hawaii).

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the spring stair

My favorite stair vestibule as I walk down Spring Street, SoHo

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snowy trees



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snowy streets


Good luck digging your cars out!

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this week’s desk view: snoooowman

People getting creative with all the snow we’re getting this winter.  love it!


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the waterhouse @ south bund_nhdro

Old Japanese army headquarters turned boutique hotel in Shanghai by NHDRO. Corten steel + exposed concrete…love.

(images from Dezeen)

fall 2010_central park


Highlights from this year’s fall colors in Central Park.  A little behind on the post, but better late then never!


(images by: vivien chin)

creeping colors

Loving the way the greens, oranges, and reds are climbing up the facade. Whimsical…

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counting to something….

Passed by this at the intersection of John St. & Water St. (?) in Wall Street area. What’s it counting up to? First inclination is to say it’s a clock, but not sure how to read it considering it was taken at 9am one day. Mystery….I should just google it 🙂

(image by: vivien chin)

today’s desk view: autumn blooms in the sun

Fall is beautiful….(minus the xmas village blocking everything)

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@ Central Park.


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