It's a funny thing when your dreams come true. I'm constantly looking ahead and thinking about where I'll be months from now, so it's a very strange position to be in when you end up exactly where you've always wanted to be. In my case, that's New York City.
I recently moved to New York to start a graphic design internship at Putnam, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers and although I've had a few weeks to adjust to the city, it's still very surreal. Back in April I found out I got the Penguin internship position (honestly, THE internship of my dreams), found an amazing (and affordable!) Madison Avenue apartment sublet on the Upper East Side, and received a scholarship that would end up covering all my summer costs... all within two weeks. Things seemed too perfect and I started thinking to myself that things like this just don't happen, and to even it out, something terrible was going to happen to me just to balance out the universe. I convinced myself this was true when I was encountering visa issues and it didn't look like I'd end up getting to go after all, but Penguin was amazing and helped me through the little bump in the road. So TAKE THAT, universe, I'm here! (Cue "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from Cats Don't Dance).
I have so much to say about so much that's been going on these past few weeks so I'm going to pace myself and focus on New York City in this blog post and dedicate another post entirely to Penguin. Spread the love out a little, you know? For now, here is some of my free Penguin loot!
Where to begin? I've always been obsessed with New York and have had "Live in New York City" at the top of my bucket list since I was eight (that list may have also included "Climb Mt. Everest" though so I never took much stock in it). However this one-sided love affair began, New York has always been associated in my head & heart with this idealized vision of my future. I've been able to visit the city about nine times before moving here and have come to the realization that the city doesn't really change. These places stay the same but what changes is how I see them. What had once been the street corner that I got lost on last fall has now become my regular route to work. It's been like a weird magic trick in reverse. First you don't see it, now you do!
I'm still new to insignificant NYC experiences like riding the subway so I tend to notice everything around me. I like to think of the Fantasia 2000 Al Hirschfeld-inspired piece to George Gershwin's "Rhpasody in Blue" when I'm on my way to work in the morning because of the variety of people that come on and off in waves.
I've been really fortunate to have found such a great apartment with such great roommates, in such a great location. I live a block away from a subway that brings me to the best bookstores, galleries, and shops and because the Penguin offices are tucked directly between Soho and the West Village, there are endless things to do near home or work all the time.
One of my favorite book shops near work is McNally Jackson, which may be the most dangerous place in New York for my wallet.
I really want to take advantage of all that New York has to offer so I've been checking out different galleries, bookstores, and little shops as much as possible. This past week my boyfriend Dave got to visit (yay!) and we did some exploring. On Friday night, we went to the opening of To Rome, With Love at Angelika Film Centre, so I think I can check off "Do the most New Yorker thing you can think of" on my to-do list. When Woody Allen came onscreen, the audience burst into applause. And I thought I was a fan.
While walking around the next day, we stopped into a few galleries! This picture below was such a neat experience. There's a show right now at the Whitney Museum called Fireflies on the Water by Yayoi Kusama where you walk onto a platform in this small, shut room with lights, water, and mirrors. My picture is really crappy but I was nervous about spending time to take a good one because photography wasn't allowed (oops!) and each person was only permitted 60 seconds inside the space.
There was an exhibition in Chelsea that was solely about water and this piece was super neat. Spurts of water would be released at a certain time and speed to create words as the droplets fall:
Despite all the great art we saw in galleries, this pile of trash outside of a middle school in Chelsea might have been my favorite thing we saw that day:
After looking online at what other exhibitions are going on at the moment, I was so excited to stumble upon this:
At Governors Island, from now until early September, there is a free exhibition co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Walker Art Center going on ALL ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN. Within hours after reading about this, I was there.
What I loved about this show was how it ranged from elaborate, bulky, expensive pieces to magazines and books I have at home. Because so much falls under the umbrella of "graphic design", there was product design, books, prints, films, typography... It was divine.
There was a cute station at the end that let people vote on which logo they preferred in a company's rebrand. Kids were really getting into it... including myself.
After spending the afternoon in this graphic design show, we wandered over to Brooklyn to check out the flea market.
My day just got better from this point but I have so much more to be excited about and so many more photos I want to post so I think I'll leave the rest for another day, another blog post. This bear rug is the perfect image to leave you with for now.