Monday, October 26, 2009

19th Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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Hotdog Dog!

Every year since 1990 Tompkins Square has held one of my favorite events in New York City: The Halloween Dog Parade.  The costumes are outrageous and the people are friendly it is always a good time for people and their furry friends alike.  Every year the costumes seem to get better and more original.  My sister and Rhys brought their adorable puppy Rheana in the pirate costume I bought her, but unfortunately this is the big time and although I do believe she was the most adorable pirate dog "on her quest for booty" (as my sister dubbed her) she did not place in the competition.  The winners are always spectacular homemade costumes that sometimes come with a float and matching costume for the owner.  Even though we didn't win we still had a blast and Rheana went home happy with her trick'o'treat bag full of yummy treats!

I encourage everyone to go the event next year its only $5 which is a donation to the park and upkeep of the dog run!  I'm going to start brainstorming Rheana's costume for next year.....

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Rhys, Elizabeth and Rheana
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Rheana with the judges and in her pirate costume

Here are some of my favorite costumes of the day- Photos after the jump

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Website!!!!

I had all these great plans of things to photograph today and they were all rained out!  So I decided to makeover my webpage, an over due facelift!  Let me know what you think!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Brown Leaves with Paul and Art


I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty-three now but I won't be for long
Time hurries on
And the leaves that are green turn to brown
And they wither in the wind
And they crumble in your hand 

I always listened to Simon and Garfunkel when I was younger, but my Freshman year at NYU I got really into them and would wander around the city trying to escape my dorm and crazy roommate and think what it must have been like for Simon and Garfunkel to walk these same streets and write such beautiful words.  One of my favorite songs has always been Leaves that Are Green, and now in my senior year, my last Fall in New York as a student the song seems so fitting.  Thanks for the tunes guys!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Amazing Sunset!


Amazing Sunset over NYC tonight!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't be Chained to the Clock- 72 Hours Can Save a Life

Don't Be Chained to the Clock- 72 Hours Can Save a Life

Hey everyone,

I know you are all getting sick of me posting about contests I've entered, but this one is really special! It's an art contest by Jimmy Choo to help promote their new campaign against AIDS in Africa.

The idea behind the piece is "you, your shoe, and 72." The campaign will support Project PEP with Elton John's foundation giving funding to the Simelela center in South Africa. If medicine can be acquired within 72 of contracting AIDS the chances of survival raise exponentially.

Here's some info I stole from the site:

“We are women helping women and we are proud to continue our collaboration with the compelling and urgent initiatives of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and to provide a voice for under-privileged women in South Africa. We are excited to launch this social media campaign which we believe is a fun, light-hearted way to make people aware of a very serious subject.” - Tamara Mellon, Founder & President, Jimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo will donate 25% of the net sales from Project PEP to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With this funding, the Elton John AIDS Foundation can directly support the pioneering Simelela Rape Centre in Cape Town that was set up in 2005, with the mission to administer victims of abuse with the vital HIV preventative PEP medication (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) and provide the infrastructure for medical, counselling and legal support.

Here is the direct link to my entry, please vote for it if you like it!  If you're another artist reading this and you enter, send me your link, I'd love to see it!

Don't be Chained to the Clock


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Farmers Market, Washington DC

There is a really amazing farmers market in Washington DC just off Dupont Circle.  It has some of the most amazing cheeses I've ever had (outside of France) and the produce, flowers and chocolate milk is out of this world!  This is a must-see for anyone visiting or living in DC! 

Farmer's Market


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

PDNedu Contest

Polar Bear Hunting on Ice Flows, Svalbard

Hey guys, if you like the above image (or me) please vote on it in the PDNedu contest! You have to register to vote, but I promise it does not take long!

Click here to VOTE!!!!


Fall in DC


Monday, October 12, 2009

Huffington Post

My photos got picked up by the Huffington Post of the National Equality March!
Check it out below!

Huffington Post


National Equality March, Washington DC


This weekend I went to Washington DC to photograph the National Equality March. It was an absolutely amazing experience! Hundreds of thousands of people descended on our nation capitals this weekend to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the West Lawn in front of the Capitol building for a rally. It was amazing to see that many people come together to fight an injustice. The power of the gay-straight alliance was so clearly seen and I really believe that it will make a difference. While it was amazing to see so many people there on Sunday, it is really important that people continue to fight for their rights everyday and convince others to do so. A lot of straight people think that gay rights is not their issue, but it is. Civil rights and liberties should be universal- they effect everyone. If in the 60's white people decided that the civil rights movement was a "black issue" it would have greatly hindered the cause. I was so proud to be there and be part of this historic moment. Seeing hundreds of thousands of people marching together for the cause, there was no way to tell if someone was gay, straight, bi, or transgendered and it didn't matter, it was just a massive amount of people marching for what they believe in. As a straight Jewish woman, there are always so many causes near and dear to my heart and it is so easy and natural for me to jump on the bandwagon of many causes. It is so important though that we look outside ourselves to our friends, family, community and even strangers and fight for causes near and dear to their hearts too, because a human rights cause effects all humans- there should be no "my" or "their" causes, just ours.

It is not enough just to say that you support these rights, everyone must stand up and act. My favorite chant from yesterday, which will be forever stuck in my head, is

Gay, Straight, Black or White, We demand our Civil Rights.

For more information check out:

Photos After the Jump

Love is Love


More to come, but here's a sneak preview!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


I'm leaving tomorrow for DC to photograph the Equality Rights March, so expect no photos this weekend, but there will be a BIG post when I get back of rally photos!

To tide you over for the weekend, here's a cute monkey!


Thursday, October 8, 2009




Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Rest in peace Irving Penn.

The world lost one of the greats today.

Link to NY Times article.




If you haven't already guessed I LOVE HALLOWEEN!
And I really love Candy Corn!  I went to pick some up at the market and saw this cool new mix with Indian Corn, Pumpkins and traditional Candy Corn!  In honor of the amazing candy that you can only get this time
of the year I will show you my favorite way to eat it!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pickle Festival!


Today I went to the Ninth Annual NYC International Pickle Day!  It's located in a parking lot on Broome Street, between Ludlow and Essex on the Lower East Side.    It's run by the NY Food museum and it is a lot of fun- even for those of us (like me) who don't like pickles!  There's also pizza, organic fruits and vegetables and yummy farm products like honey, fresh baked bread and cheese.  Really the focus is on the pickles though, and trust me you can smell the pickles from over a block away.  If you do not like the smell stay clear of the lower east side the day of the festival!  The lines are long for the really good stands so make sure to go with a buddy to keep you company.  Also dogs are welcome so bring alone your furry friend!  For anyone who missed it today, you should definitely check it out next year!


Saturday, October 3, 2009





Friday, October 2, 2009


Here are a few of my favorite Halloween Costumes from the last few years.



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