Reviewing 2016, at the Dawn of 2017

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Hello old blog! I seem to only revisit this site for reviewing the previous year, but I think it’s still an important outlet to have, when I need it. 2016 was definitely a building year in life, where I finally got my own apartment, in a building overlooking a beautiful Brooklyn park, and managed to pay for it only with writing (and a few cemetery tours and talks). The process of that was exhausting. However, I did travel, from Montreal to Route 66 to New Orleans, with some of my favorite friends. I also became an aunt!

Life is never a smooth field to walk over, there are always the rocks, maybe left from some old glacier you thought had long melted away, or holes you haven’t quite patched, waiting to twist an ankle. Hills appear unexpectedly, and are steeper than expected once you start to climb. I’ll try not to turn this into rather mediocre pastoral poetry, just to say that I value those people who give me their trust, love, and friendship on this strange and unpredictable path. Also, in my seventh year in New York, I get to unlock mausoleums and bring people inside to talk about dead magicians and occult history, and that’s pretty great, no matter what else happens next.

Writing is now my full-time job, so, for better or worse, that means that’s all I do for 40 hours a week, which can mean a lot of stories slip through the flow of endless internet content. I thought I would corral a few of them here… for my curiosity, if nothing else. Oh and I’m still visiting and writing about New York City’s greatest trees, but you can read all about them on my dedicated Tumblr.

And I got to meet this celebrity llama:

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And see all these beautiful, magical, and curious things:

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Chinatown, NYC

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Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Blizzard in Brooklyn

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Prune Nourry’s colossal head at the Invisible Dog

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Saint Roch Cemetery, New Orleans

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Kayaking, New Orleans

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Frog friend, New Orleans

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Corpse flower, The Bronx

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Secret Mausoleum Club, Brooklyn

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Opening a mausoleum for a cemetery tour

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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Rockaway Beach, NYC

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Great Salt Plains, Oklahoma

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Biosphere, Montreal

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Taryn Simon, Park Avenue Armory

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Tree of Life, New Orleans

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Abandoned morgue, Ellis Island

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Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn

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Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

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Bayside Cemetery, Queens

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Cheers to 2017! This world right now is rather terrifying, but that there is still adventure and discovery to be had, and people who want to share in it, gives me hope.

 

One thought on “Reviewing 2016, at the Dawn of 2017

  1. Sara Hassan says:

    Allison, I love reading your writing and the subjects you choose. You are the shining jewel of Hyperallergic. Thank you!

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