Category Archives: adventure

Off to a Paris Adventure!

Tomorrow I’m flying out to Paris for a two week adventure! I haven’t been to France since I moved back to the United States in 2009, so I am eager to explore. (Although a bit worried about how rusty my French has gotten!) While I’ve over there, I’m hoping to write some stories for both Hyperallergic and Atlas Obscura, so check in there for updates and expect many photos on my return!

Obscura Day 2012!

Catacombs at Green-Wood Cemetery from our Obscura Day 2011 visit 

What could be more fantastic than an international day of celebrating the world’s most curious wonders? Atlas Obscura, which I’ve contributed to in the form of some writing and cemetery explorations, is again hosting Obscura Day on April 28 (just a day after my birthday!).

I am leading a walk through monuments and gravestones for NYC disasters at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn (it’s almost sold out!), but there are events happening all over the place, including a street art and graffiti workshop with Alternative Berlin (remember when I took their tour during my 2009 visit?), a magic lantern presentation at the Dittrick Museum in Cleveland, a walk along the lost streams of NYC with Steve Duncan of the urban exploration site Undercity, and a street art photography workshop with Saddle Shoe Tours (who I took that LES street art tour with). Here is the complete list!

Nothing near you? Then click the “suggest an event” button. Or just go out on April 28 and appreciate a more offbeat corner of your world, and take photos, do the social media thing. We can all meet up in this wondrous place called the internet.

Here are my recaps of the 2010 and 2011 Obscura Days, and I’ve posted some recent photos of Green-Wood Cemetery to set the mood below.

Riding the East River Ferry

Brave boaters in the East River off of Long Island City.

A wonderful new thing called the East River Ferry just started, offering public transportation via boat from Manhattan to Queens to Brooklyn to Governors Island. I caught it the second weekend it opened and was having temporarily free service (and free iced coffee!). Below are some of the sites from the surprisingly quick moving ferry, which I got on and off at Long Island City, Williamsburg, and DUMBO. I’m not sure how popular it will be with commuters (it’s rather impossible for me, could there be a stop in Gowanus?), but it was fun to ride.

Speeding down the East River.


Here is a power plant in Manhattan viewed from the ferry, with a line of boats riding by.

Docking in Williamsburg.

Approaching the Williamsburg Bridge


Helicopter hovering by the Manhattan Bridge.


I took a break in Brooklyn Bridge Park for an almond croissant.


And I found that the Play for Hope pianos were back! Too bad I'm not much of a piano player.


I ended the morning adventure with some reading and people watching in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.