Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Things to Do in NYC: The Tram to Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

In the two years that I've lived in NYC I've explored many areas and towns around the area but somehow hadn't made it out to Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is an island in the East River right under the Queensboro bridge. It runs from 85th street on the UES down to 46th street. To get there you can take the tram over the Queensboro bridge.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

The tram is only one of three commuter aerial tramways in the US and you can use your Metrocard to get on it. It's really fun to ride over the bridge and see the city in a completely new way rising up from 2nd Ave.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

There is a bus on the island that takes you around but you can also walk to the main attraction-- the Four Freedoms park to the south. Here you can see the UN building across the river as well as the three main buildings of NYC all from one spot: the Empire State building, the Chrysler building, and the Freedom Tower.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

And then there's the smallpox hospital that was abandoned in the 1950s.
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip


Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island is a great place to visit if you're someone who doesn't like the hustle of exploring busy places. It was a really nice way to spend a quiet afternoon taking in the city. :)

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Also see: Rollerblading on Randall's Island. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NYC Apartment Update: Bedroom Plants and Temporary Wallpaper Closet Doors

NYC Bedroom Update
For the past year that we've been living in our apartment, my bedroom has been frustrating me a bit because it just didn't feel right. All of the hod podge furniture and decor just wasn't coming together properly like it usually does. My stuff never matches, but somehow it always just works. This wasn't happening for this room.

NYC Bedroom Update
But then... I added PLANTS. A couple weeks ago I picked up a Chinese evergreen from Home Depot, put it in the bedroom, got tickled at how awesome it looked and then went down the street to buy a few more plants. :)

NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
I also painted a few picture frames we picked up off the street and hung them above the bed and on the side walls. After a year of trying to figure out how to set up this weird room, I'm finally happy with it. (Here's how I made my headboard, here's how I made my geometric dresser, and here's how I decoupaged the night stand. :))

NYC Bedroom Update
Including Adele's bedroom, we now have 9 (NINE!) barn pulley pendant lights in this apartment. When you find something you like, go all in. (Here's how we hung two barn pulley pendant light projects.)

NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
This past weekend, Sean and I also covered our closet doors in temporary wallpaper. Here's the wallpaper I used, but I got mine on Ebay for a really good deal.

NYC Bedroom Update
The key to wallpapering the doors is just to make sure everything lines up. The paper I used was pretty forgiving and you could lift it back up if you got a bump or a buckle. We did have to take the farthest door off it's hinges to get the paper on, but it wasn't necessary for the other doors.

NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
NYC Bedroom Update
Where my statement necklaces live.

NYC Bedroom Update
:)







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