When living in a place that is known as “the city that never sleeps”, it becomes essential to escape that uninterrupted noise in order to keep yourself sane. In October, we decided to venture upstate for Halloween weekend. We camped for the first night, and […]
With the New Year here you will begin to hear about everyone’s Resolutions. You know, that dreaded word that means to do or not do something or in other terms something that you keep up for the first few weeks of January and then you forget all together. Instead of relying on resolutions I am setting goals for myself. Not only monthly goals but year long goals. I find that I have a better chance of following through with them if in my mind I view them as goals instead of resolutions.
With that being said a goal of mine for 2018 is to read more. When I was little I was a major bookworm. I remember going to the bookstore and being so entranced by all the endless stories that surrounded me that I couldn’t wait to immerse myself into. My mom would always find me on the floor with a pile of books next to me, I’d have to pick a couple at a time and then write down the rest to pick up next time. We also had a nighttime routine of her having to take my books away otherwise I would stay up all night under my covers reading, resulting in me not being able to get up for school the next day. Needless to say my head was always in a book.
Sadly the older I’ve gotten the more that part of me seems to be lost. It slowly began end of college and now I struggle to pick up one book to read. 2018 will be the year that changes, I have joined the reading challenge on Goodreads and have set a goal of 12 books to read this year. I already have a list of ones that have accumulated dust on my bookshelf that will now get the love and use they were destined for.
Follow along on my quest to reactivate the bookworm side of me on Goodreads. I will be marking every book I’ve read along with providing a quick review of it.
Comment below on what book you are currently reading or a book you highly recommend for me to read!
New York is filled with culture and people from all across the world making it one of the biggest melting pots out there. Walking down the street you may hear a handful of different languages being spoken or stumble upon a parade of celebration for a culture. It is honestly one of the top five reasons why I love this city. Constantly being exposed to a wide range of culture reminds me that living in this city is a gift not to be taken granted for. One of the more vibrant celebrations that takes place every year is DanceAfrica Bazaar, held by BAM here in Brooklyn. It is a weekend filled with amazing vendors, food from all different parts of Africa and of course dancing. It honestly is a must see and this year I decided to explore the festival with one of my best friends to capture her experience at this year’s DanceAfrica. I also put together a little Q/A I did with her to learn more about how she feels about DanceAfrica and where she gets inspiration for her style.
Name: Christina Daniels
Home State: Ohio
Profession: Marketing and Development at Pioneer Works
Years living in New York: 5
Was this your first year attending DanceAfrica? No
If no, how many years have you attended? 3
How did you hear about DanceAfrica?
I love BAM, so I keep up on what they’re doing.
How would you describe DanceAfrica to someone who has never attended or heard of it?
DanceAfrica showcases the cultures, dances, and fashions of African countries in a weekend-long festival. I look forward to it every year.
What is your takeaway from it/favorite part about the celebration filled weekend?
I love the Bazaar. The streets are so vibrant with food, shopping, and performances. Also, you can’t beat the people watching.
Has anything from the festival struck inspiration for you in terms of style?
If so, in what way?
I get a lot of inspiration for natural hairstyles.
How would you describe your style?
I like simple silhouettes and patterns.
How has your style evolved throughout your life?
My style is simplified. I have more quality pieces that make up collection rather than one off pieces.
Has there been any event or experience that has had a major impact on influencing how you present yourself to the world?
Moving to New York, or perhaps just getting older, has elevated my style. I definitely feel like my style has gotten better over time.
Stay up to date on all events/festivals thrown by BAM here and don’t miss out on next year’s DanceAfrica. Interested in attending other festivals in New York for the time being? See below for a list of a wide range of festivals happening over the rest of summer.
Saturday, July 15th – NYC Caribbean Food Festival “A Cultural Celebration for your Senses”
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1500 Paerdegat Avenue North
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Saturday, July 15th – Curlfest
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16th – Carnaval de la Cultura Latina
Southern Boulevard between 163rd St and Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Sunday, July 16th – Bastille Day
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
128 Smith St
Sunday, July 23rd – Jamaican Jerk Festival NYC
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Roy Wilkins Park
Friday-Sunday, July 29th-31st – 38th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow
Queens County Farm Museum
Floral Park, NY
Sunday, July 30th – Gran parada dominicana del bronx
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
815 Gerard Avenue
Friday, August 4th – Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jamaica Avenue (Between Parsons Blvd & 170th St)
Saturday, August 5th – Ghana Cultural & Festival
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Crotona Park E
Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13th – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Friday-Monday, September 2nd-4th – West Indian American Day Carnival Festival
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Museum (Eastern Parkway)
Wednesday, June 21 is the official first day of Summer. Even though that is not until later this month, I usually determine the start and end of seasons by months. For me Summer begins by the start of June and goes to the end of August. With my start date of summer come and gone I wanted to celebrate the beginning of the warmer months by spending a day at Coney Island. Since moving to New York, Coney Island has been on my list of things to do here. I have heard mixed reviews from people on whether it was worth it or not and I must say I truly believe it is worth it. For our Coney Island day, we decided to venture out there on a Wednesday to avoid the weekend crowds which probably contributed to us having a wonderful experience. The weather was perfect too, it was warm enough for us to enjoy ice cream and a cold beer but not too warm that we felt like we were miserable being outside all day.
The atmosphere of Coney Island is historic, encompassing a 50’s America feel. It’s remarkable that they have been able to conserve this landmark that is able to take you back in time. You have all your classic food joints such as Nathan’s hot dogs which was founded on Coney Island in 1916. The stand on the boardwalk still has a vintage aesthetic to it along with all the other vendors keeping to the theme of the area. You then have your classic ice cream stands, a bar to grab a nice cold beer, and women selling fresh mangos on a stick with the spices to your liking.
Inside the park you have a wide range of rides to choose from, all of which remind me of the days in my childhood when the carnival would come to town and it would be the excitement of the month. And like a true traveling carnival you have an abundance of games to choose from that make you think you can win one of those infamous giant stuffed animals. But in reality, how often does someone actually win one of those, I’d really like to know. Either way it’s about the experience and memories you’re making enjoying something so classic and heavily rooted American.
Whether you live in New York or are just visiting, put Coney Island on your list of places to see. I’m here to say it is worth the trip and you’ll travel back in time for it. Relax and escape from reality to a land of rides, games, and all the food you can want. Embrace your inner child and run around the boardwalk, scream at the top of your lungs on The Cyclone, or chow down on a Nathan’s hot dog.