01 Aug New York: Week 4
Week 4, already?! Week four was a jam packed week! Work at ICP has kind of fizzled out as they have made it pretty obvious that they have no real jobs for us to do there. Overall, being at ICP and TAing has been a good experience, but now, it has turned into a place where I sit and twiddle my thumbs, just hoping someone will give me something to do. It is hard to be in a place where they really have no room or reason for interns unless I am TAing… kind of discouraging, especially since we worked so hard to get here. Word to the wise…don’t bring interns unless there is room for them and you actually have something productive for them to do… I have been trying to make up for that lost time/ experience, however, by doing other things in the city!
Monday, before Ben left to go back to Indy, the two of us woke up early to squeeze in some fun. We headed first to Central Park so we could grab some breakfast and walk around. Ben is very into landscaping so this was a little paradise for him. We also got to see a film being taped in the park as well. I was ready to jump in and move the lights around!
After Central Park, we headed over for a quick spin around the MoMA. I had been there a couple of summers ago with my dad, but it was still great to walk around and see some of the new pieces. We discussed how funny it was that everyone seems to gather around the really famous pieces, but somehow, all the really good art around it got ignored. Lucky for us, even though it was busy, people are too busy looking at “the greats” instead of the better, “sleeper” artwork.
When we finished our race around the MoMA, I decided that Ben also needed to experience Cranberry Cafe before he left. We had a quick bite there then headed to Bryant Park before giving him a tour of ICP and sending him off to Indy! Unfortunately, Ben got stuck at the Chicago airport for a day and a half so it took him a bit longer than expected…poor guy.
After Ben left, while sitting at work…and doing, oh you know, nothing…. I went over all that we did over the weekend. What a great but crazy weekend! It was so wonderful having Ben in town!
Monday, after work, I had to skip out on the lighting course that I am TAing to assist Rayon Richards in a shoot. Rayon is the photographer that I assisted on the Jim Irsay Shoot a couple of months ago so it was really great to meet up with him and assist him here in New York! This particular shoot was of Josh Shabtai, the creator of the new Iphone App, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner. This shoot was a lot of fun because I actually had a decent amount of “assisting” to do by moving lights, etc. around…which was definitely a nice change from the lack of work that I have been doing at ICP. It was really wonderful seeing Rayon again and Josh was a really interesting and fun guy to get to know over the span of the shoot. He sounds like he is going to do some pretty awesome things with his life! Check out his App, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner! Seems like a lot of fun!
Tuesday, after “working” at ICP, Molly and I headed to a club called Splash for Karaoke night because one of her sisters friends was performing. When we first arrived, we stopped at the bar to get a drink from a man in a tiny speedo. He told me he wanted to make his specialty drink, the fruity booty…ha, right? How could I resist? The night started with some lovely “ladies” in drag announcing the rules for the night. The first round would be songs drawn from a hat followed by a second round where they could choose their own songs. I was actually really amazed at how talented some of the guys were when they got up there. It was also just really great to watch everyone in the “audience” go crazy while their friends were performing. Later in the night, Molly and I met Mario Vasquez from season 2 of American Idol. I didn’t really recognize who he was until later but he was a super nice guy!
Wednesday, Rayon invited me out for another shoot in Connecticut. This shoot was of a featured home that is for sale so Rayon had to shoot the interior and exterior for a spread in a magazine. First of all, Connecticut was beautiful. It was so wonderful getting a break from New York City and being in a densely wooded area. The home was even more incredible! I felt like Belle needed to be hanging out the window belting “ooooh, isn’t this AMAZING!” Yes, I will take one of these…
Saturday, after driving back from having a great night with the boys, Molly and I took a little time for some R&R and much needed showers. Later that night, we had to take Tony’s car back to him so we made the drive to the Bronx. I was really nervous about driving in the city but I actually feel like its easier to drive here than even Chicago… Maybe more congestion but better, more aware drivers?