"Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough." -John Steinbeck

In the past few years I've had the opportunity to visit some beautiful cities...Paris, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, San Diego, Chicago...they have all impressed me in their own unique way. Whenever I'm in a new location, I can't help but think, "What would it be like to live here?", but there is still nowhere like New York City. This is the city for Dreamers, or rather, Doers. This is where you come to make your dreams come true. It's where people hustle to make it happen. It's where it feels like the whole world is at your fingertips. And that's why, at the end of each trip, I unload my bags at home, in Brooklyn, NY.

This was a summer where nature graced the city with spectacular blue sky. The daylight hours were vibrant, and the dusk hours twinkled with magic.

"I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline."

-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

I celebrated the Summer Solstice with thousands of other yoga-lovers at Mind Over Madness in Times Square.

Mind Over Madness

Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square

Instead of hitting the beach, my friend Tracey and I visited the streets of the LES to practice our photography skills.

Of course, summertime means lots of summer reading. A few of my favorite independent booksellers in NYC: (scroll down for full list) Greenlight Bookstore Community Bookstore BookCourt Unnameable Books St Mark's Bookshop McNally Jackson The Strand

A bounty of fresh produce at the farmer's market inspired many delicious dinners.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" -Michael Pollan

The farmer's market also helped to fill our apartment with lots of beautiful flowers.

Did you know? Craft coffee is the new craft beer, and this summer I have developed a serious addiction. To name a few favorite roasters... (scroll down for full list): Toby's Estate (pictured above) {at their own stores} Stumptown {at Hungry Ghost or the Ace Hotel} Plowshares {at The Smile} Heart Coffee Roasters {at Culture Espresso}

Culture Espresso

A much healthier addiction than coffee drinking....art viewing. This summer I got to see some fantastic art, here in NYC and elsewhere. Swoon's "Submerged Motherland", at The Brooklyn Museum

Ai WeiWei's "Colored Vases" and "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn", at The Brooklyn Museum

Jeff Koon's "Play-Doh", at The Whitney Museum

Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog", at The Whitney Museum

If nothing else, this summer was certainly a colorful one. There were many weekends that we spent outside of the city, but I'm glad I was able to appreciate some true NYC moments as well.

"I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it." -Truman Capote

More adventures to come.

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