Forward: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s challenge was a little tough for me as I struggled to think of a perfect picture that would illustrate what “forward” means to me. I thought long and hard about it, choosing to wait a few days before I got some sort of inspiration. It wasn’t until last weekend when I saw a two-hour documentary on the death of Osama Bin Laden on the History Channel that I finally realized what forward meant not only to me, but to millions of Americans, specifically New Yorkers. The Freedom Tower represents how resilient we are, no matter how many setbacks … Continue reading Forward: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Beyond: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Shortly after my 21st birthday, I was given a fantastic birthday present by a co-worker:  a 20 minute helicopter ride around New York City! I sat up front right next to the pilot as I snapped away a few pictures during the ride. I remember being so enthralled at seeing my neighborhood and high school from so high up. I remember midtown Manhattan and flying over the Hudson and East River. I wanted that flight to never end. The helicopter then started to fly away from Manhattan and towards the Statue of Liberty. I was not expecting that at all! … Continue reading Beyond: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

BIG – A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This past weekend I wrapped up yet another fun-filled (and tiring) excursion at one of the biggest conventions of the year in New York City: The NY Comic Con! When I think of big, it doesn’t get any bigger than this! I started going to these conventions for the first time in 2009. I was a fresh newbie, not knowing what to exactly expect from this unique experience. Traveling with my best friend and super illustrator/inker/colorist extraordinaire, Hector Collazo, the experience was even more richer as I got to meet many industry insiders via his connections and relationships to Marvel/DC … Continue reading BIG – A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

George Washington HS

A lifetime ago, I went to George Washington HS in Washington Heights NYC. Living in Washington Heights back in those days, chances were pretty good that you wound up attending “G-dubs” as we affectionately called this school. I had some of the best life experiences in this school and I look back on those days very fondly. Great friendships were formed here and higher learning was at its best. After two decades, I recently had the opportunity to go back inside this beautiful school and provide professional development to some of its staff. Teachers I’ve come to love through the … Continue reading George Washington HS

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

For this week’s challenge I posted pictures of the USS Growler Submarine, now a museum on Pier 42 in New York City. It floats right beside the very impressive aircraft carrier Intrepid Sea & Air Museum. The Growler is the only American diesel-powered nuclear sub open to the public. It patrolled the Pacific coast of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964 during the tenuous times of the cold war. 95 men lived and worked on the sub for up to three months at a time in very cramped quarters. I commend submariners for their years of service inside these giant “tin … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Finally! An Alternative Rock Station Back in NYC!

So I’m going through my presets on my car radio yesterday and was shocked to hear a song by Alex Clare called Too Close. To be honest I’ve never heard of this song but I liked it. What was most amazing however was the fact that it was playing on a 101.9, a station dedicated completely to news. I often heard from time to time when I needed to get traffic info but not much. I didn’t like the way the news was edited. If you wanted some news of substance, 101.9 wasn’t the way to go. Several months ago … Continue reading Finally! An Alternative Rock Station Back in NYC!

Alone on the Five Boro Bike Tour 2012

On Sunday, May 6th, New Yorkers and visitors from over 32 US cities and over 64 countries participated in TD Bank’s 35th annual Five Boro Bike Tour. This was my second time being part of this truly awesome event. Days before, I had taken my bike in to the shop for maintenance. This was the extent of my pre-tour preparation. I should’ve taken the bike out months before and prepared my body for the event! Being too busy with work, I never got the chance. I decided to do the tour without any training, something that I truly do not … Continue reading Alone on the Five Boro Bike Tour 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

Winter is my least favorite season as it brings in the cold and the occasional snow, causing havoc at times on the roads and at home. Shovels come out and the digging begins, salt and kitty litter is spread generously, and gas-powered snow blowers blare through the day, cascading flakes into the air. Still, it’s a time when everyone huddles close together, warm at home while sipping on frothy hot chocolate or some warm seasonal tea. For the adventurous types and young at heart, it’s a time for skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and sledding down “treacherous” long hills. Winter ushers in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter