Little Forrest in the Big City

From a Tipi to Times Square

Little Forrest in the Big City

Little Forrest in the Big City
Location
New York, New York, USA
Birthday
March 28
Bio
From a Tipi to Times Square: I am a transplant to New York City from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I grew up in the mountains and deserts of the southwest, where my hippie parents taught wilderness survival. I, of course, went to art school to earn two art degrees which have lead me on a penniless journey producing work in my tiny apartment in uptown Manhattan. I'm trying to embrace the city and find my own place somewhere within it while writing about my experiences along the way.

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AUGUST 18, 2014 5:41PM

The Forlorn Elephant of Broadway

The Forlorn Elephant of Broadway 
 
There is a small diagonal stretch of Broadway in Manhattan between Koreatown and the Flatiron which is home to a street bazaar of peculiar wholesale establishments. Most contain bins full of unnecessary plastic knick-knacks that can only be purchased in minimum quantities of one… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 11:04AM

A collection of momentary romances...

A momentary friend  

It is true that I fall in love at least a dozen times a day, sometimes more depending on how many subway rides I might take. Some of these little romances take place for 30, 60, even 90 seconds. Some can last as long as an entire commute if… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 9:42AM

A Daily Reminder

  

 The other day, I got off the subway at Herald Square, as I now do each morning. I was consciously ignoring my inappropriate weekday hangover, which is not necessarily an unusual occurrence. Wobbling through the obstacle course of stairways and turnstiles that leads to the ex… Read full post »

A hot afternoon summer afternoon on Broadway in Soho during a street fair. 


There she sat each day, sometimes on an upturned bucket, sometimes right on the pavement, sometimes leaning against the hot dog or gyro stands, a rare non-moving object in the middle of my mornings several days ea/…

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JANUARY 22, 2012 5:06PM

Life and death in the city that never sleeps...

Central Park after the First Snow of 2012

 

When I was growing up, my mother always did her best to explain the concept of life and death, trying to make it digestible and less abstract, so that when we encountered the passing of a pet or… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2011 11:28PM

Dating and Other Natural Disasters...

A happy couple I saw one evening on the Subway


When I was 19 years old, a young art student with long beautiful locks of hair (golden like the sun, I might add), I received one of the best pieces of advice that I have… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2011 9:25PM

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall...

The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in Autumn 

 

There is an air vent in the sidewalk just outside of the stairs on one of the subway exits of Penn Station at 34th Street which is situated in the shadow of Madison Square Garden. Droves o/Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 9:43AM

Summer in the city...

 
 Seventh Avenue in Midtown on a hot July afternoon...
 
There is a strange sense of joy that is produced by the smells of ripening garbage baking in the sun mixed with taxi exhaust and the aromatic smoke dancing about in the air from food carts alongRead full post »
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JUNE 28, 2011 1:03AM

My closest and dearest of strangers...

 
Anonymous portrait, captured somewhere underneath New York City...

 Anonymous portrait, captured somewhere underneath New York City...

I have said, on many occasions, that riding the Subways of New York is a much richer source of entertainment than one would ever find from cable television. Being that I do not have access to cable telev/Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2011 2:08AM

A Year in New York City...

Self Portrait; One year in New York City and still going...
 

At the end of my street there is a little café on the corner complete with warm red-bricked walls, canvas awnings, a lovely wooden patio and windows that look in on candle-lit tables dressed… Read full post »

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APRIL 11, 2011 2:00PM

The gift of nobody: A private day in the Met...

 

The mezzanine of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's modern collection, while closed to the public...


Although I like to constantly remind myself (mainly because if I do not, then nobody will) that I am still both young AND fun, sometimes I need a little coaxing to actualize such/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2011 4:41PM

Through panes of glass...

The Old Custom House, NYC

One of the many beautiful windows in NYC, from the old Custom House 

 My oldest sister, Sariah, had a fascination with windows and the world outside of them. From the time she was a baby, she was attracted to the things on the other side. There is a yellowed photographRead full post »

One of the many beautiful statues adorning the Brooklyn Museum

 
Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, sequestered away in a tiny town, I always dreamt of taking off on spontaneous adventures to far off places and seeing exotic and beautiful lands and people yet undiscovered. Althou… Read full post »

A small visual sampling of my awesome moves...


In retrospect, it seems that during the time of adolescence, there were at least three distinct genres of people: the people who were "cool," the people who were willing to do anything or die trying to "be cool" and those who had college/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 19, 2011 10:51PM

Life in a frozen metropolis...

A day spent walking in Central Park, enjoying the balmy New York winter...

The fact that there is any sort of tourist industry at all in New York City is a testament to the number of cultural offerings and fine dining establishments for which the city has to boast, for nobody in/… Read full post »

The good doctor himself, looking down at the world from above...


As a child, my relationship with daily transportation was one wrought with toil and grief provided by a succession of partially-functioning automobiles my parents seemed to attract like lost kittens. Often, our Volkswagen MicrobuRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 12:27AM

Autumn in New York...

 Perhaps it's due to the fact that I'm somewhat of a curmudgeon at heart, but the autumn is my very favorite time of the year. Ever since childhood, I would look forward to the leaves changing colors and flying through the air in dancelike patterns until falling into the comm… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 3:22PM

The wilderness lady in the Big Apple...

My mother in Rockefeller Center absorbing the essence of Al Roker...

No matter how far one may roam, it seems like remnants of your past are never very far away. Now, nearly two thousand miles from the tiny rural town where I grew up, the first instance of my old life colliding/…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 2:46PM

Namastinkers

A herd of trendy exercise-buffs, similar to the likes of those found in Brooklyn...

Twenty years ago, I'm sure if a businessman (or woman) would have pitched an idea involving grown people paying lots of money to get together with groups of strangers, being forced to get into/…

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 1:32AM

The scientific method...

 

Figure 1.3: Study specimens ignore the idiot in the subway...


In my previous life before New York (which is what it now seems like), I would look forward to Thursday evenings in my studio with Gabriela, my very insightful drawing student. Gabriela was an Italian transplant finishing h…

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 1:16AM

The view from the middle...

The view from my office window (à la my phone)


I'm pretty sure the tallest building in my rural hometown in Colorado was the hospital, which stood a whopping 4 stories in one of its small "wings." It was always exciting to visit sick or injured friends because of the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 11:43PM

Womanizers on a train...

Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn: a really great way to make Southerners become awkward and defensive...

After the Civil War, I believe a council of boastful Yankees must have been formed solely for the purpose of erecting grandiose monuments in New York City intended to make all Southerners angry… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2010 2:16PM

My New York apartment...

My bedroom window.

One often can fantasize about fabulous New York apartments when reading magazines, watching movies and unrealistic TV shows (actually filmed in LA), and have a completely skewed view of the spaces New Yorkers actually inhabit. Reading such examples of journalistic excellenc/…

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AUGUST 20, 2010 4:08PM

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Cathedral to Fine Art and Free Air Conditioning...

Whenever I'm feeling like life is getting the best of me, which happens quite regularly, I often find myself wandering about the pathways in Central Park, avoiding sticky-fingered children and foreigners with/…

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Marilyn Monroe in a moment of divine revelation...

People often use the phrase "only in New York" to explain or pass off certain bizarre or peculiar things that, in any normal context, wouldn't happen. For instance, if you see a woman casually walking down the street wearing a pair of/… Read full post »

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