New York, The Catalyst

Recently a few friends and I took a spontaneous adventure to New York City. I had always wanted to see it all dressed up for the holidays and when a friend needed a ride to JFK, it was the perfect opportunity. We didn’t have much time, but in NYC, you can do A LOT in 14 hours! The High Line (a new personal favorite), Brunching in Soho, a quick trip to the photo booth at the cozy Warby Parker store, the Rockefeller tree (and 1 million people!), relaxing to warm drinks on a Bison hide in the Ace Hotel catch-all lobby, decorated shop windows and holiday markets wrapped up with a dusky stroll in Central Park made for some pretty inspiring notions.

I found myself saying “Why does New York corner the market on all the cool and creative stuff?!” Of course, DC is opening up to this and Seattle’s Gas Works Park and the bridge guarding Ogre are points for their stellar stock; while Philly’s house of bottles and hidden Bat Cave entrance nicely contrast the wisdom of the Liberty Bell. But I think New York’s eccentricities are so consolidated that you are confronted with a new thought and spark of creative prerogative at every intersection.

I want DC to feel like that. Perhaps not in the same grungy garage-band way Seattle does it, but with our own personality. Amidst the marble and remarkable Roman styling, we should find ways to add more of our own (often squelched) creative flair. Reusing old decrepit structures, adding more sculpture and installation art to parks and public transit, continuing to expand our art fairs and events like Nuit Blanche and Figment DC; these things are important for our city and how we interact with them is important for our inner-person. We can have spiritual experiences everywhere we go- inspired by a single leaf in the air or a statue of immense proportion climbing out of the beach reminding us of the pain and struggle of rebirth. So let’s help DC out… go get your art on.

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