It was another regular workday and we wanted to check if there were any fun FREE things to do in the great NYC. Since the summer is winding down, (sadly) there are fewer events happening, but lo and behold Pinky stumbled upon this Strangers Project reception opening yesterday evening. The “gallery” event was a viewing of anonymous individuals’ hand-written stories collected by a team of people.
We had a month full of celebrations (for my two birthdays; my real birthday and my Baptism, hoo-hah! and thank you Vic for being a big part on both days — and also have you noticed so many people’s birthdays are in October?!) !
1) Run River North
It was also the month when the Price of Life ’13 was happening. The issue of human trafficking has been an evolving social injustice within Victor’s and my hearts. Being that we both are followers of Jesus and InterVarsity alumni, we wanted to explore more on how to put our efforts in ending human trafficking (labor slavery and sex slavery).
There are 27 million slaves in the world today. To learn more about human trafficking, you can visit this infographic.
That night we also got the chance to see the art work of our friend Maria (which is…not an ordinary lamp — photo shown on side)– as well as listen to our new favorite band Run River North.
We even got so crazy about them that we went to their show the week after we saw them first. Their music definitely has a unique tambre, as well as touches emotions of their listeners, whether it is to fire them up or paint a peaceful atmosphere around them. Their harmonies gave me such goosebumps!!! Take a listen.
It was such an awesome night! Human trafficking is REAL and it happens in our very own city. Make sure you follow Price of Life events and together we can put an end to human trafficking. Everyone has a life purpose and no one should be not allowed to live the life that God has created for them. Shout-out to our friends Eric, Sam, and Christine for being there also!
2) Film Biz Recycling
540 President St
(between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
A place like none other. On one of the days we were thrift store shopping, we ran into this unique gem in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
You won’t find this place easily.. it’s sorta hidden on the side of a building next to a parking lot. Don’t worry though, there will be signage to guide you along your way. You’ll have to buzz in at the gate first though!
Unlike your conventional thrift store, this place rents out movie props for you to use. Anything you can imagine, these guys might have. You’ll find all sorts of wigs, gadgets, props, decorations, and devices to fulfill your inner Spielberg.
Aside from all the cool movie stuff you can rent, they also sell a bunch of furniture and a lot things you wouldn’t normally find. They have a lot of old electronics for sale that range from the 70’s through 90’s. I’m not sure if they even work at all, but it’s still pretty cool — use them to film your own movies!!!
The staff here are super friendly and would love to help in anyway they can. Be sure to stop by here! They even just give out office supplies (for some reason) based on a “whatever you can pay” transaction method.
3) Center for Architecture: New York
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012
This place was pretty awesome, even though it was small — Right now they are featuring a lot of beautiful buildings and scapes that are in Asian countries. They also had a lot of explanations in the text descriptions of each “artwork” to discuss why these buildings were made like how they are. They also feature time lapse videos of some of my favorite cities in Asia. I can probably sit there all day to watch them repeat on and on. Museum is completely free and ..surprisingly empty. Although you might not spend much time here because of its size, I still think it’s a great feeling to appreciate these huge buildings people take so much time and spend so much money to create! Amazing!
Funny side note: If you end up visiting this place — please make a stop at the Earth Room. Please. You’ll know what I mean hahahhaha..141 Wooster St
(between Prince St & Houston St)
New York, NY 10012