By Ian Factor (MFA 2014)
My arrival in NYC about a week ago was interesting to say the least...when I finally found the apartment I had rented and went to open the door with the keys I had been given, none of them worked...locked out with a full bladder, double parked with a full truck. Good start, but the positive news was that my truck made it in one piece.
About 2 hours later and 3 generations of family members coming to let the "new tenant" in, they finally got the key thing straightened out, and I entered. I unloaded (the truck and my bladder) and at 10pm got in the Q-train and headed for Manhattan.
I stayed with a good friend who has a gorgeous apartment just behind the World Trade Center with great private rooftop terrace overlooking the Hudson River and NJ.
|Sunset Sails over the Hudson River from Battery Park Terrace|
Here's a quick sketch from day one:
I left without saying a word. True story.
Onto IKEA, the weekend of Labor Day, probably the busiest bed and furniture shopping day of the year for students and proud (and exhausted) parents of new students heading off to school.
Chaos doesn't describe the scene at the Brooklyn Store, the lines at checkout reminding me of my first visit to Disney World as an 8 year old...minus the rides and Mickey Mouse. IKEA Brooklyn, which is the main warehouse, the size of most large city's airports, is daunting and overwhelming, regardless of the packs of frantic shoppers.
Needless to say, I could write a novel about the few days spent there.
Instead, here's a sketch of a sleeping man on the Q-Train that sums up how the shopping left me feeling:
|Man Sleeping on Q-Train - Brooklyn|
Finally, as of two days ago I have a new bed.
So today, Sunday I woke early, rode my bike down to Manhattan Beach, about a 7 minute ride from my apartment, just on the other side of Sheapshead Bay, and then rode over to Brighton Beach and down the length of the Coney Island Boardwalk, along the beach to the far end, actually the end closer to NYC. It was my first time there, Coney Island...
like another country. It was a beautiful, perfect sunny day with large gorgeous cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds after yesterday's double tornado touching down in Brooklyn and Queens. The language I most commonly heard was Russian, with a smattering of Spanish and a few random English words thrown in. There's a huge Russian population here in this part of Brooklyn, a language I love to hear and not understand. Just the sound and intonation is intriguing.
Here are a couple shots of the first riders of the day at Coney Island:
|Coney Island - First Ride Of The Day|
|Coney Island - Wonder Wheel and The Strange Evil Cat Ride|
And then on my way home I stopped here at Brighton Beach to take this one more shot:
|Brighton Beach - Under The 'Stares'|
Now sitting in Starbucks, for the free internet and not-so-free cup of tea, I enter this Blog...and watch the middle school kids violently threaten the other middle school kids. Maybe we should be giving them Vodka to drink at that age instead of Coffee drinks.
Orientation at the Academy is tomorrow, studio move in is 8:30am.
Time for a good meal and a good night sleep.
Much more soon...
Ian Factor (MFA 2014) will be blogging here throughout the year about his first year at the Academy and moving to New York City. You can also follow more of Ian's experiences on his blog: Ian Factor's New York Academy of Art Experience.