My Day Without Technology

Image

When the iPhone first came out in 2007, I simply could not understand why people spent so much time on their new device.  Sure, there was a fancy touchscreen and a growing number of apps, but I didn’t see the appeal of spending my days hunched over a phone and leaving the rest of the world in my peripheral.  When I eventually received the iPhone as a graduation present from my parents, I vowed to use it just as I had used my sturdy old flip-phone, for texting and calling only. 

Today, I am constantly on my phone.  My phone addiction began with downloading an innocent weather app.  After a while, I found myself opening the app whenever I was waiting in line for something.  Facebook eventually crept onto my phone letting me check up on friends far away, Spotify for music whenever I’m outside, and Reddit for when I have nothing to do.  It’s insane what one can do with his iPhone to entertain himself.  I have become reliant on my phone to shield me from boring situations.  When our class was assigned a Digital Sabbath, a day without technology, I shuddered at the thought of facing the dullness of the real world unarmed. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Drowning in Addiction

Image

After spending the majority of his life addicted to various drugs and substances, Bryan Fitzgerald understands the struggles of addiction better than anyone.  “Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, anything that would get me high,” he recalled.  Fitzgerald began writing a script for a 10 minute short film titled “Under Water” in 2012 about a young man who struggles to overcome substance abuse, drawing from his own experiences.  The 23-year-old filmmaker recently launched the Kickstarter project to help fund the production costs and successfully raised $8,500 of his $7,500 goal.

Born and raised in Long Island, Fitzgerald described his childhood as chaotic and unstable.  “My parents were constantly fighting until they divorced when I was five.  They both remarried four or five times.  There was a lot of chaos then, a lot of different stepmoms and stepdads trying to teach me how to live,” he said.  He began drinking and smoking marijuana when he was 12 at one of his older stepbrother’s encouragement.  Fitzgerald’s drug habits crescendoed in high school after he fell in with the wrong crowd.  “They were the ones I thought were cool, and so I wanted to see myself that way.  I wanted that sense of ‘I don’t care, I’m reckless, I’m invincible,” he said.  Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Riverpark Photo Gallery

 

 

Image

Image

The restaurant also includes a full bar that flaunts its contemporary design and spacious layout.  

 

Image

Riverpark Farm works in partnership with the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences and is located in the same building.  

Image

Zach Pickens (above) is the on-site urban farmer for Riverpark Farm. He is responsible for tending over 3,000 square feet of crops and buying produce not grown in Riverpark at local farmer’s markets around New York.  The soil is specially treated with organic mineral fertilizers and compost made with kitchen scraps.  

Image

Riverpark farm uses milk crates to economically store its crops due to its widespread availability, airflow, water drainage, and mobility.  Garlic is being grown in hay filled milk crates (above).  

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

This Is For All The Single Women Out There

By: Daniela Franco

Looking for love in 2012 for the first time in over 20 years, Michelle Ortega decided to pack-up and move across the country from San Francisco to New York City.

Ortega found herself a recent divorcee from a 13-year marriage and decided that moving to New York City would be her perfect fresh start. Ortega says “I was simply talking to my friend and she pointed out that I had always wanted to live in New York, so I decided right there and then ‘I’m going to move to New York.’” But being single in an unknown place was more daunting than she could have ever imagined. When talking about how she felt Ortega said, “I didn’t even know how to be single, I hadn’t flirted in 13 years. What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to go to a bar by myself? It was awful!”

Overwhelmed by the ever-changing dating scene in the 21st century, Ortega began to navigate through online dating and learning what it meant to be single over 40 in a city known for its youth.

“I talked to girlfriends and heard all these stories and disappointments, and frustrations and some joys. I decided we needed to figure this out. There has to be a better way, there has to be some inspiration. We can learn things from people. How do you put yourself out there and find a special someone?” said Ortega.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

DWT: The Fault in Our Oblivion

By: Daniela Franco

I had been dreading my ‘Digital Sabbath’ from the day the assignment was given. I’ll admit I am one of those people who has been digitally documenting her life on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My mom has actually gone out of her way to point out times in which it was unnecessary for me to post on the Internet. And so I took on this task with fear and began to overly prepare for my 24 hours without technology.

As I considered what exactly fell under the category of ‘technology’, I realized it was next to impossible to truly take all technology away. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of The Distraction Addiction, said “Our goal is to not eliminate technology completely, but to limit it and control it,” so I made a list of objects I would disconnect with and shut off entirely: digital alarm clock, iPod, iPad, MacBook Pro, and iPhone. The only piece of technology that I would allow myself would be my analog watch.

Prior to going to bed and officially beginning my journey, I did some safety web surfing. First, I perused the Weather Channel to make sure the weather wouldn’t shock me. Then, I explored Google Maps to map out my 6 mile running route, print the map and steps to make to Brooklyn and back to Tribeca. And finally, Facebook and Twitter to announce my disconnecting. In bed by 10pm, I dreamed of a world full of Apple products and headphones.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Vision Zero Action Plan

By: Daniela Franco

The Vision Zero Action Plan, introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeks to eradicate pedestrian deaths in the city.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Weather Forecast

By: Daniela Franco

NYU Weather Forecast for April 2nd, 2014.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized