29Rooms New York

How many can you visit in three hours?

I spent 24 hours in New York with one sole purpose: visit 29Rooms. The long-weekend art exhibition took place last year with an overwhelming positive response. Hosted by Refinery29, 29Rooms might be the most instagrammable event of the year.

Each room holds a different installation, as well as a warehouse floor filled with additional large pieces.

Each ticket gives you a three hour window to run around the floor. Yet the given time does not allot enough to visit all 29rooms. If you attended, you likely waited 30-45 minutes to see some of the most popular installations. But hey, at least you tried Snapchat’s Spectacles and took a few cool pics.

Asics Cloud Pop-Up

Dreamland in Manhattan.

While wandering around a busy Soho street, my friend and I stumbled into the Asics Cloud Pop-Up shop. Not only can you try on the latest Gel Kenun.

The various colorways hang against the walls, as well as a DJ booth set up in the corner. The biggest appeal, however, are the colorful clouds hanging from the ceiling. Once you delve deeper into the room, you find an entire wall covered with clouds lighting up in similar patterns to that of lightning bolts flashing through the sky.

Behind the cloud mural, a dark room hosts photographed cloud walls and a city-covered floor. Once laying in the bean bag sofa, you peer up into a giant circular mirror that makes you feel like you’re on top of a New York building.

Visit the pop-up through the rest of the month at 63 Greene Street.

uno DOS tres

Full circle at Oculus World Trade Center.

Photos by Dos.

I recently challenged myself to meet new people, especially ones who I would love the opportunity to work with. While in New York with family, I decided to take full advantage of my time in the city and met with Dos, a photographer based in the big apple. His pictures spoke to me with usage of lighting and familiar brands led to our friendly meet up in the Financial District. I finally walked through The Oculus structure where the building’s architecture amazes anyone passing through.

Dos actually shared his experience about the major changes in the shopping mall. Previously, he would walk the once deserted center and regularly shoot pictures there. Photographers would always fill the area, but the best part was the depth seen in an empty, but beautiful space. Today, Oculus is a major transportation hub where we struggled to take shots without strangers in the background.

I made a new friend, learned more about the city and received these crazy photos. Challenge complete.

Hoodie: Billionaire Boys Club.

Dress: American Apparel.

Sneakers: Alexander Wang x Adidas.

Sup Sup

SUPreme Uptempos.

Photos by TheKevinJ.

One reason for my New York trip: I won a raffle. 

Not just any drawing, but the winning ticket to my size in the triple black Supreme Nike Uptempos.

When I attempted to explain to my mom why I needed to head to the city on a Saturday morning, she didn’t quite understand why I felt the burning desire to pick up these sneakers at NikeLab in a timely manner.

It’s okay mom, maybe now you will understand. If not, it’s okay because I added these classics to my collection.

As always, #ThanksKevin for sharing my love for sneakers through your work.


One scoop of cookie dough, please

And other shots from New York.

Yes, I waited in line for 20 minutes in an attempt to figure out the mystery surrounding the latest dessert treat in Manhattan. All I can say is one bite of cookie dough tasted great; I deemed the entire scoop unnecessary. Feel free to try it yourself at Cookie DŌ NYC.

My latest trip to the big apple included a stop at the Nike store where a beautiful installation dedicated to the VaporMax awaited. I naturally fell into old habits and visited KITH where I picked up this Alexander Wang x Adidas boost. Click here to see how I created a makeup look inspired by the sneaker.

I also discovered two spots where I never entered before. The first, a pop-up shop at The Upton Collective where NAKEDCASHMERE awaits. My cousin bought his dog a beautiful cashmere sweater while I ventured upstairs to the Dirty Lemon loft where I finally tried the detoxing beverage.

The second spot I fell in love with is Fine & Rare. A new jazz bar that just opened earlier this year but just until recently began serving hot food (the building kept the gas off for awhile). It’s the perfect place for a date, a girls night out or relax with soothing music throughout the entire space.

I also checked Cha Cha Matcha and Employees Only off my bucket list. Both worthy of your time and calorie intake 😉

The final pictures come from a day of exploration in and out of Chelsea art galleries.

The Boba Room

A pop-up theme park for boba lovers.

Last year, New York hosted The Museum of Ice Cream, an installation dedicated to frozen treat lovers. This year the city held The Boba Room where bubble tea lovers could enjoy the iced tea drink in a pop-up shop surrounded by all things boba. While significantly smaller, the concept appeared brilliant with visually brilliant designs.


City skyline

New York from a Long Island City view.

I spent part of the day sipping tea at Cha-an Teahouse, a cafe that I kept on my bucket list since working at a boba shop in college. During this trip, I ate one of the best meals of my life at Hearth. My friends and I explored the 12-course tasting menu and left with full bellies and smiles on our faces.

After spending the entire day in the city, I trekked back to Long Island City where my cousin lives to watch the sun fall behind the Manhattan skyline. The illuminated pier glowed once the sun disappeared, but it made for a calm evening away from one of the busiest areas in the nation.