20140623 nyc“I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration, just from people on the street. I saw one girl — she had perfectly straight hair, and one half of her head was blond, and the other half was completely black.

It’s nothing I could ever pull off. I know that for sure. But if I was in Greece, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to see those audacious things, the things that you never think you can do, really. Who said you could dye half your hair blond and half of it black? No one. This person in New York just decided, yeah, you could do it.”

-by Andriana Skalkos, said in an interview about her first year as a college student in New York City. Photographs by Chad Batka | Interviews by Alicia DeSantis 

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The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen.

There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.

– John J. Fitz Gerald, February 18, 1924

(found while researching the origins of the term, “the big apple”)

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My first visit to Strawberry Fields, NYC.

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I almost had my first kiss with my first love here. We were rabid with frission, and far too nervous to take the plunge.

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