It was an early morning in May, 2010. I was standing at the front desk with Lauren, trying to wipe the sleep from my eyes. I had just come back from a two-day vacation and every part of me was still very much in South Beach. I was dreaming about walking around without pants and just running the sand through my fingers. I thought of the beautiful Espanola way and the heavenly sandwiches from “La Sandwicherie”. I felt relaxed and serene.
I was thinking that the two day getaway was all I really needed, a small break from the strenuous New York daily routines. I was also trying to come up with a way to bring more excitement in my life. I’m always up for adventures and silly little projects, and that’s when the light bulb lit. Ding! I got it. I turned around slowly, and looked at Lauren’s already happy smiling face, and smiled back. “You know what would be really really really fun!?” I asked in my annoying, high pitched voice filled with excitement. I continued, “How about we go running around New York City and take jumping pictures in front of all of the big attractions and our favorite parts of New York?”
I expected her to dismiss the idea, and to get another crazy look I’m so used to receiving after proposing my wild ideas. To my surprise, she loved it! We started jumping behind the front desk and giggling instantaneously. We could no longer focus, and started to talk about how we would begin and where we would go.
We began the project almost immediately. We worked a morning shift together, and decided to try it right after. Our first location was Times Square, pretty convenient, considering we work just right around the corner. That first time, Tyler, my boyfriend photographed us. The next time we decided to go to Columbus Circle, still walking distance from work. That day, we had no one to take our picture so we approached random tourists. That was another fun of its own! The third time we caught the train to South Street Seaport and also used our powers to get strangers to snap our pictures in the air.
After our third New York jumping sessions, we were approached by our awesome boss about publishing them on the hotel’s Facebook page! Very soon, as I worked, random guests recognized me from all of the jumping photos. We were then “scheduled” to go jump. Our first scheduled work day of jumping involved one whole day of bouncing, smiling, and sweating from one location to the next. From Museum of Natural History, we moved to Lincoln Center, 5th Avenue Midtown, Radio Music Hall, then Grand Central. What a successful day that was! Look below for my favorite pictures of that day.