An Evening at Merriweather

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
On the rather dreary spring evening of May 7, 2016 guests gathered under a 30,000 square foot tent on the picturesque landmark estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton. The campus at Long Island University brings you back to the scene of the 1920’s and straight into the glamorous party scene of The Great Gatsby.

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The event was presented by Long Island University, Americana Manhasset and Poll Restaurants where the tapas style food was exquisitely delicious; cocktails from Stoli and brews from Oyster Bay Brewery were perfect. Entertainment was 1920s to the extreme – magicians, gaming tables, silent movies set up in what felt like a real-life movie theater, and a woman in a tub with champagne… (my favorite part).  We celebrated food, music, film, art and fashion.

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Photo courtesy of Long Island Pulse Magazine & Mashbooths
This was the first event of its kind with hopes to continue it on as an annual tradition to benefit local art and cultural exhibits and organizations for years to come.

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
The evening supports local community partners: Gold Coast International Film Festival, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Nassau County Museum of Art, Old Westbury Gardens, and Sands Point Preserve Conservancy.

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Aston Martin courtesy of Long Island Sports Cars
Enjoy the eye candy that is Chris Norton NYC Band. They totally killed it and were probably one of the most fun live bands I’ve seen in quite some time. Check out their website in the link they have a bunch of greatness on SoundCloud.

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Funny photo of me being #GreatGatsby asF.

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
Gotta love a great Snapchat selfie to end the evening.

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Selfie by Alexandria Schnepf 
Fabulous evening with fabulous people. ❤

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Bushwick, Brooklyn #NewHood

We just moved in to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn – and so far really loving it. Everyone says Bushwick is “up & coming” which, (for those of you who don’t know) means it used to be very ghetto, has gotten much nicer, but still has a long way to go. I mildly agree but love the character and charm of this very diverse and artsy neighborhood.  The streets are spewed with massive pieces of graffiti art on buildings and garages. As I’m obsessed with taking photos of everything, The Bushwick Collective & other nearby pieces will occasionally make an appearance here or on my Snapchat @ashleybyrdy

Some of my favorite pieces around the neighborhood…

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

Jeff Koons – A Retrospective at The Whitney Museum.

A “retrospective” – looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.

Fitting, really. Art in various forms has always been a passion of mine – since I see art in so many aspects of everyday life. Constantly wondering how a person created an object, idea or work. Where did it come from? How could one create something so major? So massive – whether in size or in thought…

Photos of my favorites!

Pink Balloon
Basketballs Submerged in Water – in Equilibrium.
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Pink Balloon – Selfie, obvi.
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Play Doh!
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Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake…
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Love you
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Alrightttttt…
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Balloon Dog
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Killa Cam
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That new, new.