Project #2: Location


I chose Swarovski to be my location. My walk started from our college, New York City Technology College on 300 Jay St Brooklyn, NY 11201. As you turn right you will see a working construction on the right. You keep going straight and there is a family court and Starbucks where most of people get their morning coffee. When you look carefully, each buildings are structured differently. Some are made in glass, and others are made in bricks. You will see on your right hand side, our usual A, C, and F train transportation service, where students and New York citizen use. When you see a clear view from all the clustered scaffolding, you will see Buffalo Boss wings & things store. Yum! You will turn to your left from Jay St to Fulton St, then you will see GAP outlet store near the corner. When you go straight, you will be begin to see many outlet stores such as, Macy’s, Banana Republic, H&M, Tj Max, etc. You will a so see a college called, ASA college. Finally you will arrive to an open area and if you see the right side of the side walk, you will see the location of Swarovski.

It says in the map that walking takes about 10 minutes, however I believe it depends on how fast you walk. It took me about 15 min, because I walked in my pace and I stood in one place for few minutes to capture the image of the location.


Project #2: Phase 1: Location

I choose the nearest Macy to be my location. It takes about 15 mins to get there by walk from City Tech. In order to get to Macy, you have to get out from the exit on the ground floor of the Namm Building.¬†Once you are outside, turn right on Jay Street and start walking. On the way you walked, you’ll pass many bike parking lot also the car parking lot as well. Then you’ll pass¬†a¬†resting area where a lot of people will sitting and eating their lunch and there would be two or three trolleys selling the Mexican food. You will pass the Jay Street Metro Tech subway after that, the next minute you will see the¬†signpost mentioned you are on the cross area of Jay St and Willoughby St. At that time you should realize you have only one more block to walk straight on the Jay St. The next block is Fulton St, turn left ¬†when you get on the Fulton St. This street is mainly for shopping the clothes, so you can see many¬†Clothing stores.¬†As you keep walking, you will pass a¬†McDonald. And Finally, you are there!!!

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City Limits Summary

“City Limits” is the first chapter in Colson Whitehead’s novel¬†The Colossus of New York”.¬†In this opening chapter, Whitehead gives a vivid description on what, he believes, it means to be a New Yorker. He describes his idea of a New Yorker as someone who “builds their own private New York” the first time they view the grand city. What he means to express with that is a person who remembers the city as they were always accustomed ¬†to. New York is ever-changing. It will forever be teared down and rebuilt as everything modernizes more and more. However, a New Yorker will only view the city as they have ¬†known it the majority of their life, as the author believes. He also gives examples of his own personal take on New York, and the “skyline” he has created from it. He describes the experience of seeing your favorite places being replaced with modern stores or new businesses, or parts of the city being torn down to make way for new ¬† ¬† ¬†things. Whitehead also gives emphasis on how important it is for a New Yorker to cherish their city for how they know it.

Project #2

Walk out of the Namm building of city tech and turn left. walk till you hit the the street. The street is very busy most of the time. It’s the Tillery street. On the other side of the road there’s a park with a handball court, a basketball court and a soccer field. Walk straight for a few block to the Myrtle avenue at flatbush. There you will the skyscrapper. It’s tall. It’s very eye catching with the glass walls and the waves. It’s called the Toren building. But as you walk pass the building stop for a minute. There you will see a small block little block full of little bussinesses. Most of them looks torn or faded compared to the shiny building.


Introvert (

A psychological term that refers to a person’s way of being. An introvert is someone who preoccupies their own throughts and feelings while also minimizing their contact with others aswell.

Ex.¬†“Rebecca is such an introvert, all she does is stay home all day and talk to herself”¬†

This term term was stumbled upon when i was viewing an artwork. Underneath, a question asked whether it (the artwork) ¬†was introvert or not. I then researched what this meant because I myself could not answer the question because I knew nothing of what those terms meant. After searching I’ve come to discover that the word is associated with psychology and social behaviors. Introverts tends to keep to themselves and are inside thinkers.


Arbitrary (adj.)

Based on random choice rather than any reason.

Ex. “Rosa was very arbitrary while picking the first chocolate out of the Valentine’s box; she covered her eyes and chose”¬†


This term was stumbled upon while watching an interview on Youtube. The person was explaining their method for choosing products in a store. I was very intrigued to discover what the word meant and figured this can be applied in the glossary to incorporate into our vocabulary.

city limits summary

The chapter “City Limits” in the novel, The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead, talks about how things are not what they seem. Whitehead talks about how city life is very fast paced always updating in terms of indistrilization. This advancement in industrilization ultimately causes there to be many versions of the same place because everyone has their own photographic memory of what was there prior to that. Old timers may roam around New York city viewing everything as nostalga. From the day a person starts exploring the concrete jungle, their own private map begins to develop. I can relate to this for example, my high school got rid of its old building sophomore year and built a more up to date, modern school. Every day after school i would walk past where the old building was located and can visually see everything how it used to be. Across the street in front of the Pita Grill on 57th street, there would be a flood of teenagers of all kinds but now everything is so gone and forgotten. Although things have changed i can still look at these places and picture what was there during MY time. That is why there are no city limits because cities are the number one places that continue to evolve in comparrison to a rural lifestyle where things usually remain the same over generations. That is why Whitehead describes New York as a city containing 8million cities because everyone’s template of what New York looks like or what its made of is different in everyone’s perspective. Another thing is when Whitehead mentions how someone is not a New Yorker unless what was there before is more solid and real than what is there now is very true. If what was there before is more vivid to what is there now means you have watched that part of New York City grow, evolve and develop into something greater. Seeing what was there before gives you a better understanding of the city’s roots and culture. Being able to reminise and imagine the past is being able to look back into history and time, do not take that power for granted for what’s gone can always remain if you learn to appreciate whats there now.

“City Limits” Summary

“City Limits” is the opening chapter from the book¬†The Colossus of New York¬†by Colson Whitehead. The author started this chapter with these three bold and capitalized words “I’M HERE BECAUSE” ¬†as soon as¬†I read these words my attention was captivated into this chapter. I felt that this chapter was related to everyone living in New York or anywhere else, because it talked about how the streets we have always been living in, that we walked back and forth in, and maybe just visiting holds every memory that we had. In this chapter, it talked about “My Own City”; everyone see’s New York differently, in their own way so they have their “own city”. Overall, this chapter was about how this city is changing everyday without us realizing it. The store’s that we visit or walk by everyday and the people that are there too are going or disappearing with out us knowing ¬†it.

City limits summery

‚ÄúCity limits‚ÄĚ is the first chapter in ‚ÄúThe Colossus Of New York‚Ä̬†by Colson Whitehead. The reading talks about the New York City and the lives within. New York is different city than the other cities you’ve been to. This city can’t be described in words nor can’t be shown in a television show. You just have to be here to know what it truly is. The city is always changing. From the bodegas in the corners to the skyscrappers. But the people living in the city doesn’t quite see it because they’re changing with city at the same time. They’re part of that change. But when they stops for a second and turn around to look back they see the change that took place. Who they were, who they are now and who they alawys wanted to be. Just like the city. And when you realize how much you’ve change you become desperate to find the middle ground in between the phases.

Urban Artifacts: Phase #4

Project # 1: Urban Artifacts was a fun experience for me. I’ve enjoyed every second of it, even though once in a while it was a little confusing. I liked this project because it helped me grow and learn things I didn’t know about art. For example, I¬†learned what the words ambiguous, stable, figure, ground, unity and economy meant and how they are used in art. I believe that everything I¬†learned so far in this project will help with the next project. If I can change anything about this project I would make the sketching process a little longer, that way I can brainstorm better ways to use the three artifacts I found so it can make the final work even better. Overall, everything about this project was ¬†fun and a new experience.