New Years in NYC 2006

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
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Monday, January 23, 2006

Happy New Years and Happy Valentine's Day! It is an exciting time for me right now. Brea and I just got a studio apartment in the heart of New York City on 25th St. and Broadway. They call it the Flat Iron District. I live just a block away from Chelsea, so I walk to work everyday now. It takes me about 15-20 mins depending on what kind of mood I'm in that day. It's such a cool part of town because it's not really a residential neighborhood. Our place is the only apartment building on the block, all the rest are commercial buildings and offices. Needless to say, I have been doing quite a bit of walking, spending time exploring my new surroundings.

I flew back to Texas the day after the NYC MTA Strike. Getting back home to Long Island from the city on the night of the strike was chaos. Penn Station was flooded with cops, people and baracades with lines up to an hour long if you didn't have a pre-paid metro ticket on you. Luckily I had a monthly pass on me so I hopped on the train within ten minutes or so. We had to wait for the cops to give us their approval after inspecting our passes one by one. The traffic at the airport the next day was filled with the normal holiday travelers, but nothing out of the ordinary, even with the strike.

Texas was amazing, it felt great to be back home. Being away from home the past few years has made me truly appreciate where I came from. Austin, TX was better than ever. It seems to be growing so fast! Everytime I go back, there are new buildings, highways and clubs, but my friends and family always stay the same! I went out downtown to 6th Street and celebrated my buddy Drew's B-Day. Partying with my friends is one of my favorite pastimes. Austin really is a great city to go back to.

On Dec 28, I took a road trip with my father from Texas to NYC in a 1994 U-Haul. The 14' truck guzzled 8 miles to the gallon, which put a nice little dent into our pocket books. But, in the end, it was well worth the time and money. We stopped in Memphis, Tennessey to sleep for the night after eating a hearty meal at the ever so famous Waffle House, an American road trip favorite! We walked around downtown Nashville for a couple of hours and then trucked it all the way to NYC. It was quite an experience to say the least which has been forever captured in a series that I am working on called Like Father Like Son.

New Years Eve was great because I got to spend time with my wife, dad, aunt and uncle in Long Island. We ate at Estorils, one of our favorite Portuguese restraunts in Rockville Center. Then we all went back to the house to drink champagne, watch the ball drop on Dick Clark's TV spectacular, and ring in the New Year. It was pretty hard to watch though because Dick's recent stroke has impaired his speech and aged him quite noticeably. So, in the end it became the Mariah Carrey, Hillary Duff and Ryan Seacrest Show, which is not half bad.

Brea is starring in a Sam Shepard play on Off Broadway called a Lie of the Mind. She has a new agent and just finished her French mini series called Zodiac II. We are still settling into our new place, putting on the finishing touches. Our apartment is within walking distance of Times Square and Chelsea. Our street is filled with antique stores and small shops and every Saturday and Sunday there is antique market across the street from our building in an empty parking lot. In a way it reminds me of life in Paris, living in the Marais. The energy and the way of life in the heart of the two cities are very similar. Our friend Emmanuel, an opera singer in Paris, was in town for the week and got to be the first to break in our new couch!

I am shooting as much as I can in my spare time. I just finished a new photo shoot with a Ford model this week. I am really working on building up my client base as much as possible. I hope to start working full time as professional photographer sometime within the next year. My job at Milk Studios is still amazing. I am getting to work with some of the most talented and creative people in the business and getting paid for it! Living in the city has been such a blessing. No more taxis, trains and long commutes everyday to and from Long Island. I do miss it though, I have gone back on Sundays to spend time with my aunt and uncle, relax and watch the football playoffs. GO Steelers!

I hope all is well and wish great things for you this new and exciting year.

Best Wishes,

Koury Angelo
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