Apple picking in Upstate NY

I had a moment of glorious realisation this week. By moving to New Zealand during the American winter, I am essentially skipping spring and come next December will have had three, THREE, autumns over the course of a year. And I was sitting in my home, smugly, until it occurred to me…

Will I still love autumn without all the events and holidays that I normally associate with the season?

I don’t know why, but it’s really hard for my brain to compute that the holidays don’t flip with the seasons in the southern hemisphere. Can you imagine Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in the Spring/Summer? But more importantly, can you imagine Autumn and Winter without these milestones?

It celebration of the coming Autumn season for those of us below the Equator, here’s one of my favourite fall activities in upstate New York: Apple picking, cider doughnuts, hay and pumpkins. We were a little too early in the season for my favourites, but we filled two pails with Jonagold, Topaz and Red Delicious. I prefer my apples tart and crispy, like the Roxbury or Golden Russet. If anything, I think the thicker, rougher skin makes for a better apple experience. I don’t trust shiny apples. With shine comes less flavour.










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Words and photography by Diana Eastman
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RIP Brooklyn Roof

Brooklyn is all about gentrification these days right? Brooklyn will even gentrify the gentrified. While living in NY, I happened to live off the L in one of the most well known loft spaces off of Bushwick. The McKibbin Lofts were well known at one point for being the home of Anonymous, wild parties, bed bugs and 4 bedroom apartments with 10+ tenants. By the time I moved in it was beginning a slow transition from cheap flats for broke artists, to arguably still cheaper quality apartments at extremely expensive prices. And part of that process meant saying goodbye to the graffiti covered roof.

You were beautiful and ever changing. I will always miss you.






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Words and photography by Diana Eastman
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Candles and Rain in Madison Square

Is there anything better than taking advantage of the many corporate sponsored social events in NY to score some free scented candles? Yes, probably. Especially if you happen to be one of the poor performers at this Glade spectacle in Madison Square Park. Who scheduled an outdoor dance performance on a November evening? While pumping in atmosphere in the form of mist from smoke machines, these Cirque du Soleil-esque performers were soaked to the bone in the autumn rain. Eventually, someone smart ended the whole thing earlier than planned, but not before we had thankfully managed to grab a couple weeks worth of fall scented candles.

Maybe next year, Glade, choose a venue with a roof.





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Words and photography by Diana Eastman
For more from Diana, follow her on Instagram at @thedianaeastman.