Focus on Brooklyn: Gritty Greenpoint

This is the second post in a four part series about Brooklyn and it is a partnership with Brooklyn-based retailer Focus Camera. All images in this post were created with the Samsung NX500 which retails on their site for $798 currently. 


Greenpoint is a part of New York City, and Brooklyn, that’s been put on the map lately largely due to the success of the Wythe Hotel. Because of that property and other aspects of the neighborhood, much of it is now very “cool” and features everything a city-dweller needs. And then some. There’s even a Brooklyn Flea on the waterfront in Greenpoint.

However, there’s a lot of Greenpoint that is still “gritty” and more underdeveloped, something I say in absolute love actually, because it’s exactly that lack of polish that makes me enjoy going there.

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On Safari in Tanzania with Four Seasons

If you’ve been following me or this blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of Four Seasons. So when, after having been on the #FSJet in the Spring, I was invited to visit Tanzania as a guest of their Serengeti Safari Lodge, it was a no brainer to accept. My only sadness, was in not being able to bring Danté with me.

A Sunset Meditation Session with the Lodge

A Sunset Meditation Session with the Lodge’s Yogi. Looking out over the Serengeti.

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Focus on Brooklyn: Exploring Red Hook

This is the first post in a four part series about Brooklyn and it is a partnership with Brooklyn-based retailer Focus Camera. All images were created with the Samsung NX1 which retails on their site for $2,498 currently. 


Red Hook is a part of New York City that’s not under the radar for those in the know but it still has a feel of being “undiscovered” if you’re not well versed in everything about the City and current culture. Because it hasn’t reached the same level of culture saturation places like Williamsburg have, I wanted to feature it in this series about the lesser known gems of the borough of Brooklyn. It was on my list immediately when Focus Camera invited me to do this project.

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#WhereToNow? Takes me to Long Island

This is the second post in a five part series I am doing with Tri-State Ford in which I am being compensated for sharing my experiences and this information with you. However, all opinions are my own.

For the first part of my summer road trip with Tri-State Ford, we began by capturing early morning on Long Island in New York where there are a lot of beaches and harbor towns that make for great photo ops.

Sailing School Long Island by Kirsten Alana #WhereToNow

Venice, Italy with the New SPG Amex Card

Unless you’re new to reading this blog, you know I have had a relationship with SPG in the past, and this post is part of a new on-going project to promote The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

I was very happy to learn that this month Starwood Preferred Guest® and American Express debuted new features for the SPG Amex card including, most importantly for frequent travelers like myself, the elimination of foreign transaction fees on international purchases.

So when they asked Dante and I to take a visit to any international destination of our choosing in order to experience the new benefits firsthand, I didn’t hesitate in deciding we should visit Venice, Italy and The Gritti Palace where I had been on my own in the Fall of 2014.

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