Underground in NYC

 Jumper: Zara

Shoes: AMI Clubwear

One thing I love about New York City is that so many things happen underground. People are pushing and moving to get from one train to the next, but it’s the things underground that I see that makes me stop and think. New York City never sleeps, no matter if it’s day or night you’re always on a journey. In the underground of NYC, you can see happiness, sadness, joy, pain, life and death. In a city that is so multi-cultural, you get a big bite out of the big apple just by being underground. Being a Los Angeles native, I’ve never been in a rush to get from point A to point B, only if I am extremely late. But in NYC, it’s sooo imperative for people to get from point A to point B, fast, quick, and in a hurry. Just by monitoring the pace of how the citizens of NYC walk, I found out my fast walking is their regular walking pace.

The underground isn’t just a place of transportation, it is a space of expression. I’ve witnessed love, fear, and anxiety all while being underground in NYC. I’ve seen a man stop everyones quick pace, by bending down on one knee and asking his girlfriend to be his wife in 42nd St. station. I’ve seen a man turn noise into silence, because his heart stopped in Penn Station. I’ve seen smiles on the faces of people who went numb, when listening to an Asian man sing Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World in Chambers St. Station. No matter how fast you are moving, there is always time to stop, no matter if it is for 1 second or 1 minute. It’s important as humans that we learn from our surroundings. Everyone has a story and we all express it differently. The underground of NYC is full of story telling, getting a taste of other people’s lives makes you reflect on your own. You don’t have to have a deep reflection, sometimes you just need a brief one. Just think about the things you have power of, like being able to be a better an individual by smiling at someone. It’s the little things on your journey that have the greatest impact. Sometimes we just need to make undergound as bright as above ground.


Ivy Coco

All photos were taken by the photographer of @underground_nyc (Instagram)

It was such an amazing experience working with Aaron, the man who is behind the flourishing Instagram page @underground_nyc. He has an amazing spirit and ability to grasp an individuals’ essence. His skills of quickness and precision, make his work of art unique and creative. Using the space of underground NYC, that in itself is a representation of how his creativity is daring and different.



  1. bjessie
    July 29, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    This was an amazing post! I still can’t believe that I’ve been to NYC this year for the very first time and you’re right it NEVER SLEEPS! Being from Texas, I say hi to everyone on the street but in NYC, stank faces for days! Lol! But it’s still an amazing city! I love your outfit! Again, great post!!!

    • July 29, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      thanks so much! so glad you like it 🙂

  2. Kristin Taylor
    August 11, 2015 / 7:46 am

    Beautifully written, Coco! It’s so wonderful to get a glimpse into your life four years later. You sound happy and empowered, which makes me smile.

    • August 11, 2015 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much! That makes me so happy. I mean it was in your class that I started blogging, so I couldn’t just stop there. Hahah 🙂

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