Category Archives: New York

My adventures in and around New York.

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-nine]

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If we were having coffee, it would be along time coming. I have been so busy. Doing what? I’m not entirely sure. I seem to go to bed earlier and earlier and there have been a lot of weekend adventures. A lot of cross country skiing to tell you about. A lot of work to not bore you with. And a lot of other random stuff. My mom was checking facebook to make sure I was still alive because I had not called home in so long. So let’s catch up a bit and enjoy a huge cup of coffee.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you about the Cat- Griz basketball game. I was skiing earlier in the day, otherwise I would have wanted to go see the women’s game in the afternoon. We made it back for the men’s game in the evening. I don’t think I have been to a game since I was a freshman in college, and I’m not sure I even went to one then. It was a pretty good game up until the last quarter when they let the Griz win. At least I have cool friends to watch the game with.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to read this quick, funny story about bouncing back forth between New York and Los Angeles. I too imploded somewhere in the middle.

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And speaking of New York, The Sexy Master Electrician got me a great book for Valentine’s Day. I have been following the instagram feed for a while now. I found pink Himalayan Sea Salt shot glasses for his tequila.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that I finally saw Michael Keaton. Apparently he is around town rather frequently, though I now know I wouldn’t have been to pick him out if I had bumped right into him. I went to a Bozeman Film Society film, (one of my favorite things), to see Spotlight. He introduced the film. I didn’t even know he was in it. It is an amazing film. It made me want to go back and read the articles. I was a silly high school senior at the time, I only vaguely remember it happening. I highly recommend it. Your head will be spinning.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I have some friends who are on a cornhole league. On Tuesdays, all the teams meet in a “ballroom” above the Eagles Bar and play a few games of corn hole each on the 10 courts. One of them was gone a couple weeks ago, so a couple of us subbed for her. It was pretty entertaining to watch people take so seriously. And I proved that I suck at tossing beanbags.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am also not hot at bowling. But I had some great tights on while I was doing it. Dusty set up a bowling night on Galactic Bowling night. He had seen my crazy tights I was given for Christmas and the night was themed the 80’s. My tights did not carry my game, but my first bowl was a strike. It went down hill from there. At least I did better than TSME.

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If were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I need to get used new glasses. For the last five years, I’ve had the same pair with little rectangular lenses. I really only wear them in the morning or at night, but these are much, much, larger, in true hipster fashion. I probably could have gotten them when I got my first pair of glasses back when I was 6 or 7. I do like how they look, just need to get used to them being so large.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about School of Architecture’s Advisory Council meetings last week. I am on the Graduate Council part of it. We meet to discuss ways we can help the school, go to studio crits, do speed interviews and a host of other things to engage the students. We also get to tour new buildings under construction. This time was the new Yellowstone Building, which is a dorm. I was in North Hedges as a freshman, built in the 60’s or something like that. And then I was in the “New Buildings.” They didn’t have names yet and were the cool dorm to get into at the time that only sophomores and older could apply to be in. This puts the to shame so badly.Untitled
At least the views are the same amazing mountains. They can’t make that better!
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And speaking of architecture, Earth Elements had an open house to celebrate a new plumbing fixture line they started carrying. I fell in love with this piece of granite:
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you my haul from the Bozeman Public Library Book Sale. I woke up, sent my friend Erin a message that said, “The book sale starts in 6 minutes!” To which she said,  the one where all the books are $2?!  Yup, getting dressed. Pick you up?  Yes please.  I walked out with 15 books. Three of which are for the TSME for his trip to Cabo that he left for this morning. I will be reading in bed and he on the beach. I do love books!
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Aveune Q [off Broadway]

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The set

While visiting New York in September, Dr. K and I went to the off Broadway show, Avenue Q at the New World Theater. It was one of the funniest shows ever. I meant to see it years ago when I first moved to New York and it has just went on Broadway. My friend went to the show while visiting and shared the soundtrack with me. I loved it, yet still never made it to the show. AvenueQPhoto1 (1)
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The cast is made up of puppets, monster puppets and humans. You can see the people who are the puppeteers, they are moving around the stage with them the entire time. They interact with the humans on stage like they are all in this world of humans and puppets. Most of the puppeteers play multiple characters too. They would trade them out to while on stage with other It was well done and such a great show.

The first half of the show was the really funny part. After the intermission, it gets a bit more serious, but it still funny with it serious moments. I wish I could have taken some pictures, but such things are not allowed.

Bottom line, if you have the chance, go see it.

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-three]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, it would be a long catch up. A lot has happened in two weeks. This includes two weddings and a trip to New York. As well as trying to squeeze in as much time as possible outside before the gorgeous weather disappears and winter shows up. I refuse to turn on the heat yet.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about the wedding last weekend in New York. It was at the beautiful Angel Orensanz Foundation. The bride looked lovely, the food was delicious, and the dancing and singing lasted late into the evening. Plus I got to catch up with a few New York friends I missed last time I was there.
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We would also talk about the wedding yesterday here in Bozeman. The weather was perfect and the ceremony was outside. Another beautiful bride and fabulous dancing, food and merriment all around. This one also included cigars. I seem to like cigars at weddings. While I always enjoy a good wedding, I am definitely glad wedding season is over for me this year. Next year I already have two to attend.
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We look pretty badass. Images via MK

This beautiful weather convinced D and I that we should go on a bike ride one evening after work. It was warm and nice, but we started too late to do a 25 mile ride. We should have turned around to make it 20, but D kept thinking that we were close to this great down hill. Of course then we had to go back up it. And while there was still plenty of light, the sun was behind the mountains and we were frozen by the time we got back in to town. Beautiful sunset though.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about my trip to New York. I was able to cheer on friends as they ran the Brooklyn Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon and then join them for brunch. The next day I was able to catch up with Steffanie at Clinton Street Baking Co.  It was worth the longish wait. I also attended a performance at the BAM Harvey Theater, one of my favorite spaces (and I couldn’t think of it to save my life in my interview, see below) to see Dream’d in a Dream. It was a great performance and our seats were right a row from the stage.  The rest of my trip was mostly spent like I would have spent it if I was still living there. I hung out at the coffee shops, went to my favorite gym class at the Y, ran around the loop at Prospect Park and avoided Manhattan.
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At the Grand Prospect Hotel Beer Garden

I also had an interview in Poughkeepsie for the Rose Fellowship. The town is adorable and the projects would be amazing. I have yet to hear back about who they have selected and I am not sure when they will. I can say, I don’t think I’ve even been so nervous for an interview or felt like I completely failed one so bad. People keep telling me I may be being to hard on myself, but my mouth and head refused to work together 90% of the time. I still have my fingers crossed, and really want the fellowship, but…

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Dr. K about to crush it
If we were having coffee this afternoon we would talk about our golf game. Dr. K’s dad is in town so we went golfing earlier. It was perfect weather and despite rarely golfing, I didn’t do as bad as I would expect. Though sometime I think someone should have just taken the golf clubs away. I really should do it more often, I do enjoy it and I might actually get better if I did it more than once a year.
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Me about to get it to move 10 feet.

And now, I think I am going to end the evening at Norris, if not that, something that makes you feel all warm and sleepy. Happy Sunday.

The Rose Fellowship Finalist Summit

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Last week I had the privilege to attend the first Rose Fellowship Finalist Summit. I found out just a couple weeks before that I had been selected. I was in a bit of shock, then super excited, then terrified. The intent of the summit was to bring together the finalist and the host organizations in one place before the final interview round. They wanted us to have the opportunity to network with each other since we all have a passion for community based design and could do wonderful things together. The hosts would have a chance to get to know us more before deciding on final interviewees. Like I said, exciting and terrifying all in one.

The summit was an all day event at the beautiful India House in Financial District. I was worried that there was going to be a sense of competition in the room since the 25 of us there are all hoping to land one of five spots this year. However, it wasn’t like that at all. Everyone was excited to be there an meet other people with similar interests in the design field. They made us business cards so that we could share our contact information easily with each other and anyone else that we wanted to be in touch with us.

After the welcome from Enterprise, the host organization representatives had four minutes to explain how they ended up where they are now. Then they sat down for a panel discussion about the fellowships. It was wonderful to hear how the landed in their various positions and how passionate they were about their jobs. After that we all had to give presentations.

The two weeks before I spent stressing out and trying to figure out what I was going to present  for my four minute, 12 slide pecha kucha. It had to get across what I was about in some way and why I deserved to be there. This was the first year they had done this summit, so I couldn’t even ask my friends what they did in the past. After talking it through and having some major help from some friends here, I ended up creating a presentation on how I ended up there and how Sturgis, my adopted hometown, had an impact on that path.

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I was the fifth person to go. Luckily, I didn’t have to go first or last and got it out of the way quick. I managed to not stumble through it, I didn’t read my notes the entire time,  I don’t think I said “um,” and the timing with the slides was pretty good. After two years of not having to speak in public or in front of any audience, it was a bit of a shock to do it again. I’m so glad it went so smooth. Everyone had different approaches to the presentations and it was great to see what everyone is interested in or where they came from to get there.

After the presentations we had 10 minute speed interviews with our perspective host organizations. I applied for two projects so I met with both of them and they couldn’t have been more different. The one in South Dakota asked us to meet them for a drink in the down time before the evening social to talk more and get to know each other a bit better and asked us a couple serious questions in those 10 minutes. The upstate New York one was the exact opposite, much more relaxed, talking about the project a bit and what we had seen. I ended up asking him if he had any questions for me towards the end cause I didn’t want to have messed it up, the answer was, “nope.”

I did go meet the South Dakota crew for a drink and we discussed the project in more detail before heading over to the reception for the outgoing fellows. There I was able to meet up with my friend, Annie, who is a current fellow, meet her “classmates,” as well as the other current and many past fellows.  The outgoing fellows talked about their work over the past three years and then had a panel with their host organizations. It was so inspiring to see what they had done for their communities and how excited those places were to have them there.

The night ended at a bar with many of the finalist, fellows and Enterprise team hanging out. Many people would leave the next day, while I stayed through the weekend and hung out with my friends while showing Dr, K around the city.

It was kind of a surreal trip. To make it more surreal, on Monday I found out that I made it to the next round with the upstate New York organization. I will be heading back out to New York in less than three weeks for a real interview on site. My emotions are all over the place for various reasons and I cannot believe I made it this far. I cannot wait to see what happens at my interview or what comes of it.

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In any case, I’ve met some really amazing people and I hope we really do use the network that Enterprise set up for us and great things come of it, even if we do not all end up as fellows.

My New York Must List

A couple things have happened to prompt this post. Primarily, since leaving New York, I’ve had a few people who have been heading out there for a trip and have asked me what to see and do. For one person I filled a couple pages of her notebook. For another, I sent her a long email. I thought I might just edit that email into a post and then I can just forward it to whoever asks.

The second is the fact that The Sexy Master Electrician and I are heading to New York in early March on our way to a wedding in DC. I am super exited to revisit some of my favorite places and find some new ones. I just hope all my favorites are still there and still wonderful!

This list is all of the the spots and things I would tell anyone coming to visit me while I was in New York to see. Some of the less touristy stuff I would do with them, (most of the eating and drinking stuff) and I would always try to get them on a bike. Seeing a city by bike is probably my favorite way to do it.  Anyway, here we go in no particular order or importance…

Things to See: 

  • Go to Madison Square Park (Broadway and 23rd St) The Flat Iron Building is here. Several times a year there is Madison Square Eats on the west side of the park in the middle of the street triangular intersection. Several great food trucks and smaller restaurants set up around the perimeter for you pick and choose from. Enjoy some food, you can’t really go wrong- all of the trucks are fabulous.

    MS Eats

    MS Eats

  • Walk down Broadway from 23rd to Union Square (17th Street). Look up, there many beautiful buildings.
  • Check out the One World Trade Center aka the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial (you might need tickets ahead). I want to check on the new museum that is finally open and hopefully the observation deck at the tower if it opens.

    Fountain at the World Trade Center Memorial

    Fountain at the World Trade Center Memorial

  • Unless you want to go into Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (which is really cool, save your self the time in line and money by taking the Staten Island Ferry over and back. Even better, catch a Staten Island Yankees’s game while you are there.

    So this isn't from the SI Ferry, but close enough

    So this isn’t from the SI Ferry, but close enough

  • If you are there in the summer see if you can go to Governor’s Island and wonder around. The park spaces are beautifully designed around and through the old base and they have a very interesting mix of art and performances through out the season.

    The view from Govenor's Island

    The view from Govenor’s Island

  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and hang out in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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    Taken while biking over the bridge

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    There are signs everywhere directing you to the park, Make sure you take the stairs on the Brooklyn side shortly after the wood planks end, instead of following the path all the way down. The stairs drop you in DUMBO, close to the water, the path goes much farther into Brooklyn.

    DUMBO Arts Festival

    DUMBO Arts Festival

    My favorite part of the park is on the north side of the bridge, under the Manhattan bridge. Two old warehouses are right along the water that are gorgeous. Although, I know this is changing as a part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development.

    My favorite Spot

    My favorite Spot- with odd color setting

    ET in the park

    ET in the park

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  • Take a cab ride down Park Avenue to 34 Street from some where in the 70’s. They should take you up and around Grand Central Station. It’s such a great perspective going around GCS. The ride down Park Ave is nice too, typically there is some really good art in the median gardens and do not forget to go inside Grand Central.
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    Grand Central

    Art along Park Avenue

    Art along Park Avenue

  • See if  there is an exhibit or even at the Park Avenue Armory. It’s a cool space and the exhibits are typically grand in scale.

    Swings Exhibit

    Swings Exhibit

  • See the Met, Guggenheim, and MoMA. The Met and MoMA are huge, I typically have to pick which exhibits I want to see and go to them, otherwise, it’s just too much. Go to the roof of the Met. Hopefully the latest installation is up for you to enjoy with an awesome view of central park. The Met rooftop and MoMA are my favorites if you don’t have time for all of them.

    Met Rooftop

    Met Rooftop

  • If you want to go to the top of the Empire State Building, do it during the day, if you want to go to the Top of the Rock, do it at night.
    View from the Top of the Rock

    View from the Top of the Rock

    A great view of the Empire  is from a rooftop bar in the La Quinta on 32nd Street. Opens at 5PM.

    Empire State from the Rooftop!

    Empire State from the Rooftop!

  • Go to the Storefront for Architecture and the Center for Architecture. Both are in great neighborhood to wander around in. THe CFA is a block away from Washington Square Park.
  • See Time Square, but don’t waste too much time there. Don’t eat anything there or around the Empire state building. There are much better places out of the tourist areas farther north or south.
  • Walk along the Hudson River Park. The view and parks are great.

    Pier I on the Hudson River

    Pier I on the Hudson River

  • Walk the Highline. I would stay start at the top (near 33rd St and 10th Ave, I think, they keep expanding it) End down in Chelsea and wander. Great buildings to see along the walk and down in Chelsea.

    Highline!

    Highline!

  • Take the Train to the new Atlantic Terminal and check out the Barclays Center and BAM.
    The Nets vs the Wizards

    The Nets vs the Wizards

    If you can catch a performance at BAM, I recommend it. One of my favorite venues. Wander around the Fort Greene neighborhood.

    Opera at BAM

    Opera at BAM

  • If you want to stick to Manhattan, see if there is a performance at Lincoln Center. The spaces are gorgeous and so are the performances.
  • Wander around Soho, but skip Broadway, get on the smaller side streets. The storefronts are amazing and so is the stuff they are selling.
  • In Brooklyn head out to Greenwood Cemetery. It’s huge, old and really cool. It’s also the highest point in Brooklyn. At that point, the statue Minerva is pointing out at the Statue of Liberty, who is facing her.

    Greenwood on the way to work one foggy morning

    Greenwood on the way to work one foggy morning

  • If you get on your bikes and have a day, check out Coney Island on your way to Rockaway Beach. Skip the beach at Coney Island and enjoy it at Rockaway.
    Kite surfers on the way to Rockaway

    Kite surfers on the way to Rockaway

    Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach

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  • Don’t forget to take the tram over to Roosevelt Island and check out the old buildings and the memorialRoosevelt Island (28)
  • Go to the 8th Ave and 14th Street subway station- just to check out the sculptures.8th ave

Favorite Foods

  • Pizza by the slice: Luigi’s in Park Slope. When I told the owner I was moving, he gave me a t-shirt. Curious to see if he remembers me when we go back.
  • Pizza resturant: Fornino in Williamsburg Brooklyn, but Patsy’s near Union Square is also really good and probably closer to where you will be.
  • Thai food on the cheap: National, Joya or Song. Same owner three different Brooklyn hoods, all amazing.
  • Sweet Revenge will pair your cupcake with a beer or wine.cupcake
  • Egg and cheese sandwich: Any deli (for the most part), so good no matter how you order it, seriously.
  • Also get a macaron. Many delicious places have them, but look for a place that specializes in them. Cafe M was one of my regular stops.
  • Favorite Cheese Shop: Murray’s Cheese Bar, they also do beer and wine pairings.cheese
  • Favorite sandwiches: SniceSpreads, No. 7 Sub or a wrap from Nanoosh
  • Favorite expensive dinner: Freemans
  • Favorite burger: Bonnie’s Grill in Park Slope
  • Favorite Chicken and Waffles: Melba’s or Amy Ruth’s

    Melba's after the Shamrock Run

    Melba’s after the Shamrock Run

  • Favorite Brunch: Kitchennette, in Brooklyn Giovanni’s
  • Favorite Doughnut: This is hard one but Doughnut Plant is amazing, one of my favorites was the Orange Blossom Cashew, but you can find many excellent options in many places.  #nycdonuttour
  • Favorite BBQ: Dinosuar BBQ MD Trip 035
  • Favorite Taco: Rockaway Taco, get the guac with plantain chipsColor Mob (11)Color Mob (13)
  • Favorite Pie: Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklynsandy 034
  • Favorite coffee shop: Southside in Brooklyn, Joe’s is good too in the cityjoes
  • Favorite hidden cocktails: the Mulberry project or PDT
  • Favorite brewery: Brooklyn Brewery. BBreweryGo on a Friday night and order pizza from Fornino’s (see above). Rocky Sullivan’s is connected to the 6 Point Brewery and has some awesome pizza with a rooftop deck down in Red Hook too!

    Rooftop flip cup at Rocky's

    Rooftop flip cup at Rocky’s

Survival Guides 

Whew! That’s all I have for right now. I’m sure I will add and change this as I remember things and visit old places and new ones!

 

Craft Night at The Nest

The view

The view

One of Melissa’s friends from Auburn was hosting a Craft Night with The Nest and we couldn’t resist going. They had three different things you could make, a vase/candle holder, a lamp shade or coaster set. They also had a variety of treats from places like Lomaxine, Butter & Scotch, Buemos Angie’s, and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates as well as some wine.

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After we had our fill of sweets, Christine and I decided to try our had at the coasters. I went with silver paint and used a tack from the lampshade area to try and make yellow dots, it sort of worked. This whole craft night was a great idea, but the big issue was how to get our projects home with wet paint. That stuff does not dry fast at all. Next time they will have the kinks worked out I am sure.
Treats

Treats

Christine creating

Christine creating

my coaster

my coaster

Thanks for the invite Melissa! I am going to miss doing things like this with you!

Roosevelt Island

On my bike ride back to Brooklyn from the Guggenheim, I passed under the tram to Roosevelt Island on Second Avenue. I had always wanted to check it out, especially now that the new Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park designed by Kahn was finally open.  It was so quite and pretty awesome. For a swipe of your subway card, you should definitely get over there and check it out. Here a bunch of my pictures, which never do enough justice to anything, but it might give you an idea of why you should go!

The tram ride over

The tram ride over

The ruins on the way to the monument

The ruins on the way to the monument

The Memorial

The Memorial