My Week in Snapshots: 4/29/2012 – 5/6/2012

What a social butterfly I had to be this week. I usually am in a bit of a hibernation, cocoon during the work week, yet my calendar was filled with soirees, galas, parties, birthdays, and all sorts of festivities. NYC somehow aims to be celebrating something every weekend; whether it be Cinco de Mayo (margaritas, please), The Kentucky Derby (mint juleps, please), The Tribeca Film Festival (Manhattans and Wine, please), or the River to River Festival of the Arts(Micro-brewed Beers, please). Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the fêtes through mine own eyes.

1. The subway system was filled with men in seersucker suits, pinned with boutonnieres, and women in swanky cocktail dresses ready to drink juleps, bet on the trifecta, the winning thoroughbred, and to consume some bourbon. However, my favorite sartorial delights were those women who were not afraid to wear BIG floppy hats.

2. I was a little confused by the street sign that told me to walk toward the sky.

3. While doing some weekly errands at the drugstore a man was displaying his artwork along a vacant facade. His name is Teofilo Olivieri and I eavesdropped on him speaking with some potential customers. He explained that we was originally from Hoboken, NJ and I thought I overheard him explained that he uses art as a form of therapy and is inspired by the people in NYC.  Teofilo’s pieces being for only $40.00. His latest series potrays animals stenciled on old, used library books. “I’ve been very visible in New York City for the past 10 years, but the book covers have gotten the most response of any of the things I’ve worked on in my entire career,” Mr. Olivieri said.

4. My boyfriend and I were craving asian junk food (aka, our local ‘chinese food’ restaurant). When we finished our feast, we opened up the fortune cookie to reveal this odd message, “Alas! The onion you are eating is someone else’s waterlily”. Googling this phrase, it seems that this is an  an old chinese bromide expressing what we mean when we say someone’s trash is somebody else’s treasure. Oh the universality of cliches!

5. While celebrating my friend Kimberley’s birthday, we first all met at Barcade in Williasmburg to order some pints of beer, play board games, and eat some junk food. Note my nude nail (caramel, natural, and buff manicures are my new ala mode). I am eating a vegan dessert from Champs Diner where these devil’s food oreo balls were only $0.85 apiece! I also learned how to play the very addictive board game, Carcassonne (I became a medieval conquerer and territory expander).

Joe Fresh Style in Caramel, $4

Image found HERE. Please note the arcade games in the background: Paperboy, Ms. Pacman, Rampage, Punch-Out, and my personal favorite Tapper (and oh so many more!). 

6. While visiting the Marimekko flagship store on 200 Fifth Avenue, I came across the epiphanic discovery that the Finnish 1960’s print house now creates CLOTHING and APPAREL. This is epic. The swing dresses and mod shifts are classically cool. The 4,000-square-foot shop feels like one of Dr. Seuss’ quizzical world, and is complete with an instore seamstress who can create masterpieces from bolts of fabric on demand. The ubiquitous Converse sneaker brand also collaborated with the textile giant to create the ultimate canvas shoe.


Images from Marimekko U.S.

7. Right around the corner from McCarren Park, Bar Matchless in Greenpoint, Brooklyn features drinks, a live music room, DJs, dancing, pool, foosball, and food. The weekly food specials often come with a free drink token, and the food itself is quick, easy, comfort food with a twist. The place is dimly lit, has several local brews on tap, and is a quintessential divvy hangout. More than the slightly “metal” decor, I fell in love with the bathroom. Completely covered in graffiti, weird messages, band posters, endorsements, and political stickers, the walls themselves felt like a unique piece of artwork.

8. My favorite 24/7 diner also happens to be a Cuban, homestyle bar named Coppelia. On Monday, as part of this restaurant’s year-old anniversary, a mixology competition was held to discover the next cocktail to be added to the menu. The mash-up, sponsored by Yerba Buena Co., SAVEUR, Pisco Sour, and Viral Fashion, was the brainchild of GM, Ricardo Palafox. Coppelia is giving a platform for industry members to compete against each other and for the chance to see their signature cocktail featured for the next year. Week Four’s final winner was Maury Robayo, head mixologist at Rayuela and Macondo, who created the Pisco y Pimiento with Pisco Porton, Campari, lemon juice, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, egg whites, black pepper. However, the drink pictured is one of the ‘loser’ featuring rose petals, and a lemongrass, sugar rim (it was still pretty tasty, although a bit sweet).



9. I walk a little over a mile to work, every morning. My office is based in midtown east, very close to The Empire State Building, Herald Square, and other extremely touristy areas. The hubbub and traffic is sometimes overwhelming. However, on May Day (May 1st), it was even more busy than usual. Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors, from all over The United States, converged on Fifth Avenue to protest financial institutions, government, inequality, civil rights, and a bevy of other issues. By the end of the day more than 50 arrests were made. The protest, seeming to occur without a proper permit, froze traffic in central Manhattan and made it very impossible for work to continue for a few hours.

10. Because there were so many holidays, celebrations, and protests this week the New York Police Department (NYPD) was waiting on several subway trains to hand out tickets for drunken intoxication, urination, and other raucous violations.

How was YOUR week?



My Week in Snapshots

What a gorgeous spring week we have been having in New York City. Although I am currently living off of allergy medications and the pollen is at an all time high, I cannot help but smile at the perfect weather. Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the city through mine own eyes.

1. Walking around the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village I was awestruck by the juxtaposition of Greek Revival Style townhouses, cherry blossoms, and industrial parking signs.

2. I grabbed a healthy and “oh-so-European” brunch at Le Pain Quotidian in Chelsea complete with fruit tarts, pan au chocolate, soft boiled eggs, ricotta, figs, and jam.

3. At 100 11th Avenue right near the West Side Highway and the water appears the luxury residential condominium located in New York City’s West Chelsea with architecture by Atelier Jean Nouvel. The sprawling, stunning, sun-drenched penthouses in the location each have unique window placements making cookie cutter apartments a thing of the past.

4. After a five hour spring meander through the streets of downtown NYC (and a brief jaunt to to Film Forum to see when The Graduate is playing), my boyfriend and I broke our no carbohydrate diet at Trattoria Toscana with a rich antipasti. Come for the handmade, homemade pasta, stay for the mascarpone cheesecake.

5. In The Rubin Museum of Art’s gift shop I learned about Buddhist chanting, the wheel of existence, Nepalese jewelry, and almost purchased these vintage ledgers from Thailand.

6. My local bodega is undertaking in its spring cleaning and signage fix-up.

7. The New York Police Department’s mounted officers — sometimes called “10-foot tall cops” by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly — belong to one of the biggest mounted units in the country. The officers were keeping the neighborhood safe during confusing construction routes in high trafficked areas.

8. Near the Cherry Lane Theater on Commerce Street, one feels as if she time warped into 1876. The architecture, streets, and quaint neighborhood feel transport me to another time. These just budding tulips were found on a resident’s perfectly manicured lawn.

9. The Garden of St. Luke in the Fields is hidden behind tall brick fences and facades. Originally built as a summer chapel for Trinity Church, this austere Federal Style building is the third oldest Church in New York. Named after St. Luke, the physician evangelist, in recognition of the Village’s role as a refuge from yellow fever epidemics, the Episcoal church was organized in 1820. Now the space is a lively, inclusive parish refusing to deny access based on gender, sexuality, culture, socio-economics, or special needs. The space’s garden is an urban respite and park.

10. A 24/7 Cuban diner called Coppelia has some of my favorite hot-weather drinks (poured with a heavy hand). On the left is the HEMINGWAY ROYAL (Ginger infused dark rum, mint, lime, Royale Combier, champagne with a lemongrass salted rim) and on the right is the MATADOR (Heradura Blanco tequila, lime juice, jalapeño cointreau, cucumber, mint) created by Alex Valencia. Cheers!