Tag Archives: Brooklyn

Adventures in New York City

My 'hood is so positive! And the squirrel and pigeon are wearing crowns!

So, I’m about to embark on a road trip to Colorado with the Mominator. We will pack up the little Yaris and head off for 2 weeks across the country and back. Our mission: To eat at places mentioned in Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood book and/or blog. They are frequent contributors to the Splendid Table podcast on NPR, and make everything they eat sound delicious. Oh, yeah, the other goal of the trip is to visit the Sister out in Crested Butte.

Since I will surely be creating blog entries instead of studying for my big exam at the end of the summer, I thought I’d warm up by throwing out some of the (free!) things I’ve done in NYC in the past few weeks. Summer is a great time here, especially when you have lots of free time, or need to do anything besides study.

Arch at Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

Pond in Prospect Park

About a month and a half ago me and the roomie went to Prospect Park to check out the farmers market. Still early in the season there wasn’t much variety, and everything was pretty expensive (even for a farmers market). We dropped off our compost (why does it cost money to drop of our waste, which they then turn into soil and sell at the farmer’s market?), and then started walking. We ended up walking most of the perimeter of the park, and our simple exploration turned into a 2.5 hour hike.

Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island

I went to Coney Island a couple of weeks ago to beat the heat, and take a study break…that lasted all day. It was so much fun, and cleaner than the last time I went (about 4 years ago), although it’s surely not the Hamptons. You still need to watch out for broken glass in the sand…it turns into a little challenge! It was also great, because it was a Friday, and there weren’t too many people there at all. I didn’t go on any rides (I was alone, and I’m kind of a chicken), but I couldn’t figure out why this place isn’t packed! It’s a great bit of NYC history, plus there are ads in like every subway car I ride in.

Even the sign for the High Line is classy.

Flowers in the High Line

Umm, more flowers in the High Line

View of the Hudson from the High Line

Future High Line? We'll just have to wait and see.

This past weekend me and the roomie went on an unplanned 6.5 mile hike. It started at the southern end of the new High Line Park. This park has transformed an abandoned above-ground subway line, turning it into a lush park. It’s planted with native species, and is landscaped beautifully. It is really more of a gorgeous walking path from about 14th street up to 30th than a park, but it’s one of the free things you should do if you’re ever in NYC. We turned it into a 6.5 mile hike by walking to the east side once we got to 30th Street, and proceeding down the East River down to NoLiTa to check out a tattoo shop and jewelery store. Exhausted, we returned to our hood and ordered a pizza!

So, that’s about it for the recent NYC adventures. Looking forward to exploring the country, since the majority of my travels have been overseas in one direction or another. And, of course can’t wait to see the Sister and eat good food!

This is how my kitties feel about me leaving them.


Living in the BK

So, finally set up the apartment after a 5-day moving fest. Brooklyn is great, and being on the edge of gentrification brings the best of both worlds: good restaurants that are actually affordable! The apartment is bright and airy…and used to be a hospital!

The glamorous entrance to our building. It's to discourage the snobs from taking over.

I moved into a two bedroom with my classmate. Here she is getting to know one of the locals.

Suzie and the graffiti.

So, here are a few pictures of the apartment. You’ll see the ‘living area’, ‘kitchen area’, and my bedroom.

Living room area

Kitchen area

Bedroom. The bed is a queen size, if you're wondering about scale.

One of the perks about living out here, and with a roommate, is all the space! We get great light, and great views all the time. We managed to snag a corner apartment too, which is great because we get some good air circulation.

Our apartment...from the roof! Top floor, left side to just past the second column thing.

Another nice thing about the apartment is the proximity to Prospect park. About a 10 minute walk and I get to go relax in one of the city’s biggest parks, go to the Brooklyn Museum, hit up the farmer’s market at Grand Army Plaza…I’ll stop so you don’t get too jealous.

Roof with a view.

Picture of the view courtesy of Suzie.

My favorite building to look at from the apartment. a.k.a. the 'ketchup' building.