Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I GO: Sleep No More

As my time in New York is drawing to a close, I've started getting anxious about completing all the items on my "NYC bucket list". One of the starred items on the list? To watch an off-Broadway play.

I chose the infamous "Sleep No More" at the McKittrick Hotel.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I GO: A Private Piano Recital

One of the reasons why I love New York City so much is it's bursting with personalities. The stereotypes really do live and breathe: the struggling artist, the gold-digging model, the Broadway star to be, the sassy gay best friend. But much more interesting are the ways in which each defies the cookie-cutter mold.

Take my friend, John. He's a Wall Street banker... and a pianist extraordinaire. Sitting in his loft is a Baldwin piano he and his friend fished out of a pile of junk in Brooklyn Heights, re-furbished, and transformed into a gorgeous artcase piano.

Friday, August 26, 2011

I EAT: Hurricane Weekend Food Run

If you've been paying attention to the weather news, you all know that nasty b*@#! Irene is coming to New York City. But while she's managed to ruin all my weekend plans- which included a visit to the Bronx Zoo, a massive Barneys warehouse sale, biergartening, watching Sleep No More on its LAST available timeslot before closing, and a Hamptons daytrip- she can't pressure me into eating whatever's left standing on the near-empty shelves at Walgreens.

Rather, I stopped by Eataly to stock up on emergency food supplies.

Chocolate and hazelnut truffles.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I WEAR: Etsy Swag Surfin'

Lately, I've been obsessed with buying jewelry from Etsy. It takes a while (there's a lot of not-so-great stuff listed), but if you sift through enough, you'll find some uber-talented vendors peddling their uber-gorgeous homemade wares.

Some of my most recent favorite buys include the following (sorry for the shitty picture quality in advance):

These tassel earrings from the sweetest vendor ever.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I EAT: Pigging Out At Smorgasburg

Confession: I am a bit of a Manhattan snob. I have only been to Brooklyn a grand total of.... three times (counting today). But after spending the day in trendy Williamsburg, grabbing way too much to eat at the Smorgasburg food market and vintage shopping, I admit I've been missing out.

The Smorgasburg food market opens its doors every Saturday, collecting some of the cutest food vendors in one scenic waterfront location. If you're planning to swing by, make sure to bring cash since the vendors don't have credit card machines with them.

I EAT: "Tapas" At Beauty & Essex

There's something to be said for this kitschy little nook in the Lower East Side. It's a good example of a bar that's managed to have just the right amount of gimmicky goodness. The storefront resembles a pawnshop, save for the bulky bouncer guarding a large metal door.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I GO: Nerdin' Out At The Strand

After an eternity of resistance, I finally caved and got myself a Kindle. I'd been reluctant to do so because the melodramatic part of me felt like I'd be betraying the "books" team in the "e-reader vs. books" war. But the lure of having a bookstore at my fingertips proved to be too much to turn down.

So, to ease my betrayal, I made my way to the iconic Strand Book Store. If you've never been to the Strand, you must stop reading this blog and go immediately.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I THINK: A New Beginning

It started with Tumblr. I just wanted a place where I could ramble, some place free and clutter-friendly.

And then it grew into a much bigger obsession. A need to publish, curate, and index all the things I had to say. And now, here we are.


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