There is talk in my household about leaving New York some day, possibly sooner than later. That plus the hectic schedule that summer always imposes on us has made me want to make a list of things I have to do in NYC this summer! Either before it gets cold again, or before the city is a plane ride away.
1. Visit the High Line. The new elevated park opened last week. We're going to try to go take a stroll and experience the views from High Line and check out all the new buildings that have popped up next to it this week.
2. Times Square Pedestrian Area We're in total crush with the city's Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan who has closed off several blocks of Broadway at Times Square to vehicle traffic, mostly because of her devotion to creating hundreds of miles more bike lanes in all five boroughs. Times Square is still half-Disney, half-Vegas but I'm interested to see the new "park" and to sit in the middle of Broadway without fearing for my life.
3. Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn and River to River Festival Summer in NY is all about free events in the park, from concerts to readings and dance performances. This week I'm going to try to see Wally Lamb and Sharon Olds reading at Central Park, next week the NY Opera is performing the Magic Flute at Rockefeller Plaza, and the last week of June, friends Explosions in the Sky from Austin are performing at Central Park (although their show is a benefit for the Summerstage series and isn't free). I'm hoping to cram in as many of these performances as I can throughout the summer!
4. The Observation Deck of the Empire State Building It's not cheap, but it's such an NYC institution, I feel like I have to do it at some point. I've gazed at the Empire State Building from every angle around the city; time to view the city from the top of the ESB.
Other than that, boat rides, walks, taking photos, picnics, thrift store shopping on the Upper West Side (apparently the key to finding bargain designer wear) and whatever else I can squeeze into the next few warm weeks are all on my agenda. Gotta love NYC before the winter sets in and I'm a hater again.
We went to the Brooklyn Food Conference a few weeks ago after returning from Oakland where everyone had a beautiful garden, so we were inspired and started learning all we could about putting in an urban garden. We'll see how it goes. I ordered seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library which does mostly heirloom seeds and then went to a couple of organic gardening classes that were free in the East Village at this community garden.
The seedlings in the window sill are: brussel sprouts, rainbow chard, two kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of lettuce, dill, basil, chives and parsley, then we have small starter plants of basil, lavender, oregano, thyme and rosemary. I'm going to plant carrots, kale and zucchini too! We're going to sow those straight into the boxes and planters when we get those ready. Today Ralphie finished assembling the boxes and we mixed manure, soil, sand and perlite. We're going to let it sit for a few days so the manure can age before we put the plants in it.
I'm so excited to get everything into the dirt and watch it grow! I've been watching my seedlings sprout with bated breath and am such a proud little mama already.
We had a great back yard birthday party for Ralph on Saturday. Here's a view from above the party. Ralphie took this from our fire escape. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Lots of good food, good drinks and good friends, which is, in my opinion, the perfect equation for a good birthday! We'll do more back yard parties soon, for sure.
Sunday night through yesterday we got between 6 and 8 inches of snow, so Ralph & I decided to walk down to McCarren Park to make a snowman. We had to make a lazy snowman because the snow was too soft to pack into snowballs or snowman parts. That kind of snow is so pretty though because you can still see the flakes! I'm still new enough to snow to be mesmerized by snowflakes every time we get snow. As you can see, I planned ahead enough to take a carrot and some buttons for his nose and eyes and we improvised and added a stick and a toupee of moss to give him more personality.
Although the majority of the items in its pages were far beyond my reach, I still looked forward to browsing through Domino every month and it remained one of my favorite magazines. Domino was super light on content, with barely any substantive articles, but that's hardly what we readers expected from it anyway. Domino delivered yummy, luscious photo spreads of gorgeous apartments and homes all over the country that inspired us and made us want to keep refining our own homes. It's going to be interesting to see how this economic downturn affects the print media industry and what print institutions are left standing when things start looking up again. I won't be surprised if 2009 sees more magazines and newspapers shuttered or going to online only versions (as the US News & World Report did).