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A Few More Days in New York

June 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Last week I was out in New York for work for a few more days.

Like every trip, mine began with a stop at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare. I was actually kind of afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop because of timing, but then my flight got delayed an hour and I had more than enough time. I changed it up this time and instead of getting a torta, I got the tortilla soup and the fully loaded guacamole. The soup broth was really rich and flavorful. The guacamole was good, but getting all of the toppings was a mistake, I think. I’d stick to just one or two or none next time. Also, maybe it was a fluke, but the chips were SO salty.

Even though my flight was delayed, I arrived early enough to visit with Jeannette and Yvan and Juliette (6 weeks old now, I think). The skies were bright and mostly sunny in Long Island City, so I don’t know what was up with the delays. It seemed fine on the Chicago side too. It didn’t even start raining in New York until later at night. Dallas was flying to Newark at the same time I was flying to New York and he had way more issues than I did.

I stayed at an SPG property called the Element Times Square West, located at 39th and 8th. I booked the room because it was a good rate, but it ended up being pretty nice and spacious for a New York City hotel room. Not that I used it, but each room in the hotel had a kitchen with a big fridge, two burners, a sink, dishwasher, microwave, dishes.

Even though I think the Element was on the lower end of the SPG spectrum, they still had the Heavenly bed that they have at the Westin, which was nice.

The view from my room at the Element.

Most days I took the subway to and from work, which made me feel like I was living there again.

While at work, one of my coworkers was on vacation for two weeks so I used his desk. He has a pretty nice view of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge!


The food in New York is always great! With my coworker, Stephanie, I had lunches at Flavors Cafe, where we got some great salads, and CRISP, a modern Mediterranean spot. My coworker from Chicago, Ranee, has been traveling to New York a ton and took me to Zaitzeff, a great burger spot. The menu is short and to the point, not straying all over the place with fancied up burgers. All the beef is grass-fed here. I got a cheeseburger with avocado and grilled mushrooms and it was amazing. Ranee and I split fries and neither of us finished them, but I was so full from the burger that I didn’t even eat dinner really! I think I had a fruit cup!

I also met up with Jess one night and we had dinner at Tia Pol, a tiny little Spanish tapas spot on 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd. I’d hoped to see her new apartment that she just bought and moved into the week before, but it was getting late. I was still glad we could catch up while I was in town!







Lastly, but not leastly, the food highlight of the trip was when I finally visited Eataly with Ranee and her cousin, Isabelle. Eataly is a high-end 50,000 square foot Italian food market and shopping center. Mega chefs Mario Bitali and Lidia Bastianich teamed up with restauranteur Joe Bastianich (Lidia’s son) for this amazing creation. The shopping and the tasting rooms are all mixed into one huge crazy experience. You walk along and look at meats and cheeses and then theres and area to sip wine while eating meats and cheese. You’re looking at the bins of fresh produce, when you stumble upon the vegetarian restaurant. There’s seafood and freshly made pasta, a beer garden, an amazing bakery, meats and produce and a whole line of Italian desert stands. I could have spent all day there!





In the end, we put our names in for the pizza and pasta spot and there was a wait, so we went to the vegetarian restaurant, sat at the bar and shared and artichoke that was BY FAR the best artichoke I’ve ever eaten. As we were finishing, with perfect timing, we were texted that our table was ready for dinner. I love gnocchi, but a lot of places screw it up, so I don’t order it too much, but I figured this was the place to get it. The gnocchi here was served with braised lamb shank ragu and was AH MAZE ING! To finish, I had the salted caramel gelato. OMG. So done. I’m sort of glad I don’t live in New York because I’d go broke at this place!

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Brooklyn Mosaic

October 26th, 2003 · 9 Comments

Brooklyn Mosaic

Brooklyn Mosaic

Near both the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge we spotted these mosaics. They remind me of a classic arcade game but I can’t remember which.

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Forgotten NY Tour

October 26th, 2003 · 12 Comments

The Forgotten NY Tour #14 was between the bridges in Brooklyn. One of our first stops was this building. I think that it used to manufacture terra cotta.

Walking through DUMBO.

Filming started today for a new movie called The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, & Gary Sinese. Later on we saw Julianne Moore, but she wasn’t an official part of the tour :)

Looking back on DUMBO as we walk over to Vinegar Hill.

Vinegar Hill

Abandoned building in Vinegar Hill.

Con Ed buildings in Vinegar Hill.

Old house in Vinegar Hill

Harrison Alley is no longer accessible to the public.

Vinegar Hill.

Next we walked past the Brooklyn Navy Yard and through Farragut, the projects.

In June, James Davis, the councilman of Brooklyn’s 35th District was shot dead at City Hall in Lower Manhattan. His brother, Geoffrey, ran for his position. I’m not sure if he won on November 4th.

This strange car was parked at a house near the corner of Duffield & Concord Streets.

Billboard we saw while walking back around to DUMBO.

The Iron Shop on Adams Street. I thought the wrench above the door was cool.

More of The Forgotten movie set.

The Forgotten movie trailers.

Jeannette & Yvan live in DUMBO but I didn’t really know any of its history. I’ve probably walked past this arrow dozens of times but never saw it until today when Kevin pointed it out. It’s a really old one-way sign.

Robert Gair, the inventor of corregated cardboard, built many of the buildings in DUMBO.

Another Robert Gair building in DUMBO.

In DUMBO many old railroad tracks still exist.

Jeannette & I quickly ran up to her apartment to use the restroom. Jeannette brought down Gatoraide juice boxes and passed them out to everyone.

Taking a break at the park under the Manhattan Bridge.

Everyone who was on the Forgotten Tour.

St. Ann’s Warehouse on Water Street.

Tien tries unsuccessfully to run from the camera.

It’s really Sweeny Condominiums on Water St.

Fish & chips from The Chip Shop in Park Slope.

Yesterday, Kevin Walsh conducted Forgotten NY‘s 14th tour, Brooklyn Between the Bridges. Kevin has made it his mission to document things in New York that are forgotten. Things you don’t see every day or things that are remnants from the past. In this tour we visited Vinegar Hill, Farragut, and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). The tour ended with a walk over the Brooklyn bridge into Manhattan. Since my friends and I all had plans in Brooklyn, we skipped out of the end of the tour to get some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and some chocolate at Jacques Torres. To top it off, Jess & I went to Park Slope & got fish & chips at The Chip Shop. I’m quite surprised that I didn’t have a heart attack last night after all of that!

The tour was great. Kevin is very knowledgeable about the history of everything New York. I can’t wait to see where the next tour takes us!

Tien’s post on the Forgotten NY tour
Jessica’s photos from the tour (ofoto)
Kevin Walsh’s details of the tour on Forgotten-NY

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