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New York Odds and Ends

June 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Just a few final images from my week in New York.


Pretty view from our office on the 45th floor. Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.


This sculpture, entitled “
Red Cube,” by Isamu Noguchi is located in the plaza outside our office building.


Noguchi’s Red Cube has a hole in the center, angled down. When you look up into it you see our office building.


Also in the plaza are about a dozen food carts. In the morning they have breakfast offerings, but at lunch they mostly all switch to street meat/halal/middle eastern.


This looks disgusting, but it was delicious. I ordered chicken over rice and opted to get the white sauce, but not the hot sauce. They asked if I wanted chick peas and I said yes. I guess the salad and fries are extras. It reminded me of the cart that Jeannette and Yvan took us to a few years back, although that cart, 53rd and 6th is regarded as the best. I was wondering then if the photos were disgusting or delicious-looking. Ha.


My temporary badge on the first day had the worst photo.


On the second day there was no photo at all. Whew. I was afraid I’d be stuck with that terrible photo forever.


One morning I was getting ready for work at the hotel. I had Good Morning America on and when I looked up I saw Liz’s brother, Greg, was on, playing guitar with Joe Walsh.


If you ever think that the train stations in Chicago are looking shitty, just visit New York’s. West 4th isn’t even that bad. Some of them are so gross and leaking mystery liquids!


Had a couple mini black and whites, a favorite cookie that I hadn’t had for years.


I was so happy for Bagel Friday in the New York office because we had REAL bagels!


Kobeyaki had meh sushi. I realized right after I ordered that they seemed to be better known for their bowls and other things, but it was too late. Cute restaurant. I’d go back and order something else.


The World Trade Center was a block away from the office and I walked past it often. Interesting to see how the rebuilding is progressing.


This is One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. When it is completed in 2013 it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world.


I was walking around and was drawn to this sculpture/fountain, immediately recognizing it as the work of Jeff Koons, whose work I saw at the MCA a few years back.


Federal Hall National Monument was built in 1842 on the site of the old Federal Hall, which was built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall and was later the first capitol building of the United States and the site of George Washington’s inauguration.


The MetLife Tower glowed at sunset.


And at night too.


Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the airport.

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Christopher Park

May 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Now and then I used to sit at Christopher Park so when we had a little bit of time to kill before my flight and it was nice out, it was fun to sit at Christopher Park again. Mostly we just people watched for a while. Always a good time in New York.

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McNulty’s Tea and Coffee

May 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

While in New York Jess took us over to McNulty’s Rare Teas and Choice Coffees. This is a place that has been open since 1895, so 117 years! It’s tucked away on Christopher Street, near Hudson, and though I didn’t work or live far away, I don’t remember ever seeing it. What’s more, Jeannette was not familiar, and she usually knows about everything. Ted told me that he can remember coming into the city with his dad when he was a kid and they’d always go to McNulty’s to get coffee and then go next door to the tobacconist to pick up tobacco for his dad’s pipe. And now this is where Ted and Jess get all of their coffee. Pretty cool.

Inside McNulty’s is tiny, tiny, with walls lined from floor to ceiling with teas and coffee and all of the accessories needed to brew them. It reminded me a bit of Porto Rico, an old coffee store in a much more visible Bleecker street location. I’d visited this store a few times because it was just a couple blocks from my old apartment. Porto Rico is just about as old as McNulty’s but who doesn’t like to find the hidden gem on Christopher Street?

I picked a few things I wanted to try from the coffee menu. A Kona, a couple I had at Jess’s house and then the older man, the expert, behind the counter made a suggestion for me. I bought four half pound bags, which I thought was a good sampling. Can’t wait to dig into these new brews!

P.S. Yes, I did think of Jimmy every time we mentioned McNulty’s.

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