New York City

Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories, and Sentiments

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I don't usually stare at paintings for too long. On my last visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I went to the 20th Century gallery, I don't usually go in that section as it's a pretty ginormous museum. This piece by Pat Steir caught my eye and I stood looking at it for a few minutes. It's called "Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories and Sentiments."

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I didn't think waterfalls but I thought of one of my favorite times - being home when it's pouring rain. I could hear the rain hitting my windows and the sound of thunder in the distance all in my head.

I try to check out every Fashion exhibit The Met hosts too. My invite to the Met Gala seems to get lost every year, go figure! This year was designer Rei Kawakubo. Some of the designs were pretty trippy (see IG slideshow below)!

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NYC Pride Parade 2017

Empire State Building - NYC Pride Celebration

Hey guys! Long time, no write - or read! I had such a fun weekend, I thought I'd write about some of it. For the first time in about 20 years I went to spectate the Pride Parade in New York this past weekend.  I especially wanted to go in light of the last year and all of the negativity floating about.  There is so much division, anger, frustration, and intolerance.  I wanted to get a shot in the arm of something positive, open, and welcoming.  It was such a fun day once I found a spot to stand.  This parade gets more and more popular every year.   

Progress has been made with LGBT rights but there is still a lot more work to be done.  Now that the Supreme Court has decided to look at the "Wedding Cake" case from Colorado, such objections make me shake my head just because of religious views. I just hope the SC will review this and realize that this is just another form of discrimination and should not be tolerated. Where do you draw the line? Can a doctor refuse to treat a trans person because they think they're a freak?

I digress, the parade is more as a celebration now but it started as a march that took place June 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots, as a form of protest.  Over the years the march has turned more celebratory but there is still a lot of politics and causes represented in the parade.  Check out my Instagram pics below (scroll right!)

Early in the parade you see the politicians shaking hands and waving flags, then you have civil rights and other protest groups making their statements.  Once all this passes, the corporate sponsor floats appear with the dance music thumping and everyone gets into party mode. The corporate sponsorship was a bit much but they do give away lot of freebies...

Maybe it's part of that bubble I feel like I live in and sometimes get defensive about, but I was really happy to see people come together and celebrate this way. I wish to see this more.  I love that I live in a state that supports the LGBT community and that I live in such close proximity to NYC.  Not all of New York state is like this which is frustrating, I don't get it.  I don't understand why there are still people who feel the need to preach hate against this group, or any group that's different from what they know. When your only reference to speak out against homosexuals is biblical, I'm sorry, that just doesn't sit well with me.  Unfortunately, I don't see that going away completely any time soon but I'll try to keep doing my part as an ally and speak out for equal and gender rights. 

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Tattoos, Tax March, and Easter Outfits - PICTURES!

I wanted to share some pics I took from my recent visit to the city. I spent Easter weekend down in NYC and it was busy, busy busy!

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Friday I went to the New York Historical Society to check out the Tattooed New York exhibit.  It was very well done. They had a lot of ground to cover.  Tattooing as we know it has been around for over 300 years and it pretty much started in New York down in the Bowery.  There was even a live tattooing demonstration, it was kind of weird to watch - like I was invading on the person's privacy or something.

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Saturday was the Tax March in protest of Trump not releasing his tax returns after he said he would before he was elected.  One of the many promises he has yet to keep or flip-flop on.  The Trump Chicken was there too! It was a very big turnout, probably the biggest turnout of all the Tax Marches that took place that day. 

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If people don't understand what the big deal is, it is a VERY big deal. It is about transparency, and not doing what you said you were going to do.  The President is clearly hiding something and is doing a very bad job convincing us otherwise.  He owes it to all Americans to disclose this information and prove once and for all that he is not in Russia's pocket (or vice versa).  His hands are in way too many cookie jars and he needs to come clean. 

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Sunday was Easter and one of the most fun things to do in New York is to check out the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue.  It's not exactly a parade, it just people hanging out on a closed off street showing off their crazy outfits and having their picture taken.  It's not just the hats anymore, it's the whole outfit! People get more and more creative every year and will also use this opportunity to make a political statement.

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Always a good time!  It was over 80 degrees that day and Central Park was PACKED!  It was probably the most packed I've ever seen it.  

And what's a weekend trip without FOOD!  Shout out to Hold My Knots at the Gansevoort Market on 14th Street and The Meatball Shop which opened a location in Hell's Kitchen.  I had carb-overload!  I was not expecting to get this much food but it was so delicious. Next time I'll skip the pasta side and choose a veggie instead. Mike had the chicken meatballs with spicy meat sauce and it was really good, I'm getting that next time! 

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NYC Visit: Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

Hope everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  Despite the state of things, there is still much to be thankful for and I had to keep reminding myself this. 

Winter Village Bryant Park NYC

I spent Thanksgiving in the city and we stayed with my parents Wednesday through Saturday. Wednesday night, the only thing I wanted to do was visit the Winter Village in Bryant Park.  Their Christmas tree was already up! It's not as big as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center but this one is nicer, it has ornaments! Rockefeller's tree is just lights.  I'm pretty sure this one gets lit too.

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Lots of vendors selling really cool items and some yummy looking food (chicken in a cone!) but my favorite doughnut spot in NYC, The Doughnut Project, had a booth and I pushed everyone out of my way, even knocking little children over on their asses, for a "Those Beetz Are Dope" doughnut which you might have seen on Instagram. 

 

So happy to see @thedoughnutproject at @bryantparknyc in the Winter Village. The Beets doughnut is one of my favorites (besides the Everything doughnut).

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Another thing I love about New York City during the holidays are the store windows.  Lord & Taylor was close by so we went to see their windows. The theme this year is "Enchanted Forest."

Lord and Taylor Holiday Windows 2016

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Thursday morning we got up early and walked over to Columbus Circle to check out the Thanksgiving Day parade. We were far from the action but we can still hear the marching bands, see floats, and the balloons - which is most important, besides seeing Santa at the end.

Hello Kitty Balloon Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since we were right there, we got some hot chocolate and sat at Central Park for a little bit, one of our regular spots.  I wish we could watch the parade from the park but I think they close it off until the parade is over.

I spent the rest of the day at my parents just watching football, catching up with family, and eating. I did not take any pics of the food!! I can't believe it! But take my word for it, it was good and it was plenty. 

BLACK FRIDAY! We slept in late, no malls or department stores for me. We eventually went out and headed down to the West Village to do a little bit of shopping. 

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I prefer hanging around the West Village because I feel like it's not as busy and they have all these small side streets that are still cobble stone and lined with old brownstones.  I've always wanted to live in a brownstone.   I hope the city will always have buildings like this, I can care less about the new glass towers. 

Overall, I'm biased but I can't think of a better place to experience the Holidays than in New York City and I think everyone should experience it at least once. 

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Life Lately June 2016

It's been quite a while since I shared a general "Life Lately" post so now is a good time to catch up.  I'm still recovering from the long holiday weekend and a cold that doesn't seem to want to go away. I've been coughing for almost three weeks now and I'm scheduled to see my doctor next week, hopefully they can tell me just what the heck is going on with me.

Anyway, as we've done the last couple of years, Mike and I stayed in the city Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty busy but still had time to just relax and enjoy the nice river breeze in an overall hot and humid city weekend. 

We were smack in the middle of Fleet Week so we got to to check out the USS Bataan which was in New York for the week.   I think it's so cool that they allow people to check out the ships for free during Fleet Week.  

While I've said previously that I was gonna try to work less in my 40s because my 30s just flew by, guess what? I've been working a lot! However this time around, I'm really enjoying my work.

Another cool thing I did recently was attend a media event for Myron Mixon's new book launch, Myron Mixon's BBQ Rules at The Brooklyn Brewery. Not only did I get to meet the man, but I got to enjoy his delicious food!

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Just signing some books before the guest show up

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Still thinking about those greens...

A lot of his food...like two servings of Collard Greens (and I don't eat Collard Greens!!)  I really like the book too. It is unlike any other cook book I've read.  He gets really deep into the history of BBQ and what his father taught him growing up.  I got to attend as part of the Rogue Social team and it was pretty fun.  I hope I get to go to more.  

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Not Cake But Doughnuts - A Visit To The Doughnut Project

When The Doughnut Project first opened, I thought "Great! Another trendy foodie place with off-the-wall, unorthodox flavors." Didn't think too much about it but their images kept showing up in my Instagram searches. I'm a cake person not doughnuts. Don't get me wrong, I love doughnuts AND donuts (what's the difference?).  They quickly peaked my curiosity after seeing photos from happy customers, the doughnuts were BIG!  If I'm gonna pay extra for a doughnut, I better get my damn money's worth! 

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I was first drawn to their "Those Beetz Are Dope" doughnuts - not just because of the color, because wow! Look at that color! But the name reminds me of Public Enemy (turn it up!!).  It's filled with Ricotta Cheese, whaaaat?? The glaze has such a delicious nutty flavor - I was quite surprised but if you eat beets (I don't) then you might know that already.  "The Everything Doughnut" is their newest and holy moly, it's got cream cheese glaze!  I don't even eat Everything Bagels. But combine this glaze with the roasted seeds, garlic, sea salt, and this doughnut is quite the bomb!  

After a failed first visit where I showed up later in the day (they sold out of just about everything), I went for a second visit yesterday and got there early - plenty to choose from! So I got the Everything and Beetz.  They're messy but good, messy=good.  I wasn't sure what I was in for but I am a believer now!

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As a bonus, both founders of The Doughnut Project - Troy and Leslie, were there and so super friendly and welcoming.  They have been getting A LOT of press and media exposure lately over their Everything Doughnut (everyone loves it), I was surprised I was able to walk in and just pull up a stool and chill for a few minutes while I indulged myself.  Friendly people not letting success get to their heads goes a long way. Plus, how fun does this place look??

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Ok so we love Star Wars, right on! But the mix of street art, kitschy portraits, Frank Sinatra tunes playing, I was so feeling the vibe of this place.  I didn't even notice what movie was on the TV because I was too busy stuffing my fat face and trying to tweet with messy fingers.   This might have to be a new regular pit stop every time I come down to the city.  Check out their deliciousness on Instagram at @thedoughnutproject

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Charlie Brown & Peanuts Windows Display (Pictures)

For as long as I could remember, the REAL Santa Claus was at the Macy's in Herald Square, 34th Street in NYC. And every year Macy's would have the best holiday window display in the city.  

I don't always check it out, but I had to, had to, HAD TO this year because the theme was THE PEANUTS!  I didn't get to actually see the windows until New Year's Eve but better late than never! 

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The "Charlie Brown Tree" right over the entrance.  We have one of our own at home. 

Charlie Brown Windows DisplayOh no! What will the others think of this tree??

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Lunch break!

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Even my dog has gone commercial!

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You were able to hear audio from the Christmas Special. Mike and I were reciting the lines along with it. I heard a couple of other people doing the same. :)  How can you not? 

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