Monday, February 28, 2011

Another one of those moments

Sunday evening, Williamsburg

Totally gorgeous sunset last night.  I was happy to be able to take advantage of the weather and have a little walk around Williamsburg before the movie with L.  

I still can't believe that I landed on the East Coast, the very opposite place where my sights were set.  But views like this with my best friend by my side certainly remind me as to why I'm here. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Weekend

Portland last year, at Tender Loving Empire

It's supposed to be warm and sunny on Saturday and I can hardly wait.  I am going to take it easy until then so that I continue to feel normal enough to be able to do some fun stuff.

Saturday, the Park Slope Methodist Church is having their annual book sale.  My friends are part of this church and it's a really lovely congregation - diverse in all aspects (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc) and I'm happy to support them.

Later that night it's off to 3rd Ward for Slideluck Bushwick.  The Slideluck Potshow started in Seattle in 2000.  The creator moved to New York and brought the idea with him.  Since then the idea has spread worldwide.

From their site:

"Every Slideluck Potshow is localized in that artists from a community present work to that community.  Side by side, we have very established, emerging, and non-professional artists exhibiting a maximum of five minutes of images combined with music, interviews, or other surprises.  The work of the world's most renowned fine art photographer may be followed by the images of someone who has never displayed their work publicly before - or vice versa."

$10 at the door gets you chili (at least one vegetarian chili will be provided), beer, and the slideshow.  Food and drinks start at 7:30pm.  The slideshow starts at 9:00pm.  Past participants at the NY Slideshows include Spencer Tunick (of which I participated in his Cleveland shoot years and years ago), Shepard Fairey, Julie Blackmon, and Elinor Carucci.

Later that night, Tom Tom Magazine is throwing a party at the NYC Ace Hotel for their 5th issue.  I picked up an issues of Tom Tom Magazine during my last trip to Portland.  It's basically (their words) a magazine for women who drum.  You can imagine I was pretty stoked to learn about them.  If I'm feeling up to it I may head over to the party.  

The lineup:

Sunday evening I have a lady date with L to see The Other Woman.  Excited for the movie and excited for some time with the bestie.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waiting for spring

In Ohio
I've been at home, sick and in bed for the majority of the day and subsisting on coconut water and Korean noodle soups.  I think the Coney Island trip knocked my body for a loop.  After hours and hours of sleep I'm certainly feeling better.  I had to go move the car and it felt like the beginnings of spring out there.  It could just be wishful thinking but I swear it smelled like the seasons were changing. 

I'm starting to crave some color in my surroundings.  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coney Island

Coney Island's Cyclone in February

J came for another visit this weekend.  We had a lot on the agenda, including Paul van Dyk at Terminal 5 and Funkbox at Sullivan Room, as well as meeting up with friends and driving down to Bay Ridge to walk a friend's dogs.  Monday, per J's request, we got into the car and drove down to Coney Island.

Some history:

"Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors per year. At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks, Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park, as well as many independent amusements.
Astroland served as a major amusement park from 1962 to 2008. It was replaced by a new incarnation of Dreamland in 2009 and of Luna Park in 2010. The other parks and attractions are: Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park (a successful family owned park with over 20 rides located directly on the Boardwalk), 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park. Also, the Eldorado arcade has its own indoor bumper car ride."

We braved the cold and walked along the boardwalk, somehow managed to walk into the amusement park (and then quickly left as it creeped me out to be in said desolate amusement park), walked along the beach, and then grabbed some dinner at a Russian restaurant recommended to me by one of my coworkers.

I'm looking forward to going back when the weather breaks, specifically for the Siren Music Festival and dance parties on the beach.

Some photos:

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Weekend

(Personal photo)

J is back to Brooklyn this evening and I am willing this day to go faster. The anticipation can be very distracting.

Anyhow, we of course have many plans.

Saturday we'll be having dinner with friends at Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg. Then off to Terminal 5 for Paul van Dyk and lots of dancing.

Sunday, brunch with friends in Park Slope at Sotto Voce and later, sushi and unlimited hot sake in our neighborhood. Then off to the Sullivan Room for more dancing and Brian Cox on the decks.

Monday we'll be heading to Coney Island for a wintertime beach adventure. (It's supposed to get cold and windy again this weekend.) I am planning on bringing hot chai tea in a double walled thermos (and maybe some whiskey) for warmth.

More later.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Naked City

Miru Kim has a series of photographs where she is shot completely unclothed in different parts of different cities.  The images are really lovely and almost surreal due to the contrast of her nude form and her environment.  

From the artist on her series, Naked City Spleen:


Over the last ten years, New York City has grown to be my favorite city.  The island of Manhattan alone has a dense, mysterious network of man-made structures soaring fifteen hundred feet aboveground and digging eight hundred feet below.  The five boroughs of New York are connected by more than thirty-five bridges and tunnels that make the city a miraculous feat of engineering, architecture, and design.  The city has an anatomy and a psyche as complex as that of any human being.

Experiencing feelings of alienation and anxiety in the city - a city that has increasingly become more surveilled and commodified - I began to understand how many artists and authors suffered from severe bouts of depression, inertia, and isolation, which the term spleen embodies.  One of the ways I escaped such feelings was to visit desolate and hidden places in the city.  Every time I stepped out of the ordinary aboveground spaces that were filled with anonymous crowd, I felt regenerated and unrestrained..."

Some images:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blank walls

Photo and tutorial from Bella Dia

My apartment has very tall, very white walls.  As I am thinking of moving to another part of Brooklyn once the lease is up, I didn't think that painting the entire apartment would be a wise investment (both of my time and money).  However, living in a space with such wide expanses sometimes makes me feel a little strange.  Before I moved, my house was full of art and different hues of cool grays, taupes, and of course the most perfect hot pink in the kitchen.  All of the art moved with me and I'm sad to say that what worked well for the Clintonville house only kind of works with the wall space in this apartment.

I'm pretty happy with what was initially done in the apartment and since then have made a some minor changes.  The curtains in the living room have been switched out for lighter and more translucent curtains which allows more natural light into the apartment.  I'm planning on applying starch and opaque fabric to the bottom halves of my very tall kitchen windows to, again, let more natural light into the space but keep people from being able to look into the apartment.  However, the wall opposite my bed in the bedroom is completely blank.  Just a big white wall and I've been racking my brain for a suitable solution.  It has to be cheap, it has to be temporary, and it has to be minimal in terms of time and labor.  The foam core fabric panels pictured above seem like the ideal solution but I'm still thinking about it.  Will post pictures of the process and final product once I make a decision.

Some inspiration:

White canvas on white walls, from here

Wallpapered with trees, from here

Striped walls (these are made from masking tape!)

Totally unrealistic for my space, but light emitting wallpaper - so very cool.

This is more realistic for my place, but would make several or one very large light up canvas.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I say I don't like surprises, but truthfully, I like surprises.

This is a cupcake with a cookie hat.

I'm not a girl who goes to mush over Valentine's Day.  I don't expect flowers or presents or any of that stuff.  I have always thought that Sweetest Day was a made up holiday that serves to only have people buy more flowers and candy and such so that they aren't made to feel guilty about not celebrating a fake holiday. 

However, this year it turned out a little differently than previous years.

Imagine my shock and delight when the above cupcake showed up, hand delivered by J, in from Ohio to surprise me for Valentine's Day.

Do you know what the strange part is?  I had a dream the previous night that he had come to my office to surprise me. 


But somehow not surprising. 

And altogether exactly how things should be. 

Slide Mountain

Slide Mountain at the Summit (Picture courtesy of Lisa Kemper)

Saturday morning my friend and I woke up at 6 and made our way over to Williamsburg.  We were picked up and taken to Slide Mountain for my first winter hike, courtesy of Brooklyn Outfitters.  It was an amazing experience and I'm really thankful that my friend signed us up.

Slide Mountain is the highest peak within 100 miles of NYC.  We hiked for a total of 5.4 miles and made great time to the summit and back.  On the way up, there was light snow and a cloudy sky.  At about halfway up the mountain we were able to get some great views as the sun came out for a bit and the cloud cover lifted.  The summit was full of huge views and clear blue skies.  On our way down we got caught in heavier snow showers and some wicked winds that whipped the cold snow against our faces as we hiked down.  No sooner had we added a layer to protect our faces, the snow stopped and the sun came out and it was again a perfect winter scene.  One of our guides turned around and said "Welcome to Narnia!" and I started cracking up.  It was, as I said on the hike, as though we had experienced five different types of winter on one mountain.

This hike was a moderate hike, definitely some challenging parts but generally manageable.  Brooklyn Outfitters offers many other outdoor adventures ranging in difficulty from beginners to advanced/expert levels.  I would recommend them to anyone and plan on going on future hikes with this group again in the near future.

Some pictures:

(Picture courtesy of Lisa Kemper)

(Picture courtesy of Lisa Kemper)

(Picture courtesy of Lisa Kemper)

Happy to be outside and in the snow (Picture courtesy of Lisa Kemper)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So far

On Slide Mountain in the Catskills this weekend 
(Photo from Lisa Kemper)

Adventures upstate completed and new friends made through Brooklyn Outfitters (highly recommended).

More soon.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Weekend

Image thanks to The Gangway

Again, lots to look forward to this weekend.

Tonight, I'll be going to this art opening.  It is taking place at St. Cecilia's Gallery (a former convent converted into, well, a gallery) and every single room on all three floors will be featuring a different artist.  It's right in Greenpoint and I'm excited to see what this is all about.

Tomorrow, my friend and I will be hiking all day in the Catskills thanks to Brooklyn Outfitters.  They offer a lot of outdoor adventuring at really reasonable prices.  Tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid to high 30's with a very small chance of show showers in the morning.  Pretty much perfect for a winter hike.

Sunday I'll be acting as my friend's official wing man at The Bell House and attending BK Hookup's and F*cked in Park Slope's single's mixer, Who are the People in Your Neighborhood.  Free Solerno Valentine's Day cocktails from 7 to 8pm.  Should be interesting.

Monday, it's back to The Bell House with a couple girlfriends for The Rejection Show.

Somewhere in between all this stuff I will sleep and manage to do some ass kicking yoga.

Also, Columbus friends!  If you are town on Monday, please head North on High Street to my dear friend's shop, The Gangway, for their Valentine's Day Shindig.  More details here.  The Gangway is located on the same block as Seagull Bags, Skreened, and Embassy Boardshop (and, in my opinion, is the perfect addition to the coolest block in Cbus).

What I did last night

Last night my friend (and neighbor!) invited me along to Hearts and Crafts at The City Reliquary.  On one of J's visits we had stumbled across this little museum on a walk home from brunch.  Needless to say I was eager to go back.

This was The City Reliquary's second craft night and there was a pretty sizable group of people who attended the event.  They are planning on more craft nights, and as the weather gets warmer there are plans for using their (from what they told us) gorgeous backyard space.

Some pictures:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hearts and crafts

(Photo from Giant Dwarf's Etsy shop)

Tonight I'm heading to the City Reliquary in Williamsburg for their Hearts and Crafts night. I'm looking forward to making felt crafts and catching up with a new friend. More later.
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Monday, February 7, 2011


Slinkachu is a UK based artist who creates street installations but on a very, very small scale.

From his bio:

"My 'Little People Project' started in 2006. It involves the remodeling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography, and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works."

You can buy prints, buttons, and his book by visiting his website.  You can also follow his most recent work on his blog.

I really like the idea of street art and street installations that are minuscule and not immediately obvious.  

I think it would be amazing to find one of these while walking around the city.