Bridges, Buildings, Boroughs and Boats

I’m sitting here and smiling. No, really – smiling.

What a great day.

Work was fun, as per usual. And very productive. A very well-deserved two beers followed. Did I mention there’s free beer at work?! Oh, I did? Well, ok then.

Maybe it was the summer air, or perhaps it was the beers, but I decided to go on an epic adventure after work. I left my messenger bag, my laptop, my book and my new phone in the office. Well, ok – I left my new work phone in the office. How else would I take pictures of this beautiful city?

And so, feeling wonderful and carefree I embarked on my journey.

Part 1: 28th / Park to the Manhattan Bridge.

It’s a trek through the Flatiron District, Union Square, East Village, NoHo, SoHo, NoLita, Little Italy, and Chinatown.

Not a bad walk.

IMAG1237

IMAG1238

IMAG1234

IMAG1221

IMAG1238

IMAG1269

Ok, fine. So I didn’t take any pictures of…well, anything except the Flatiron District. I’m SORRY, OK?? I just sort of got into the walk and didn’t really feel like bustin’ out the phone to take pictures like a f*ckin tourist. But, it was nice. Just take my word for it.

Part 2: Manhattan Bridge to…the other side of the Manhattan Bridge…and into DUMBO.

photo 5

photo 4

photo 1

photo 4

photo 2

photo 2

photo 5

Part 3: DUMBO to the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

photo 5

photo 1

photo 2

photo 2

photo 5

photo 4

photo 4

photo 3

All in all, not a bad way to end my day. I wish I could take you there.

But hey, not every day is as good as this. Case in point, I got slapped in the face by a junkie homeless woman yesterday…didn’t ruin my day, but definitely wasn’t the cup of coffee I was looking for on a Tuesday morning.

 

For all the views I love in this city, there is one that’s special. For all the bridges, there is one that stands apart. It’s not the most picturesque, or the most famous. It isn’t mentioned much in books, and doesn’t get destroyed in Michael Bay films. But it is my favorite, because I see it when I walk out of my apartment, and it’s there when I get back. Perhaps it isn’t the best reason to love something, or somebody. But it’s certainly a nice reminder that I’m in my favorite city in the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Williamsburg Bridge:

IMAG1280

IMAG1278

IMAG1277

IMAG1275

And, believe it or not, it’s actually much nicer at night. I live in the building you see there.

So, there you have my everyday life 🙂 but maybe it’s time to show off something that most people don’t associate with the bustle of New York City…

In case you weren’t aware, the bridges you’ve so far seen connect the different boroughs of the city. And, in case you didn’t know why we need the bridges, I’ll tell you. It’s because there’s lots of water here in New York. You know, the Hudson? The East River? Ok.

And sure, it’s picturesque and kind of majestic. But the water actually serves as something else as well – something on which to drunkenly steer boats.

IMAG1327-SMILE

IMAG1326_BURST020

IMAG1324_1

IMAG1322

IMAG1310

IMAG1331_1

And speaking of the Freedom Tower…

IMAG1336

IMAG1335

IMAG1305_1

Yes, it’s glorious.

 

 

Advertisements

1 2 50

A little while ago, I wrote a top 50 list of stuff to do while living in NYC. 

It’s only fair that I go out and do ’em all myself – again. So, for the next several weeks you’ll see photographic proof of some of the best things that New York City has to offer.

Unfortunately, I found out yesterday that 5Pointz in Queens has been closed down to make way for a fancy high-rise. Breaks my heart. So that one I can’t do, but at least I have the memories (and photographic proof!). 

And so it begins, in no particular order…

Moving Pains, Opulence, and 500 Thread Count.

It has been a crazy two days!

Settling in has been a major pain, but it’s great to see the place become my own 🙂 I now have keys and bedsheets!!!

The place is huge, and not just by New York standards. And there’s a punching bag hanging from the ceiling now!

Today my roomies and I went to a penthouse party in Midtown. It was ridiculous. You can smell the opulence. One of the founders of Venmo was throwing it, and he wasn’t fucking around.

In other news, I saw a man with a monocle today.

T-54

54 hours until my flight to New York City!

The excitement has definitely grown this week. I have:

1) sold my car,
2) [half] packed,
3) given some stuff to Goodwill,
4) said many farewells,
5) visited some of my favorite places in LA, and
6) visited San Diego!

The San Breezy trip deserves a post in and of itself. It rained!!! All day… No sunset cliffs or beachside strolls, BUT Kevin and I hit the trifecta of food:

1) Had a Monterey Pizza at Pizza Port in Solana Beach.
2) Gobbled down my favorite burrito – the Surf ‘n Turf from Lucha Libre.
3) Enjoyed my favorite ribs of all time – Phil’s BBQ.

We also definitely visited La Jolla Cove despite the rain. Though, “we” is a bit generous – I took in the cove in the rain, while Kevin slept in the car…

We also went to Birdrock Cafe right by the beach, and decided to venture out on the rocks to the water. Getting wet from the rain and the sea was actually quite fun 🙂

IMAG1163

IMAG1142

It’s going to be a fantastic rest of the year.

And now this:


“Hey, shut up about your catering business!”