Sunday, November 29, 2009
Mom came into town to hang out for the weekend.
We are staying at a hotel roughly 20 yards Herald
Square/Macy's. We are staying on the 29th floor
of a Hilton that sells Dr. Pepper in the lobby. By
far the most Luxe (and by Luxe I mean there are
not factions of rats and pigeons engaging in battle
in the wall inches away from where I sleep) thing
I have done on my stay here in NYC.
Their TV had Inglorious Basterds on Demand.
and this view.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Brendan, Sass and I went out to Sylvia's in Harlem
for Soul Food. It was a pretty long wait and worth
most every second. While we waited we walked
around Malcolm X Blvd and then over to the Apollo.
Basically we all agreed that we were thankful for
each other and our friends and family that have
supported us through this remarkably awkward
and we were also thankful for the food.
Funny thing is, this was actually in a decently
nice neighborhood. The majority of the interior
was gutted, as were major elements of the
exterior, but the easy to sell stuff (i.e. wheels,
catalytic convertor, various power train comp-
onents) were still present on the vehicle. Perhaps
it is a project vehicle or a totaled car someone is
trying to bring back to past glory. Whoever owns
it certainly was proud of it.
Proud enough to put it on display.
Today Brendan and I took a walk around Brooklyn
and into Queens to see what we could see. The
next 4-5 blogs will just be images from our walk.
This one happens to be all about graffiti.
The majority of our walk was through industrial
parks that looked fairly abandoned. I am certain
they are all actually still functional, they just
appeared to be completely dilapidated.
Monday, November 23, 2009
One of the first shoes designed by urban cyclists for
urban cyclists. The shoe has been adapted from a
cleatless soccer shoe. The sole has been stiffened
for greater pedal control. The lace guard was carried
over from the soccer application to keep them out of
drive train. The proprietary "Air Zoom" insole keeps
the riders feet from experiencing irritation over longer
All those features are well and good but the conversation
piece with these shoes is the fabric. The Paris Editions
are coated in 3M fabric which appears black in daylight,
but when car headlights shine on them at night, they
appear to glow a reflective white.
Cannot wait to get back home and saddle up.
Ever since I set foot in NYC I have been in awe
of how well put together everyone in the city
looks. This starkly contracts the very "college"
look I have been sporting since, well, high
school. I felt as though I should go out and
invest in the "Industrial Designer" image a
Having said that, I am an intern and making
a (small) allowance every week, so I would
be relegated to a very small percentage
of stores and their clearance section.
So, I got this Jacket, Button Up, Tie, Sweater
and Hat for $102.00, which I though was a
remarkably decent deal.
Thank goodness for H&M. Even in Manhattan,
Its value surprises me.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Not AIDS Awareness Plaza
Not AIDS Prevention Plaza
People with AIDS Plaza.
Where do I sign up to be on the Plaza
naming committee? I've got a few ideas
for Plaza names that are equally as
None of which shall be written on my
relatively wholesome blog.
8 Years, 2 Months and 3 days and all
you guys have to show for it is a small
foam-core model and weird pseudo
I guess when Rudy encouraged us to
"Never Forget", he thought he might
help us out by leaving a gaping hole
in the middle of the most desirable
real estate in North America.
Keegan and Holland (not pictured) went
for a walk yesterday that began at our
apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The walk took us from Williamsburg,
over the Williamsburg Bridge to Battery
Park. From Battery Park (the southern
tip of Manhattan) we proceeded to walk
north up Broadway past ground zero,
Union Square, Central Park, Columbia,
Harlem and Spanish Harlem into the
Bronx at the northern most point of
the island of Manhattan. I calculated our
route later to discover we walked over
20 miles (6 and a half hours) total.
But I feel like I conquered NYC and am
now much more intimately familiar with
The foot pain is more than worth it.
Yet another carry over from my previous internship in
Shanghai. I cop'd one of these from Shanghai and donated
it to Mickey's new Honda Fit.
Granted, the one I got Mickey was already broken as all
of these are made in China and only cost 20 RMB.
3 Dollar Solar panels are not notoriously well constructed.