South Slope, Brooklyn.
• Speaking of South Slope, if you’re in a 25-block radius or so of 26th Street and 3rd Avenue, I’d highly recommend riding your bike to Rossman Farms . I was shocked initially the other week when I filled a basket with produce and assorted prepackaged items and the total was a mere $15. In several return trips, I can’t seem to get the total over $22 (though my physical limit is what I can carry on my bike). I mean, limes were 12 for $.99 last night. Oh, and the junk is 24 hours . Alright, that’s all, just wanted to put it out there once.
Roosevelt Island tram, on 59th Street in Manhattan.
• I rode my first official Half Century two weekends back, through the NYCC’s Escape New York . Shane rode with me, up from Sakura Park in Harlem across the George Washington Bridge, up 9W in New Jersey to Piermont Pier, in New York on the Hudson. After I fixed another flat (I’m not sure what to say about multiple staples being in my tires in the past few weeks), the route headed back through some stunningly decadent homes set into super steep terrain (specifically Church St. and Walnut St. beat us into submission). But regardless, it felt good to be able to say I did 65 miles fixed, at the end of the day. I still have yet to get the photos processed from the voyage, but hopefully soon.
South Slope, Brooklyn.
A livery cab. I feel like NYC possesses 96% of America’s black Lincoln Town Cars and Crown Victorias.
• Happy birthday to my father last week. Things seem to be on the up-and-up in North Carolina from what I gather.
• Thanks to D.LISH and B.Davis for continuing to host great italian feasts over in Greenpoint (now relocated from Bed-Stuy: Do or Die).
There are blocks and blocks of unmarked factories and warehouse complexes. A security car followed me for a while around this area. Many, many stray cats.
While the R train might be the most 1980s due to the fake wood grain, I do think they did something right with the wallpaper pattern. It’s the NY state seal in positive and negative, effectively rocking the “all over print” before the junk was even in style.
• This past Saturday night, the party I’d been helping with (identity, print and digital promotions, printed collateral, etc) seemed to be a big hit. TAKEOVER was this past Saturday night at BAM from 9PM until 4AM. Brad (crashing with us, in from Seattle), Marta, Moses, Jenn, and I ate ceviche over at Coco Roco before meeting up with B.Nasty and some others for the event. The two highlights for me were: when Sufjan Stevens came on stage to perform a cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” with St. Vincent, and when The Warriors (1979) started playing at 2:25AM, and the overflowing crowd, beer in hand, was cheering at the on-screen NYC gangs.
Brad visited from Seattle for the past four days. Jen and Rich were also in from Asheville, NC for a while too.