Jenn and I flew into Cincinnati, Ohio for a nice. long weekend. There’s an old farm that’s fun to explore in the evening.
• Other Cincinnati events included: a birthday party for Maria, a birthday party for me (thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome), a solid trip to Northside Tavern (now with a larger stage), two trips to Skyline for some top-notch chili (words cannot express the joy of rolling into the cozy establishment at 3AM), meeting many more of Jenn’s extended family, including Mike, Roy, and others.
Even the basement of Nate and Kelly’s bungalo in Deer Park, Cincinnati, is perfectly mid-century. I’m just awaiting the installation of the full-on tiki bar, then their home will be complete.
• Sunset Park is very underrated, especially as an option for those living in Brooklyn’s fertile crescent (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, etc). I recommend grabbing a burrito or a few tacos and some Mexican cola along 5th Ave and like 44th Street, then walking across the street to the large, sloping, grassy field facing the setting sun over the water.
• Big Joseph himself came back to NYC for a few days and crashed at my place, and it was great catching up with him, and finding out the myriad of ways that Toronto is ahead of New York when it comes to conservation and sustainability. Jenn, Big Joseph, and I happened to run into Miles and his roommate Joe over at Safe Haven a few nights ago. Pretty good guys — Joe’s got a really nice Pinarello track frame from 1983 or so, and we discussed a handful of Richardson sightings, haha.
• Music-wise, I’ve been listening to a handful of things a whole lot recently: on the indie rock end of the spectrum: Ponytail and Passion Pit both have put out some good stuff; and then on the hip hop end: MF DOOM produced a super-solid album for John Robinson, and LA-based producer Metaform’s album, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” from last year, is excellent.
• I neglected to formally wish Val a happy birthday the other week. I hope Chile’s treating you well.
A throwback shot: Admiral’s Row in Brooklyn, circa early 2007. I understand the whole block is possibly slated for demolition at some point, sadly. I remember late one night riding by the buildings and seeing light coming from one of the rooms, seemingly candlelight.