Sunday, July 6, 2014

the 508 project: the start

/ home sweet home /

in an effort to see more of our new home town, reuben and i have embarked on a mission to see all 508 miles of manhattan's roads, walking each street from end to end. yep, it sounds insane and will probably take us a couple years, but it will be an excellent way to discover new (good, bad, and ugly) things throughout the whole city.

and what better place to start than right on our own street?

508 project: the start
84th & 85th streets

beginning at our apartment, we headed east down 84th street first:

/ love the flag in front of yorkville animal hopsital /

/ brandy's piano bar, apparently a former speakeasy /

/ sriracha restaurant getting in on the world cup action /

/ love the red door on zion-st marks evangelical lutheran church /

/ highrise reaching into the clouds /

/ frozen yogurt stop /

/ the charming east end of 84th st /

/ all the way east to the east river /

/ carl shurz park borders the east river in yorkville /

carl shurz was a german-born american who was a military and political figure as well as an activist and writer around the civil war era. it's not surprising that he has a park named after him in yorkville as this area was previously dominated by german, czech and hungarian populations.

after reaching the park, we then headed west on 85th street:

/ sunlight patterns over wrought-iron patterns /

/ a super modern home right in the middle of the old architecture /

/ a little country house squeezed in between the high rises /

/ another place to try, mexibbq /

/ interesting history of the musical mutual protective union here /

/ love the classic diner look /

/ one of the many churches on park ave in this area /

/ through the park, you can see the cycling & running path we use /

/ on central park west /

/ great lines on the old buildings of the upper west side /

/ cute little bakery, g-free nyc /

/ i got a wave at french roast /

/ in this rich jewish area,  kasbah kosher restaurant /

/ early 20th century apartment block, red house /

/ riverside park bordering the hudson river /

/ the west end of 85th street /

/ heading east on 84th from its west end /

/ unused green space behind some apartment blocks /

/ elaborate wrought iron and carved stone details /

/ this section of w 84th st is also known as edgar allen poe st /

/ the pre-war apartment building, eagle court /

/ "and the raven, never flitting, still is sitting.." /

/ this raven looks far too happy to be poe's fowl with fiery eyes /

/ peaking into the antique shop /

/ beautiful windows at john koch antiques /

/ urban assembly school for green careers /

/ ps 9 /

/ interesting piece of central park history /

/ the exterior of the egyptian wing of the metropolitan museum of art /

/ painting in the windows of bernard and s dean levy, inc /

/ the window of caffe grazie /

/ st. ignatius loyola church where we attending christmas midnight mass /

it's amazing how many things we discovered, even nearby in our own neighbourhood, so i'm definitely looking forward to our next outing. maybe close to home again, maybe somewhere we haven't been before...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

anzac in nyc

/ anzac memorial garden at rockefeller center /

anzac day, april 25th, is a widely celebrated day of commemorating a ww1 campaign fought in gallipoli (turkey) where many australian and new zealand soldiers died (amongst many others, of course). dawn services are the most common, but we didn't get tickets to the dawn service held in downtown manhattan; however, reuben was successful in getting tickets to a pretty stunning service held in rockefeller center. on the 7th floor of the british empire building, there is an anzac memorial garden with views down 5th avenue and across to st. patrick's cathedral (currently under construction).

/ by the reflecting pool /


not only was the day gorgeous, but the service was lovely, with expats and representatives of all sorts, including the consul-generals of australia and new zealand. after the service, we were treated with refreshments from dub pies, including anzac biscuits and lamingtons (oh, if only there were pies!). this service really got us both very much looking forward to visiting turkey next year for the centenary anniversary of the gallipoli campaign.


/ st. patrick's under construction /

"those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. therefore rest in peace. there is no difference between the johnnies and the mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... you the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears. your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well." -mustafa kemal ataturk

Sunday, March 2, 2014

5119th place

/ in the starting corral /

if you told me 10 years ago that i was going to be running a race... in manhattan... with my husband... in 36-degree weather (!!), i definitely would have laughed at you! in fact, i recently saw a list of my goals from nearly 10 years ago and there was no mention of a desire to tick running of any sort off of my life's to do list. but i guess we all make new goals and new lists and new aspirations and this was part of mine!

/ my number and tee shirt /

it has been a challenge to get back into the running since we moved back, so i signed up for the washington heights salsa, blues, and shamrocks 5k in order to stay motivated! unfortunately the weather has been so cold and snowy that i didn't get out to run nearly as often as i should have so i really thought i was going to struggle through this race. the course started out on a hill, which i took really slowly partially because i was afraid of getting tired too soon and partially because there were soooo many people! as good as the subsequent downhill was, i knew there was a big uphill right in the middle of the race. but the musicians stationed along the course and my personal cheering party (aka reuben) kept pushing me along and i felt like i was really in my zone by that point. one more uphill and it was all downwards from there until the finish line. i felt like i still had plenty of energy heading down the hill so i pushed up the speed and ran - really ran! - toward the finish line! official time was 34:55 (or 5,119th out of 6,220) but the true accomplishment for me was actually running the whole thing.

and perhaps it's the endorphins still talking, but i was looking at some further races for later in the year because... why not? queens 10k in june? staten island half marathon in october?? maybe i'll sleep on it first....


Monday, February 24, 2014

where is spring?

/ 2 of my favourite things - blackmilk and ballerina project! /

this is how i felt yesterday when it was 50 degrees - gloooooooorious!

unfortunately i went running, and the glorious feeling went away quickly.. because of the terrible weather i haven't been out as often as i should have been considering that i have a race this weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

i love the holidays

/ happy valentine's day from edgeofexistence.org /

you may be thinking 'wait, the holidays are over... why are you talking about the holidays?' but i'm not talking about christmas and new years and such. i'm talking about those obscure holidays that few know about and even fewer celebrate. like tomorrow, world pangolin day. yes, my friends and family, i have staged my return to blogging in 2014 with an adorable and little-known animal, the 'scaly anteater' or pangolin.

so happy valentine's day, enjoy #worldpangolinday, have a good long weekend and stay tuned!



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

autumn oranges

/ eating and drinking like crazy /

nyc wine and food festival was a crazy experience - so much food and wine and drinks and nibbles! i like the idea of wine & food festivals, but that was just too big to enjoy properly. my stomach is way too small! another good event to check off my list!

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/ embroidered felt ghosts by sewcutefelt /

halloween was pretty uneventful, but i did get to hand candy out to my very first trick-or-treaters. all six of them.

/ #nolithedestroyer /

i've still been taking noli outside when it is nice! she is getting more bold now and will actually run back and forth chasing leaves.

/ nyc marathon opening ceremony /

reuben walked in the parade for the nyc marathon opening ceremony with his fellow kiwi mates and we were there to cheer him on. it was a quirky event, but the weather was amazing, central park looked great and there were fireworks and fun crowds!

/ my hubby after the big run /

and last but not least, THE MARATHON! it was a fresh and cool day to be spending outdoors, but luckily i didn't have to get outside until nearly noon and by then the sun was out and shining. mom, dad, AD and i cheered reuben on at the 18-mile and the 23-mile mark and despite him saying he didn't feel fantastic, he looked awesome. it was an inspiring event to attend and made me think that maybe i should set some more running goals for next year. we shall see. 

congrats, hubby, you did a great job ;)