"I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month."
— Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Yes, 19th st. may well be the closest theatre to this NYU building, but is it not ‘janky’ as hell? Mind you I rarely use either of those words, “janky” nor “hell,” but I feel as if they apply in this situation. That theatre has so few screens, still playing movies that came out in 2012, and with snacks limited to 90s movie fare (not that I’ve ever really wanted fries or pizza or cappuccinos at a movie) but man is this place strange.
I can’t be the only one to think so. Anybody? …
Having a lovely New York day. Between the TMBG show I went to earlier in the week, and Record Store Day today, I have SO much new stuff to listen to.
Love you all.
Found a snowy spinnet piano on the street. Friends helped us rescue it. This is what New York is about. (at 243 E. 18th Street)
youresayingitwang asked: Hey idk if you saw but JTG is shooting a video on Thursday in the city and they're looking for extras. I would go but I have class from 5-6 and they need people from 4-10... They have the contact info up on their Facebook page if you're free!
I did not see!!! Who is this again? My class ends at 3:20 not sure if I’d be able to make it… is it in Manahattan? Not sure how far from NYU I’d be able to get in 40 minutes. I guess I’ll go take a look at the Facebook page….
Shake Shack is great and an essential New York experience but for the price you don’t get much at all. Joy Burger is the true best burger in NYC.
Bareburger has better shakes. Joy Burger and New York Burger are both better and cheaper than Shake Shack.
Bareburger is my favorite burger place, especially given all their meat options… I’ve been known to spring for an elk burger from time to time.
But, if we’re talking shakes, and ask Evan Rochman or anyone else I’m a bit of an expert on the subject, I think Blue 9 on 3rd & 11th might have the best out of any NYU-area burger joint. Also, often overlooked, traditional delis tend to have really great milkshakes. Sarge’s made a great one but they just closed due to a fire. Veselka, a ukrainian deli/restaurant in the east village, has unbeatable, decadent shakes as well as ice cream sodas and egg creams.
Kenneth Noland - Blue Veil (1963)
Getting into Noland’s chevrons and other angled paintings a lot more lately, after first falling for his target circles and later his horizontal stripes which I’ve used several of for Facebook cover photos. I wish I could meet another person that has a Noland stripe painting as their cover photo. I would marry that person.
You GET to do this!
Consider this the cold splash of water or slap across your face that reminds you that you are pursuing a creative lifestyle where you follow dreams that are square pegs in the round hole of any feasible money-making society.
Being a struggling artist bombing auditions in New York City then staying up commiserating with your fellow actors in the same boat is the WHOLE POINT. A few years ago if anyone told you that you’d be bombing commercial auditions then drinking in bars with other people who only wanted to bomb commercial auditions, you’d just be so thrilled to not be a middle manager at some company you hated that you’d be JUMPING FOR JOY.
I invite you to jump for joy.
So very true. It’s not something you do and feel bad about. It’s something you GET to do.
Here’s to more rejection, more friends, jumping for joy, and the occasional triumph!
Amazing post from the uber-knowledgeable pizza tour guide and writer Scott Wiener about how pizzerias cope with the devastation from Sandy, and continue to serve up slices.
Sandy may have knocked out all power in lower Manhattan but it can’t possibly slow down the city’s pizza habit. Here’s how some pizzerias in Lower Manhattan are dealing with having no power.
Lombardi’s on Spring Street is using a car battery to power a few lights so the kitchen staff…
A little piano on a little iPhone.
Thanks to all my new SoundCloud followers who found me through my little listserv email.