Here it is, as promised, Last Weekend: Part 2, aka The Rest of That Other Post, aka What I Did Last Weekend: The Sequel, aka Step Up 2 The Streets: Electric Boogaloo I mean Atlantic Antic.
It was great, you guys. I love Atlantic Antic, and this year was its 40th anniversary, and it was the best. The weather was perfect and the crowds turned out en masse.
The transit museum had a bunch of old busses and trains out on the street, and the streets were lined with performers and people selling everything - baskets, soaps, jewelry, clothes, art - and food! So much food.
I love the old man band the Windsor Terrors. They play in front of the Chip Shop every year and they play mostly British Invasion stuff - "everything from the Animals to the Zombies."
There was also this delightful band of children playing in front of the Brooklyn Detention Center.
And the food! Potato croquettes from Dellapietras, a lobster roll with pickled apples and bean sprouts from opening-soon Boomwich, the most delicious fried chicken with pickles and a cheddar waffle from Buttermilk Channel, and a swingle (not pictured): a frozen key lime tart dipped in chocolate (!!!) from Steve's Key Lime Pies.
There was also lots of beer and sangria (walking down the street with a drink is so fun!). I bought this print from The Salt & Sea, and a black cotton tank top that says "stay weird" on it, but upside down, and some honeycomb soap with actual honey in it.
Verdict: a most excellent block party.
* I went to Rikers Island for the first time today. One of the signs posted on the road as you enter encourages you to "enjoy your tour!" complete with a vintage smiley face. I don't think I have the words to adequately describe my visit or the impact of our whole prison industrial complex or what it means when we warehouse people, so I'm just going to drop this article here and say you should really, really read it.
* I found this to be an interesting read. I felt motivated and inspired after reading it. (Thanks to Jocelyn for sharing it with me!)
* This story about people renovating troglodyte homes in France is kind of amazing.
* Lena Dunham (really) is giving the best advice.
* These maps are interesting (and the third one is absolutely not surprising if you're familiar with the West Wing's Big Block of Cheese Day).
* How to make your own instant Cup of Noodles: genius, and so Brooklyn.
* Yom Kippur is this week, so there will be fasting, but there should also be giving. Growing up, we would always bring a big bag of non-perishable food items to the synagogue to donate to a food pantry - the idea being, I guess, that the food we didn't eat while we fasted wouldn't go to waste but instead to someone in need. In that spirit, I'm donating to City Harvest, which does some really amazing work rescuing food and making sure it gets to the people who need it.
That's all for now. Hope you're having a good week!
So many fun things happened! I'm going to have to break this post up into two, because it was busy this weekend.
Friday night was a going away party for my coworker, Genesis, who is going on sabbatical. She will be missed! We went to Long Island Bar, which is right by my house (and not, as the name would suggest, in Long Island). The cocktails were fancy, the retro booths adorable, and the cheese curds so, so good.
Not so cool? This menu! (Thanks to Deepa for helping me capture this shot.)
J and I then went to Photoville with a couple of people - it's a pop-up photo exhibit set up in storage containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park. We met my friends Joy and Daniel there. It was only an hour until closing, so we didn't get to see many of the exhibits, but it was free and fun. One of the containers had a movie that you watched while wearing this helmet that had glasses attached to it: without the glasses, the movie was flat and not that interesting, but then with the glasses on, everything took shape and became rounded and fluid and pretty cool.
And then it was back to the bar to finish tying one on.
Saturday morning, J got us some sandwiches from Shelsky's. They were delicious. I meant to take a picture but I devoured it too fast, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
After that, we met Di and Sue at the DUMBO Arts Festival. There were some really cool outdoor exhibits, including this colorful glass house (aka Tom Fruin & CoreAct's Reflection/Kolonihavehus).
It was a beautiful day to be in the park, and there were also lots of foam noodles to play and build with.
Not all the kids were interested in the outdoor exhibits.
We stopped at Jacques Torres for some ice cream. It was crazy hectic and crowded and chaotic in there, but the ice cream was good. And I liked the chandelier they had inside.
Then we roamed around the galleries. There was so much great art!
There were little robots:
I really liked this piece:
This boat was made out of slides of people's family photos. It was really cool.
This hallway was completely patterned in sandpaper:
Birds were a popular theme. This painting was so dreamy and surreal:
For more on the art and artists who participated in the event, click here.
After we'd had our share of art, we went back to hanging out in the park. There was beer and fancy lemonade and beautiful views.
We headed back to Photoville for one last hurrah.
Then we went home. J cooked dinner while I putzed around the house.
I hung out with this guy:
J made a cod chowder. It was phenomenal.
Sunday was the Atlantic Antic, which was wonderful, but this post has been long enough, so stay tuned for Part Deux!
* NY Mag has a great article up about AirBnB. J & I have used it when travelling, and had very positive experiences with our hosts; on the flip side, the impact it could be having on housing availability and prices makes me very nervous.
* This beautiful love story on NPR has been around for awhile, but I just came across it and clicking through the slideshow left me in tears (in a good way).
* Friends is now 20 years old. What?? Grantland went to the Central Perk pop-up.
* I enjoyed this blog post. I'm always finding random photos on my phone and wondering what I was thinking when I took them/who took them because I have no memory of those pictures.
* I want to go to Paris! I've never been and I so want to, and these beautiful photos only reinforced that.
Happy New Year, y'all!
Here's a picture of a challah that J and I made last year (recipe here):
So here's to health, happiness, and everything good in the coming year. L'chaim!
Our living room is mostly a sea of blues and whites. Some of my favorite pieces are this recycled denim jute rug from west elm and this print from society6.
But it's ready for some more pizzazz, and I'm really into metallic accents right now (as evidenced by my recent sketchbook purchase). This bowl is now in a place of pride in the living room, and I keep scouring for more additions.
Life's just a little better with some gleam and sparkle, don't you think?
I really love this pitcher:
These coasters are just delightful:
These prism vases are like jewelry for your tabletop:
Having a drink instantly becomes a festive occasion when it's out of these glasses:
Ok, ok, I know this doesn't fall under home decor, but I couldn't resist. Don't you just love this little gold green bean??
That's all for now - I'm going to start saving my allowance now so I can buy some of these!
What are your latest design inspirations?
* That feeling you get when you reach the subway platform just as the train is pulling into the station.
* The morning at work when you know you have a really, really good lunch to look forward to.
* Ice cream sandwiches.
* Turning on the radio and a really good song is playing, and it's at the beginning of the song.
* Random Acts of Compliments. (Clarification: street harassment = fiery rage. Actual compliments = joy).
* Genuine appreciation from coworkers. (Extra-special: when the genuine appreciation is expressed in cupcake form.)
* When it's been raining all day and just as you have to go outside, the rain stops and the sun breaks through and all the streets have been washed clean.
* When you've had a crummy day and you come home and there's something warming and comforting and homemade and so, so good waiting for you.
* A good snuggle.
Well this is just delightful. Someone superimposed magazine covers onto iconic paintings and the results are remarkable. Some of the covers blend in seamlessly, so that you almost have to look twice to notice the difference; others are a commentary or update on the original. Many feature one icon juxtaposed onto another. Which one is your favorite?
Sunday was the People's Climate March, which was billed as "the largest climate march in history."
J and I went - it had been a late night the night before and there was that wavering moment when we woke up of "are we really going to do this?"
And while it would have been nice to have slept in, I'm so glad we motivated and got ourselves there. I'm so glad that we marched and chanted and cheered and joined in with so many others to take a stand.
HuffPo estimated that there were over 300,000 people for a march which stretched over 4 miles.
It was great to see such an active organized labor presence: unions and environmental activism haven't always gone hand in hand.
But Sunday, the unions were out in full force, and there were plenty of chants demanding green jobs and climate justice for all. So many union folks turned out that we filled seven city blocks!
J and I took turns carrying a UAW sign - there's a picture of me with it - though there were plenty who took the opportunity to be more creative (one recurring theme: taking care of our mother with a drawing of the earth).
One lady who couldn't march because her foot was in a cast sat in the window of her apartment overlooking the march route and held up a sign saying she was with us in spirit.
Other people were banging on homemade drums, blowing noisemakers, and cheering.
The New York City Labor Chorus sang while they marched:
And one union chapter had a brass jazz band that played during the march!
Those kids on the stilts in the background? They stayed up there the entire march, and they never seemed to tire (or stumble!). I don't know how they did it.
Throughout the day, there was so much great energy, and a real feeling of solidarity and community and hope and passion. Very exciting to be a part of.
So, in the spirit of the Climate March, I wanted to share some of the little things we've been doing to keep our home green, and also make a resolution about what I can do better.
So far we:
What I could do better on: stop shopping for new things all the time! My dresser can barely contain my clothes, and I've expanded beyond my closet and have begun encroaching on J's.
So, clearly, I don't *need* any more clothes - but that doesn't mean a girl doesn't have wants, and a need to stay stylishly updated. I know I'll never stop shopping altogether, but at least I can try to find ways to balance my blatant consumerism with my goal of reducing my carbon footprint.
So my resolution is, if I'm going to buy stuff, to pay more attention to the materials. There's a wealth of options out there: from organic cotton (we got these sheets from Gaiam and they are so lovely and soft and warm) to reclaimed and upcycled materials (like Urban Outfitters' Urban Renewal line, which relies on vintage and deadstock textiles) to thrifting vintage items (like browsing Etsy for vintage jewelry - there are some stunning pieces on there).
So there, that's my resolution - what's yours?
It's just on the cusp of fall: the autumnal equinox is looming, and the temperature is teetering right on the edge between hot and cool.
It's that time of year that signals new beginnings: a new season, a new school year, the Jewish new year. It's the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the promise of a clean slate, a new crispness to the air.
All of this energizes me and I'm ready to begin anew: to tackle a new project, or pick up an old one that's been left behind.
So today I went to Paper Source (it is *dangerous* to have that store so nearby, I could spend all my monies there and be perfectly happy about it) and picked myself up some new sketch books and pencils.
Having good supplies is always the first step, and I know I'll want to keep reaching for my sketchbook when it looks this pretty.
Added bonus? These journals are eco-friendly (made from the lokta plant, a sustainable resource) and hand-crafted by a woman's co-operative in Nepal. The pencils, meanwhile, are produced by Cretacolor, an Austrian company which relies on renewable energy sources, including local wind turbines, for over 60% of its energy.
So here goes! It's been awhile since I've sketched or painted or played around with anything arty, and I'm excited to get back into it.
What new projects are you excited to take on?