All photos taken with iPhone 4 using Hueless.
All photos taken with iPhone 4 using Hueless.
Seneca Lake, Geneva, New York. Circa 2008.
One of my most favorite branding updates in recent memory, The New York Public Library gets a new logo and Brand New has the scoop.
Side note: Glad to know I wasn’t the only one thinking “Simba!!”.
Image credit: Brand New.
Taken on October 14, 2004.
Five years ago today: Again, I’m late on this one. For a fair stretch of time I was camping every single year in Chenango Valley State Park with family and friends. This particular year, I remember, it was rather cold a few of the nights. I was sleeping alone in the tent (Eliza wouldn’t have it being that cold) and I recall waking up with frost on my nose. No, I didn’t sleep in that camper.
Oh, I’m the guy looking incredibly tired in the middle. I’m tired because it was probably very, very early in the morning. But when I’m camping there is no way that I will miss breakfast. It is my most favorite part of camping. And, even though we’d be up all night doing who knows what, I have to be awake in the morning for breakfast – no matter how early.
To my left is my brother-in-law Chris and to my right is one of his employees Ryan.
File this under the “no duh” category – however, Jason Kottke recently linked to an article on the New York Post Web site describing how it’d be cheaper to fly from New York to Seattle, see two games in the best seats, eat at the best restaurants, and stay in some fancy hotels (by a factor of half) than it would be to see a single game in the best seats at Yankee Stadium.
New York is easily one of my favorite cities. The last time I was there I had the privilege of eating some really delicious Thai food, drink at an authentic Irish Pub, and scarf down 4,000 calories worth of White House burgers. Where else can you do that?
The Thai food that we had was at Thai Basil on 9th Ave. and W. 56th St. Thai Basil is, or rather was, what seems to be, a repurposed hallway or stairwell turned restraurant with a few small tables. The decor is clean, simple, and in typical asian style. The service was proper, prompt, and delicate.
Chris and Jon had either never had, or seldom had, Thai food before that day. So we were all in for a treat. Chris got squid and something curried. I can’t even remember, now, what I got. But it was delicious. Although 9th Ave. between West 54th and 56th streets is riddled with what I am sure is excellent Thai food restaurants – I can recommend Thai Basil on Manhattan.
The Irish Pub (which could have been either McGee’s on W. 55th or Connolly’s on E. 47th or maybe even a different pub altogether) all I know is that we walked, and walked, and walked before we stopped here for a couple of appetizers and some beer. Speaking of beer Jon had some sort of light beer. I had to fight off the entire staff to keep them from throwing Jon out by his neck and belt loop. While I was wrestling with the barkeep – I managed to scarf down a bunch of stuff mushrooms. Shhh, do you hear that? Ireland is absolutely screaming for Eliza and I to visit.
And the day was just getting started.
We had a lot more walking to do this day. You see, we’re not from New York City and so this is sort of a novel thing. Walking. Everywhere. To the library (which was closed). To another library (which was lame). To the pub, to a restaurant, through Times Square, back to our hotel, to the parking garage, back to the hotel, and ultimately – late at night – to White Castle.
I know what you might be thinking. Isn’t this post supposed to be about No Reservations? Anthony Bourdain’s show about traveling the world and eating some of the best food ever made by human hands? Yes. But if I know Tony. He digs a late night White Castle burger binge. So, off we went. Twelve blocks to the nearest White Castle. No problem. We had already walked miles and miles that day – why not a few more footsteps? We all ordered the exact same meal. Ten burgers and two fries. We ended up giving some of the food to a beggar sitting outside of White Castle (smart man). But most of us finished our double-portions of the greesy, grimey, and some would say disgusting little burgers that leave a wet spot on any table you set them on. I was sick.
In case you didn’t know the sign that you had a successful visit to White Castle is if you leave feeling like you want to puke.
Overall we had a very good time in New York. I always do. That is why I enjoyed seeing a different side of New York than the one I typically get to see in the latest episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Tony’s side. In this week’s episode Anthony shows us a portion of New York City that is slowly disappearing, being replaced, rebuilt, torn down, or put up for sale. Sad? Maybe for people like Tony who grew up in and around New York and have a history there. But for those of us that come into the city on occasion to soak up some of the city life, the culture, the food, the architecture, the noises, and again the food – New York is always changing. Always disappearing, being rebuilt, replaced, torn down, or being sold. It is what makes New York, New York.
Photo credit: Jon Christopher.
Date taken: August 30, 2005 | A winery that offers tastings, gifts, and snacks in a very large barn. I believe this was on Cayuga Lake in New York. I’ll check my records and update.
Wow.Â Jay Maisel, a photographer, bought this building 42 years ago for $102,000. Â It is now estimated to be worth nearly $30 million. Talk about a return on investment.
Real estate experts, interviewed by NY Mag, had said they thought the building was abandoned. Far from it. Â Turns out Jay, his wife, and his daughter are leading a full life in there and have, in my opinion, set up one of my favorite homes I’ve ever seen.
I can’t even begin to imagine how awesome it would be to have 72-rooms at your disposal and have had put them to use the way that the Maisels seem to have done.
Do yourself a favor and check out the photo slideshow in addition to the article.
Taken July 18, 2008 – The windows at the Seneca Harbor Wine Center.
Date taken: July 18, 2008 | Lights reflecting in the harbor waters.
Date taken: July 18, 2008 | Seneca Lake Marina in Watkins Glen, New York at night.
Date taken: April 13, 2008. | A vine post near Seneca Lake in New York.
This particular vineyard and wineary had each of their grape vines marked for the type of grape that they had planted.Â These few rows were marked with Gewurztraminer.Â I remember the wines here being very odd in color and not great in taste.Â However what they lacked in wine they made up for in show.Â One of the winearies was decked out like a hillbillies cabin.
There is an Air Show this weekend and so many planes, including two Blue Angel fighter jets, were practicing overhead at Jones Beach on Long Island.
The GW Bridge costs $8USD to cross (for a car). Better than the $12USD you have to pay to go through the Holland tunnel to the south.
I am neither a Cowboys nor Bills fan, but I still went to a Monday Night Football game there. Must have been for booze.
Sparkling wines and Sherry.
Besides being cool, a gorgeous day.