Happy Weekend everyone! To celebrate, I’ve put together a little weekend montage for your senses’ pleasure.
James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Someone Like You by Adele
A Cameron Mitchell original called The Road
Motopony, Wait For Me
Uniqlo has opened two new stores, one is uptown on 5th Avenue (the new flagship location!) and 53rd Street, and the other is on 34th street between Broadway and 5th. Check them out and take advantage of their $9.90 jean deal during this opening week.
MAX WANGER PHOTOGRAPHY. I’ve been a fan of Max Wanger for a few years, now you’ll know why. He uses a lot of negative space and bright colors and I love it! I will never grow tired of stalking Max’s blog. You should love/consistantly stalk it too. Max’s photography is so beautiful, I want to put every single photograph on Ruthie Bird, alas, there would be too many of them so you will just have to browse his archives and tumblr on your own. Until then, here are a few pictures to wet your whistle
It was 11:59 AM and my stomach was growling uncontrollably. My 7AM shift was almost over and I needed food-now. At least, that’s what my body was telling me. So my co-worker, Leah-a vivacious actress with fabulous curly, red hair-and I decided to catch up and get food together. We walked down the hallway of the Chelsea Market and saw Friedman’s Lunch on our right. I’d heard of Friedman’s a few times over my three years in NYC. It’s always crowded, so why not try it out?
I ordered an Adobo salad and Leah ordered the BLAT-bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich. Our food quickly came to our table and its presentation was beautiful.
Listen while reading: Great Life
On Friday afternoon, I grabbed my jacket to brave the crisp fall weather, wrapped my gray knit scarf around my neck for the first time this season, picked up a pile of economic journals, and skipped out to Stumptown at the Ace Hotel to enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee, and listen to some great music while I finished my homework. Seattle radio station, KEXP and it’s Keep Radio Alive broadcast, was recording LIVE in the lobby of the hotel and hosted Brooklyn band, Caveman for a set at 2:30pm.
Caveman was formed in New York in January of 2010. Together, Caveman crafted a chamber pop, horror film score, and dreamscape sound in a large, dark room. The music is melodrama at its best with four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, synths, and brilliant drum beats.
Head over to the Ace Hotel today to hear live broadcasting of performances of Portugal The Man (2:30), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (4:30), Givers tomorrow at 12:30, and Caveman (2:30) and Atlas Sound (4:30) on Friday afternoon. This is a great buildup for this weekend’s CMJ Music Marathon.
“We’re honored to keep the noise alive with our second year of live broadcasts with Seattle’s own KEXP during CMJ.” Reads the Ace Hotel Blog. “We’re more thrilled than ever to host three days of bands and DJs from independent labels in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York, powered by Toyota’s Free Yr Radio.
All sets will be broadcast live over the airwaves in Seattle and everywhere else online and via podcast.”
Keep an eye on the ACE Hotel Tumblr for real time posts, photos, videos and interviews during the event.
Stop by 20W 29th St for the festivities from 10 AM-6PM Wednesday through Friday.
I don’t like brownies. No, let me restate that; Usually, I don’t like brownies. Give me the option of eating a brownie or having nothing and I’ll take the latter, but brownies from Fat Witch Bakery are different. This may be the best melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness you will ever taste in brownie form. The brownie itself is not super moist, but it is light-less dense than a cookie or cake-and the texture is perfect.
Price: $2.50 for a plain brownie, but the price hovers around $3 for a specialty brownie (with walnuts, dried cherries, caramel etc) or blondie. After 5PM, the prices drop to 1.50! The witch babies (mini-brownies) are $1.50 all day long.
Location: 75 9th Avenue in the Chelsea Market (just before 9th St. Espresso).
Hours: Sun 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm
Tips: Try the Caramel or the Original Fat Witch.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about y’all today. In fact, I wanted to let you know that States (Copeland–Aaron Marsh+Lydia’s Mindy White) is dropping their FIRST EVER full length record, Room To Run tomorrow, and you better pick up your own copy!
States’ is different from other female-driven bands. Yes, frontwoman Mindy White leads with powerful vocals and a huge range, but not with the typical Paramore/Fireflight/Flyleaf rock or emo Evanescence vibe. There’s something confident and honest about States, so I like listening to their music actually. Heck, I enjoy the whole experience-bass, guitars, drums, everything. I haven’t heard more than a few samples of Room To Run, but States first EP, Line ‘Em Up (2010), was good, so I have high hopes for this release.
Mish Tworkowski is rumored to be the best jeweler in America, for good reason. His classic jewelry is made with the finest craftsmanship from the finest gems and precious metal with a punch of whimsy and color. Mish, as his friends call him, is not the stereotypical New Yorker; he is gracious, enthuisastic, and will greet you with a handshake and warm smile. He is known for his impeccable style: dandy, custom tailoring and signature bow ties. In 2002, Mish was added to the International Best Dressed List. How’s that for style?
Mish New York recently relocated to a quaint space in NoHo (30 Bond Street between Broadway and Lafayette). Keep in mind, store visits are by appointment only, 212.734.3500.
When I was 12, my mother told me, “You can never have too many books.” To this day I believe her maximum, so of course, I love exploring bookstores-especially old bookstores here in New York City.
Founded in 1927, Cafe Reggio claims to be the home of the first American “cappuccino.” I bet the original cappuccino was concocted in some hole-in-the-wall place in Italy a hundred years ago, regardless, to honor Reggio’s claim to fame in the USA, I ordered one of the infamous cappuccinos for good measure.
It was warm and smooth, but not too bold, a basic cup of coffee without anything exceptional going on except for a decorative dribble of cinnamon on top of the frothed milk.