Blizzard 2005

Whenever I mentioned to anyone that I was going to give NYC a try, without fail the immediate reaction was “but it’s so cold there!”

Erm. DUH!

Do you move to Phoenix and then complain about the heat? Do you move next to an airport and then complain about the noise? Nevertheless, millions of people make NYC their home and cope with the weather so why should I be any different? Sure, I had a brief holyfuckingshit moment when it hit 14 degrees in New Jersey, but the locals were dealing with it just fine. What right do I have to complain? Dress appropriately and multiply your travel time by two.

The blizzard was kinda interesting really. Rather strange to see the Saturday night streets turn into a ghost town…

Co-Op City

Garbage Plow

Grand Army Plaza, Central Park

Central Park

Christmas Lights

Admittedly, NYC didn’t get hit nearly as bad as Boston did, but for something billed as “Blizzard 2005!” in shouting-point font, it wasn’t that big of a deal. If anything, the biggest hassle of NYC is finding a job. My deadline is the end of January, so hopefully something will happen.

Anyway, time for a corned beef and swiss sandwich. I quickly realized that the best deli here is the one you’re currently eating at.

Manhattan Bridge

I know I know, everyone loves the Brooklyn Bridge, and yeah, I do too, but I can’t help but be drawn to its next door neighbor. I heart the flat blue color (officially called “dusty blue”) and the relatively delicate look to it that I’m sure detractors call “fugly” and “flimsy.”

manhattan_bridge_card

OK, so the Manhattan Bridge’s cable designer went on to design the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge and yeah the bridge has been traumatic to subway riders over the years. Count me in as a fan, though the Manhattan Bridge Club refers to something else entirely.

How it was built. How it was fixed. More photos at Wired New York, Daniel’s Manhattan Architecture and the obligatory live web cam.

And into NYC

The weather held out all the way through except for the last hundred miles in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Holland Tunnel, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Apparently it got so cold overnight, that when I hit the front windshield with the defroster, the small crack (that was supposedly fixed) reopened and shot across two-thirds of the glass with a loud “BANG.” At least I got here and it’s not like I have to drive much anymore.

JFK’s Terminal 5 to reopen

jfk_twaterminalVictory for everyone! JetBlue and the NY Port Authority have agreed to reopen the TWA terminal at JFK airport (one of my fave NYC buildings if not one of my faves period) while building a new terminal directly behind it. Hilariously, the NYT story asks: “but exactly how Terminal 5 will be used, besides as a small diversion for JetBlue passengers walking to and from their new terminal, has not been determined.”

Ummm, that’s enough diversion for me. Construction begins in 2005, but you can check out the building at the Terminal Five art event which conveniently opens just before I arrive in NYC for good.

[via Gothamist]

Manhattanhenge

manhattanhengeThis is the coolest trivia item ever. I’m also annoyed that I’ll just miss the July 12 event.

Besides it being the start of the summer, today is very special: The sun will set in the centerline of every NYC street (photobloggers, get ready!). American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson desrcribes this phenomenon beautifully in the Natural History Magazine, explaining that like Stonehenge where the sun sets in alignment with stones during the summer solstice, Manhattan has two “special” days where the sun sets between buildings – May 28 and July 12

 

Worlds Fair

Saw Comets On Fire last night (one sentence review: they were OK in 3 minute intervals, but not necessarily for a full show) and caroused around with folks until very late. Trucker hat count of 4, including an awesome sighting when a hesher-looking dude with trucker hat briefly leaned back to peek into Lit’s back room where we were sitting. It was like seeing a UFO.

My one last “urgent and key” NYC destination was the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair out in Flushing Meadows. Not much is left of the actual fair buildings. The only remaining 1939 building is the New York State pavilion which is now home to the Queens Museum Of Art.

Couple things from 1964 are still around – most notably the Unisphere. I somehow fulfilled a desire I didn’t know I had and played around in the fountain underneath it. Still unbearably hot out – could have sat in it all day long.

unisphere

These things are still there, but I have no idea what they’re called.

fair-discs

The Queens Museum of Art was wonderfully great to wander around in. There’s obviously a lot of Worlds Fair-related stuff there including a terrific Salvador Dali exhibit with his designs, prototypes, and sketches for his surreal “Dreams Of Venus” building for the 1939 fair. The show runs through early September – check it out if you’re in NYC.

The most mindblowing thing in the QMS is a giant scale model of the New York City area. Originally built for the 1964 Fair (and since updated) the model is accurate down to the scale skyscrapers and buildings. It’s difficult to photograph, but to give you an idea of the size, yes that’s another person on the opposite side in this photograph.

nyc-model

 

Brooklyn Art Museum and wandering

Finally some non-ILX time to roam the city. First stop is the Brooklyn Art Museum to catch the pulp art exhibit that I blogged about earlier. Nice show, and absolutely huge – lots of covers that I recognized from the compilation books and nice to see them in the flesh.

Again, taking pictures of anything/everything that looks interesting.

dragon

De Robertis Pasticceria. 1st Ave.

cappu_brownie

East Village bookstore

east_village_books

Have you done your share?

music-video

Brooklyn

brooklyn_warehouse