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Today I relaxed at home before heading into the city to get my bus back to PA for work on Monday. I was walking quickly to the bus stop so I didn’t get the chance to take too many photos. There is A LOT of construction happening in NY. A LOT! Everywhere it seems something is going up. Next time I will try to get photos of the West 57th Project by BIG.

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It was cold today, and the clouds were spectacular. Look at those City Bikes!

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You see that building in the backdrop? The white residential building on the left…

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For all high-rises with Penthouses, I always wonder, “Who lives there?” I would love to see what it looks like and experience the views. Mmmm..

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Reflections, clouds, glass and skies.

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The past in the forefront, the modern in the back.

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I love the DHL Building, that bright yellow building. I look forward to seeing it. Again, look at the skies.

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Construction everywhere!

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My view leaving NY. Gotta love that city!

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When I came home I unpacked, then decided to make some eggs in muffin tins. I loosely followed this recipe. I used sweet peppers, tomatoes, spinach, sharp cheddar cheese, and cilantro instead. I used 4 eggs.

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Ingredients

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I also put cilantro on the top before putting them in the oven.

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The eggs when they have finished. Mmmmmm…

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I decided to rate my wines from the Tasting Room too. There was an order to the tasting. I had to taste the whites first (they had to be chilled), then the reds. In the photo above, I am going to taste and rate the whites.

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Here I am tasting and rating the reds. It was pretty cool.

All in all a cool day. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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My day started with some uncertainty. I wanted to be outside and I wanted to go see a movie. I went online and bought tickets for Captain America: Civil War 3D. My friend (Arlene) also messaged me and we met downtown. You know I love the subways, look at the lines, the perspective…so powerful!

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More of those sweet, black lines of the structure

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I would be meeting Arlene and Chris on Fulton Street.

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After getting some things and walking around some, we went to this place, Yaso Tangbao. It was my first time there. When I met my friends they told me about this delicious dumpling spot that they went to earlier, so I wanted to check it out.

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This was N1 on the menu, I think it was a braised beef soup. It was delicious. The noodles were perfectly al dente, and the soup tasty. I was more concerned with our conversation than the meal, but the meal was still great. The service was good too.

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Chris had these pork baos with black sesame seeds on top of them. They too were good.

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One of the walls in the restaurant. I liked the brick and wood juxtaposition. A clean, and modern interior. After our meals, snacks, and great conversations, we were on our way.

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On our walk along Fulton, my friend stopped this guy to tell him how much she loved his apron. He was happy to hear it, and even told them they can take a photo with him. A lovely guy with a lovely apron. He just might be the best belt man in Brooklyn. We walked around some more then went over to Arlene’s to chill, until I would leave for my movie.

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I love to see scaffolding, especially, well installed scaffolding. I feel like I am in a forest of steel. I almost always take photos of narrow scaffolded spaces.

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We saw this cool helluva car along the street too. Quite a beauty!

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I got to my friends’ place and we relaxed. We watched Empire. I know about the TV show, but I have never watched it. My friend loves it so I was happy to watch an episode. It was great! I think I might need to Netflix it. Great acting, great music, great style, beautiful people!! I might have to put that on my to-do list for the summer. I didn’t want to be late for my movie, so I had to leave during the second episode we were watching.

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34th Street

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I was running late and had to put wheels on my heels so that I would not miss too much.

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While rushing ahead, I looked back and saw this beautiful sunset reflecting on the buildings…  No matter how fast you rush ahead, it is always good to look behind every now and again. 🙂

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Lovely!

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More sunset…

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The opening of Captain America: Civil War. The movie was fantastic, and I can’t wait for Black Panther!

Today was a good day. I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow, since I am heading back to work on Monday. Ughhh!!!

 

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Today I worked away from home again, journeying to Arlene’s office, on Broad St.

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The weather was an absolute beauty today. Blue skies!

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I had to take a photo of the Trump Building. I was watching the news on his meeting with Paul Ryan before leaving the house.

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New York Stock Exchange building

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I like to look up in New York.

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I took this photo as I sat down to work.

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Leaving the office walking to the train station

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National Museum at the Bowling Green Metro Stop

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When I got home I saw this. A couple nights ago I read an article on online wine. I thought I would check it out. The website was the Tasting Room, and there was a $6.95 deal for a box of wines. (UPDATE: DO not purchase wines and this deal from this company. If you do, read every single fine print and word on anything you agree too.) DO NOT sign up for this.

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Here are my 6 little bottles of wines. As I write this post, I have not as yet opened any of the bottles. I will be sure to share the experience when I open them. My roommate is away, so I may not be able to share these with her unfortunately :(.

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I forgot to mention, my friend went to Singapore a week or two ago, and I asked him to bring me back some kaya butter. I LOOOOOOVE kaya butter!!! It is one of my favorite Singaporean treats. Arlene brought it to the office for me, so soon, I will be in heaven with kaya butter on toast. I thought the package was quite lovely too.

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Brown Kaya, and Green Kaya. The brown kaya has caramel in it, while the green kaya has pandan leaves.

Today was another good one. Got work done, spent time outside getting some fresh air and sights. On the way back I went to my cousins and hung out a bit. I was talking with them about my desire to blog again, since I enjoy it so much. Blogging either relaxes me or distracts me. I am not sure which, but they encouraged me to do my Document my Day blogging again since I enjoyed it so much. So I dedicate this blog post and the one before to them.

Let’s see what happens tomorrow. It is supposed to rain. 😥

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Today I wanted to get out the house to work. I messaged my friend Arlene and she suggested Williamsburg. She would be going there to work, so I decided to meet her there. This was my first time in Williamsburg I believe. I met her at a spot and we worked, then we went to get something to eat. We went to “Pies and Thighs” nearby, and the food was great! I didn’t take any photos, next time. Arlene had to leave for a meeting, so I got the food and met her at East River Bar, where the meeting would be. The photo above was taken in front of East River Bar.

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Beautiful Sunset

Arlene is my friend and former colleague from MIT. She is the fantastic “mind” behind MindRider. “MindRider is a helmet that tracks, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps your engagement, giving you new insight into your riding experience, and providing a unique resource for riding communities and street advocacy.” We ate then her colleagues started showing up for the meeting. Today, Dave, who takes great photos for the project would be taking some photos and I was lucky to be their muse. He took photos of me, Arlene, and another colleague riding bicycles with MindRider helmets on. It was fun!

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After my shots I took these beautiful shots of the sunset and the Williamsburg Bridge. Isn’t it lovely? After the meeting, it was time for me to go home. On my walk along Broadway, the restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Driggs St. was beautifully lit. Check the photos below.

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View from Broadway

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Look at the detailing and articulation visible with this lighting. Very dramatic!

Today was a great day. I got outside, got work done, spent time with my friend, had a great meal, and got some lovely photos.

Here are some additional links for MindRider. I encourage you to check it out.

http://mindriderhelmet.com/

http://mindriderdata.com/

Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC

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A view of St. Patrick's Cathedral

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30 Rock

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Atlas

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Interior of Radio City

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Radio City interior

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They were rehearsing for America’s Got Talent when we were there.

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View from Top of The Rock

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Day 1. Walking from 9am – 7pm

Today (Sunday) until Tuesday, I will be assisting two professors (James Cooper and Moses Lim) with a walking tour of New York. O M G!! My feet hurt. We were walking from 9am to 7:30pm. I took most of my photos with my camera, just a few with my phone. I am writing this post from my phone (while I rest my feet for tomorrow), so I will use the photos on my phone for this post.

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Map and route of walk

This is pretty much the walk and the buildings we would see and talk about. We didn’t do all, but we did most of them. Since I am writing this post from my phone, I am not sure if the captions are showing up. Forgive any repetition if there is any.

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One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower

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The Woolworth Building

Designed by Cass Gilbert, construction started in 1910 and completed in 1913.

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8 Spruce Street

Residential tower designed by Frank Gehry.

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A great lunch of meatballs, tomato sauce, burrata, and bread. Delicious!!

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Needed!!

I took this pic by accident and liked it.

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Flatiron Building

Built in 1902 and designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Dinkelberg. I learned about the phrase, 23 skidoo, where during the early 1900s, “groups of men reportedly gathered to watch women walking by have their skirts blown up, revealing legs, which were seldom seen publicly at that time. Local constables, when sometimes telling such groups of men to leave the area, were said to be “giving them the 23 Skidoo.” [Link]

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Met Life Tower aka Clock Tower

Built in 1909.

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The Empire State Building

Built in 1931, designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. I also learned about the Evelyn McHale story (“the most beautiful suicide”), photographed by Robert Wiles, and appropriated by Andy Warhol.

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The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of my favourite buildings in NY. Built in 1930, and designed by Van Alen, who was never paid by the client (Chrysler) for his work.

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Grand Central Station

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Grand Central Station

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The RCA Victor Building designed in 1931 by John W. Cross.

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The Seagram Building

Designed by Mies Van der Rohe and built in 1958.

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Another shot

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Sculpture in front Seagram Building

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Exterior details on Waldorf Astoria

Photos of the interior are on my camera.
It was a great day! Intense, and fantastic.

Bryant Park, New York

Sketching in Bryant Park… this was my work in progress. It has been completed and I will share it with you soon. Have a great one! Thinking Insomniac

on the move bike shop

I arrived in New York a few days ago and am riding in NY for the first time. I borrowed my nephew’s bike and realized it needed some fixing (brakes, tires and a bell). Today I went in search of a bike shop to have these issues fixed. I went to two bikes shops who gave me a lead time of 7-14 days to get my bike fixed. WTH???!!!! Just to fix (or replace) some brakes?!!!! At this point I missed Cambridge, MA where these things would be fixed in minutes! I wondered, “Is it this difficult in NY?” While I was investigating other possibilities on my map, a guy with a beautiful rottweiler stopped and asked if I was looking for a bike shop. We both commented on the insane thought of 2 weeks to fix some brakes. He told me of another shop on Park Slope. We looked at the map and found the store. I called them and they told me to come by. No need to wait 2 weeks!

On the Move Bike Shop!

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Inside On The Move

I entered the shop, told them I just called and wanted to get my brakes fixed, a bell and my chains greased/ oiled. They (Tony) took my bike and rolled it to the back. I was interested in other bikes too, so he brought me a catalog of bikes and showed me the ones they had in the store. There were some great bikes! Wayyyy lighter than the one I had! While checking out the bikes, from what seems like nowhere came this jet black kitty. He came towards me and of course I had to play with him. Spooky is his name! Spooky has size! and is wonderful to pet.

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Spooky!

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Great with customers… because all he wants is to be wubbed.. 🙂

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“Why did you stop?!!”

So while playing with Spooky I saw a GIANT bike, the same type of bike I had in Cambridge.

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Tony was so awesome he told me, “Take the bike, go for a spin with it. Let me know what you think.” What the what?!! How cool!! I went for a spin with the bicycle, and oh boy.. It was sooooo good! I came back all smiles and he said, “Feels different huh?!” I agreed. It rode so smoothly. When I came back my bike was finished. I paid for my stuff and then remembered I needed a helmet too so I bought one.

I thanked Tony and Camasero (I am probably wrong, will find out his name and fix) and left.

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Tony (left) and C (right)!

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Their business card

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Tony, after telling me, “I look a mess!”

LOL. No you don’t Tony, you look awesome!

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C was modeling for me. He is the bicycle superhero if you ask me.

I loved this shop because the service was great! They were so friendly… I felt like we knew each other for years. They also fix your stuff quickly. The shop had a constant rotation of people coming in and going out.

  • Service – Extremely good
  • Quality of work done – Very good
  • Cost – Reasonable

Keep up the great work guys and I look forward to seeing you and Spooky again!

Here’s a link to their site – http://onthemovenyc.com/

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Football in Brooklyn (post-Irene)

I did this sketch on the Sunday of Irene. Everyone was inside because of Irene and my brothers could not take it anymore. They all made calls and rallied their fellow footballers and got “a good sweat” going. After which they enjoyed this >>>. Thanks for a great weekend guys!

Abstract Architecture of the day:

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