brooklyn, brooklyn, brooklyn

• I took some pictures while checking out Astoria Park, only 2 blocks from the apartment – good views of the Upper East Side, as well as the Triborough Bridge, and some other service bridge.

• I happened to be walking by the location of my future apartment (as of Oct 5), and Coco was out front trying to sell some small items (picture frames, some kitchen stuff…), so I got a chance to meet her, as well as see the place. It looks pretty nice – it appears recently renovated (recessed, can lighting, nice floors; things felt new and fresh), and I also met a friend of hers who lives the other direction on Ditmars, named Daviar.

• I met up with Raymond down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at the Bedford Ave stop), which is the trendiest part of NYC that I’ve seen (its very close to Jan’s apartment), and we checked out Brooklyn Industries before heading over to Beacon’s Closet (NYC’s best, hidden thrift store).

• Next we ate over at Sea – known for being one of the hippest (but accessible to anyone) restaurants in the city. It’s where the opening restaurant sequence in Garden State was filmed. They have ridiculously good Thai food – and always have electronica bumping. Always packed, especially on Saturday nights. A lot of the restaurants/bars in that area have some type of water feature inside – one has a large pool that sometimes has typographic messages floating in it – others just have elaborate waterfalls. Sea has a large pool of water with an Asian boat floating in it, with an ornate statue looking over it.

• Lastly over to Royal Oak in a shadier area of Brooklyn, near some abandoned lots and such – a super dark lounge with lots of old-school executive style booths – apparently some nights they have karoke. Fairly chill place, youngish crowd as usual.