• its interesting how, with a packed train, the standing crowd moves so fluidly with the bumps and turns on the track… there’s definitely a wave-like motion, I mean, it makes sense, but it’s interesting to see it happen still.
• I kinda find it funny that the doorman over at my office recognizes me in the mornings and is talkin’ about some “morning, boss” in a thick, russian accent, hahaha.
Speaking of doormen, once, when I was buying a microwave from a European woman in the Upper West Side (around like 80th, maybe?), there was this awesome elevator attendant that reminded me a lot of Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums. He was pretty old, and he would manually open and close the wooden elevator doors in this super old apartment building for all tenants and guests.
• Jeremy (my old housemate from Durham, NC) and Adam (his cousin, a chef from Austin, TX) flew into town last Thursday (Oct 27). Here’s a summary of how the visit went, as they just left a few hours ago:
ate at an interesting french bistro in midtown
• Lombardi’s Pizza in SoHo / NoLita – allegedly the 1st pizza restaurant
• rice pudding at “Rice to Riches” in SoHo, they only serve rice pudding
• apt rooftop – got some great night shots of the city near times sq.
• some rodeo bar (30th or so) – live southern covers of stuff like Sinatra, met a bunch of people, talked a lot with a grad school student from Sierra Leone, who very well become a politician back over there in a few years.
• went to Chinatown for dim sum with about 10 friends
• visited the Chelsea Market where Emeril is filmed
• wandered around the meatpacking district
• Greenwich Village dinner: quaint little place, can’t recall the name
• ran into will hall and his wife christina near herald sq.
• drank at the Saint’s Alp Teahouse in st marks
• Williamsburg: Beacon’s Closet (see day 003)
• Williamsburg: Sea (see day 003)
• witnessed a disturbing drooling, half-naked person on C train into the city
• washington square: great live music – piano + other instruments
• walked near NYU: street fair, Jeremy bought a painting
• ate at Babbo: the nicest restaurant I have set foot in (perhaps because it’s owned by Mario Batali. You might have looked at the menu that was just linked to and thought… “that’s not that much money…”, but keep in mind, at these places you are expected to get an appetizer, a first course, second course, dessert (and of course a bottle of aged wine). Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale were entering to get a table as we were finishing up dinner.
• Happy Halloween.
• Happy birthday to Erica at Macy’s.