Reasons to be Cheerful - August 2015

  • A Saturday morning spent eating French toast & exploring the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Andrew making a delicious fruit tart/flan-thing
  • Spotting a beautiful Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on my street
  • Spending a day wandering around Williamsburg, eating sweet treats
  • Enjoying many a day in Brooklyn Bridge Park...
  • ...climbing on modified social benches...
  • ...riding on Jane's Carousel...
  • ...and eating delicious ice cream from Ample Hills
  • Going to Governors Island again to ride a Surrey bike
  • Getting the most tanned I've ever gotten in my life!
  • Taking in a free jazz concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a picnic & Georgetown cupcakes
  • Brunching at The Penrose (woo!) in the Upper East Side - the baked eggs are awesome!
  • Spending time with friends in Central Park
  • Finding street art in Red Hook (and everywhere, for that matter!)
  • Happening upon Elizabeth Street Garden - a little haven in SoHo
  • Enjoying the view from the roof of The Met
Read/Watched/Listened To/Saw/Visited:
  • Going to the cinema three times (THREE!!) to see Minions, Inside Out and Trainwreck
  • Visiting Nitehawk Cinema for brunch & True Lies (can't go wrong with an Arnie movie!)
  • Watching Die Hard for free in Brooklyn Bridge Park - Christmas in August? Wuuut?!
  • Venturing up state to the Storm King Art Centre - many sculptures, much art
  • Watching HIMYM (again, again), Margin Call, The Rewrite, Pitch Perfect 2 (also again), Captain America: The Winter Solider, Agents of Shield S2 and OITNB S3
  • George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons took me all of August to read (1000+ pages yo!) - but at least I've finished the series... Huzzah!

Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art

Brooklyn Bridge Park and it's incredible views of Manhattan are something we've loved enjoying this summer; whether it be killing time before the Governors Island ferry, taking in a free jazz concert on one of the piers, or simply enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day (with an ice cream in hand, obviously) - Brooklyn Bridge Park has so much to offer! But one thing that we've especially loved about the park this summer is the Jeppe Hein's Please Touch the Art installation.
The main feature of the Please Touch the Art installation are 16 bright red Modified Social Benches, a reinvention of the simple park bench. The benches are dotted throughout the park and each one is a work of interactive art that can be sat and/or climbed upon, allowing people to enjoy the park, and the Manhattan views, in different ways.
As well as the 16 Modified Social Benches there is also the Mirror Labyrinth, a series of vertical mirror-polished stainless steel planks, arranged in an alternating rhythm at different heights, to echo the Manhattan skyline.

The benches & labyrinth are in place until April 17th 2016, so if you happen to be in NYC before then, pop over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to check 'em out!

Things I've Learnt in New York...Part 3

10 months ago today we moved to this incredible city, and as we near the end of our first NYC summer, here are 10 more things I've learnt in New York! (You can see 1-10 here and 11-20 here.)

21. Seedless cucumbers are weirdly expensive.
Every supermarket in the UK sold them for around 60-90p, but I haven't found one for much less than $2 in NYC, and those are the lucky finds!

22. During the summer you will get repeatedly dripped on by air-con units.
Or you will at least hope that's it's water from an air-con unit... (and also that it never lands in or near your mouth.)

23. Iced coffee is one of the greatest drinks in the world.
Seriously, even if you're not crazy for coffee I think you'll like it. And be sure to add cream - lots of cream - because that makes it even better (screw the extra calories!).

24. Be prepared to get laughed at for the way you talk from time to time.
Whether it be saying the word scone like gone, instead of like cone. Or referring to your bathing suit as your swimming costume (or cossie for short). I just like to remind myself about how Americans say "duty" - cue Chandler-esque giggle!

25. Mexican food is done so much better in the U.S!
Mmm burritos...

26. Street art in NYC is summit else!
There was some in London but there's just so much more in NYC!

27. Expect to simply melt in to a puddle of sweat during the summer...
Sure, 30+°C doesn't sound very hot when you're at the beach or relaxing in the country, but in a city crammed full with people, tall buildings, the subway system, a hell of a lot of cars AND SO MUCH HUMIDITY - it's stifling!

28. But summer in NYC is pretty awesome! (when you're not commuting to work...)
There is so much cool stuff happening in the city during this time of year, more people are out enjoying the weather, there are ice cream & froyo trucks everywhere and it's stoop-sale-time galore!

29. The ground floor is actually called the 1st floor.
And the 1st floor is actually called the 2nd floor, the 2nd floor is actually called the 3rd floor, and so on...

30. Nickels & dimes are super confusing!
Yep, even after 10 months living here I still can't quite get my head around the small change (or if I'm being honest, any of the money - why are the notes all green & the same size?!). Like, I get quarters, quarters are great. But why oh why is the 5 cent coin BIGGER than the 10 cent coin?!