Pulse Park

25 10 2008

Last night Ali and I went on a date to the Shake Shack, a delicious burger and fries extravaganza in the middle of Madison Square Park. I had a Shack Burger with American cheese, Ali had a chicken hot dog, and we shared a black and white shake. Yummm. We dined outside under pretty white lights with the Empire State Building as our backdrop. Tres romantic.

The sun had set as we left left the park, headed to our next destination, the film festival Cinemarosa. As we stepped out to the street, flashing lights caught my eye. We walked back toward the park, and saw “Pulse Park,” an installation that lit up the whole green area with flickering, pulsating lights. It was beautiful.

Incidentally, the Empire State Building is lit up according to events or anniversaries happening in the city. Check out the ESB’s lighting schedule for upcoming light displays and their meanings. Last night’s was purple for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Improv Everywhere video

22 10 2008

As you may recall, Ali, Jodi, Bill and Lauren and I participated in the Improv Everywhere MP3 Experiment #3 about a month ago.  They put up the New York video today!  Check it out here.

If you look closely, you can see me, Jodi and Ali walking off the Governor’s Island ferry at :19 seconds.  We’re wearing green.

Enjoy!





NYC visuals

16 10 2008

My original idea for this post was just to upload a pic of our new pink couch (from Auntie Kay, see post below). But when I went on our camera to retrieve the photo, I found all these other amazing pics from our trip to Coney Island and to the American Natural History Museum. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Ali on the Wonder Wheel

Ali on the Wonder Wheel

Christa and Triceratops

Christa and Triceratops

Ali and the Whale

Ali and the Whale

olden times dishwasher

olden times dishwasher

detail of the pink couch

detail of the pink couch

At last, the pink couch

At last, the pink couch

This is Audrey’s new favorite relaxation spot.





NYC welcomes

10 10 2008

Last weekend Ali and I attended a dinner party of queers hosted by Mamone, a friend of Katz’.  I was pretty nervous, but within the first couple of minutes, I had a whiskey in my hand and was watching Al make pilsbury pizzas.  I felt right at home.  The rest of the night was a happy blur of drag king reminiscing, queer night recommendations and Project Runway winner speculation. As we were walking to the Q train through Lefferts Gardens, Ali and I shared our night’s experiences.  A weight had been lifted-we will have new friends here.

The next day, we met Sarah at a studio apartment in the West Village which used to belong to her great Auntie Kay.  Kay passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 88.  Her family told Sarah she should take anything and everything, as the landlord is going to throw everything away and refurbish the apartment to rent it for $3,000/ month. Though the place is small, it’s in one of the best neighborhoods in New York, down the block from Madison’s, a cupcake bakery made famous by Sex and the City.

We walked 3 floors up and into the room that Kay called home for 60 years.  The first thing I noticed were the windows on two sides of the room that look out onto the green courtyard. The place is beautiful- a tiny time capsule of New York bohemian life.   I found an old Panasonic radio to play some old jazz to complete the mood.

We all went through Kay’s things and found out a lot about her. Photos of her and her sister. Tchotches from her travels and her winter visits to Vero Beach, Florida. Dusty vintage bottles of Chanel No.5 and sweet wines. Drawers full of stamps. And dozens of nautical-themed decorations from jars of shells to paintings of salty seamen. Ali and I decided to take some furniture, some kitchen things, the super 8 camera and reels, and the Panasonic radio.

It was a weekend of New York welcomes. As Ali says, we’re writing our New York story.