Thursday, June 27, 2013

Little Moments - May

Spring means a sprinkled Mister Softee.
I stumbled upon this protest in Union Square one afternoon - it mostly consisted of unions. 
Evening runs/walks with Scotty boy. Sometimes, they are few and far between, but we so enjoy the sunsets near the water at Hudson River Park. 
Our hood. The high-rise to the right of the Freedom Tower is Scott's office building. 
Spring flowers in front of a charming TriBeCa restaurant. It's things like this that make me fall in love with our neighborhood every day. 
My dear friend, Tina, who I worked with at J.Crew in Mississippi came to visit the city. We were able to meet up for brunch and had a fabulous time catching up. I wish that woman could dress me everyday. She has such an eye. Thanks for taking the time, Tina! 
This picture was taken a few days after the final antenna was added to One World Trade, making the Freedom Tower the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world. It now stands at 1, 776 feet in reference to the year of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. That building holds so many emotions. Still blows my mind that our apartment is in its shadows.

The Friday before Mother's Day I did a story at a local flower shop on holiday sales. It was a great, colorful place to spend the day. My photographer bought these pretty baskets for his wife for her first Mother's Day. It was a funny drive back to the station in the live truck turned gardening center. 
The sailboats made their first appearance of the season. Sometimes, I forget this crazy city is an island. 

A Connecticut commuter train derailed and collided with another train during the peak travel time one Friday afternoon. More than 70 people were injured. Thankfully, no one was killed. I spent the next morning in a McDonald's parking lot with the rest of NYC/CT news media doing live shots and getting the latest updates from Governor Malloy's press conference. 
Art (?) on display at Hudson River Park. 
My guy carrying my stuff home from work after a weeknight Chipotle dinner date. Oh, hey honey buns. 
Taking Christmas lights down from our studio windows on Memorial Day weekend. Call me a red neck...but I loved watching those babies light up our small space each night. 
A dear friend invited me to her pool that overlooks the Hudson and New Jersey skyline. It was the perfect day to welcome summer. Take out. Laying out. Hanging out with the girls. Summer, you speak to my soul

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mad. Sq. Eats

There's not much I love more than a good outdoor food market. Tons off different vendors all in one place...makes for the perfect group gathering. Mad. Sq. Eats was a fantastic way to kick off the summer. Except for the fact that the first time I went with my friend, Kenzi, it was raining. But we did have the whole place to ourselves. And a little rain didn't stop some of New York City's top chefs from serving us.  

I knew Scott would love this place just as much as I did. So, we made it our Friday night date spot. We met up with our dear friends, the Murdochs, and braved the crowds. The Murdochs share our love of food so it was a match made in heaven. As you can see, it was a packed party on a warm summer night. This was actually the last night of the event, but it does make a return in the fall. 

When it comes to good food, we don't mess around. Scott and I decided it was best to divide and conquer at this event. After we met up, our conversation went something like this: 

K: "I can't believe the empanada stand is out of empanadas. How does that even happen?!"
S: "I went to the Korean place over there. I couldn't even tell you what I ordered. But tell me this doesn't look good?"
K: "I'm just waiting for my tacos."
S: "I'm out of cash."
K: "Wait, I just handed you like 20 bucks."
S: "My lobster roll was $16."
K: "You spent $16 on a lobster roll?" 

Needless to say, three Calexico tacos, a pulled pork sandwich, a nutella banana crepe, and a lobster roll all in one place...made for the easiest date night ever. I'm still drooling. 

We took our feast over to Madison Square Park and sat on a bench to chow down. We enjoyed the best company with the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building looking down on us. It was a gorgeous summer setting. One I hope to frequent. 

In other news, we really want a bulldog. I may or may not stalk the bulldogs in our building. And Scott may or may not follow the "Daily Puppy" account on Instagram to get his fix. He may or may not kill me for making that public information. We saw a guy walking FIVE bulldogs in the park that night. I squealed with excitement and Scott couldn't believe his eyes. He almost gave this one part of his dinner. ALMOST. Also, don't you think a bulldog is my husband's alter animal ego? Twins, I tell you!!!! We're not sure whether it's because they are stubborn, hilarious, slow, or what... but they remind me of Scott. Maybe it's the big head and big smile. Or the short, stumpy legs. (Love you, babe.) I don't know...but I can't get enough of them. Scott was in an interview once and the last question the interviewer asked him was, "If you were an animal what would you be?" Without hesitation he responded, "Easy, a bulldog. My wife says this all the time. I would be a bulldog because they aren't the most athletic or fast moving, but they know what they want and are just happy to be here." Nailed it. He called me right after this particular interview and I was on the floor. Glad I could somehow help during the awful interview process. Love that guy of mine. Every time we pass a bulldog on the street, Scott turns to me and says, "Oh what do we have here?" And we quickly try to figure out what kind of a bulldog it is. Sad, I know. Seeing as how we aren't home much, don't have a yard, etc...a dog probably isn't in our future any time soon. So, it looks like we'll continue to be canine creepers...coming to a bark park near you. Bulldogs, beware. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The High Line

The High Line is my happy place. I was first introduced to this piece of heaven three years ago and its been a favorite of mine ever since. It used to be an elevated railroad but was converted to a park years ago. It has some great views of Chelsea in all its charm. Scott and I have accidentally fallen asleep on its benches, battled the crowds to take our engagement pictures, and enjoyed a popsicle from People's Pops - all on different occasions. It's a great spot for a picnic considering Chelsea Market is just below. If you are coming to the city, this is a must see. I'm hoping to document it during all four seasons. But I'm just a summer girl, so this will probably be my favorite. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Madduxes Take Manhattan

Scott's parents, John and Laurie, came to visit us for a few days in May. I sure lucked out in the in-law department. They are so kind and welcoming, not to mention, always up for a good time so I knew their trip would be nothing short of a party. 
One of the first things they wanted to see was Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It's a very hip, artsy part of town. I'm dying to spend more time here. The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgusburg are definitely on our summer list. This was a wild wall we found at a mural shop while exploring. 
Laurie had seen a TV special on the newly renovated Wythe Hotel. It's on the Williamsburg waterfront and was built in 1901 as a factory but was converted into a 70-room hotel. They have a fun rooftop restaurant with some incredible views. I was loving the modern decor and lighting. 

 During their stay, we introduced them to grk, Baked by Melissa, Blue Smoke, and TriBeCa Grill. Some of our neighborhood food favorites. 

I had plans to meet up with them after work one day to see the new Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, but I got stuck on the tracks with some train trouble. Laurie loved it and even John said it was way better than he expected. I'm excited to see this one.  

I did get to meet up with them for dinner that night in Hell's Kitchen. Poor Scott was still at work. We found this hidden Italian treasure called Amarone Restaurant and I'm still dreaming about that tiramisu. I mean, it's a work of art. 
The next day we did something I've wanted to do for quite some time now. We biked the entire island of Manhattan. (Well, the parts that were bike-able that day.) We literally had to wipe the dust off Scott's bike. It has been awhile since anyone used it. We started in Battery Park City on the beautiful Hudson River Park trail. We made our way through Riverside Park on the Upper West Side. 
We hit the brakes when we saw this place. The West 79th St. Boat Basin Cafe - was calling our name for lunch. It's beautiful views of the marina and New Jersey skyline were the cherry on top.  

We were about to make our way toward the George Washington Bridge but had to cut across the island at 125th Street because of construction. We walked through Harlem and it took me back to my internship days when I lived there with a bunch of other BYU kids at the International House close to Columbia University. Cannot believe that was three years ago. Cannot believe Douglas was okay with this. 

A charming street in Harlem filled with beautiful brownstones.
We finally got to the bike trail on the East River and made our way south.

We passed Roosevelt Island and saw the tram that connects it to Manhattan. I still want to ride this one day.  
We rode through the Lower East Side to South Street Seaport and returned our rented bikes just in time before the shop closed. We learned that the city is definitely different on two wheels. You can see so much more of what you miss when taking the subway. And you can do so in a short amount of time. We learned that riding on the sidewalks of NYC is illegal - as one kind elderly woman shouted at us as we rode past, "Don't you care about public safety?" John chuckled. So did I. We learned that the west side of the city has a much more accessible bike trail - the east side's trail stopped for a good portion and we had to  ride on the streets. I'm sure most people can handle that but I struggle and it took some getting used to. It took us about five hours to complete and I want to do it again. John and Laurie were such troopers. I only crashed once and they were quick to come to my rescue. That whole braking concept...

New York City, you are even more beautiful on a bike. Let's make a habit of this. 

John and Laurie, thanks so much for coming and spending time with us. We sure love you guys and miss your faces. I promise on our next ride, I'll be much more prepared. 
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