After spending the last week and a half melting down in Orlando, Florida, for a business trip and then over in Ocala visiting family the last thing I wanted was to come back here to NYC and deal with even more heat. I mean, sure, there was a big difference coming from a place where it was 90 degrees and over each day, and humid, to relatively comfortable 75 degree dry temps here in the city last night. It was so nice I even hit up one of my favorite cafes to sit outside with a bite to eat and use the free wifi in the cool breeze. What I did not expect was to enter the gym later on to get in my training and be greeted with a sauna as the air conditioning was broken! Really? Are you freaking kidding me? WTF!!!! ARGGGGGHHH!!!! Still, I sucked it up and did my workout. As far as life problems go this was way low on the pole. Maybe the extra sweating helped burn a few more calories.
It did get me thinking about a bunch of things that seem to get broken here in NYC that really piss me off at times. It’s just damn annoying. Also, why do things seem to be broken the one time you really need them? Here’s a Top Dozen list that seems to come to mind right at this moment. Hey, the list can always be changed to reflect each day’s broken annoyance. Continue reading A Dozen Annoying “Out Of Order” Things in NYC!
Sometimes when traveling underground around NYC and it’s outer boroughs I feel as if I am a rat scurrying around a maze with all kinds of twists and turns. Some passages I take are dark, some entranceways are narrow, and some are just quite scary. Yet, among the hustle and bustle there always seems to be something going on to be entertained with. The amount of talented people who live in the NYC area is mind boggling. Sure, at times the subway performers can drive us crazy when trapped in a crowded subway car, but then you come across a few that really make you pay attention and take notice. There is so much musical and artistic talent that sometimes it makes you slow down and take it in for a minute or two. I just had to take a few pics of some while making my way to the next train or hurrying to get to work.
Not sure if these guys are mimes or what but they did look cool. Wonder if I could make a withdrawal at that ATM? Continue reading Sights and sounds of the NYC underground.
There are certain things that go into my mindset when trying to dictate if somewhere or something I am reviewing is to be worthy of my accolades. I might not have the most discerning palate, or extensive knowledge of food and wine, but I like what I like. I’m a regular guy and pretty easy to please. I enjoy tasty food and fun places to drink and dine at along with friends that have similar likes. I’m a big fan of Czech and German beer, along with the comfort food that goes along with it. One of the terrific and historic establishments in the NYC area is the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Not too long ago a group of us ventured out to this famous beer garden in Astoria, Queens, for a day of debauchery and gut busting beer fun. What transpired during our time there made for some fun memories, and has me hankering for a return trip soon! Continue reading PROST! An historic beer garden in Astoria, NYC.
Urban renewal sometimes does some great things. In a city where we abhor gentrification, the High Line is a welcome addition to the landscape and shows that a decaying piece of history can be reborn into something new for all to enjoy.
Coming here recently I had my reservations as to what was to be expected of this project as I had read some of the snarky reviews on Yelp and other websites, but kept an open mind as I ascended the stairs to this overhead park in the sky. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed my visit here. With the addition of the 2nd stage this place is huge and you can walk for many blocks taking in the sights and foliage. Now, they are planning to expand it further to a 3rd stage which will complete the project and offer more space to meander about. Continue reading The High Line – A Garden Oasis In The NYC Sky