As someone who lives and walks this city daily…my blog is all about delving a little deeper, seeing what it has to offer, and capturing the true essence of New York City. Whether you live in Gotham, or just visiting…feel free to look around my blog. Bet you might find something new to do!
Keep in mind this isn't a blog about what is coming up...but what is experienced on a day to day basis.
P.S. As of the end of April 2013 my more personal postings will now be at The Next Few Years.
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Monthly Archives: June 2010
I must say it has been over 20 years since my first (and only) gay pride parade in the city. Even with temperatures in the 90′s and humidity about the same, I couldn’t resist spending an hour or so on Sunday taking it in. Just as I remembered it…what a show!
Where’s the best place for viewing Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular in MY city? You guessed it! What a heck of a benefit for moving to the Hudson, as apartment 18J will have some unbelievable views without having to leave the comforts of the gotham den.
As I continued to unload boxes today (how does one accumulate so much STUFF in one year??) I watched some folks position themselves already (and it’s only Wednesday) for the mile-long extravaganza on the Hudson. I’m sure over the next couple of days it will look like a parking lot of boats and yachts. Even a major portion of the West Side Highway will be closed in anticipation of the crowds.
This is only the second year the 26-minute display will be held over the Hudson River instead of the East River. (Sorry east-siders!) Fireworks will be set off from six anchored barges starting around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Even NBC will broadcast a prime time special. You gotta love this city!
My absolute favorite dish… tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil. Now this wasn’t just any ordinary dish. The tomatoes were the very first TWO tomatoes out of my parent’s garden in Virginia, goat milk mozzarella out of New Jersey purchased from the farmer’s market here in the city, olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy and my very own basil plant that is now tucked away in the bushes on the balcony. Yum Yum Yum. Deliziosa!
Lovin the new digs! Many thanks to everyone who reached out to me over the past couple of weeks. My apologies if I haven’t reached back, but when I returned to my city… the move from one gotham den to another was awaiting me.
P.S. I’ll be responding to everyone’s calls, emails and text messages soon! Thanks for your understanding!
When I get where I’m going
on the far side of the sky…
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly.
As my sister released a white dove, these lyrics from the service continued to play in my head.
This week I’m in Virginia with my family to mourn the loss of a daughter, a sister, and an icon to many surgeons, nurses and friends from her work at Carilion, a large medical center here in the Roanoke valley.
Thank you Dr. Zellen for asking to participate at her service to share what an impact she had on your life and so many others on a daily basis as a nurse and friend in the Operating Room Services department. As family, we often don’t know and appreciate the significance one has in their work. Her job was her life and it was truly evident from the outpouring of wonderful comments from all who worked with her.
This is how I want to remember you sis… the sweetness from this photo. May you rest in peace.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
I’ve been so looking forward to the beginning of SummerStage season and oh my, what a start! Just as a reminder, SummerStage was launched 25 years ago in Central Park providing a broad range of FREE arts, sports, concerts and education programs.
So in celebration of its anniversary, a host of musicians played songs from Simon & Garfunkel’s work. Even Art graced us with his presence to kick-off the evening. An incredible, gorgeous spring evening topped off with drinking wine, listening and swaying to music taking me right back to the early 70′s. I’m still humming Bridge Over Troubled Waters!
If you follow my updates, you’ll recall the compulsive sweeper. After introducing myself and saying hello to her over the past few weeks, Sarah has found a new friend. Me!
I’m still not sure if she is homeless, I think so, but I do know that I would love to clean her up and put some fresh clothes on her. But, she seems happy with her life and who am I to want to change her? Anyway, now that we chat daily as she sweeps, she’s decided it’s her mission in life to help me find boxes for my upcoming move. So here’s a note she left for me at the front door of the apartment building this week when she wasn’t successful on that particular day. Now, not only am I getting fabulous clean boxes, but I’m also learning all the scoop on the street! Just when I’m moving! Darn!
Note the strawberries she left as a treat. Today I received three peaches with my boxes. You gotta love it!
Since I’ve only scratched the surface of this fabulous city, I absolutely must have another year!
As many of you know, the den is located on a tree-lined street in a five story apartment building just steps from Central Park. It’s been an amazing year in this location with many wonderful hours sitting at its window taking in all the seasons and all walks of life, not to mention all the fun times with friends who have visited throughout the year. Playful sophistication at its finest!
So after a few days of searching for the location of the next gotham den, I lucked out with a fabulous studio apartment overlooking the Hudson River just steps from the bikeway of Riverside Park. The river has intrigued me from day one and I’ve gone there often to reflect and seek solitude. It doesn’t surprise me that the apartment search ended in the exact area I’ve been drawn to over the past 12 months.
So above my finger tip is the new gotham den. A touch smaller unit, but with all the amenities that one could ask for… not to mention a small patio! So no, I won’t be able to entertain the number of guests that I’ve had during my first year, but that’s always been the plan. My dream during this past year was to experience as much as I could possibly experience, but more importantly to share with my friends so they could come to appreciate and enjoy MY city as much as I do. Mission accomplished!
So here’s to year two of more living, growing, and exploring! The song, Empire State of Mind, couldn’t have said it better:
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York!
These streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York!
The days are numbered in the gotham den as I prepare for a move to a new location. So stay tuned for an update (very soon) on Gotham Den II in the same hood!
But on another note…was on a biking tour in Central Park yesterday and a black SUV kept riding along side with some rocker looking dude taking in the views…Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) and his security team obviously pulled some strings to drive through the park once it was closed to traffic. Just another day in the neighborhood, ha!