1/20 (Sun) – I had been wanting to go to the new Nighthawk movie theater since reading about it in Time Out magazine. In the article it said the theater was supposed to open in Spring of 2018. Cut to December 19th and it finally opens… not exactly Spring.
I was also anticipating the release of Glass, the third installment in the Unbreakable trilogy. So, on Sunday night, one month and one day after it opened, I made my way out to Nighthawk.
Nighthawk Prospect Park
My interest in Nighthawk came from the fact that I was familiar with their Williamsburg location (though I have still yet to see a movie there). Nighthawk, like the Alamo Drafthouse, is a theater that serves food and drinks during the movie. They also really care about film and are a good mix of an arthouse cinema with modern amenities.
Being such a big fan of design, everything about how Nighthawk is curated appeals to me. From the old style marquee out front to the bar in the lobby and on the 2nd floor to the actual theater itself. There are beautiful design elements that make it an environment that you just enjoy existing in.
Similarly to Alamo, Nighthawk (as least their new Prospect Park West location) curates the content before the previews. It showed an old news reel from the 40s or 50s about Brooklyn as well as showing advertisements for local establishments from the 1970s and trivia and history about Nighthawk came to be. As to the movie itself, it was very good. Not amazing, but a fitting end to the trilogy and I was glad that I saw it.
1/21 (Mon) – On Monday my friend Dilila came over to visit. We hung out and ate pizza. It was good to just catch up and talk as I literally couldn’t remember the last time we’d seen each other
1/23 (Wed) – I went to my friend Adam’s apartment to hang out. We watched Viva La Bam and played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on the N64.
1/24 (Thu) – After weeks of chatting on the app and over text, I finally met up with one of the women I had been talking to on Hinge (the dating app) at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. The thing that was even funnier was that one day, while I was in the subway at Union Square, we actually passed each other on the stairwell for the (L) train.
How weird is that? Of all the people in all the places in the city I would run into a person I’d never met before but had been working towards meeting. To make things more coincidental, I had just been reading a book where the author talks about the idea of potentially running into her ex girlfriend.
In any case, it was cool to actually patronize the Roastery, rather than just look at it. Also, because it was a Thursday, it was considerably less busy than it had been the first time I checked it out. Without going into details, the date went well and we agreed to go out again.
1/26 (Sat) – Ever since seeing the documentary Look at the Pictures on HBO I have been interested in Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography. On Friday, the Guggenheim museum opened an exhibit called Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now featuring a smattering of his photography.
I met up with my friend Caitlin who is a member of the museum and got me in for half price. The show was very well curated, though I was expecting there to be even more on display than there was.
The only thing that drove me nuts was when a little boy actually touch one of the photographs. Afterwards, Caitlin and I got lunch at a nearby restaurant before parting ways.
Jazz at Jules Bistro
Later that evening I went to, Jules Bistro, a bar/live jazz spot on St. Marks. I had passed by it a bunch and kept postponing checking it out until finally I decided to just go for it. The space was very intimate and had a nice atmosphere; dark with red lighting. It reminded me of Le Caveau de la Hauchete in Paris.
1/27 (Sun) – The next day I met up with my friend Jess for drinks at the B61 bar at Alma in Red Hook. We also played a bit of pool which was fun.
1/30 (Wed) – After watching the first episode of the last season of Broad City, I was inspired to explore the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Inwood. Upon my arrival I saw that admission was $10. Since I didn’t want to spend the money, I basically just got a pic and then was on my way.
Side note: once the weather is nice again I plan to recreate Abbi and Ilana’s excursion from, “The tippity top of Manhattan to the tippity bottom.”
My next destination was also inspired by a thing I watched. There is a documentary on HBO called The Price of Everything which talks about the world of collecting art. It follows the perspective of various artists as well as the auction houses, art critics and the collectors themselves.
Sotheby’s New York
Through watching the doc, I found out that Sotheby’s has a gallery in the Upper East Side. So, I decided to check it out. It felt a little bit like going to The Met, except that there was a price tag on everything. I felt a bit awkward knowing that I wasn’t going to buy anything and that I was essentially using the space as a free museum, but oh well.
I then made my way down to Union Square to visit Kellogg’s NYC. I had passed by this place a few times while walking through Union Sq and though it seemed self explanatory, I had to check it out.
As I expected, the spot was basically a cereal bar where you could buy bowls of cereal, coffee, cocoa and Kellogg’s merchandise. The space has a couple of TVs with Netflix and play areas for children. Kind of a bizarre thing but I hung out and observed with a cup of coco.
Afterwards I made my way to Red Hook to hang out with my friend Carter.
1/31 (Thu) – I hadn’t seen my friend and former temporary roommate Steve in about a year. So, on Thursday night I went over to his place to catch up. We chatted about everything we’d been up to and then played Rocket League and watched the movie After Hours.
When I got home I had a craving for the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. So, I found it on demand and started to watch it. I got through part of it then tried to go to sleep. When I couldn’t get to sleep I ended up turning it back on and watching it to the end until 2 or 2:30am.
2/1 (Fri) – The other movie I had a craving for was Sleepless In Seattle. I went to Book Off, a giant used book store that also sells movies, video games and electronic equipment. I searched through the shelves and found a lot of gems, but no Sleepless. Until finally, after almost giving up, I found it buried in a bottom drawer going for $2.50 marked down from $5.99. Sold!
I then went to the nearby Kinokuniya bookstore just to browse. I love going there. Something about the atmosphere and the things they have, particularly all of the cool Japanese magazines they have in the basement, makes it really fun to explore.
Bryant Park fountain
Afterwards I crossed the street to Bryant Park and watched the figure skaters until I got cold.
2/2 (Sat) – Wanting to get out of the house, I ventured up to 86th street and over to Carl Schurz Park. I looked out over the East River to Roosevelt Island and eventually walked down to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy.
Manhattan skyline silhouette from Central Park Reservoir
Afterwards I walked across and over to Central Park. I walked part of the way around the reservoir before spilling out to Central Park West by 93rd Street. I then took the subway home and made a quick dinner before heading back out.
At 7:30 I met up with my the woman from Hinge for our second date, this time at Jules Bistro. It went well.