Once again, here is another ‘catching up’ post where I give brief screen shots of what I’ve been doing the past few months that I haven’t posted anything.
Domino Park – June 17
Ever since reading about it in Time Out Magazine I wanted to check out Domino Park in Williamsburg. Well finally, when I got back from my vacation, it was open.
Fake cranes and elevated walkway at Domino Park in Williamsburg
Domino Park is basically just a chill hang out spot by the East River near where the old Domino Sugar Factory was/is located. The place has really nice theming, grassy areas to lay out, a playground area for kids and a taqueria. It’s basically a perfect park.
Moonstruck – July 13
As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, Moonstruck is one of my favorite movies. One day I was looking through Time Out Magazine and I saw that there was going to be a free screening outside the Oculus building in lower Manhattan.
Outdoor screening of Moonstruck next to the Oculus in FiDi
So, immediately after work I headed to the Financial District and though I was not able to get a seat in the ‘official seating area’, I was able to find a seat across the street. Eventually, as the sun went down, I moved to the curb back on the other side as to not be blinded by the setting sun.
This was the first time I had seen it with a big audience. It reminded me just how good the movie is. People of all ages and were laughing at just the right parts. I couldn’t help myself from grinning ear-to-ear the whole time.
Formula E – July 14
Last year when Formula E came to Red Hook I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. I certainly didn’t want to spend $80+ to check it out. This year however, one of my co-workers told me that I could score free tickets by going to one of the local business that had been given vouchers for free tickets.
The track and final race as seen from the rooftop across the street
It was super easy to do, you just went online and used the provided coupon code. Then you put in how many tickets you wanted (up to 4) and boom, you had PDF of tickets in your email. I used it to get myself and one of my friends into the event. It ended up being pretty fun, despite the heat.
Ironically, when it came time for the actual race, we found a spot on the rooftop across the street and watched from there, negating the need for tickets at all. However, being able to access the area with the food trucks and the sponsors was worth the “price” of admission.
Post Work Bike Ride to Coney Island – July 20
A month or so prior, one of my co-workers floated the idea of doing a post work bike ride to Coney Island. I thought it was a great idea as it’s a super easy ride and would be a great way to hang out/end the week.
Darryl, Carter, Xander and myself on the boardwalk at Coney Island
Eventually, after weeks of hounding the group, we finally got figured out a day that would work for everyone and went for it. It was the perfect way to forget about the week and just enjoy time with friends. We grabbed beers on the boardwalk, and, right before we left, got to see fireworks over the beach.
Ice Cream Pop Up Shop/Cooper Hewitt Museum – July 28
While scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw that one of my friends had posted a picture from The Pint pop-up shop.
The Pint pop-up ice cream and merchandise shop
Basically, this was a collaboration with The Museum of Ice Cream and Target. The pop-up consisted of very Instagrammable theming as well as free samples of ice cream, pints of various flavors for sale and colorful merchandise.
I had also heard about something interesting from a friend that was later confirmed in Time Out Magazine. This was that if you have a library card, you can use it to get a free ticket to a certain museum in the city.
Solari flip clock at the Cooper Hewitt Museum
The catch is that you’re only allow to do this once a year and that not every participating museum is available to visit at any given time. That said, I used mine to visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum. This museum is perfect for me as it is based around design. There was this one room filled with different pieces of industrial design that were impactful throughout history.
The Intrepid Museum – August 4
The Intrepid Museum is a place I had been wanting to visit ever since I lived in NY briefly in 2015. However, because entry is not free, I wanted to make the most of it and go with a friend.
British Airways Concorde G-BOAD at The Intrepid Museum
One of my friends expressed interest in going but was repeatedly too busy to join. Eventually I couldn’t wait anymore and decided to go on my own. I was able to save some money on admission as I have my NYC ID card.
The museum itself is just fine, most of it is housed on and in the Intrepid aircraft carrier. However, I basically got enjoyment out of three things, the A-12 reconnaissance plane (which from the ground I’d mistaken for an SR-71), the space shuttle Enterprise which is housed in a hanger on the flight deck and the Concorde.
The Enterprise was cool because I had never seen a space shuttle up close before. It was much larger than I expected it to be. The showstopper for me however was Concorde. I have been obsessed with Concorde for a long time and so to see one up close was a dream come true. I could have paid more money to do a tour of it but even just walking around it was good enough for me.
Late Night With Seth Meyers – August 16
The backstory to this is that one of my customer’s whom I’d helped to take delivery of his car is the bandleader for Late Night With Seth Meyers. When he took delivery, he told me that I was welcome to come to a taping and to just send him an email.
Jordan, Seth and myself in the green room
A few weeks later I took him up on his offer. I ended up taking my friend Jordan because I knew he’d actually appreciate it. We met up in Brooklyn and took the train into Manhattan. We then walked to 30 Rockefeller Center (NBC Studios) and went to the guest service center where we got our guest passes.
We then took the elevator to the 8th floor where we got checked in and waited in the green room. We sat quietly for a bit before getting more adventurous, taking some of the candy and veggies that were laid out. Jordan even opened one of the bottles of wine and had some of that.
Later Eli, my customer, came out to greet us and gave us a tour of the 8th floor. The first place he took us was the studio where they shoot SNL! I was blown away by how compact it was. It does not look that small on TV. Eli took a picture of Jordan and I in front of the stage and even pointed out Lorn Michaels office.
Back in the green room, Jordan had gone to the bathroom but Eli had brought out Fred Armisen. I shook his hand and chatted with him for a bit before they had to go get ready for the show. We were then taken to our tapped off/reserved seats and were entertained by the hype man who got us ready for the show.
Next the 8G Band came out and got us amped with a cover of Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash. After that, the show started. The guests that night were Jessica Biel, Akwafina and Matt Groening. There was a technical problem between the first and second guest so Seth came into the crowd and took audience questions.
After the show we were taken back to the green room where I saw Matt Groening and Seth Meyers. As Seth walked by, I tapped his arm and said good show. Then Eli came in and introduced us. I talked with Seth about his episode of The Getaway and how I went to some of the place he’d recommended in the episode.
Before we left, I walked over to Matt Groening who was giving out illustrations of his various characters. I didn’t want to “make the monkey dace for me” but just shook his hand and told him what a big fan of Futurama I am.
Governor’s Island/Longest Slide In New York – August 18
GI is one of my favorite places in NY so I biked there just to hang out for a bit. It’s such a nice/chill place to ride around.
The longest slide in New York… apparently
While there, I rode what is apparently the longest slide in New York. I had heard that it was there from a friend and, despite going to GI a few times before, had never known it was there. When I eventually found it, I felt like a kid again. I must have ridden it at least ten times.
Alyssa + Caitlin – August 19
That night I was supposed to meet up with my friend Alyssa to grab dinner but accidentally fell asleep (I was so tired from biking). Instead we met up for lunch the next day, ended up walking to The Pint pop-up shop, walked The High Line and met up with our friend Caitlin at Fat Cats to play some pool.
House of Yes – August 24
Ever since hearing about House of Yes I had wanted to visit it. HOY is a club in Brooklyn that is a hipster/modern day equivalent to Studio 54. They host theme nights and people get dressed up for these parties.
Burlesque dancer hanging from a metal crescent moon at House of Yes
In order to get into the club without having to pay to get in, I had to get my free entry ticket a month in advance. The theme for the night I went to was Casino Royal. Because I live far-ish away and there is no direct transit, I just barely made the 11pm entry time.
My ticket was checked by a drag queen and when I got inside, I was greeted by a bizarre mix of styles. The warehouse/club was pretty big and there is a lot going on. I didn’t stay super late because I was there by myself; it ended up being pretty ok.
Riis Beach Bike Ride – August 26
It was Sunday and I was out on a personal bike ride/errands run. I hit up my buddy Darryl because he’d mentioned going on a ride to Riis Beach. I didn’t have sunscreen, a bathing suit or a towel but foolishly decided to go.
We met up at Bergen and Eastern Parkway. I ended up waiting so long that I could have biked to my apartment, gotten some stuff and biked back in time to meet them. On the ride there I felt like such a noob, I couldn’t keep up. On top of that I wasn’t mentally prepared to ride that far.
I was super tired when we arrived and pounded a Gatorade. I then sat on the beach for a bit. Later I made my way into the water. On my way out I got caught in a big wave which knocked off my sunglasses.
I was so upset because I pride myself on being someone who doesn’t loose things. On top of that I had had those for 4 years and now they were gone. It felt like I had to reset the “days without an accident” clock, which I hate doing. It’s not that they were even expensive, but I really loved them. It also bothered me that I accidentally polluted the ocean.
To add insult to injury, because of my poor sunblock application, I got a terrible burn on my back and legs. I hate the sand and I hate the beach. The only silver lining for a nerd like me was that I got to see a Qantas 747 on it’s ferry flight from JFK to LAX.
Field Notes Adventure/Crazy Rich Asians – September 2
I ended up not planning any sort of trip on Labor Day Weekend this year unlike last year when I took a day-cation to Philadelphia. However, I had been itching the latest release of Field Notes as they came with paper-craft that I thought would make a fun rainy day activity.
I had made a list of stockists in Manhattan and planned a field trip only to find them at the second store I visited. After bumming around for a bit I went back to my apartment and later that night went to a screening of Crazy Rich Asians.
I had been wanting to see it ever since reading about it months ago in the Jimmy O. Yang book How to American. Unfortunately I had to actually pay for it as it was not listed as a movie I could see with MoviePass. I had seen The Happytime Murders the day previous using MP so I didn’t feel too bad actually paying for this one.
I really enjoyed the movie overall, however, there were three incessant cell phone puller outers that made for a bad moving going experience. It was so bad that at one point I yelled from the back, “Guy up front, put your fucking phone away!” I have never done anything like that before but I could not control myself.
AudioMovies Podcast – September 3
After weeks of trying I was finally able to lock down my buddy John to record Episode 3 of my AudioMovies podcast. AM is my idea for doing an audio book for a movie. Me and my guest describe the action and the dialogue that is happening in a movie. The catch is that we do it all from memory.
Artwork for the AudioMovies podcast
My ultimate goal is for it to get popular enough for me to have a monthly show at Videology and turn this apartment podcast into a live show. “Coming at you live from Videology in Brooklyn, New York…”
Perrotin Gallery – September 8
A month or two ago I had seen something cool pop up on my Instagram. There was an art installation in progress at the Perrotin Gallery in the lower east side. The exhibit was to be called “3018” and feature the artwork of Daniel Arsham.
Welcome To The Future by Daniel Arsham at the “3018” exhibit at the Perrotin Gallery
I had seen his work online before and loved his style and concepts. The idea of taking everyday/modern items and turning them into artifacts or fossils. The feature piece in th gallery was a Delorean DMC-12 that was made to look like it had turned to concrete and had begun to crystalize.
The work was really fascinating and I plan on going back to check it out again when it will hopefully be less crowded. There were plenty of hype-beasts there getting there posed Instagram photos. It was funny to see how they all dressed up for each other.
One cool thing was that the artist, Daniel Arsham, was actually there just walking around, talking to people and taking pictures. It wasn’t until I was leaving that I actually thought of a question to ask him. It was going to be about his process and if he recreated objects or uses found objects to make his art. I also wanted to ask how he gets things to look fossilized. Oh well, it was cool just to see everything in person.