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2017 Top Five

When I look back on the year that was 2017, I think that all in all, it was very good to me. I did a lot of cool things, went to a bunch of cool shows, and met a lot of cool people. Here is a list of my top five accomplishments from this year.

Side Note: here’s a link to Catching Up, a post I created in June to show how much I’d done by that time alone!

1) Japan – I finally went on vacation to Japan, a place I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time. While there I was able to check off a lot of things from my to do list. I got to: fly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, see a whale shark, visit Liberty Walk, visit Nagashima Spa Land and ride Steel Dragon 2000 (a coaster I’ve wanted to ride for 17 years!), ride the Shinkansen (bullet train), see Mt Fuji, visit RWB (Porsche), go to Tokyo Disney Sea, ride go karts on the streets of Tokyo, and see The’s in concert.

2) Got a “promotion” – I put promotion in quotes because though I did get a raise with my new job, in terms of level of importance, I am not much, if any, higher from the bottom than I was before. That said, it is a new position and it makes me feel like I have the potential to go places within the company. Additionally, I like it’s better than the role I was in before, so that’s a plus.

3) Moved to Brooklyn – this is the third year in a row that moving has been listed amongst my accomplishments. Unlike the last time I moved to NY, where it was more haphazard, this time the move was due to my new job which required a relocation to the East Coast headquarters. The nice thing is, because I’d lived here before, I was comfortable finding a place to live, getting around, and exploring the city.

4) Met a bunch of people – I got to meet several of my hero’s or people I admire/look up to. While at Liberty Walk I met Kato San (the man who started it) and at RWB I met Nakai San (the man who started it). This was a pipe dream that I did not expect to come true. I also got to meet Josh and Eli from Smoking Popes and I got to meet Matt Gourley and Paul F. Tompkins at the Superego show. I also got to meet my new co-workers who have become very good friends.

5) Explored New York (and beyond) – since moving here, I’ve been to a bunch of shows including: Dave Chappelle, Just Between Us LIVE, Smoking Popes, Eleanor Friedberger, Superego, Angel Olsen, LCD Soundsystem and a few underground shows sprinkled in between.

I did a bunch of cool things like going to Bike Expo New York, did a lot of karaoke at The Alligator Lounge, went dancing at Home Sweet Home, went to Smorgasburg, went to the Mermaid Parade, went pool hopping at the FiDi Hilton, went to Coney Island and rode the Thunderbolt and the Cyclone, went to Six Flags Great Adventure, went on a 30+ mile bike ride with my buddy Jordan, took a day-cation to Philadelphia, played movie trivia at Videology, found “MIB headquarters,” went to Bike Kill, went to Fat Cats to play pool with my co-workers, went to Jingle Hells pop up bar, not to mention all the other bars, clubs and restaurants I either went to or have scoped out for future visits, went to several house parties and probably a few other things I’m forgetting.

I visited a bunch of museums including The Met, The MoMA, The Museum of Natural History, The Museum of the City of New York, The Queens Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and The Cloisters. I also checked out public art such as Descension by Anish Kapor and Photoville. Additionally, I went to the Louis Vuitton exhibit Volez Voguez Voyagez.

I’ve gone to and or ingested (in one way or another) a bunch of movies this year, namely: Alien Covenant, It Comes At Night, Spiderman Homecoming, Dunkirk, Passengers, The Founder,  My Neighbor Totoro, Nocturnal Animals, The Incredible Jessica James, Wonder Woman, The Big Sick, Mother!, Blade Runner 2049, Baby Driver, Jim and Andy and the Great Beyond, Lady Bird, Man on the Moon, Get Out, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Voyeur.

Lastly, I attended the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I finally attended this parade with my sister, something that has been on my bucket list for a long time because the watching on TV of which has been a part of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition for as long as I can remember. My sister and I would wake up on Thanksgiving morning, in a similar way as we would for Christmas, run downstairs and put on the TV to watch the parade. We always said that one year we’d see it live and now we can finally say we did.


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Catching Up

Hey y’all, I writing to catch you up as to what I’ve been up to so far. As I mentioned in my previous post, a little over a month ago I moved back to New York. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things and hanging out with a lot of people and taking a lot of pictures, and yet, I’ve posted none of it.

I think because I’m now on a computer all day at work, the last thing I want to do when I get home is drain my eyes with more computer time. Not to say I haven’t been spending my fair share of free time on the computer, but, now that weather is consistently nice, I’ve been trying to take advantage of it.

What I have been doing, in lieu of writing digitally is to keep a physical, tangible journal. Ever since coming back from Japan, where I was writing what I did every day, it was a tough habit to break. I’m glad though because it lets me know what I did each day and, I feel keeps me productive.

Not everything I do every day or every weekend is interesting, but as I means of trying to trim the fat, I’m going to pull a few highlights from the last few weeks and make a digital copy of them here on HWS. I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath. As usual, this is more for me than it is for you.

4/30/17 (Sun) test rode a bike at Van Moof

5/2/17 (Tue) dinner at Momofuku Noodles – pork buns and chocolate malted truffles

5/4/17 (Thurs) dinner at Black Flamingo

IMG_6973Discension art installation 5/6

5/5/17 (Fri) Alligator Lounge for karaoke

5/6/17 (Sat) New York Bike Expo + Discension art installation + housewarming party at co-workers apartment

5/10/17 (Wed) dinner with Jon Papp

IMG_6987Home Sweet Home 5/12

5/12/17 (Fri) New York Night Train at Home Sweet Home with co-worker

5/15/17 (Mon) dinner with Katie at Korean Place

5/17/17 (Wed) chilled with Guto, got drinks at Nostrand Pub, dollar pizza, went back to his apt, chilled on his roof

IMG_6997My studio as I moved in/organized my stuff 5/24

5/19/17 (Fri) Alien Covenant with Papp, chased the movie with drinks at Videology, went to Rebecca’s (bar) where we met up with Katie and Brandon, macked on some biddies

5/20/17 (Sat) IKEA adventure during the day, stoop life at night

5/21/17 (Sun) moved into apartment, went to Smorgasburg with co-workers

IMG_7019Hovercraft and other rich people toys at Hammacher Schlemmer 6/3

5/24/17 (Wed) movers came and I spent all day getting the apartment organized

5/27/17 (Sat) hair cut, biked through Prospect Park, chilled at Sam Cooper’s

5/28/17 (Sun) biked to Coney Island

IMG_7046Looking back on Manhattan from the Williamsburg Bridge 6/8

5/30/17 (Tue) got Brooklyn Library card

5/31/17 (Wed) chilled with Steve at my apt

6/2/17 (Fri) Mom came to visit, went to Eataly, found $5 on the sidewalk

IMG_8022Berry Park with co-workers on 6/9

6/3/17 (Sat) Brooklyn Bread Cafe, went to Ed Sullivan Theatre, Hammacher Schlemmer, CB2, Bellstaff, cut through Central Park, Zabars, walked to The MET (opera), dinner at Liz and Tim’s apartment

6/6/17 (Tue) got Manhattan Library card

6/8/17 (Thurs) biked to work, raced co-worker to Union Sq (her on foot + train, me on bike) from Queens and I won, watched movie for World Ocean day, got lost biking home and ended up at Katie/Dilila’s apt and chilled for a bit before heading home

IMG_7066Westfield World Trade Center mall on 6/10

6/9/17 (Fri) went to Berry Park (rooftop bar) with co-workers after work, went to the Alamo Drafthouse to see It Comes at Night

6/10/17 (Sat) biked across the Brooklyn Bridge to Fulton Center, went to the Westfield World Trade Center (mall), biked to the Fulton Market and saw Seaport Summer setup, checked out the 1 Hotel, 5-hour outing

From now on, anything that’s remotely interesting that I took pictures during but didn’t post to Instagram is going on here.

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Luna Park Opening Day

Sunday was opening day at Luna Park. Ever since my visit there last month when I found out that their opening day was March 29th I had been wanting to go. So, after a quick breakfast and getting showered and dressed, I began my 45-minute train ride to Coney Island.

WonderWheelSignBeautifully painted Wonder Wheel sign

I wanted to be one of the first people to ride the Cyclone for it’s 2015 season. The park was set to open at noon and I arrived at 11:47am. I had not heard anything, but for some reason I had a feeling they might do some sort of special promotion where the first people to get there could ride it for free.

Low and behold, my complete guess was correct. Apparently every year the first 100 people in line get to ride the Cyclone for free. Unfortunately for me, other people were actually aware that this was a thing and had gotten there very early. I heard one kid say he was there at 1am! (Un)fortunately for me, this happened and it didn’t matter anyway.

CycloneStuckCyclone stuck on the lift hill

So I went on with my day, walking around the park. Though it was sunny, it wasn’t particularly warm out. I made a few laps of the park and was planning on riding a few rides but everything is pretty expensive. The Wonder Wheel, the consolation prize attraction I was gonna ride, cost $7! The Thunderbolt, the other coaster I wanted to do was closed. However, even if it had been open, it costs $10 to ride!

ConeyIslandPaintedSignBeautifully painted Coney Island sign

Now you can buy a wrist band for unlimited rides but a) it costs $35 and b) it excludes the Cyclone and the Thunderbolt, so what’s the point. I basically just spent my time walking around and taking pictures. I considered getting a Nathan’s Hot Dog but decided against it as I’m cheap and knew I had food back at the apartment.

So, there you go, it ended up being a fruitless endeavor, but it got me outside for a bit, so that was good. I figure if I am able to stay in NY, if a job actually comes around, maybe I’ll try again on a nice day with warmer weather and I’ll save up the money so I don’t feel bad spending it.

LunaParkPanoramaLuna Park as seen from the pier

A couple cool things did happen though. 1) I got to see some Guardian Angels in person; until then I thought they were a myth. 2) Apparently Wahlburgers will be opening a Coney Island location this Spring.

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Off Season

So I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but I haven’t had time and now it’s two weeks old. Oh well. The following events took place on Wednesday January 21st.


I started my day by going to the current location of the Camerari Bakery. I wanted to see what the location looked like and maybe buy a loaf of bread. Upon exiting the subway however, I found myself in a quiet, seemingly industrial part of town. When I arrived at the bakery I found that it seemed to be more of a factory than a place to actually purchase bread. I wasn’t sure if I could go in and didn’t even bother to knock or ring the bell. I just took my picture and left.

ThunderboltEntrance_InstaEntrance to the Thunderbolt

The next place I went to was Coney Island. I knew that nothing would be open but I wanted to check it out anyway. Though I’ve been there before, it was cool to be there on the off season. There was hardly anyone around and so I was able to get the following “eerie” ghost town shots.

ThunderboltConey Island re-opens for the season on March 29th.

I really like that they made the sign look like a classic amusement park attraction. It helps to tie this modern coaster in with all of the old attractions.

Thunderbolt_InstaI’m looking forward to riding the Thunderbolt this spring.

Walking down the boardwalk was a nice and relaxing experience. I just took my time and, apart from it being pretty cold, enjoyed the fresh air.

Cyclone_InstaThe World Famous Coney Island Cyclone

After a decent stroll I grabbed a couple slices of pizza at the joint across the street. Then after taking a long stroll to find the the New York Aquarium sign from the last episode of season one of Girls, which I didn’t find, I made my way back to the train. (Let me be clear, I did find the New York Aquarium and I did find the cool entrance sign, I merely did not find the one that is on an overpass that is featured in the episode). My time in Coney Island had taken up a good chunk of the day and so by the time I got to Manhattan to continue my adventure it was beginning to begin to get dark.

The first place I went to was Gotham Bikes. I thought it would be this dope bike shop, but instead it was this small shop that had more racing and mountain biking gear. The kind of people who wear Livestrong bracelets and shop at REI and buy their groceries at Whole Foods. I’m looking for a grungy, fixie, hipster bike shop. No doubt several exist in the city, I just need to find them.

CBGB_InstaJohn Varvatos formerly CBGBs

The next place I went to was John Varvatos or, as it was formerly known, CBGBs. I didn’t know much about JV but every time I have come to New York I have wanted to pay homage to the classic rock venue but have never gotten the chance… until now. Obviously I would have loved to have gone there in it’s hey day, but it was still cool to be in its presences. Of course you always build up a moment like this. For whatever reason I pictured it to be tucked in this alleyway corner of Manhattan. Instead it is on a fairly traveled street, which was weird and not what I expected.

Upon entering I was pleasantly surprised to see that seemingly much of it was intact. The walls were plastered with stickers from back in the day. The store was actually really cool. There was a lot of nice clothing; leather jackets, shirts and pants. There were a lot of old tour posters and photos of musicians, all of which were for sale. Though I never got to go to a show there, from what I know about the club, it seemed like a fitting tribute.

BoweryElectric_InstaBowery Electric

The next place I went to was The Bowery Electric. I went there for two reasons, 1) because upon planning my day I saw that it was right down the street from CBGBs and 2) because I had almost gone to a show with Steve there the last time I had come down to visit. Seeing how cool it looked from the outside make me really want to see a show there.

40-40_Insta40/40 Club

I continued making my way up town to visit yet another club, this one drastically different from the last two. The Jay- Z owned 40/40 Club is a high end sports bar/club. I would love to have my next birthday there. Hell, I even just want to go there one night to check it out. However, I feel like it’s one of those clubs where you wait outside forever and then it’s like, “You ain’t getting in here with those shoes.” I ain’t tryin’ to fuck with that.


I then made my way even further uptown for yet another Vampire Weekend reference, the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (For the reference, see A-Punk; “Showed no fear she’d seen a thing, in the young man’s wing at Sloan-Kettering.“) Not a particularly fun place to visit; I didn’t go inside, but I just wanted to see it for myself. While on my way to the hospital, I passed Baker Street, which from the outside and name and logo seemed like a Sherlock Holmes themed bar. However, a quick visit to their website and they claim to be a sports bar. Regardless, it seemed cool enough to check out.

Also, I forgot to metion that a few days ago (relative to the time I went on this excursion) I went to Washington Heights. I had no reason to go there but it was yet another reference I needed to visit in person (For the reference, see A-Punk again, “I saw Joanna down in the subway, she took an apartment in Washington Heights…“).

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