October 27, 2014
It is just an ordinary Brooklyn bodega near a subway station in Brooklyn Heights.
But today, as I passed the store, I noticed a sheet of paper taped to the front window. I read what it said, then sought out a worker and asked him for an explanation. This is what he told me:
A Chinese guy sees this girl, he talks to her. He knows she live around here. He look for her but he can’t find her. So he write that … poem. He put it on the ATM, on the front, in the back. He put it many places. He thinks maybe she see it.
He didn’t put his phone number on it.
He put it on the ATM.
So what happened?
She see it. She take from ATM machine.
Was this today?
No, no, one week ago.
I don’t see her again. I never see him. But I think he love her.
Sign in the window
August 30, 2014
I was walking along 15th Street when something caught my eye — a spot of bright blue that seemed out of place on the sidewalk in front of a toy store.
I stepped closer to investigate. A blue bowl and a basket that were labelled with small paper tags.
However, the words I read gave me pause. I know that orange juice is made from oranges, and apple juice contains nothing but apples. But what is the stuff in that blue bowl, and how was it made?
I shudder to think.
A spot of blue on the sidewalk
A closer investigation
What is in that bowl?
June 14, 2014
Wondering what to do for Father’s Day?
Brooklyn’s Sip Fine Wine offers these words of wisdom.
Sip Fine Wine
New York Magazine: Sip Fine Wine
March 13, 2013
Graffiti inside a bathroom stall in a Brooklyn grocery store.
Feed all people
Free the wage slaves
Question the system
And protest by
writing on a bathroom
stall instead of
actually doing something.
February 21, 2013
The holidays are over. The winter feels as though it will last forever. You long for an escape from the cold but you can’t leave the city.
In Manhattan, City Bakery has the solution. Every February, when the weather is at its bleakest, they host a Hot Chocolate Festival. Now in its 21st year, the Festival celebrates the rich, creamy drink by featuring a different special flavor every day of the month. This year, the flavors range from Bourbon (February 8) to Vietnamese Cinnamon (February 10) to Creamy Stout (February 15th).
Today, I’m being a bit of a purist, with Darkest Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate (so thick you can eat it with a spoon) topped with one of City Bakery’s home made marshmallows. And suddenly, February doesn’t seem long enough.
The City Bakery
The City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival
July 12, 2012
It’s just an old delivery truck that is used to transport fruit to the shops of New York City. But when the Misha Fruits driver is at work, people notice.
That’s because most of the vehicle is covered with an elaborate display of graffiti-style artwork.
The front of the truck is emblazoned with the name of the company, partially hidden by enormous oranges and grapes the size of a man’s head. The right side shows a green monster (perhaps it is a bit of mold) and a colorful, stylized word which is, to me, indecipherable.
The truck’s rear is painted with an humongous, glistening cherry and the word “fruit.” And the left side is shows a panorama of the sun setting behind a bustling city where the houses are shaped like pieces of fruit.
The truck is parked on Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
The writing, and the creature shown, are mysterious.
The cherry looks delicious.
I want to live in an lemon-shaped house.
Another view of the fruity cityscape.
May 26, 2011
For months, I’ve heard friends discussing what they’d do with the income tax refunds they expected to receive.
One announced that his refund was going to be used to fix his leaky roof. Others said that they used the check sent by the IRS to repair a truck, pay off credit card debt, purchase a new refrigerator, television, computer, clothing. Some preferred to use the money on less practical items: a tropical vacation, tickets to a Broadway show, an excursion to a spa.
But now that my tax refund has arrived, and I have my windfall in hand, I’m not sure how to spend it all. Any suggestions?