End of January Recap

Dear kids,

A lot has happened in the past few weeks! I’ve combed the city: from northern Manhattan, which is where I live, to southern Manhattan, which is where Wall Street and the World Trade Center are located. There’s so much that it’s difficult for me to write in depth about each place, SO- I want each of you to pick one spot and I will write more about it. Here are some highlights. By the way, this list is in no particular order.
  • Greenwich Village: Thrift shops, coffee shops, bars- oh my! This home of the show, Friends, is the epitome of fabulous.
  • Riverside Library, near the Lincoln Center (see below), where I did yoga on a Saturday morning and made a new friend 🙂 Let me tell you something- as a yoga lover and a word nerd, doing yoga in a library was pretty much heaven.
  • Bagels!!! NYC is the motherland of bagels. Hot & Crusty in Greenwich Village & Mike’s Bagels in WaHi (=Washington Heights, where I live).
  • Chinatown, where we paid only $1(!) for yummy dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling. And they said this city was expensive… When in Chinatown we also saw the Dragon Fighter Fire Squad. No, seriously. That happened.

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    “Chinatown Dragon Fighters”

  • One World Trade Center, which is supposedly the tallest building in the U.S., but in my opinion it’s not because they cheated by adding this giant antenna that’s not actually usable space. Kind of insulting, actually…
  • Nancy Whiskey Bar, where Uncle B and I stopped in for a drink when we came back from a long voyage to VA to visit Cody and family.
  • Times Square– went again one day after work because it was snowing. And by snowing, I mean blizzarding. We got a foot! The most snow I’ve ever seen in my life, and it was absolutely beautiful.

    A foot of snow, and it kept on coming! It was wonderful.

    Me & B 1.21.14

  • New job, which is right next to Radio City music hall, and very close to Fifth Ave. And by very close, I mean one block away. (sidenote: more on this new job business later)

    En route to work

  • Wall Street where I had to do some stuffy boring business, but I did see it for a few minutes.
  • The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART!! I’ve dreamt of going here since I was very young. Younger than most of you. I was not disappointed. I visited this Islamic arts collection, the Impressionists collection (where I saw many Van Goghs), and the Modern Art collection. Faaaabulous!
  • The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which is where Cher and “Nick Cage” hang out in the epic classic, Moonstruck (ask Auntnet or Becca about that one).

    That’s me in the background, with the pink yoga mat.

Well kids, now it’s up to you. Tell me what you want to know more about! If you don’t, I’ll harass you like I did last time. 😉

In the next few days I’m going to start posting a map of all this. I would’ve done it in this entry, but I’m having technical issues. Thanks so much to your Uncle Tim/dad for the awesome idea!

Love you all.


subway: ride fresh

Dear kids,

Today I was on the subway, and I was yesterday, and then the day before… Yeah, so pretty much every day since I got here. It’s where I’m am for at least 80 minutes of every day day. I really like riding the subway here. It’s cheaper, and it takes me anywhere in NYC – which is kind of like being able to go to any corner of the earth in less than an hour. I swear, this one city has as much to do in it as all of the other cities and towns in the world combined. It’s amazing! I encourage the use of it for all.  The convenience, quickness, and cheapness is one reason to love the subway. But wait, there’s more!

inside the magical train

inside the magical train

The other thing is that there are so many fascinating people in the subway! Particularly people singing and dancing in the subway station or on the actual train. Last weekend I heard and saw four or five Native American dudes playing cool bongo-esque drums and woodwind instruments made of some kind of tubular wood or reed . I heard it before I saw it. I was coming down the stairs into the station and I thought it was just kind of playing from some big speakers. I could feel the vibrations in the floor, and I thought to myself, “there’s no way someone just happens to be randomly playing something that loud and intriguing in the middle of an underground subway station.” Well it was, and the experience of the sound and site was bitchin’. Because the station was underground, the music had this great echo to it. It literally sent out good [sound] vibes. It was fascinatingly fun.

I was pretty stoked when I saw that it was real people playing live, in-person.

I’ve been here for less than two weeks and already I’ve seen so many personalities and characters: and that’s just talking about the subway! We’ll talk about the streets later maybe, but all I’m saying is that there is some cool shit in the NYC subway.

All for now. Good night and sweet dreams,

Aunt cat

…I’m in NYC!

Well kids, as you probably gathered from the picture, I’m currently in New York. And if you read the caption, you’ll notice I’ve moved here! Yes, that’s right! Your favorite Aunt is now a proud New Yorker. I probably won’t actually be able to call myself that for awhile, given that I moved here Tuesday and today is Saturday, but it will come with time, just as it did in Richmond.

It took me an extra year to get outta VA, but alas we’ve done it! (We being Brenden and I, not me and the mouse in my pocket.) If you read my first post of this blog you’ll notice that a couple of years ago I was hoping to move to Dubai. Obviously that didn’t work out. That’s life. You can build a dam, but you can only control water but so much. Life is that way too. You can plan to your heart’s content, which is good, but to a large extent the way things work is up to the Universe, and not for you to control. That said, keep planning and working hard, but also hope for good luck and good fortune.

There’s a long-winded story of how I ended up getting here, but that’s not what this blog is about. It’s about where I am, and for now I’M IN THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH!!!!! I’ve been here for four days and already I’ve seen more here than my eyes can ever remember seeing.

highlights of the last four days:

  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square (ok that’s the obvious one)
  • eating some mighty amazing pizza for just $0.99
  • shopping in THE Macy’s (the big one on 34th street)
  • SNOW! Like 8″ of it
    snow stoked
  • an actual snowday in NYC (which is rare)
  • Native Americans playing woodwind instruments in the subway station (sounded incredible)
  • cheap diners
  • musicians on trains
  • fire escape porches
  • watching a body get fished out of Central Park … (yeah, that’s the more morbid one)
  • Starbucks on every corner (no, seriously- every single one.)

    (we have a gift card)

    (we have a gift card)

I live in Manhattan, but today I’m going to an art museum in Brooklyn because I lovelovelove art of all kinds shapes and colors. Will keep you posted.

Love always,

aunt Catie