new york, new york. so good they named it twice.

to do:
    all year:
visit a museum on a day you can pay what you like or it is free. go here for info. a few of my favorites are, the museum of modern art (moma), the metropolitan museum of art (the met), the frick collection. another favorite is the tenement museum (which is never free but completely worth the cost).

take subway all the way down (to south ferry on the 1 train) - catch the staten island ferry. it's free. and you go by the statue of liberty. you'll want about 2 hours for this because when you get to staten island you have to wait for the next ferry to come back to manhattan. 

take the tram to roosevelt island. it's the cost of subway fare (use your subway pass) and it's fun for the midtown views of manhattan, really. pick it up at 59th/2nd ave.

top of the rock is much better than the top of the empire state building. better views of the city and central park and you get to see the empire state building!

visit the world trade center memorial. it is open to the public. there is also a museum onsite.

eataly - an italian market - with food options as well: gelato, panini, pizza, pasta, et cetera.

go to chelsea market (15th and 9th ave), shop, eat and then walk the high line.

visit the north end of central park. i think the harlem meer is beautiful and under-visited.

take the m1 mta bus down 5th avenue - hop/on off for museums and for 5th avenue shops.

go to 339 convent avenue to see the beautiful house from the royal tenenbaums film. this is recommended for hardcore wes anderson fans - and hardcore beautiful uptown manhattan homes fans.

watch the hipsters and shop for vintage and handmade goods at brooklyn flea. (it's in brooklyn.)

    at night:
broadway shows on the cheap. and this site tells you more about your chances of getting cheap tickets.

if you want to laugh, upright citizens brigade improv theater or another comedy club. at ucb, the sunday night 7:30pm show is the best (asssscat 3000).
(i've heard comedy cellar is really great, too.)

the moth is a really cool program for ordinary people to get together and tell their stories. usually during the week.

check out a rooftop bar. there are many, they are pricey, but on a nice evening - it's one of the best things to do in nyc.

visit fort tryon park + the cloisters museum. a really beautiful haven of uptown manhattan.

visit the met rooftop between april and october - there is a new rooftop exhibit each year. 

take the $2 ferry from manhattan to governor's island (from labor day to memorial day). there are often events and exhibits during the summer, as well as historical sites to see. 

smorgasburg - a gathering of many great food places all day in brooklyn (either in dumbo or williamsburg).

when you leave smorgasburg, take the east river ferry back to manhattan. 

visit the gorgeous hudson river park. it doesn't hurt that it's just off the west village, one of the best neighborhoods for food.

shakespeare in the park is hands down, my favorite thing to do in nyc in the summer.

the bronx botanical gardens are huge and absolutely beautiful.

and don't forget the central park conservatory gardens. gorgeous (and near the harlem meer!).

and of course - what to eat by neighborhood.


this town

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it's amazing ben and i moved here to nyc just before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

the city is business as usual today. but i will never forget.


that time we were in northern cal

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it was over a month ago...but we went to northern california to parade with 3 of my 4 siblings and their families.

paul and eunnie and kiddies (paul, paige and zoey) in san jose
brandon and edee and kiddies (brooklyn, addyson and jude) in chico
shayna and eric in san fran

in san jose we explored nature, played kickball in the backyard and ate sushi on a double date.
in chico we also saw nature, saw hippies at the farmers' market and ate flat breads with garlic sauce.
in sf we marveled at a city that's a city with nature (ha), rode a cable car (and got pushed up a hill by a semi because our car malfunctioned) and ate at la taqueria twice.

well how's that for brief? thanks guys. it was fun.


ben turned 30

ben turned 30 on july 9th. it happened! even though i didn't blog about it. but it's july still...sooooo it counts, i promise. i'm still within the birth month.
on his birthday i took him to lunch...a long, leisure and delicious lunch because i never take a lunch break and i knew ben would love that. i'm such a good wife.

the weekend of his birthday we stayed 1 night in an nyc hotel - because ben wanted to be at a pool (a not-so-crowded-not-so-public pool :). it was perfectly hot that weekend so we got the most of our stay. we toasted to him...30 reasons he's so great. i got really specific because that's what you do when you're in love and married to your best friend.

it's weird that 30 doesn't seem old now that my old man husband is that age...i guess the older you get, the more you're used to age.

thanks for getting better with age, ben.

photo taken on our recent trip to san francisco.


panoramas...of ireland

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 i just couldn't resist...some of these are just too good.

ireland 3/3

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a lady at the parking lot at cahir castle gave us her parking receipt so we didn't have to pay. cahir castle is just right in the middle of town. like hi...don't tell anybody. great castle and super cheap. loved it.
it was at that point we realized we had both driven on the left side more than the right in the year 2013. lots of driving. totally worth it.

rock of cashel - also really amazing. the celtic crosses and the green fields in view atop the hill. cashel town is teeny and cute. we stayed at peggy o'neills b&b. a cute little one, just at the edge of town so you can walk in for dinner or even walk to the rock. you sort of have to hike up to the castle anyway.
the rock of cashel was probably the most legit and scenic castle, as far as castles go.

we also hit kilkenny - the castle there is more palacey. wasn't as much our style but still a lovely building.

next, dublin. a fun little city. we got really lucky with food - chose the best places like queen of tarts, whitefriar grill, gallagher's boxty house and fitzsimons for music and dancing.
whitefriar reminded us of home - and that was ok since we were about to go back to nyc.
we got to see the book of kells, trinity college, a cricket game, the north strand (for you once lovers) and grafton street.

i'd go back to ireland any day.


the bestest part of ireland - part 2/3

IMG_7040 ring of kerry Collage2 IMG_7078 IMG_7086 we called it burberry castle (it's ballycarbery castle) IMG_7094 benny IMG_7102 - Version 2 IMG_7095 just the coolest castle we saw IMG_7121 IMG_7126 IMG_7141 sheep. just right there by the car. IMG_7144 ballaghbeama gap (crazy awesome "shortcut") IMG_7158 sunlight is like gold IMG_7169 IMG_7177 IMG_7174 dingle peninsula. yep. my favorite part. IMG_7184 i mean... IMG_7202 IMG_7204 IMG_7212 IMG_7183 IMG_7227 IMG_7236 we drove onto the beach and ate our little lunch

so magical. if you go to ireland - you go to western ireland to kerry and dingle. and you drive a whole lot. but it's all worth it in your hyundai rental.

route was killarney --> ring of kerry (the whole peninsula to sneem) --> to castlegregory --> dingle --> dingle peninsula --> inch beach

i guess it was the sunshine and the nice people and all the cadbury chocolate but it was just so green and sunny and pretty and i loved every bit of it.

on the ring of kerry, thanks to national geographic, we ate lunch in portmagee (because it's called portMAGEE) - and went to valentia island to see more lovely views and drive on crazy roads.

the b&b in castlegregory where we stayed, the shores, was the perfect b&b with the best irish breakfast and the nicest owner.
every pub in dingle has live music. i'm talking good music.

and then we got bread and cheese and fruits and ate our lunch on inch beach.