People unfamiliar with how society in NYC operates believe that there is no etiquette within the city limits. That cannot be further from the truth. There is an unspoken way to properly interact with the cityscape itself and the people that inhabit it. My friend Josh of QuePasaCabarete shared this piece from Nathan Pyle. He has decided to illustrate a lot of these unspoken rules. Nathan also has a book full of these tips and etiquette when in NYC. You really need to check it out and hopefully, you will learn something.
I want to start this off by wishing the two construction workers a full and speedy recovery from the explosion that rocked Chelsea and the Meatpacking District in NYC earlier today. As part of the dismantling and demolition process of a gasoline station, workers started to remove the underground storage tanks. At around 10:30 AM EDT, one of those tanks exploded. The shockwave was felt by the residents of the surrounding buildings and was heard by those a mile or so away. Two of the construction workers are reported to have serious injuries and have been rushed to area hospitals.
I was in one of those surrounding buildings and was able to grab some pictures of the aftermath. In the accompanying pictures, you should see a hole in the ground, near where the Highline park bends, that was not there before. FDNY and NYPD closed off the Highline park over the affected area, blocked off the 10th Avenue exit from the West Side Highway, and had recently reopened pedestrian traffic in a limited fashion. Again, I wish the two workers the very best on their road to recovery.
It is nice living near NYC when it is bright enough to walk out at 10:30 PM and enjoy the scenery.
I have this friend. His name is Dave. He is a like minded media professional and is always searching for the next interesting thing to dive into head-first. In 2012, he started this new project, campaign, quest; I am not really sure what to call it. Regardless, it looks like a lot of fun. He will attempt to work 100 jobs in a single year! He already started off strong by becoming an NYC street musician right after the New Year. He has quite a lot of fortitude to take on a challenge like this and I wish him the best. Who knows, you may even see me in one of his jobs. Please check out the website, his videos on YouTube, subscribe on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or just send him some encouraging words via email. He will appreciate every last letter of good will. Enjoy!
I just heard some guy say to his date, ‘Winter is coming,” which is a clear reference to Game of Thrones. However, this reference seemed to be lost on his date. So when he took a minute to visit the restroom, I bought the lady her next drink and left the Westside Tavern in NYC. I do not know her name or how the gesture was received. I just hope that she was able to enjoy the gift during this time of giving.
As you may know from an earlier post, I am quite a fan of craft beer. So when I discovered a Get Real event featuring the best craft beers expertly paired with artisanal dishes from NYC bars, I was unable to pass it up. I tried to get a friend or two to come with me but apparently not one friend I asked wanted or could come. I thought about calling the whole thing off. However, I had already purchased my VIP pass and decided that I was going to have fun regardless of my lack of company.
Soon after I arrived at 404, I happily discovered that I was right. Continue reading
Hurricane Irene, the ninth cyclonic maritime storm to be identified and tracked this year in the U.S., had made landfall late last week. It has since bounced back out into the Atlantic Ocean and garnered a new trajectory, NYC. Before she hit the area early yesterday morning, various computer models and many a dolled-up meteorologist warned the public without inciting panic. These well-calculated and timely reports transformed Irene from a bloated and uncontrollable monster into a manageable pain-in-the-arse. Continue reading
I received a very interesting email a few days ago. It was from a PR firm inviting me to a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) event simply named, “Chefs for Seals.” This title alone was enough to interest me.
Chefs for Seals is a non-profit organization dedicated to putting an end to commercial seal hunting. You can see why the HSUS is involved. Apparently, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been selling commercial seal hunting licenses. This is just wrong. Continue reading
Apartment hunting sucks. So much, it hurts. An offer was placed on my parents’ house recently. So naturally, my parents told me to “move the hell out!” Continue reading