Posts Tagged ‘New York City’
Wild is all I can say about Sandy. Last night was nothing like the Signal No. 3 Typhoons we’ve experienced back home. The winds weren’t just howling, they were growling. The night sky was perennially lit by transformer explosions around the city. It was like a movie. I grabbed these photos from Spider Man who documented the damage in his neighborhood.
Wind is now back to howling, thankfully. The subways are all down. Path train is down. Grand Central, Penn station and Port Authority all closed. Even Broadway shut their lights. But as the human spirit is infinitely resilient, the east coast-ers will rise above this.
Look who decides to show up after months of unwarranted silence! No excuses here but you will understand that I’ve been adjusting to certain changes. So in a nutshell, this is what I’ve been doing all this time.
Celebrating New Years Eve…
And perhaps taking it to the extreme…
Eating way too much “carne”…
And drinking way too much Malbec…
Enjoying the rooftop view…
Reminiscing on childhood memories of over-sized water tanks…
And kissing tigers!
As you can tell, I’ve been very busy…with nonsense, hedonistic activities :p I’ll try to be more diligent with updates. I do have a lot to share
The park is equipped with recharging stations.
The cars appeared to belong to NYC parks and recreation as these cars are stamped with their logo.
Mr. Agassi’s vision is finally coming to fruition. Cool no?
Last year I was fortunate enough to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade upclose. This year, I got to watch the balloons being inflated and made ready for the following day’s festivities. I found out that the balloon inflation was done literally next door to me so I walked over to see what the fuss was all about. Apparently it was worth the fuss. Check it out.
Again, please pardon the grainy photos. I still don’t have a camera so these photos came out of my Blackberry (that must also be replaced). However, I have a feeling Santa Clause will gift me with a camera this Christmas. After all, I’ve been a good girl…but I digress!
Here is Kool Aid inflated and ready to go…
Here is a popular cat who’s name escapes me. I’ll just call him creepy cat. As you can see, he is lying on his side and restrained by net so he doesn’t fly up up and away!
This next one, your son will love or fear…Buzz Lightyear! I know he is hard to make out because he is faced down, lying on his belly. Poor buzz
What’s a thanksgiving event without a pumpkin?
Poor Hello Kitty is forced to lie on her belly all night.
Then there was Spidey!
I tried to take a shot of Ronald Mcdonald but only managed to take a shot of his boot.
I had a great time, I felt like a child again driving passed the Anson’s building to watch the Christmas figures. Remember that? This was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday. Since I moved here, this was the first time I felt Christmas this early. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
There is a glass cafe if you just want to watch skaters zoom around while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Or you can visit the “tiangge” only here until January 8.
Or you can just marvel at the high rise buidlings that envelope the park.
So is this incentive enough for you and your kids to come for Christmas?
My office window overlooks a rooftop playground. To break the monotony of work, I like to watch the kids play on the playground. The other day, the playground was gone! No swings, no slides, no kids. In it’s place was this.
It took me a while to figure out that they were filming a movie….a Batman movie!
I figured it out when a familiar figure walked into the set….director, Christopher Nolan!
So I was giddily waiting and desperately hoping that Christian Bale would walk into the set. Fat chance. :(
Instead I was treated to Joseph Gordon-Levitt dressed as a cop. Swooooon! Here he is getting directions from Direk Chris.
And he slowly turns my way. C’mon…don’t be shy.
That’s it…now look up to your right and wave back at me.
Workin it baby!
Gotcha! As you can see, he didn’t seem too pleased with me taking a money shot of him.
And just like that, he turned away.
Such an awesome New York moment. This city never gets old. Love it!
Thought I’d show you the full moon on this side of the world illuminating the east river. I know…I need a better camera.
It’s finally happening! In the Summer of 2012, NYC is finally going to implement the bike share program. Following cities like Paris and Washington DC, New York City will have a network of about 10,000 bikes parked in strategically located bike docks for anyone to use. For $100 per year, riders have unlimited access to this bikes for trips under 45 minutes. This video tells you more about it.
There’s been a lot of discordant opinions about the safety of the bike users given that the roads in NYC are awful -just as crater filled as the streets of Merville (barong barong!) and NY drivers are insane – like Manila drivers. But I think at the very least, this program will “force” drivers and riders to be more vigilant users of the road and respect each other’s space.
To promote safety, coupons will be distributed to bike users so that they can purchase helmets. This Bike Share will be run and fully funded by Alta Bicycle Share who will tap companies to advertise on the bikes or the bike docks.
As you can imagine, I’m very excited about this and really curious to see how implementation will be. If NYC can pull this off, Manila should be able to do the same, no? You can find out more about Bike Share here.
Here are some shots I took in and around my new neighborhood.
Streets lined with Brownstones.
Central Park is east of me….
The Hudson River is west of me…
And there is the Museum of Natural History.
As you can see with all these old, pre-war buildings, this area serves you a cozy slice of Old New York which I really love. Not that other parts of NYC are devoid of historic nuggets, I feel that the Upper west Side has managed to preserve its history better. While it’s far from all the (singles) action, I think it’s worth the trek because this neighborhood feels like you’re actually retreating from the big bustling city. God willing, I’d like to call this home for a while…
I know. I know. I’ve been a delinquent contributor to this blog lately. I am almost settled and I promise to update you with new adventures in this city I now can call home
So this weekend was all about Hurricane Irene whose bark was louder than her bite because she quickly transformed into a tropical storm. She was powerful nonetheless, knocking trees and power lines down. While the city was pretty much spared from her wrath, the burbs did not escape the floods and harsh winds. Just to give you an idea, check out this video.
I know, its nothing you haven’t seen before but for a city that almost never sees a Hurricane, this was pretty scary.
And then you have those who didn’t seem intimidated by Irene’s warning showers. How very pinoy no?
And how was your stormy weekend?