Upon exiting the 1 train on Rector St. (on my way to meet Moochi for a post-work pre-dinner cocktail) I stumbled upon a curious looking facade. Modern to say the least. Behind the set of glass doors looked to be a while tunnel with flat walls and rounded corners. The signs said 3LD Arts + Technology Center.
Later explorations took me to their website. It turns out 3LD is a LWS hotspot for premier interactive and performing arts installations. Who knew?! A lot of people I’m guessing. 3LD has a schedule of performances with titles like “Dreams in High Fidelity” and “Frequency Hopping.” They are quick to point out that it is “not a venue. It is a place for the creation of new work.”
Unfortunately, it looks like this season is just about over for 3LD. Luckily there is plenty of performance art to be found at the at HERE and DNA, the two other art centers that make up “the Downtown 3.” You can buy a Downtown Punchcard that will give you access to all three at the DT3’s website: http://downtown3.org/.
From GIZMODO: It’s a tiny bootleg video, but I don’t care. You can see that the 3D looks amazing, the new lightcycles are stunning (and move like real bikes), the world and the whole mood is Batman-like dark. And Jeff Bridges… well, he is Jeff Bridges. What can I say, he looks like a badass version of the Dude. “It’s just a game!” he shouts. No, it’s not. It’s Tr2n. At last. Note: excuse the excitement, but I saw the original in the movie theater, and 200 times after that. With War Games, it’s what got me into technology when I was a kid, and ultimately here at Giz. The only thing that has me worried is that the characters are in the computer world are fully 3D. The good news: George Lucas is not involved in this one, but rumor is that Pixar may be. [Filmstalker]
Gooood morning blogosphere!!! Today’s weather offers high: 90°. Low: 67°. Chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms, 30%.
A 30% chance of thunderstorms is gonna have to do better to scare off the hundreds of peoples looking to take in a movie in the North Cove of Battery Park City! Trip Advisor (a website I’ve never used before) along with national charity Suitcases For Kids, will be screening a Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck and Aurdrey Hepburn.
Moviegoers are encouraged to “pack a bag” (detecting a theme here?) and leave it with donation collectors. Generosity goes towards helping area foster children. You can also enter to win a trip for two to… wait for it… Rome! See you a the movies
PICTURES! Taking pictures around this City is a inspiration of mine. In this City with SO MUCH, I find a significant satisfaction in finding the hidden moments that may be right in front of us the whole time.
If you’ve been frequenting the blog here, you’ll no doubt have already seen the Flickr page. Not only has it been a great homebase for all of my LowerWestside pictures, but it also serves as a way to connect this site to the rest of the picture-taking people of the Internets.
I invite you to hang out there and click around to find new things about the LowerWestside (…and the rest of the World).
I may be late on this breaking news, but an article from Wednesday’s NYTimes confirms that the Hudson River Park promenade in tRibECa is now open to the public:
"A nine-block section of Hudson River Park, skirting TriBeCa from Laight Street to King Street, opened to the public on Wednesday after a $16.3 million reconstruction. The Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state corporation in charge of the project, said the completion of this segment marked the halfway point in the development of the park, which runs to West 59th Street from Battery Place.
Strollers will find an 893-foot boardwalk meandering through rows of grasses and flowers. Basketball players will find a new court just south of Pier 34. Birdwatchers will find free telescopes mounted at the foot of Pier 32, overlooking a field of pilings that is home — or at least a way station — to gulls, geese and cormorants. Art lovers will find a group of galvanized steel sculptures by Mark Gibian of Brooklyn, deliberately recalling fish skeletons and ship’s ribbing.”
As lowerwestsidenyc.com crawls towards it’s two-week birthday. Me and the staff here (Moochi, two housewarming plants, and the occasional bird that flies by the window) are left to try to wrap ourselves around what this website has been and where it could go. That sounds like a dramatic statement. How about this one:
"People of the Internet. This morning, I type to you not as a candidate for Blogger of the Year, but as a citizen — a proud citizen of the LowerWestside, and a fellow citizen of the world."
I think it’s important to constantly focus the content of this webpage on the neighborhood of Manhattan from where this blog get’s its name. In the future I plan to introduce new regular columns that will shine some light on OTHER LowerWestsiders.
My idea in starting this site two weeks ago was to engage you, the reader, to my new neighborhood. Before I moved here, it was never even a consideration- “it’s so far,” is still the excuse I hear from friends fearing the 12 minute train ride. Ladies and gentleman of the internets, I don’t plan on winning you over easily.
I hope that the amazing community of people and places that already exist here, well before Moochi and I received our first plant (Thanks LK + BobbyO) will find there way here and add their knowledge and perspectives. With that, I want to tell you that I’m looking to beef up the site in the coming weeks… OK, at least try to figure out how people can leave comments. In the meantime you can email me here: LowerWestside@ymail.com (it’s like gmail — yahooStyle).
Were those fireworks? Lighting? Both? Last night saw a little bit of everything. Everything except the inside of the Ritz Carton Rise Bar, but I digress.
Guys night out brought us to Merchants (90 Washington @ Rector) on the recommendation by JA, a lawyer at one of the City’s LWS law firms. You get the impression there that it’s a popular lunch spot and with its abundance of outdoor seating, sofas, and expansive umbrellas make it an ideal happy hour respite for the worked.
Drinks all around (Sam Summers, Dewers, and a constant flow of water). The chicken BBQ sandwich was an early favorite among my comrades, but veggie burgers and Cobb salads prevailed. A running joke was how I was gonna blog about the meal the next day… and I HATE to disappoint.
Always on the look out for the next LWS hot spot, we set out to find the popularized rooftop bar at the Ritz. More on the bathrooms in a later post, but between you and me (they have CLOTH towels to wipe your hands with). Unfortunately for the Ritz, the Rise bar was closed for a private event. Unfortunate, because the tens of people who read this blog won’t know about the magnificent views that wrap around the building (it looks nice on thewebsite). Instead they will have to hear about the meat-between-the-ears bouncer/host who, in between checking the Mets score with his holmes at the other end of his cell phone, told me repeatedly that the bar was closed.
OK, he didn’t really do anything wrong- I just wanted a peak at the view. Something about the beads of sweat collecting on his forehead and how uncomfortable he looked stuffed into a suit, and him telling me (basically) to buzz off had me in a spiteful mood…
We PREVAILED! You know that collection of Irish pubs down by the WTC? Yeah- we went to one. Four drinks at O’Hara’s would be comparable to one at Rise (THHHhhhmmmpppp). I can pretty much guarantee if you’re a woman and reading this blog that you’ve never been to O’Hara’s. This is your quintessential World Trade Center Irish pub, whose front door serves as the back door for the local NYFD Engine. Cops, fireman, and two bartenders (who were the only two females in the place) kicked back without pretense under the flickering glow of the Mets game (Mets 6 -Philly 3).
As the scope of this blog becomes more defined with every post, I’d like to extend the realm of coverage here to include things-people-events-pets-shows-restaurants-bars-music-movies-thoughts that don’t necessarily exist between Chambers St and the Ocean, but can be directly related to it.
The Editorial Review from Citysearch reads as follows: ”A lightship off the coast of North Carolina between 1929 and 1964, the Frying Pan remained submerged and abandoned for years in an inlet of the Chesapeake Bay before it was brought to New York in the ’80s. The quirky boat—with many of its original seafaring details intact—makes an evocative location for dance parties, live bands and theater.”
I recently discovered this riverside gem on a bike ride to H&H Bagels. From the highway, you can barely make out the contents of the rusty pier. After further exploration, I discovered what many New Yorkers have know for years: there is an amazing bar/restaurant floating of the coast of 26th St- complete with Hot Dogs ($2.76), Old Bay-dusted French Fries and tap beer (can’t remember the full list).
This was a place that I knew Moochi would love, so Sunday we took the C to 23rd and walked from there. Past the galleries and the on-lookers wondering what was going on out on the pier. We were seated by a woman with a rag in her hand and a welcoming smile on her face. Everything is self-service at the Frying Pan complete with ticket numbers and cooks in the kitchen who yell into a loudspeaker to announce when your order is up.
Moochi and I quickly realized that two Coronas just weren’t gonna cut it. A bucket of six - $30. Everything is cash, but don’t worry- they have two ATMs ($2.50 fee). The bartenders have a breezy-Brooklyn cool. All- looked ready to melt under the afternoon sun and to make things worse, it was rumored that the ice machine was broken!
The Frying Pan is definitely going through some re-growing pains, but this is a New York scene only Manhattanites could love. People sightings:
-Photography student who found it by accident. -Ivy League dudes fresh off the driving range at chelsea piers -Two women in their late 60s drinking beers -Two families with small kids -Table of 30-somethings reuniting …and that’s only on the main level. You can climb the spiral staircase to the roof! I’d bring an extra bucket though.
Your summer Friday should give you ample options for doing one thing this weekend: SEEING BATMAN
I present to you one of the crown jewels of the LowerWestside- Regal Battery Park Stadium 11. High above the boats below you’ll experience a New York City movie experience that’s rivaled only by your hometown mall theater. Stadium seating, amazing sound, fresh-popped pop corn, and people who would rather listen to the movie than talk to it.
Dining options are unlimited. Below the move theater alone, you’ve got an intercontinental buffet of Pizza, Mexican, Sushi/Chinese, and Bagels! Pick something up and eat it on the Esplanade.
Come to the LowerWestside for the early matinee, stay for… EVERRRRRR.
LowerWestsideNYC.com is now alive. All you have to do is remember that web address and it will take you right here. Exciting, I know. Also, be sure to check out the LWS Flickr page for regular pictorial excitement.
Is This Going to Be a Blog Where You Write About Everything? Like, What you Ate For Lunch That Day?
no… yes… NOOOoooo…
I’ll be staying on topic here- the glory of Manhattan’s Lower Westside. As with all these little entries before they hit your eyeballs, I think about my daily to-and-frow and wonder how the neighborhood in which I live effects my life. You do the same thing… minus the self-indulging blog.
Case in point. Below, you’ll find a picture of a delicious turkey sandwich:
3 Slices of healthy-for-you wheat bread
2 Slices Kraft processed cheese (like Mom used to buy)
3 Squirts of Dijonaisse (rapidly becoming one of my favorite words. Say it with me: “Di-jon-aisse”)
Toast bread, build, enjoy.
I’m not going to write about the glory of Fresh Direct. Truth be told the turkey was sliced a little thick. I have to note here as well, that Moochi waited at the apt. for three hours for it to arrive… But arrive it did! Right to our front door.
No, as I sat there yesterday at lunch I looked down at my sandwich and asked myself- “if I was still living in my NoLita walk-up, I would have just spent another $10 dollars on lunch and I would have the satisfaction of knowing that I made this. This is not a new phenomenon- bringing one’s lunch- but it’s new for me and Damn it, you’re going to read about it. And because you’re one of the following people- My Moochi, my brother, my friend, or you were looking for the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in CHICAGO’s Lower West Side and ended up here by accident.
Does a video or a picture count as a “post” here in the blogosphere? the Lowerwestside tumblog is picking up steam… wait, OK maybe that’s just all in my head. Clearly if you’re reading this, at some point this pass weekend you heard the words “Oh yeah and I started a blog.”
I don’t want to make these entries about my blogging experience as much as about the City I call home, but I’m finding the two are symbiotic. I’m enjoying different things about my days and nights keeping in mind that I can share them with the six of you who are reading this.
For example! New York Times Travel section: “Manhattan Island sure looks different if you’re doing six knots through New York Harbor on a Colgate 26 racing sloop on a breezy summer Sunday… You can also get out on the water for under $100, mostly by joining bigger vessels. The 82-foot Shearwater is one of the most popular, leaving from the North Cove Marina on the Manhattan side of the Hudson for a ton of different excursions, the most expensive being a wine-tasting trip for $95. There is also a brunch trip for $79, a happy-hour cruise for $45 and plenty more. The boat definitely fits the romantic-old-schooner image with old-fashioned look, teak deck and mahogany-paneled, surprisingly big (and yet still totally claustrophobic) cabin, which comes in handy in the rain.”
I have always been a professional amateur photographer (emphasis on the amateur). In this M.C Escher like City of ours, I’ve found new perspective from having to answer this simple question: “What will I write about?” Sunday’s answer- How amazing a breezy ferry ride to Ellis Island can be. And I’m not just talking in a “I’m an eighth-grader who is out of school for a day and I guess seeing the Statue of Liberty Is Cool” kind of way. Fellow New Yorkers: GO TO THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. Maybe I’m biased, cause it will also give you the pleasure of visiting the waterways of the Lower Westside, but it’s a very satisfying way to stretch $18.
No time to write a conclusion. Time to commute. As life goes, here in the blogosphere.
Me- Creative professional who, along with my fiancée the future Mrs. Creative Professional, have recently torn ourselves out of the East Village and replanted down in the LWS.
You- A friend who I’ve told to come and read this, or a new friend who wants to know more about this downtown sliver of suburbia.
Why Read On? You’ve already read your Twains, Fitzgeralds, Rands, Jacobs, Wolfes, and your Curbeds… I’m going to talk primarily about my new neighborhood. I’m going to show you pictures of it. I’m going to make a case for it, cause I’m pretty excited about it. I look outside my window every morning and see a hidden land of runners, bikers, diners, boaters, sightseers, artists, lawyers, moneymen + moneywomen… I see a neighborhood that doesn’t get much notice in New York magazine’s “Restaurants Below 14th Street, West” section (Picasso’s makes a competitive pepperoni pizza)!
I’m looking forward to seeing where I can take this thing. If anything it should be an interesting outlet for ideas like: If you’re going to pay $3,000+ for a Manhattan one bedroom apartment, why not get tons of space and million dollar views of Lady Liberty?! or Did you know that you can rent pool balls and cues and shoot pool while overlooking the Hudson River? I didn’t know you could do that either. I don’t think I ever will, but it’s still nice to know that I could if I wanted to.
OK, I’m not going to build this bad boy up too much, cause let’s be honest- there are plenty of one post blogs out there. I’m hoping to make this site asthetically pleasing and design-friendly along the way, so bear with me during the site’s infancy.
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