Saturday, December 19, 2009

Karen's Visit!

Karen came to NYC the first weekend in December to hang out with us! It was SO nice to see her.
The first night she was here, we saw an improv performance at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. It was a comedy "rap battle" that ended up being pretty hilarious. The next day, we went to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, which is inside a beautiful old mansion that was once owned by Andrew Carnegie. That evening, we got our first snow!
We also had several tasty meals, and even a famous Levain cookie! Plus we did some karaoke. (Finally I got to "rock the mic" with Karen!)
It was such a wonderful visit! Burke and I wish she would come up every weekend. 
Oh--also, right before she came in town, Burke and I put up our Christmas tree! We decorated it with handmade paper snowflakes. (They were hard to cut, but definitely worth the trouble.)


Monday, December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast

Whoa. Check out my HUGE plate of food! Total carb overdose.
This year we spent Thanksgiving in Connecticut at my Aunt Kim and Uncle Pat's house. It was so much fun hanging out with all my relatives. The turkey was so moist! My grandmother's cornbread was so tasty! And Aunt Ginny made Burke's favorite: Green Bean Casserole! I devoured it all, as evidenced by the photo below.
Burke helped fix a plate for Gram.
Also, Pat and Kim had just adopted a new kitten! His name is Dunkin, and he is even softer than he looks. I wanted to steal him.
And then, Burke and my cousin Jimmy totally beat everybody at a game of Scene It: Seinfeld Edition
My mom came up from Texas to join us Yanks for Thanksgiving. While she was here, she also visited our apartment in NYC. We took her to the Cloisters and out to dinner. 
We also went to have tea together at Alice's Teacup, near Central Park (more carbs!). It was a great Thanksgiving visit! 

Monday, November 30, 2009

The GWB

Our new nabe is within walking distance of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey. This bridge was built in the late 20s and opened in the early 30s. Its actually longer than the Brooklyn Bridge. 
Anyway, we've always admired the bridge, especially at night when they light it up, but just last weekend we discovered that you can walk across it! Here are some shots I took on my iPhone as we strolled along the bridge's pedestrian walkway.
The photo below is a bird's-eye view of the famous Little Red Lighthouse, which is underneath the bridge.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I hope you all had a good October 31st! We got dressed up and went downtown again for the infamous Village Halloween Parade. I was a masquerade-ball attendee ...
... and Burke was Nikola Tesla!
The parade was crazy as usual. There were floats, bagpipe players, people on stilts, group costumes, live music, and tons of Michael Jacksons. This school of "jellyfish" were smart because it ended up raining for about an hour during the night! 

Jeff dressed up as Michael Sera from the movie Juno. He even had orange Tic Tacs!Our friends Vanessa and Jeffrey were dressed as Day of the Dead skeletons.Ruby and Rudy were both the Hamburglar!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Salem, Massachusetts!

Happy October! Burke and I went to Salem MA to celebrate our 10-year (dating) anniversary and to kick-start our Halloween festivities. We had a great time, and Salem is such a quaint, pretty New England town. The above photo (which Burke is gonna be so glad I posted on this blog) is the statue of Samantha (actress Elizabeth Montgomery) from Bewitched. A few episodes of Bewitched were filmed in Salem in the 60s.
As most of you probably know, Salem is famous for being the site of the Salem Witch Trials, during which 19 people were hung for supposedly practicing witchcraft. Now the town has embraced its dark past and uses the witch as a symbol for the city and an excuse to celebrate Halloween. Our hotel, the Hawthorne, had lots of decorations up, including these huge, real pumpkins in the lobby!
There are all sorts of historic homes (built in the 1600s!) to visit in Salem, including the Witch House, pictured below. This is the house of Jonathan Corwin, a judge responsible for presiding over the Witch Trials. 
The author Nathaniel Hawthorne (who wrote The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables) was born in Salem. In fact, his great-grandfather was also a judge that participated in the Witch Trials! Nathaniel felt so ashamed about his heritage that he changed the spelling of his last name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. Here is the house in which he was born.
And here are two shots of the actual House of the Seven Gables, which we also toured. This house and its residents inspired Hawthorne's book. 
Speaking of Salem's rich history, we saw many old graveyards. In one, there was a headstone of a passenger of the Mayflower who died in 1692.
We also went on a candlelit walking tour of the town, which was really fun and spooky. The tour guide told several true stories about haunted places in Salem. 
And we went to the Salem Witch Museum, which wasn't really a museum (instead, it just had a bunch of wax statues in period costume). Cool building, though.
And finally, on our last night there, we drove by the Danvers State Hospital, which was an insane asylum built in the 1800s. Now it's been renovated as condos (although I don't know who would ever want to live there!). The building pictured below is original, though. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Our New Apartment

Well, we have finally settled into our new Hudson Heights apartment, so I took some pictures to show you what it looks like! First of all, here is the art-deco-style lobby (I didn't take this shot; I found it online).
And here's our dining room.
Here's one half of the living room.
Here's the other half. (Yes, it's a bit larger than our old apartment!)

This is the kitchen. (Although it is not shown in this photo, we have a dishwasher this time!)
And finally, the boudoir!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One Year Ago Today...

Well, as of today, August 18th, we have lived in New York City for exactly one year. Can you believe it?? These past 365 days have been truly amazing. There have been good times, bad times, and everything in between! Living in Manhattan has been quite an experience. It was a dream come true for me, and I'm glad we've had this unique opportunity. Plus there's so much more to explore! Now that we have a full year under our belt, I have high hopes for the next one.
In honor of our anniversary, I am posting some pictures of Washington Square Park, which was recently reopened after a renovation. It's so pretty and clean now! In the first shot, you can see the fountain. The second picture shows the statue of Washington himself, which is on the monument (behind the arch). And notice that in the last photo you can see the Empire State Building under the arch!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Visitors!

Over the last month, we've had the pleasure of seeing some more Texans! First my aunt Angie and cousin Megan came to New York on a group trip in mid-July. We had them over to our apartment and then went to Patsy's for dinner!
Megan, who is a very talented dancer, even got a chance to dance at the famous studio Steps, which is in our neighborhood. She took three classes: ballet, jazz, and hip hop. I got to watch her doing some of the routines, and they looked so hard! It made me exhausted just watching her. I don't know how she does it.
Here we are on the doorstep of our apartment.
A couple of weeks later, Larry and Christy came to visit! It was their first time in the Big Apple. We went to Central Park, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, karaoke, Magnolia Cupcakes, Katz's Deli, and the Mercury Lounge, among other places. 
Here we are at Belvedere Castle.
Here's a funny picture of Larry blowing up the air mattress. Good times.
We also rode the air tram to Roosevelt Island, which offers a great view of the city. I hope Larry and Christy enjoyed themselves while they were here and left with a good first impression of NYC!