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la gran manzana

01.09.14

la gran manzana

I’m in NYC right now, but these photos are from the last time I was here in October. Last time I got to stay on the Upper West Side, which was a new and somewhat different experience. It’s funny because some of my favorite bars and restaurants are up there. I love the vibes. Things are slower and it feels like less of a scene. Well less of a hipster scene, anyway. I did manage to eat breakfast at the most ridiculous cafe that served me the worst pancakes I’ve ever eaten and I had to listen to some lady tell her friend Marge everything she hates about her son Peter who is going to school in Boston.

But mostly, it was amazing.

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

I actually managed to get my ass out of my hotel for a good period while I was in NYC last time (I’m stuck indoors this time). We walked all the way from the Upper West Side down to Chelsea, then over to the East Village and upon my “request” (aka foot-stamping demand) we took the metro back to our hotel. I love doing that through cities though – just getting lost walking. You see so much more when you walk to your destination than when you whiz past in a car or fly through the underground.

I’ve started a new thing of trying to find the details in a place. I look for the textures and spills and stains. It’s really interesting what you can find in your own city even.

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

Does anyone know why NYC is called “the big apple” …? I know I could type it in to Google and probably find an answer immediately, but I want to learn this answer some other way. WHY NYC. Why la gran manzana? Maybe because A is for Apple and when people come to New York and learn English, apple is one of the first words. Maybe because apples are delicious and NYC is delicious.

Maybe because someone’s Jewish grandfather who lived in Greenpoint decades ago was a strange old coot who just randomly said it one day and it sticked?

Maybe I should take to the streets and start asking.

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

Okay now that I am sitting here typing about NYC and looking at the photos I am getting a strong yearning to go outside. Sigh. I actually have a ton of work though for this whole trip and just can’t afford to pick up and run out. Such is the life of the girlfriend of a touring musician. I have had to become mobile, but that doesn’t mean I am on a constant vacation. I didn’t even see the outside of Vegas when I was there this week. Not one single photo taken. Must work. Must make money. Must be responsible.

la gran manzana

la gran manzana

In case you come to NYC and don’t have to work, check out a few of my favorite places in the Upper West Side:

1. Land Thai Kitchen
450 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, New York 10024

2. The Dead Poet
450 Amsterdam Ave #1, New York, NY 10024

3. Peacefood Cafe
460 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, NY 10024

4. Insomnia Cookies
405 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

2 comments on “la gran manzana”

  1. The good side is you have work ! Wasn’t it one of your major goal of 2014, increase your business, do more freelance job ? Well, well done then. And i understand how frustrating that can be but maybe seing a city through windows can also be interesting in a way, maybe it’ll allow to see things differently.

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