— Feathers and Wax

Impromptu New York

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Sometime last month Maki sent me an excited chat about a $29 flight sale for February 29th. After hemming and hawing for a while (and seeing that my other flight was only a little over $100) I gave in! Who wouldn’t take a quick trip to NYC if they got a deal like that?

Besides, going to the city always feels a bit like going home.

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When I arrived I had some time to kill before Maki and Zach got off work, so my first stop was Astoria Bier and Cheese, a few blocks from their apartment. I happily sipped Belgian strong ale, nibbled cheese and read a book until meeting up with them and heading out for drinks and burgers.

Much fun was had, which is probably why I didn’t really take a lot of photos…well, that and how insanely cold it was!

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Day two was a full day in Williamsburg, which has become a bit of a tradition for me for my NYC trips over the past few years. It’s always surprising to see all the new places that have opened up in the area and how it changes slightly year by year. I hit up a few of my favorite stops like Blue Bottle Coffee, Catbird and St. Mazie Bar and Supper Club. But new for me this time was a delicious brunch at Cafe Mogador and shopping at the Brooklyn Artists and Fleas.

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On day three we went to St. Mark’s Place to visit Trash and Vaudeville, a historic punk rock mecca of a store that has occupied the same space in the West Village since 1975 until the day we visited. It’s not closing totally, but it IS moving to east 7th street…yet another sign that St. Mark’s just ain’t what it used to be.

After meeting up with my friend Antonia for brunch we all headed to MOMA to check out a modern dance/performance art performance called Plastic, wherein dancers used imperceptibly slow movements to move about the museum, draping themselves over couches, on the floor, or on stairs. Seeing other patrons’ surprised reactions to this was certainly endlessly entertaining.

The day ended with a trip to the New York Public Library, which I had not seen the inside of, and incredible gourmet sushi at Sushi of Gari…followed by us talking late into the night, of course.

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The next morning it was time to pack, get an onion bagel with lox, and head to the airport. Over so soon! Till next time, New York.

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