Monday, October 31, 2011

Serious Eats: Shi

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Shrimpy, Shi
This week's Date Night finds us at Shi, a restaurant-cum-lounge or lounge-cum-restaurant, depending on your point of view, in Long Island City [read more].
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

ECB Mural in Bushwick

ECB + Overunder

Every Move You Make

Friday, October 28, 2011

Vandaag

Quail, Vandaag

A few weeks back, we wrote about our passion for Swedish sweets; now it's time to reveal our love of Vandaag, not the first restaurant in the city to update Northern European tastes using locally sourced products, but probably the most popular. We stopped in for a big lunch, including grilled quail, romaine and herring, pickled sausages, the world's greatest bread basket, hete bliksem, and Dansk Viking Blood, a kind of mead. Mead! Any minute we expected Grendel's mom to come charging in, or Beowulf to thurst his sword into our seaweed foccacia.   

Romaine, Vandaag

Pickled sausage, Vandaag

Breadbasket, Vandaag

Butter and eggplant spread, Vandaag

Amuse bouche, Vandaag

Chilled corn soup, Vandaag

Hete bliskem, Vandaag

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steampunk Haunted House

Steampunk Haunted House, 2011

Normally, if we want to get scared, we'll just think about the Republican Party, thus obviating the need to visit a haunted house. But the Steampunk Haunted House, staged at the Abrons Arts Center by Third Rail Projects, is different. No blood, no gore, no chainsaw-wielding anythings. Instead, they elicit chills through disorientation and suspense, separating audience members from one another and sending individuals on an idiosyncratic route through the building's manifold chambers. We parted company in the first room, only to be reunited at the end when one of us popped out of a crate nearly into the arms of the other.

This year, the house draws inspiration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, teasing out some of the more disconcerting strands of Carroll's novels and mimicking, through its randomized structure, the stories' topsy-turvy logic. An actual conversation we had afterward: "Did the Red Queen watch you in the mirror in that room with the French maid?" "What Red Queen?  Was she near where you played chess with the animal-head thing?" "Um . . . what?" Rick Perry may be more horrifying, but he's not nearly so much fun.  
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Serious Eats: 26 Seats

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

26 Seats
This week's Date Night finds us at 26 Seats, one of many restaurants in the East Village that pair classical French with flea market finds [read more].
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

DBR at BAM


"Symphony for the Dance Floor," an audio-biography by violinist and composer DBR, is where "the concert hall and the club hall collide," according to its Kickstarter Campaign. Less intellectual than his "Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln,” which we saw in 2008, this new group of songs blends Daniel Bernard Roumain's classical training with his love of electronica and hip-hop. At BAM's Next Wave Festival, we caught the super-sexy concert's New York debut, full of photos, hagiography, dancers, an in-house DJ, and at least one instance of violin as sex toy.

Photo: thanks and thanks
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Friday, October 21, 2011

OHNY: Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

Sure, it's hard to visit the Masonic Hall of the New York chapter of the Grand Lodge of the Masons and not get this song stuck in your head, but that's a small price to pay for such incredible decor.

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

OHNY 2011:  Grand Lodge of the Masons

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Steve's Ice Cream

Mint cacao chip and strawberry ricotta ice cream, Steve's

Steve Herrell started Steve's in the early 1970s, producing small batches of ice cream lusciously flavored with high-end mix-ins. Then he opened Herrell's, which one of us grew up eating in the sleepy west of the woody east. Now another person, named neither Steve nor Herrell, but who worked at the original Steve's, has opened Steve's Ice Cream in Manhattan, purportedly as a throwback to what Steve Herrell has been doing for four decades. Confused? Us too, so it helped that our friends are big fans.

We stopped in one night, grabbing a mint cacao chip and strawberry ricotta to go. Bites didn't take us back to the scoops of our childhood, but they did take us to a happy place.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OHNY: Ganesh Temple

OHNY: Ganesh Temple, Hindu Temple Society of North America

We'd been to Ganesh Temple, part of the Hindu Temple Society of North America complex in Queens before, for the food, but this weekend we went for the religion. As part of OHNY, this Hindu temple was open to visitors, so we could watch the pujas (ceremonies) performed for Brahmin, Shiva, Vishnu, and, of course, Ganesh, remover of obstacles. We said "namaste" to the various sari-clad, flower-covered vigrahas (idols), and "see you soon."       
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Serious Eats: Tabaré

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Provoleta, Tabaré
This week's Date Night finds us at Tabaré, where we discover a day's worth of meals tucked between two slices of bread [read more].
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

OHNY: Moynihan Station / Farley Post Office

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

No matter their race, religion, or politics, all New Yorkers hate Penn Station. The destruction of McKim, Mead, and White's grand Beaux Arts building and its replacement with a linoleum-and-plaster basement ranks as one of the greatest casualties in the long war on American cities that transpired over the second half of the twentieth century. Needless to say, the prospect of moving some train operations (Amtrak, in all likelihood) to the Farley Post Office --- the companion building to the old Penn Station --- strikes everyone who has ever heard it as a fantastic idea. And if all goes as planned, construction on Moynihan Station, as it will be known, will begin next year, which means that the tour we took yesterday, part of the ninth annual Open House New York weekend, may be the last for a long while.  

Led by Timothy Gilchrist and Bronson Fox of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation, the tour took us beyond the striking lobby and through the innards of the gargantuan complex. Like a company town under one roof, all the facilities necessary for daily life, including a gym and a jail, were once found inside. Now, however, it's nearly all vacant, as postal operations have been downsized and moved across Ninth Avenue. All of these blue-carpeted offices and cavernous sorting rooms sit empty, waiting for a better life. 

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

OHNY 2011:  Farley Post Office / Future Site of Moynihan Station

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