Sunday, August 31, 2014

Yaya's Bakery

Baklava, Yaya's Bakery

There are plenty of Greek baked goods for sale at Yaya's Bakery in Astoria, but it's hard to take your eyes off the baklava. The crackly crust gives way to feathery layers of phyllo that rest atop finely chopped nuts, so sticky with honey that it oozes out with the gentlest press of the fork. Try not to lick the plate afterward.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dive in the Park Avenue Tunnel

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Part of this year's Summer Streets program, Jana Winderen's sound installation "Dive" turned the Park Avenue Tunnel into a seven-block-long aural seascape. As you walked through the tunnel, the sounds of the street gave way to the sometimes eerie, sometimes silly, always transporting sounds of undersea life, recorded by hydrophones around the world, reminding you of the watery world from whence we came. 

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Mysore rava masala dosa, Samudra

We haven't done a super scientific study (yet), but the dosas at Samudra, in Jackson Heights, are well on their way to being our favorites. Truly great was the Mysore rava masala (above), the batter dotted with chile pepper, the potato innards equally spicy. Somehow the whole thing, stayed crispy, crinkling as we tore off hunk after hunk.

Also notable was the bhel puri (below), for its bits of tomatoes and crunchy crackers. But it's the dosa that stole our hearts, and the dosa for which we'll return. Namaste. 

Bhel puri, Samudra

Idli and vada, Samudra

Pondicherry dosa, Samudra

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Walkway over the Hudson

An easy day trip from the city, Poughkeepsie doesn't have a whole lot going for it, except the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge (it's even in the Guinness Book of World Records!). The so-called Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park boasts great views as well as signs with fun facts and old photos. It's worth a stroll.    

Walkway over the Hudson

Hudson River

Mid-Hudson Bridge

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Boyhood at Hawks with Babies

What better way to introduce our son to the joys of movies than by taking him to a screening of Boyhood at Nitehawk Cinema's Hawks with Babies? This outstanding movie tells the story of a child named Mason as he grows into a young man through a series of seemingly real-time moments (the movie was shot over 12 years). Though fiction, the movie has the feel of a documentary; though about a boy, it tells a universal story of how we become ourselves, slowly and meanderingly, with dips, dings, and divets taken out by events both major and mundane.

photo: thanks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Icy and Sot at NY st.Gallery

Icy and Sot

Icy and Sot continue their tremendous run with these pieces at the hard-to-pronounce-but-cool-anyway NY st.Gallery. 

Icy and Sot

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