99 Luftballons in Manhattan

July 30, 2008

Well, we suppose there’s only going to be one of them, but we could not help ourselves. The fact of the matter is that you can go up in a hot air balloon and see Central Park as you have never seen it before – from bird’s-eye perspective!

For that we have to thank to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, who want to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Olmsted and Vaux’s Greensward plan (the original design for the park) in a really cool way. Every day from 7 am to 10 pm, until August 22nd, an anchored, helium-filled AeroBalloon will ascend to 300 feet with up to four passengers on board. If you want to chat with the birds for 10 minutes or just have a moment of silence in the midst of crazy Manhattan, simply pay $25 ($17.50 if you are a kid taller than 40″) and fly away! You can catch a ride at Cherry Hill, Central Park at West 72nd street, West of Bethesda Fountain.


Reach For The Skies

July 28, 2008

How many times did you dream of flying? Or doing something crazy and extradordinary to the point of unthinkable, something that people will remember forever. Like, say, going to the moon. Or walking suspended 1368 feet up in the air, on a metal wire hanging from the tallest building in the world, with just balance stick and no protection. Well, there are at least few men that flew to the moon, but only one that had walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

If you still don’t know what we are talking about, you simply HAVE TO see James Marsh’s movie about Philippe Petit, “Man On Wire”, which is showing in New York theaters since Friday. We’ll spare you details and will only say that the movie is inspiring, beautiful and moving. Oh, and did we mention beautiful? It touched us, gave us a whole new perspective on the Twin Towers and reminded to not give up on our dreams. And we owe it to two men, the one who “walked the line” and the other – behind the camera. Thanks, guys.

“Man On Wire” is playing at Sunshine Cinema and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

Let’s Dance

July 14, 2008

There are only 181 licensed cabarets in New York, according to Consumer Affairs, and most are limited to dance clubs in Manhattan. If one would like to know what’s the total number of bars serving liquor and playing music here in Manhattan, it would take a life time of research. But one thing is for sure: in a free country, dancing should be free, too.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

June 16, 2008

This Latin phrase could be applied to all things in life, but we thought about it recently, when walking past the community garden on Avenue B and 6th Street. We knew the famous Tower of Toys is dangerous, we knew it was way past its prime and not what it used to be when Eddie Boros, who was born and lived nearby his entire life, had built it. He died last year at 74, and the tower became the most visible and lasting reminder of his life. It is no more. We feel sad, and have to remind ourselves that “Worldly things are fleeting.” Here’s a little photo eulogy:

Finger Lickin’ Good

June 8, 2008

It’s a scorcher weekend out there, with temperatures reaching just below 100 degrees, and humidity making us sweat our pants off. You know how people down South are dealing with temps like these? They just don’t care, sit on their porches, fan their faces, munching on a nice, spicy/smoky barbecue and sipping their ice teas. Now, thanks to the Big  Apple Barbecue Block Party in the city, we can do the same thing!  The event brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a hundred thousand barbecue enthusiasts.

Where? Madison Square Park. When? It ends today, at 6pm. Why? Cause it’s finger-licking-good, y’all.


May 28, 2008

Every city in the world has a special thing about it. New Yorkers are lucky, since we have plenty of those things here (you know, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center view, Coney Island side show, Cyclone, Yankees, etc. – a full list would take way too long), but there’s one thing that makes Manhattan super special, and it’s called Manhattanhenge. Yes, it’s kind of like Stonehenge in England during summer solstice, when the sun aligns with stone structures, shedding a magical light on the whole site. Only it happens all around the city, twice a year, and tomorrow is the first of those evenings.

This is a special photo opportunity, with parts of Manhattan’s canyons getting illumination they normally don’t get.

On Thursday, May 29th, the Sun will set in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-street for the last fifteen minutes of daylight. The other day is Saturday, July 12th. These two days give us a magical view with half the Sun above and half the Sun below the horizon – on the grid.

Now, a few very important tips from Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History:

“For best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas. Arrive a half-hour earlier than the times given below. Thursday, May 29 – 8:17 p.m. Saturday, July 12 — 8:25 p.m.

Happy 125th Birthday

May 26, 2008

Over the weekend, Brooklyn Bridge was celebrating its 125th anniversary. it was a great party, full of light, fireworks and music, and it lasted 4 days! Not bad for an old man, huh