October 3, 2016
Train In/Out: Fairfield, CT
Miles walked: 6
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with m.Zuiko 17mm f1.8, m.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO
This is an eclectic day in the city! By day, fancy hotels. By night, Trash Guy.
Before the fancy hotels...The Daily News Building.
Notice anything about the sidewalk outside the Daily News? (They are black & white!) I loved the subtley of this.
Let's go in.
Yeah. This is why I came. It's gorgeous, and the globe rotates every few seconds.
Looking down over the railing of the globe.
All sorts of "newsy" gadgets.
Well, it was about 2:15pm so the clock doesn't work. FYI.
The 1978 Superman movie was filmed here.
The PIX11 news is in the building.
Heading back towards the Chrysler Building for the Waldorf Hotel.
I've passed by this a few times but I'm usually on that side of the street. Cool to see it from this side. I don't know exactly what it is (yet).
Looks like this store "croqued". :)
You know...when possible. Just like "We're Open 24 hours." (but not in a row).
So I took a cab over to the Waldorf...
Here's the Waldorf Astoria. And no, I did not take a cab, it's only a few blocks up from Grand Central. But that cab was cute.
Entering The Waldorf Astoria. Not too shabby.
Gift shop was down the hall on the right.
A room I will never attend a party in.
The other lobby. Yes, there are two amazing lobbies.
Looking back up the stairs from the last photo.
So that was your "I don't have a room here" tour of the Waldorf! Beautiful!!
Next I visited Lotte New York Palace. I had never heard of it until I found it in my research for today's trip.
Clearly another dive.
OMG. This place is stunning. More impressive than the Waldorf.
From the balcony.
I would love for my daughter to get married here some day. Shall I start a "Go Fund a 52 Magic Monday Wedding" page??
This is the view leaving the Lotte New York Palace. Part of St. Patrick's Cathedral in the distance. It felt a bit surreal.
Fence shot as I left Lotte New York Palace. Even the fence was stunning.
Making my way to my last hotel of the day, I see this security officer and his dog. I liked his reflection (and the doggie, of course). We actually talked for quite a while, mostly about the power of the dog's nose and how the dogs are trained for bomb sniffing, etc.
Well, I'm down here not having a glass of wine at your cool place, but I liked your sign!
My last destination of the day, citizenM Hotel in the Times Square area. This was more my style. I wouldn't exactly decorate like this in my home, but I would incorporate some aspects of it. It was super welcoming, warm, friendly, funky, expansive.
To me, "Modern" can feel cold sometimes, but citizenM place pulled off a remarkable mix of modern/funky meets cozy/invitiing. Loved it.
George Jetson chairs.
A loft area upstairs with iMacs for guests to use.
Welcometo my #peopleleavingdrinks page. (and tsk tsk for not throwing out your trash at such a nice place)
Outdoor seating in the back of the hotel. Glass railing looking down. Gorgeous.
So that ends 52 Magic Monday's first "fancy hotel lobbies" day. Perhaps more to come before the end of Magic Mondays.
So close. #peopleleavingdrinks
Ignore the rude business guy that ran into my shot. How about ladder guy who I watched swing onto the ladder from the top of the scaffolding area. Heights are not my thing, and getting onto ladders from a roof is REALLY NOT MY THING. Been there done that with a few home improvement projects I reluctantly helped with. My poor husband.
Welcome to Interesting Things!
Winter is coming...they are getting the skating rink at Rockefeller prepped (no ice yet).
Oh my, a #peopleleavingdrinks on this cool wall.
A little spooky? Hmmm...been running a home-based business for 12 years, spooky is not the first thing I would think of.
So it's time to change gears. I've now headed down to Brooklyn for a special event. It's pretty special...
First a few shots from around the area. Took the L subway to Bedford Avenue and walked north to 12th Ave.
This funky mirror was outside of a restaurant. It was like a fun house mirror. You could be any size, height and weight in this mirror.
Hey, that's Rachel in that crazy mirror with me! If you are following the 52MM journey, my friend Rachel (from Phoenix) was with me in March for a 52 Magic Monday. The bummer was we both came down with a horrible case of the flu after our 52MM day (like almost in the hospital version)...something we think we picked up at lunch in Chinatown. Anyway, she's staying with me for a couple of weeks so she met me in Grand Central around 4:30pm and we made our way down to Brooklyn.
This is the funky mirror bar/restaurant. Pretty cool! But wow, it's quiet in Brooklyn on Monday evenings.
I hope so.
Loved the light. Golden hour.
Gentrification of Brooklyn.
Has my vote.
Really funky building. It looked like a "highrise cruise ship" to me for some reason.
"In Cost We Trust". Not sure if this was a comment on our media's push for us to consume consume consume or what.
Here's the "cruise ship building" again.
Not sure what that thing is. I thought maybe a water tower in progress?
I had two friends with me and one suggested we stop for a drink before our final destination. What we figured out pretty quickly is that Brooklyn is all about whiskey. Did not know that.
We stopped into The Whiskey Annex. We were the only people there. This is Sara, our bartender. She was fabulous. I learned that whiskey actually covers Whiskey, Scotch, Irish, Rye & Bourbon. Wow, I had no idea that those were all the "same thing"...in a way. All made in different places, but all are whiskeys. I tried the tiniest sips of Sara's samples and I have to say, 24 hours later, for some reason I can still smell the whiskey, it's like it got lodged in my sinuses from just a sip. I think I will stick with Chardonnay. But it was fun, and our bartender was awesome.
Destination of the day! This is Rob Greenfield, and he is not a robot. He is doing a 30-day project to raise awareness on how much trash we all generate. This was Day 15 of 30. He had a little meet and greet in Brooklyn to celebrate the half way point of his project. I saw his YouTube video on Facebook a couple weeks ago and then my friend, Paul, told me he saw this meet & greet event in Brooklyn, ON A MONDAY NIGHT. How could I not go? About 30 people showed up.
From Rob's website: "The average American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day, so for 30 days, Rob Greenfield is going to live just like the average American. The catch? He has to wear every piece of trash he creates. That’s 135 pounds by the end of 30 days. Most people never think twice about their trash, once it’s in the garbage can, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Through this project, Rob, the award-winning filmmakers at Living on One, and Gary Bencheghib are out to change that through a film series. Trash Me will create unforgettable and shocking visuals of the trash that we create everyday, and inspire us all to drastically reduce our trash."
Personally, I was very concious about every water bottle, paper towel and food box I threw into the trash today. It's humbling.
He's striving to eat normally although for him, normal is 90% plant based - so he's diverging from that a bit for the 30 days to try and mimick an "average" person's diet...he's eaten more things like frozen pizza, boxed cereals, and packaged food items than is normal for him, etc. If he's offered a plastic bag to carry something he's purchased from a store, he takes it. He doesn't turn down anything during the project.
It's weird to see all his trash like this. Certainly makes you think!
The girl speaking is a "No Waste" consumer, meaning she generates about 5lbs of trash A YEAR. Yeah, pretty extreme. Most of us creates 120lbs a trash A MONTH.
Watch full screen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH20tkp_EhY
Heading back to Grand Central at the Bedford Ave. subway station in Brooklyn. Rachel and her friend decided to stay and hit a few clubs to dance. I'm not a night owl. I got back to my house at 11:30pm. Rachel got back at 4:30am! I'm just not a cool party girl like that. :)
So today's the 75% done marker for 52 Magic Mondays. Wow, the year has gone by quickly. Down to lucky number 13 left...
Kim Kardashian made the cover of the New York Post due to the terrible robbery that happened to her in Paris. My daughter was actually at the concert her husband, Kanye, was performing at in Queens on Sunday night when he got word of the robbery - he stopped the concert (he was about half way through) and left immediately. Just weird timing that of all the concerts, my daughter was at that one. In my opinion, no matter what anyone thinks of Kim and her lifestyle, no one deserves to be attacked like that. Very traumatizing. :(
Until the next Magic Monday!