Category: About

1,062 Views! Thank you!

The wonderful and frustrating thing about the stats on WordPress is that you get sad when no looks at your blog, but really happy when they do.

I just want to say Thank You to all of you who take the time to click and look and (maybe) read.  It’s hard to juggle posting with a full-time job but it’s worth it.  So OOOOOOOOOs to all of you who have dropped in and I hope you want to return.

Thank you Ray Bradbury

A friend asked me how I came up with the name of my blog.  It wasn’t easy.  How do I capture a feeling or an idea in a few words that will give someone a sense of what my thinking is behind all this?  Thank goodness for the inspiration and words of others.

While perusing Brain Pickings I found excerpts of an interview with Ray Bradbury at the 2010 Comic Con.  The Q & A that made the light bulb go off in my head:

Sam Weller (Bradbury’s official biographer): “If you could time-travel to a moment in your life, what moment would you go back to?”

Ray Bradbury:

“Every. Single. Moment. Every single moment of my life has been incredible, I’ve loved it, I’ve savored it, it’s been beautiful — because I’ve remained a boy. The man you see here tonight is not a man, he’s a 12-year-old boy, and this boy is still having fun. And I remain a boy forever.”

So with that it’s off to the Guggenheim to see the “Picasso Black and White” exhibition.

Living in the Historic East Village

As of this past Tuesday I live in the East Village Historic District.  The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided that the area from 2nd Street to St. Mark’s Place between roughly 1st and 3rd Avenues in addition to a little chunk from 6th to 7th Streets between 1st Avenue and Avenue A (my chunk!) has a worthwhile place in architectural history.

“The chairman of the commission, Robert B. Tierney, called the buildings in the district “an incredibly intact collection” that encapsulates the American immigrant experience — successive waves, from Germans to Eastern Europeans to Latinos, made the area their first home — and pays homage to the neighborhood’s central role in the history of 20th Century Bohemia.”  –From the City Room blog

McSorley’s will go on serving beer! LaMama Experimental Theater will be okay.

The Adas Le Israel Anshei Meseritz synagogue, built-in 1910, may not benefit though as their membership has dwindled to just two dozen and they lack the funds to maintain the property.  Their effort to tear down the building, retain the neo-classical facade, and allow an apartment building to be built with a space for the synagogue may not happen.  The churches and synagogues in the new historic district opposed the designation for this reason.  Their property values could change and make it even more difficult for them to maintain their buildings and congregations, parishes, members.

As someone who has rented an apartment in the neighborhood for the last 8 years I feel proud and sad.  I love my neighborhood.  Many restaurants, bars and other businesses have come and gone.  Some buildings do look rundown on the outside and the interior of my apartment falls into that category, maybe unfinished is a better description, so should they be saved or torn down for new shiny, glass buildings?  If there was a way for things to get polished but still retain their original elements, then I’d be for it.  I like the East Village the way it is because I’ve grown accustomed to it.  When they built the new Cooper Union building on 7th Street and 3rd Avenue there were the usual lovers and haters.  I fell into the like group.  I like new buildings, and I like old ones too.

We will have to see how this new historic designation affects the neighborhood.  My building was one of the first to go co-op so I already live in something historic but now to be in a whole little world, well the excitement hasn’t worn off yet.

And so it begins

Finally!  It’s taken me 2-3 years to get here and the never ending encouragement by my friends but it’s time.   I’m going to do what I think I do best: share what I’ve learned about restaurants, food, travel, art, and more, essentially what interests me and makes life fun.  We’re gonna have some fun!