New York City Diary

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Weekend in Brooklyn

We live in Brooklyn, but I manage to get into Manhattan just about every day. During the week, that's simple enough, since that's where my job is, but on the weekends I generally find a reason to cross the East River as well, like karate, shopping, or meeting friends. But this weekend I've hardly left the neighborhood, let alone the borough, because I was at home doing work.

I recently picked up a gig as weekend editor at a travel website called Jaunted, and it took a while for me to figure out the format, HTML coding, etc. All in all I think it went well, and you can read my entries on You can find an archive of my Jaunted stuff so far here.

The site I used to write for, Gridskipper, was recently relaunched in a different format, and I figured it was a good time for me to make a change. But my Gridskipper archive is still up, and can be found here. I'm not sure all the map posts work yet, and the comments that had accrued during the site's previous incarnation have been wiped out, but most everything else is there, the hits as well as the misses.

Anyway, I didn't leave Brooklyn this weekend, but this afternoon Jenn, Zach and I did leave Williamsburg. We took a walk to Greenpoint, a charming Polish community in north Brooklyn. I deposited a check at the bank, and Jenn bought some Polish candy at the candy store pictured below on Manhattan Avenue.

I'm especially fond of the hazelnut chocolates. As we were walking home, it started raining, so we finished our walk with a jog. Fortunately, we had the jogging stroller, if not good jogging shoes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Panda Face Cookies Part VIII

For those of you who have been waiting since March 20, 2006 for a panda face cookie update, I apologize. In that time, a great many panda face cookie cartoons have passed through our home unblogged about, I'm afraid. There's just not that much time in my life to keep up with it. But Jenn offered me this one today, and it cries out for translation. Here's the full cartoon (click on the photo to make it bigger):

The best I can guess is that the music the panda is listening to suddenly brings him to some big insight or epiphany, and it's probably related to being made of chocolate. Anyway, if anyone out there speaks Japanese and cares to translate in the comments, I'd appreciate it. Here's a close-up of the final panel:


Monday, June 16, 2008

A Day in New York

Sunday was Father's Day, which meant I could do whatever I wanted and Jenn and Zachary had to go along with it. We packed Zach into the stroller and headed down to Pier 40 in Manhattan for a spot of late-morning kayaking on the Hudson River.
The free walk-up kayaking program is great. You just show up at the pier and they give you a kayak to paddle around. Since Zach is still too little to take out on a boat, Jenn and I took turns in the water. She went first.

While Jenn was on the water, I tried to keep Zach entertained. He was rambunctious and full of energy. He was excited to spot his mom in a kayak, bobbing up and down as the waves came in and out of the embayment, and we waved to her from the pier. Then he had a long drink from his sippy cup.
After Jenn got back, it was my turn in the water.
I had fun paddling in circles and feeling the motion of the ocean, but it started raining so I cut my cruise short and we headed to the subway. Zach tried on my hat.
Back at home, we put Zach to bed and had a snack, and then I took a little nap myself. Naps are always nice. When we both woke up, the three of us went out to our local park, McCarren Park. We noticed something going on in the McCarren Park Pool, so we went to check it out.
It turned out to be an art show called the Renegade Craft Fair.
The fair was a collection of hip clothing, artwork, and knickknack vendors who were lined up in white tents inside the disused public swimming pool. Jenn bought Zach a tee shirt with a guitar on it. I bought Jenn a juice made from lemons and cucumber. It was a lackluster juice, but the fair was cool.
We took a lap around the pool and then headed back to the house. Jenn and Zach continued on to the grocery store, while I got some work done at home. Later, when Zach was asleep, we had chili, corn, peas, and bread for dinner. We toasted a very happy Fathers Day with a cold beer.