Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
By some miracle of nature last weekend we had 55 degree weather, so I took full advantage to see my beloved beach. I took the train out to Coney Island with my bike. I immediately tide up my bike and ran towards the water the sun was warm and the waves were gentle. I sat around listening to the water then took a stroll out onto the pier which happens to have been recently renovated by my friend's architecture firm, its quite lovely. After I had a good amount of Coney Island I rode on the boardwalk towards Brighton Beach then detoured onto Emmons Ave toward Plumb Beach. The ride on Emmons was really cool, lots of swans wading in the inlet and Russian families out for a stroll. Emmons splits into the Belt for cars and greenway just for bikes along the water. I got to Plumb beach after a 45 minute ride, dragged my bike onto the sand, plopped down to have a snack. Its a pretty desolate beach, at least in the winter, except for the occassional person walking their dog. It was very serene to sit on a NYC beach and just be by yourself. After a half hour I started my way back the sun was starting head down and the beach started getting a little chilly. Back to Coney for another sit down then back home. That was the greatest birthday present I could have gotten, seeing the beach in the winter.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Its been a pretty sad winter, lots if snow for New York which means a lot less exploring. This weekend nature gave us a reprieve and we had lovely weather with dry sidewalks and warm temperatures. Since warm weather lifts the spirits my friends and I decided that a little neighborhood excursion to the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in the Gowanus was in order. It was opening weekend so there was already a line when we got there around 8:30pm. The owner came up to apologize for the wait they unfortunately had to follow fire safety codes and keep capacity at 300. The space itself is enormous but laws are laws, so we waited about half an hour. We got it and decided to divide and conquer, two of us would scavenge for seats and the rest hit the food truck. Yeah that's right, a food truck, the club owners were clever enough to have a perfect drive in spot for a different food truck to serve their delightful snacks each week. This weekend was the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck. My friend and I were lucky to score seats for the 5 of us. Beers and food in hand we watched all the newbie shuffleboard players. Just an FYI, shuffleboard is usually played by folks over 70 in Florida, so its interesting that the youngsters are diggin' it, I think the kitch value is attractive. The space is wonderful, they need to work on their beer selection, this is Brooklyn there's no excuse for a poor selection, its a fun atmosphere.
Getting there: 514 Union Street, Brooklyn R train to Union St
Friday, February 7, 2014
Good News I will be at the Brooklyn Zinefest again this year. This time its being held at the Brooklyn Historical Society which is a beautiful landmarked building in Brooklyn Heights. The Zinefest is both Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, but I will be there on the Saturday. More details to come as we get near the actual date. I will be debuting two new zines, another Japan photo zine and a collection of vintage ephemera that can be used much like the Japanese design books with jpgs and pngs a DVD will be included.