Saturday, February 6, 2010

New York is My Oyster - and Yours Too!

Yesterday in NYC was a whirlwind of many of my favorite people and things!

I went to MOMA with Kayla Oberlin, we looked at art, laughed at art, oohed at art, awed at art, talked about art!

Then I had an absinthe fueled, feathered, sequined, kiss filled webcast with Molly Crabapple. Molly is trying to convince me to move to NY - during the webcast she took a poll and the vote was 39/7 for me to move here! I'll put up a poll of my own soon!

Then we had cupcakes at Sweet Sugar Sunshine! Then drinks with Molly, wonderful blogger Gala Darling, and artist, model, and muse, Katelan Foisy. Suddenly I was in the East Village at a table full of beautiful, talented, amazing ladies.

Then it got better!

Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden Corsetry in SF, and her beautiful beau, Daniel, were in town for the weekend and we got to drink fancy cocktails, explore a little of NY, get lost, and visit a giant of NY's literary history - the Algonquin Hotel.

Then my phone/map/lifeline battery died and at 2am I managed to navigate the subway system back into Brooklyn where I am house sitting for my writer friend, Gabe Soria, who wrote a really good graphic novel you should all know about, it's called "Life Sucks."

Tonight I play in Brooklyn at Zebulon at 8pm. I really do play early so come early, stay late, bring friends - it's free!

Tomorrow I will curate an NYC field trip. Which basically just means that you are invited to come along for this adventure with me and whoever else shows up. I'm posting the itinerary here so you can join/leave/rejoin at any time. And also so that if you do join, and then get lost, you can always meet up with us later.

Get yourself an unlimited day pass for the metro.

Itinerary for Sunday, Feb. 7th:

12noon Main Entrance American Museum of Natural History - 79th St. at Central Park West
2:45 - Main Entrance AMNH - gather to leave for Grand Central Station
3:15 - Grand Central Terminal - waltzing
4:00 - City Bakery - 3 West 18th Street - Lunch and Hot Chocolate!
5:00 - City Bakery - gather to walk to The Standard Hotel
5:30 - The Standard Hotel - 848 Washington at 13th Street - Art, fancy drinks!
6:30 - Gather at Standard Hotel Lobby
7:00 - Rice to Riches - 37 Spring Street

Then we part ways!

I don't want to be a tour leader in the traditional sense of making sure everyone is together. I'm posting the itinerary so people can join and leave and rejoin at any point in the day. If you get separated and it's late and time for us to have moved on then assume we have moved on. There may be three of us, there may be ten of us. But all the information is here. And you can follow us on Twitter.

The day in more detail:

The day will start at noon at the American Museum of Natural History - Main Entrance (79th St. at Central Park West)

I love the museum in general, but am particularly interested in the world's only Spider Silk Rug!

We will convene once again at the main entrance to the Museum at 2:45pm (I know it's less 3 hours of Museum time, but there is so much I want to do!) and then make our way to the Grand Central Terminal to waltz with strangers. Yes, strangers. And without music.

Then on to City Bakery for hot chocolate and other goodies! The City Bakery has been voted Best Hot Chocolate for 20 years and this February is Hot Chocolate Festival month with a new flavor everyday.

Sunday, Feb 7th is Caramel Hot Chocolate Day at The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011-4610

At 5:00 we will walk to The Standard Hotel to see this amazing video collage which is on display in the elevators.

The Standard Hotel
848 Washington at 13th Street

Civilization by Marco Brambilla from CRUSH on Vimeo.

"Civilization is a video installation we created with artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators Standard Hotel in NYC. It's comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down."

The Standard Hotel noticed my tweets about this and this exchange ensued:

I think we'll be at The Standard until 6:30 ish. Then we head to Rice to Riches for the best rice pudding in the universe!
37 Spring Street


  1. Sorry I missed the webcast. Even more sorry we aren't in New York right now. Don't listen to Molly about moving to New York (unless you are taking Sheri and I with you, then go ahead and listen).

    Keep having fun!!!

  2. Sounds like a brilliant adventure! A little too far away for me to attend but do take plenty of pictures.

  3. Oh, I wish I were in NY!
    I'm not even on the right side of the Atlantic to join you, but hope you have lots of fun, and post lots of pictures.