NYC, Things I Like

Kickstarter for the civic-minded. @Citizinvestor – crowdfunding for public projects in the US. Love!

Love this! Citizinvestor describes itself as a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects in the US. I have friends who scour through Kickstarter looking for cool things to support. Bless them for their altruism, though I’m convinced some just do it for the bragging rights of being an early adopter/supporter. Perhaps instead of the next cool art project or gadget, they may consider supporting a public project. 

I recently looked for projects on Citizinvestor, near the NYC area. (I may be in Amsterdam but NYC will always be home.) The closest current project I found was in Rhode Island with the largest concentration in CA. Not sure if this is due to lack of awareness of the site – it is fairly new. Perhaps the first step for the civic-minded citizen is letting their municipal governments know that this is an option for funding their microprojects, which often are the first to get buried in the budgeting process.

Donations are 100% tax deductible. Yeah for that! You don’t get any swag unlike kickstarter for donating  – other than the fulfillment of your civic duties and contributing to your community in a grander scale, of course. That should be enough right to at least peruse the site?

Citizinvestor – a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local govt projects. Nice!.

Here’s a project that recently was fully funded through Citizinvestor.


Tyra as Cara

Adding this photo exhibition by Udo Spreitzenbarth to my itinerary when I visit NYC. I’m not a big Tyra fan – never really mastered smizing – but I do appreciate the work of hair and makeup artists and the work of hairstylist Sher Rae Tucker and makeup artist Valente Frazier here is killer. If you glance really quickly, Tyra does look like Cara Delevingne. And supposedly the photos in this exhibit were not retouched!

The exhibit is at Jack Studios, 610 W. 26th Street, 6th Floor until November 9.


Tyra as Cara


“But the city makes up for its hazards and its deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin-the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled. . . .”
― E.B. White, Here Is New York

Here is New York is only 7500 words but 7500 perfectly chosen and combined words that effectively captures the love that millions of New Yorkers feel for their city. Even if you aren’t a die-hard New Yorker like me, it is one of the most tightly and well-written pieces of prose that I’ve ever read. I’m sure you will agree.

Here’s a PDF copy of the essay. Check it out for yourself. 

I already gushed about the opening paragraph, here.  Rather eerie is the following excerpt. Keep in mind the essay was written in 1948, over two decades before the twin towers were completed.

“The subtlest change in New York is something people don’t speak much about but that is in everyone’s mind. The city, for the first time in its long history, is destructible. A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate the millions. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now: in the sound of jets overhead, in the black headlines of the latest edition.”

Here is New York


From Amsterdam Ave to Amsterdam

I’ve been so busy preparing for my move that it didn’t occur to me until this morning that I’m actually going to miss Columbus Circle, my neighborhood for the past four years.  It’s always crowded with tourists. It’s far from my usual stopping grounds. It’s expensive. But it was home. Here are some pics from a stroll I took this morning highlighting some of the things that I will miss.

Central Park, just a few blocks away

My dentist. His office is in the building on the right. Don’t judge. A great dentist is hard to find!

Yes, even the pigeons.

The pedicabs. To observe, not to ride. Driven by characters but a total rip off.








Spent my last week in NYC running errands and doing all the things that I’ll miss once I leave. Yuka @ Marie Nails and her calgel nail art designs were high on that list. I’m not a girly girl but this is definitely one of my feminine indulgences. Look how pretty this is!

my friend’s Sunny’s nails freshly painted with easter color blocks and sparkly leopard print. check out yuka’s nails too!

I started getting calgel for practical reasons – I swear! Manicures, which run around $8 to $10 in NYC, would last me three days tops. Hell, I’d be lucky to walk out of the salon without a smudge. Calgel manicures run about $45 for simple designs (more at other salons but Marie Nails is really the best value in the city) but I could walk out without worrying about smudges, they last about 3 weeks and never chip. Plus my nails actually were getting stronger, unlike with Shellac that is brutal to nail health. And have I mentioned how pretty there are?

meet yuka

For my last appointment, I wanted a design that would last me a while in Amsterdam. (They don’t have calgel salons there yet. It was one of the first things that I researched.) I decided to go with a clear base and party dots so as my nails grew out it would be less noticeable. I also bought in a picture of new pants that I bought and asked Yuka to copy the design on two of the nails but with a navy base instead of black. Check out these hand painted beauties.

my pants from Uniqlo

Marie Nails has two locations in NYC and three salons in Los Angeles. I have sent many friends to Yuka who are now nail art addicts. You have been warned.


Highlights from the Armory Show

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I went to the Armory Show, an annual contemporary and modern art fair in NYC featuring galleries from all over the world, this Thursday. Well technically I only saw part of it as it took place on two piers, which I did not realize, and only visited one. The picture gallery above has some highlights including the three below, which were my faves. If you are in NYC the show runs until Sunday and I highly recommend checking it out.

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If you can’t make it to the Armory Show, the entire exhibit can be viewed online here.