— Noted.


The New York Times Magazine has posted an excellent microsite on the space in New York City that arises above 800 feet. As editor Jake Silverstein explains it:

The city has 21 buildings with roof heights above 800 feet; seven of them have been completed in the past 15 years (and three of those the past 36 months). In this special New York Issue, we explore the high-altitude archipelago that spreads among the top floors of these 21 giants. It totals about 34 million square feet in all, encompassing lavish living spaces, vertiginous work environments (during construction and after), elite gathering places. Visually, the experience of this new altitude feels different in kind from its predecessors, the peak uplifts of previous booms that topped out at 400, 500 or 600 feet. At 800 and above, you feel something unusual in a city defined by the smelly bustle of its sidewalks and the jammed waiting and inching and zooming of its avenues — a kind of Alpine loneliness. Every New Yorker knows the pleasant private solitude that can be found at street level, among anonymous crowds. This is something different: an austere sense of apartness inspired by achieving a perspective seemingly not meant for human eyes.

A few images from the issue that caught my eye:


Aerial view of 1950s Midtown Manhattan. Hulton Archive/Getty Images





Scott Small / 55, Laborer, 3 World Trade Center
Jack Davison for The New York Times



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Follow the link to see a fantastic gif of this.
Illustrations by Brian Rea. Animation by Pablo Delcan.




A private event at the Rainbow Room, May 2016.
Matthew Pillsbury for The New York Times




Chrysler Building, 1,046 feet, as seen from the MetLife Building. Begun: 1928. Completed: 1930. ‘‘It’s in the clouds, like a Magritte painting. Slightly surrealistic.’’
Thomas Struth for The New York Times



Caught the Greater New York show at PS1, specifically to catch this fantastic collection of objects from Kiosk’s 10 years of curated goods from around the world. This shop makes me think of a different NYC, when soho still had some of its grit, late nights were full of possibilities and this tiny shop was an unexpected find at the top of dark stairs.

The show at PS1 ends March 7, so hurry if you’re in or near NYC. If you can’t make it, the show features each object with a number. To hear a description of the object, you can call 646-693-3590 and enter the number when prompted. You can also text surf to KIOSK.PR.TL and enter the number when prompted.












Photo from www.newyorknotes.dk

And, related to that last post, a beautiful blog by Rilke Lunau Storm called New York Notes: The Best of New York from a Danish Perspective. Some of my favorites are included (plus ones on my to-do list) with beautiful photography—ready to transport, lure, inspire.


NYC Gifathon from James Curran on Vimeo.

Love these GIFs by James Curran, inspired by a 30-day stay in NYC last November. More detail (and a grid of seeing them altogether) is here.


A round-up of some interesting shops in NYC, noted for their specialized inventory.



52548e02dbfa3f148d005c31._w.530_h.320_s.fit_Images from tenderbuttons-nyc.com


Tender Buttons

“The only shop in America devoted entirely to the sale of buttons.”

143 East 62nd St.






Photo by Jed Egan, for nymag.com


Just Bulbs

When I first visited this shop many years ago, they screwed in a bulb into a grid of sockets to show me exactly how it would light up. It still makes me smile.

220 E. 60th St.






Photo from www.saltnews.com


The Meadow

This shop sells chocolate, fresh flowers, and bitters, but I especially love its selection of salt.

523 Hudson St.






Photo from ourprinceofpeace.com


Casey’s Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps, also takes custom orders.

322 East 11th St.






Photo by Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times


CW Pencil Enterprise

This is no joke. 

100a Forsyth St.






Photo by Phil Kline for nycgo.com


Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

An incredible storefront (designed by my friend Sam Potts) with a hidden writing center for Dave Egger’s 826NYC.

372 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn



An interesting project conceptualized by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and now promoted in a campaign by Heineken. Murphy says, “Rush hour, instead of being a nightmare, would suddenly become possibly the most beautiful time to be in the subway.”





Photos from www.davidzwirner.com

On view at David Zwirner gallery until June 13!
519 & 525 West 19th Street
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM


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Photo from www.robataya-ny.com

One of my favorite NYC dishes is the salmon kamameshi, at Robataya in the E. Village. It is a very subtle dish, with steamed rice infused with the salmon cooking on top, and topped with salmon roe just before serving. The menu gives you fair warning that it takes time. When it is ready, the server comes over and asks politely if you would like for him/her to stir and serve. The answer here is yes. I once brought my uncle who stirred his too forcefully. He even admitted it was a mistake.

I took my friend Ana to have the kamameshi when she was last visiting NYC, and it’s a bit of a dream and a curse, since it’s a dish that one might start to seriously crave. On a mission, she tried a few techniques and recipes and landed on the following. (On a sidenote, I tried a version of this in the rice cooker, and while it was not as good as Robataya’s, it did help ease my hankering.) I’m excited to give this one a go!

Recipe: Salmon Rice with Ikura Salmon Roe

Ana writes:

This is the winning recipe with a few tweaks: I just used all short-grained sushi rice instead of two rice types, I used mirin instead of sake, no shiso (didn’t have any), and I used the most gorgeous, fatty, King salmon fillet I could find. I lightly placed the salmon fillet (skin side down) on top of the boiling pot of ingredients before lowering the heat and covering it all up for 13 minutes. When I opened it up after cooking, the salmon just flaked away into the rice with a fork and was rare in the middle. Delish!


Images from the NYT Archives:


21″ of snow during the blizzard of 1888 prompted New York City to move its utility lines underground. (Photo: NYT)





Winter’s Fury. Original 1914 print.





1947: Record 25-Inch Snow Cripples City and East; All Traffic Slowed; Long Island is Disrupted




And, more recently – the current record for snowfall in NYC happened in February of 2006.


Photo by Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times




Will Juno break the 26.9 inches? Will Bleecker Street Pizza stay open? Will winds really exceed the possible 75 miles per hour? Will 1,800 plows be enough plows to clear our city streets? Extra, extra, read all about it!

As Gov. Cuomo says, “This is going to be a blizzard. It is a serious blizzard.”


I am lucky. My uncle has been a season ticket holder to the New York Philharmonic for as long as I have been a New Yorker (if not much longer than that) and whenever he can’t make a concert or needs someone to go with, I’m often on the short list.

When I was a child, my mom used to drag me and my brother to the Jacksonville Symphony, namely to see my brother’s cello teacher who was the first chair cellist. This cello teacher was such a quiet character in our lives, but he was very important to us, in ways that I wish we had a chance to thank him for. That’s besides the point though, as I mainly wanted to recount how much we hated being dragged to these concerts. It was equivalent to being dragged to Korean church on Sundays, where we couldn’t understand a word of the Korean pastor, and our only option was to listen to headphones wired into the seats that were the voice of my own father translating the sermons into English in live time from a tiny sound-proof booth in the back of the church.

As adults, something has happened to us. Neither of us really play our instruments anymore, but I think I can confidently speak for us both when I say that we really love the New York Philharmonic and classical music in general. I have mom to thank for it.

Last week, my mom and I went to the first concert of 2015 and conductor Alan Gilbert came out and spoke from a little notebook. He said they had curated the songs for the night with thoughts of the new year, wanting joyful music, which was challenging when so many terrible things are happening around the world.

He quoted the words of Leonard Bernstein, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

They played a few selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which were stirring and beautiful. It left me hopeful.