7-2-12 Queens Is The New Brooklyn (Birthday Edition)

Today was day 4 of the long Birthday weekend but the difference was…it is the actual birthday.  We started the day at PS1 in Long Island City. Katherine particularly wanted to visit the installation by James Turrell called Meeting. It was inspired by the Quaker Meeting shape and idea.  We both were knocked out by Janet Cardiff‘s sound installation The Forty Part Motet and we both enjoyed Saul Melman‘s Central Governor.  There is also a truly inspirational piece entitled Wendy by HWKN that is in the front courtyard.


Wendy (from the 3rd floor) w/ 5Pointz in the background


Central Governor

Wendy at work

We headed back to the car and

circled 5Pointz

before heading out to Spa Castle in College Point. Spa Castle is a spa so I refrained from taking pictures. However, New Yorkers, if you haven’t been you must go. Tourists when the tension of the city gets to be too much…

The 3rd (top)  floor is a health club and restaurant. The second floor consists of a number of outdoor pools with all sorts of jets and relaxation spots in a variety of temperatures. There is also several indoor bathing areas and an indoor pool bar. Floor 1.5 has the hand and foot massage rooms and a sleeping area.  The ground floor has six saunas and an Ice room as well as a true “spa” facials, mani/pedis, waxing, full body massage etc. as well as a food area.  The Lobby floor are the locker rooms. Spa Castle provides uniforms for the co-ed floors but the pools in the single sex locker rooms (ranging from 61 degrees to 104) and the 187 dry sauna and the steam room are full monty.

This place attracts a full cross-section of NYC. More languages than you can shake a stick at, every color, creed and religion is here. They do allow kids which some people object to. Don’t go on weekends or holidays!!!! There si some nuzzling that occurs.  I made a discovery here. Some time in the last few years, tramp stamps have become big with the 20-30 year old male set…

From there we headed to Chinatown in Flushing and ate at a nice little restaurant called Biang (if you are counting that is Chinese food four days in a row – I think someone likes it)…and ended the evening back in Long Island City just as the sunset at Gantry Plaza State Park.

1 WTC in the distance

The Bride




11-19-11 But I Digress (Birthday Edition)

I interrupt my regularly scheduled program to celebrate…me.  Yup, today was my birthday and Katherine and Abigail decided to take me out on the town.

According to Katherine, I have been on  a pilgrimage this week. I had a lot of opportunities to go to Troy over the last six weeks but I held off until my birthday week and then held off on finding my grandparent’s house and my father’s high school until right before I left Troy, the day before my birthday.

I had asked my uncle for the address of the house but without looking at the street numbers, I parked the car directly in front of it. It just seemed right.

In a move that people who know me well would say is totally out of character, I walked up the front steps and knocked but… no one was home…

I started today with some cool presents (a new camera bag and (as per Abigail) almost hipster shoes.  Then we went off to The New Museum followed by dinner at Frankie’s (570 Hudson) and ended the day with The Descendants – which we all strongly recommend.

Here is a little slide show of the New Museum.

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7-26-11 Chchchanges

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same…

Turn and face the strange
Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers
Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Changes – Bowie – Live – 2004

Happy Birthday SD…