July, 2011

My favorite little guy had a great time on a big motorcycle.  Just sitting on it, of course.


 


 

June 26, 2011

The newest addition to our family, baby Justin.


 
My brother makes some really cute kids.
 


 

June 9, 2011

I had a playdate with my friend Laura and  her cutie pie Cole.   He.  Is.  Walking!

We took him to the park where he got to play on the swings.

He loves the swings.  Endless entertainment.

April 24, 2011 -

Easter this year was great.  My nephew made my entire month by telling me, at the end of the night, that he was going to miss me and that he loved me very much.  I melted.

 

April 4, 2011

 

 
My nephew turned three!  Where has the time gone?

 

He’s a little man now.  And he’s obsessed with dinosaurs.


 
So he had an adorable dinosaur-themed party.  What a cutie.

March 21, 2011

This past Friday I had a play date with my friend Laura and her son Cole.
 

I hadn’t seen him in a few months and boy has he gotten big.  And insanely cute.

He is just over one year old now.  Such a fun age.  Everything is hilarious to them.


Even getting spun around in a plain cardboard box.

Even taking a few uneven steps.  With some  help, of course.

It is humanely impossible to be in a bad mood while in the presence of a face as cute as this.

Even though he is a mini-me of his dad, it’s his mamma we have to thank for those stunning eyes.

March 6, 2011

The Highline in NYC is an elevated public park that runs 30 feet above the streets of lower Manhattan on the west side.  It was originally built in the 30’s for freight trains to carry meat to the meatpacking district and agricultural goods to warehouses.  Instead of demolishing the rails, they were turned into a terrific public space.

 

 

The views are spectacular.

 

 

The Highline runs directly under a new, swanky hotel – The Standard.

 

 

This is a better view of the hotel with its water views.

 

 

One of my favorite aspects of The Highline is this clever overlook.  They built benches directly over the street with huge glass windows in front looking out onto traffic.  So cool.

 

 

Here is the view from the benches…

 

 

 This is the unique IAC Building designed by Frank Gehry.  It looks great against that clear blue sky.

 

 

Parts of the park are lush with flowers and bushes, as well as lounge chairs and benches. 

 

 

 

 

Strolling The Highline you really get a sense that you are away from the streets of the city, when really, you are just a staircase away. 

 

 

 

February 6, 2011

Back in October, when the weather was pleasant and you could actually enjoy the outdoors, my husband and I went to see Anne Burrell give a cooking demonstration at the NYC Food & Wine Festival.

 

 

We watch her cooking show often and really like her. 

 

 

She was pretty much exactly the same in person as she is on TV.  Very animated, funny and silly.

 

 

As we were leaving to enjoy the gorgeous day (seems like forever ago!) in the Meatpacking District we saw her outside signing autographs.

 

 

It was a great day.  We had brunch at 202 in Chelsea Market, then walked around the Highline.  I will post pictures of that soon.  Well, hopefully soon!

 

January 28, 2011

New York has gotten hit with something like 6 snowstorms since Christmas.  Big ones.  I think I heard on the news that this January has had the most snow…ever.  Record breaking.   Wednesday’s was a doozie. 

Considering we just got back from a Caribbean vacation Tuesday night it’s no wonder the cold and snow was more shocking to our systems than usual.  Tuesday consisted of beautiful white sand beaches, 85 degree temperatures and clear blue skies.  And this is what we are contending with now.

 

 

Oiy.  I suppose there is nothing we can do about it other than, well, prepare ourselves for more snow.  And try to appreciate the beauty of the season. 

 

 

Boy do I miss the palm trees. 

 

 

December 6, 2010

My nephew absolutely loves cars.   Probably typical for a little 2 1/2 year old boy.  Not only does he have a ton of them to play with but it seems he likes to watch car racing on TV as well.

 

 

He gets very into it. 

 

 

I always thought watching cars race around a track a gazillion times was bit boring.  Suppose there are downtimes for my nephew as well.

 

 

But then just as quickly the anticipation builds.  And as the roaring of the engines get louder and louder…

 

 

 he lets out a yell, rooting for his favorite car.

 

 

Until he gets old enough to drive a car of his own, he will have to settle with playing with these.  On his living room floor.  Away from harm.

 

 

 

October 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 28, 2010

Last week I lost the feline love of my life, my little guy Billy.  I’m so grateful to have had him in my life for the past 15 years.  Rest in peace love bug, I miss you everyday.

 

 

October 11, 2010

Last minute details are basically all that is left to do in the kitchen.  Surprisingly, there are alot of these last minute details.  It seems they never end.  The kitchen is mostly put together though and is now functional.

 

 

October 7, 2010

Hugely productive day.  Backsplash was installed as well as the remaining appliances and the faucet.  No more washing things in the bathroom sink.

 

 

We love the backsplash, it is rustic and the light tone is a great contrast against the darker cabinets.

 

 

And it blends just enough with the granite. (Apples hand picked by us this past Sunday!)

 

 

 

October 6, 2010

We are making major headway in the kitchen.  It is actually starting to look like a real kitchen.  One that you can use.  The granite is down! 

 

 

The exact granite slab we chose is called Colonial Gold Extra and we are happy with how it looks in the kitchen.  It’s a mix of white and beige and honey with some flecks of black and burgundy.  Some areas are more white, some more honey colored.

 

 

 

October 3, 2010 

Now that the cabinets are in and the moldings are on I have loaded every inch of the cabinets with my stuff.  The very first cabinet I filled was the pantry.  I’m so excited over this pantry.  I have four slide out drawers and a few shelves.  Heaven. 

  

 

   

Slide out drawers are quite possibly one of the best inventions in kitchen-cabinet-land.   No more digging in the back corner to grab a can of beans.  No more removing 6 items to get to the 7th one waaaay in the back.  Hallelujah. 

   

 

   

September 29, 2010 

This project is draining the life out of me.  I’m over the mess.  I’m over camping out of our living room, surrounded by huge boxes that house the entire contents of the kitchen.  And mostly, I’m over the kitchen being done piecemeal.  “What do you mean you aren’t going to install all the moldings today??  It’s only 11am! Where the heck are you going??”   So annoying.  Anyway, those moldings finally got installed (2 days later!).  They really finish off the cabinets perfectly…   

  

  

  

Not sure if you can see it in the above photo, but we also got light rail moldings under the cabinets.  Here’s a close up…   

  

  

  

September 28, 2010 

 The cabinets are finally in.  Well, most of them.  Utterly exhausting day.   

  

  

  

Here’s a better look at the cabinets that will be over the sink and dishwasher.  I had the ones over the sink made smaller than the others, giving us more head room in that area, making it less claustrophobic.  I thought the glass panels would also lighten things up a bit.  Although these glass panels are not the exact ones we picked, we decided to live with them.  (We just want this project OVER).   

  

  

  

  

I am excited about this entire base cabinet system.  Love the drawers on the left and the cabinet on the right is quite large.  Most of my pots will fit in here perfectly…without having to nest 16 pots inside one another.  

  

  

September 25, 2010  

The floor is down!  It’s starting to look like a room again.   We went with the brick work pattern, it looked the best with such large tiles (16×16).    

   

   

September 24, 2010It’s day 5 and paint is going on the wall at this very moment.  This afternoon the floor is going to be put down and I have to make a decision on the tile pattern.  The tile color in the 2nd photo is more true to color, no idea why this first picture came out so yellow.  This first pattern is the standard…  

   

  

  

 This pattern is called “brick work”…   

   

   

Preferences?  Love?  Hate??  

  

September 22, 2010    

Yesterday was, in fact, just as messy as day one.  But I think we have turned a corner.  Yes, I think we have.  Actually, I’m hoping we have.  Praying.  I’m already tired of living in squalor.  Here is where we are at this morning.     

  

    

  

Already a drastic improvement.  The walls have mostly been patched and the first layer of skim coat is up, making the walls looks super smooth.  Also, the wonderboard has been put down in preparation for the floor tiles.     

But the most exciting, most impressive improvement has been the doorway.  We had to rip out the old metal molding because the doorway opening was so narrow and most of the new appliances would not fit.  At first this seemed another annoying extra project that had to be done (and paid for!) but now that I see the final result, I am thrilled.   

    

   

  

The old opening was 26 inches, this one is 32 inches!  It looks SO much better, who would’ve thought?!     

I had to buy new moldings, obviously, and I wanted to find something that resembled the old original moldings in the apartment, one of which is just a few feet over on the same wall.  Something too dissimilar would not look good.  But as luck would have it the molding I picked is a dead ringer for the old one!  Well, not exactly a dead ringer, but REALLY close.  Minus the 45 layers of paint.  The old molding is on the left…   

    

   

   

    

    

    

    

    

    

   

This doorway opening project is a great example of a problem that turned into something great.   

    

September 21, 2010    

We survived what was probably the worst day of the job:  massive demolition day.  I think it was removing the ceramic tiles and wonderboard that made the most mess.  So much dust and so much noise.  Next in line was the removal of the metal door frame(way too narrow to get any appliances in).  Here’s what my kitchen looks like now…    

     

    

     

I am cracking up that the curtain is still hung up, completely unruffled in a room of destruction.  I should tell someone to remove that today.    

The electrician did alot of work yesterday, breaking into the walls and running the electrical lines.      

     

    

     

In the above picture you can see the floor that was unearthed, most likely from 1970.   The picture below shows yet another layer of flooring, probably from 1950…    

     

    

     

Update:  today is shaping up to be just as messy as yesterday.      

     

September 20, 2010     

I am finally getting around to redoing my kitchen, the one I inherited when I bought this place 6 years ago.  Demolition began this morning!  Goodbye ugly cabinets from 1986!  My kitchen is a disaster zone right now but I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end.  Here’ are some “before” pictures…     

      

     

       

I hated the cabinets, counter top and backsplash.  So relieved that I will never have to see them again.  I will be getting everything new, including stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.  I am not, however, redesigning the kitchen.  As this is only a one bedroom apartment, we probably won’t  be living here forever, so we didn’t want to go crazy with a complete remodel, which I would’ve done if this was a long term location.     

I did make this counter slightly longer giving me more counter area for prep work.  There’s never enough counter space!     

       

     

       

The cabinets over the sink will be shorter, giving me more room above the faucet and will have a glass panel.  Also, the sink will not be as close to the wall anymore, everything will be shifted to the left a few inches.  Oh, and that radiator is getting ripped out.  Buh bye.     

       

     

       

This is the floor I have now and a close up of super grainy, ancient cabinets.  The new floor will also be ceramic tiles but they will be much lighter, a beige color.  New cabinets are cherry wood with a mahogany stain.      

     

     

    

    

 
 Stay tuned for updated photos on the daily progress!    
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

     

September 17, 2010     

Queens got hit with a tornado yesterday and our neighborhood, unfortunately, sustained a tremendous amount of damage as well as one fatality.  It came in fast, but it was fierce.  I have to admit, I was terrified.  The skies turned black and the rain came pouring down in sheets.  The wind was so powerful (last I heard 80 mph) that the trees were blowing sideways, many of which didn’t make it.  And the thunderOh, the thunder.      

Looks like this person had a brand new car.  And somebody now has a tree in their living room.      

      

     

The much loved park in The Gardens was practically demolished.     

      

     

      

     

      

     

     

Everyone in the neighborhood is just wandering around in a sort of fog, in complete disbelief of the destruction.  I was hearing alot of “oh no, my favorite tree”.      

      

     

This one just breaks my heart.  A tremendous, gorgeous tree (that I often sat under) ripped from the ground.      

      

     

A stunning site.     

      

     

      

     

Can you imagine the force of wind needed to erect such a massive tree?     

      

        

      

     

This is the street along side the little park.     

      

     

Workers were furiously trying to clear the streets so cars could pass.  Not something that will be done in a day, that’s for sure.  The neighborhood is filled with sounds of sirens, power saws and helicopters.       

      

     

      

     

The entire landscape of the park has changed!      

      

     

It was unsafe walking around the area today (a gorgeous day!) due to the loose branches that were spontaneously falling to the ground with the wind.  They were trying to warn people.  Rightfully so…      

      

     

This is particularly interesting, the branch cracked off the tree and is now balancing on top of the lightpost!     

      

     

A few blocks away from the park was this poor white car.     

      

     

Perhaps this is a better angle…     

      

     

Many other cars didn’t stand a chance either.     

     

      

Neither did this playground.     

      

     

      

Quite a job removing this huge trunk from the car.     

     

     

       

This gentleman estimated the tree was 78 years old.     

      

     

So many beautiful, old trees.  Gone.     

 


5 Responses to “Happenings”


  1. 1 Stephanie
    September 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Unbelievable! So sad for the beauty of your park.
    No one anticipated the force of this storm.
    INCREDIBLE PICTURES!

  2. 2 anna giella
    September 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Susan, the pictures are unbelivable. You had some storm, lots of big trees are down, we did not have that thank God. We got only rain.

  3. 3 PATRICIA
    September 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    GOOD GOD!!! What a mess….. I can’t believe the trees!!!!

  4. 4 lili
    September 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Hey Susan is me Lili. I can’t believe the storm amazing! So Danny is telling me that you love photography! That is so cool! Love to see your work.

    Carinos,

    Lil

  5. 5 claire
    October 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Kitchen looks great Sue!! Can’t wait to see it in person. I love the stainless steel appliances and the granite countertop!
    Rest in peace Billy :/


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