Tag Archive | NYC


Yesterday, I woke up early and watched a beautiful sunrise over Brooklyn. I made a breakfast of scrambled eggs, maduros, and rice & beans (leftovers from dinner the night before). Paul went to get the rental car and I finished packing. Paul parked the car in front of the building and we loaded the luggage cart with our possessions. We had been parked in front for no longer than ten minutes but we returned to find a surprising good-bye present from the City of New York. In ten years of living in NYC it was our first and last ticket! We waited to say good-bye to our roommate and shared our last NY bagel. After saying our farewells to Arrun and to our temporary apartment, we headed out of Brooklyn to the Bronx. We arrived at Casita Maria, an arts and education center that hosts the high school exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I saw three students: Lily, Duncan & Chloe and admired their artwork in the exhibition. We went to the auditorium and congratulated each student for winning a Gold or Silver Key Award and I received a pin for being the teacher of award-winning students.  Then, we said our farewells and hugged and cried. And I cried a little more. We got back to the car to find a traumatized turtle who had been waiting for us to return. We calmed him down and hit the road again.

New York in Film

Alright, so it seems that the theme for this week is New York and how much I’m going to miss it. You can’t fight your subconscious! So, I’ve decided to fully embrace this theme. Of course there are many more movies that are either filmed in NYC or are about New York than I can list here: New York Stories, Sex in the City, Die Hard, The Professional, Once Upon a Time in America, almost all of Spike Lee and Woody Allen’s early work and the list goes on.

I’m highlighting my absolute favorites and you can click on the movie titles to watch trailers and clips on YouTube. Enjoy! Mari


Woody Allen’s classic opening with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue playing. Could it get any better than this? Although I have qualms about Allen as a person, you really can’t beat his early filmmaking. *Notice the VW van that drives by around 24 seconds!


New York, I Love You

I also recommend Paris, J’taime that follows the same concept: shorts directed by different well known directors all taking place in the same city.


The Godfather

I couldn’t leave this one out! I also liked The Freshman, which is a nod to this original with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando.


Radio Days

Another stellar Woody Allen – notice how the trailer starts with the War of the Worlds broadcast! I would have also included Annie Hall but I didn’t want to make this list too Woody Allen heavy.


A Bronx Tale

What a classic. I still think of this movie when I unlock someone else’s door. I once met someone who was an extra in this film when he was a little boy and was still bragging about it at age 25!



The opening scene at the New York Public Library is classic. Who ya gonna call?


How to Succeed in Business…

I just love watching scenes of NYC in other decades. This opening scene has some really beautiful images of 1960s NYC.


West Side Story

Boy, boy, crazy boy! This was filmed and takes place where the Lincoln Center complex is now. Boy have things changed!


Saturday Night Fever

John Travolta plus The Bee Gees equals perfection. Another person I don’t love but whose work I respect…


When Harry Met Sally

How can you forget the gorgeous walks through Central Park in Fall or the famous Diner scene?


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You gotta love the classic opening scene with Moon River playing in the background.



Despite a tragic re-make, Fame will live forever and so will this “Hot Lunch” scene!


Do The Right Thing

I wish Spike Lee would make more New York centric movies like this one!


Little Manhattan

It’s nice to know that newer movies are paying homage to NYC as well.


I Am Legend

Also a newer movie, I had to throw this one in there because of the Times Square after the fall of mankind scenes.


The Game

A totally under-rated movie. Rent it now!


Wall Street

Oh, Charlie Sheen! We miss you!

NYC To Do List

It’s officially our last week living in New York and in true New York fashion our internet has stopped working at home (hence the lack of posts this weekend). Thanks Time Warner Cable! If I made a list of things I WON’T miss about NYC, Time Warner’s monopoly of the City’s cable and internet service would be on that list. Luckily we have a solution. Leave it to Paul’s Google Phone to save the day so that we can now tether the internet for our computers. I love technology.

Anyway, this is supposed to be a post about wonderful things in NYC, specifically the things that have been on our “To Do” list for years. We’ve been able to cross off some of the items (as you can see) but alas if it doesn’t happen by Saturday of this week, we’ll have to attempt to cross off more items when we come back to visit. Enjoy, Mari & Paul

Paul has done
Mari has done
Mari & Paul have both done
Neither Mari nor Paul has done (yet!)


The List

See Shakespeare in the Park
Visit the Statue of Liberty
Take the Staten Island Ferry
Go to the Cloisters
Do the 7 Train Food Crawl in Queens
Go to a Yankees Game
See a Broadway Show
Ride the Roosevelt Island Tram
Attend an Improv Class
Take Cooking/Baking Classes
Visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Participate in an Improv Everywhere Stunt
Play a Game of Tag on Wall Street
Enter a Broadway Show Ticket Lottery (and win!)
Take Salsa Dance Lessons
Take Music Lessons
Go Apple Picking
Attend the Rocky Horror Picture Show

See a Concert at Carnegie Hall
Take the Water Taxi
Go Swing Dancing at a Club
Swim in the East River
Watch the 4th of July Fireworks
Paint an Outdoor Mural
Attend Restaurant Week
Visit all 5 Boroughs
Attend a Protest March
See the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
Have Tea at the Ritz

Visit the Fulton Fish Market
Go Contra Dancing
Make it onto a Billboard in Times Square
Attend Trapeze School
Go Rock Climbing
Go Ice Skating
Mentor a Student with NFTE
See the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Do the Polar Bear Plunge
Live in a Brownstone
Go to the Metropolitan Opera
See an Outdoor Movie

Tour the Empire State Building
Attend a Taping of This American Life
Belong to the Park Slope Food Co-op
Earn an Advanced Degree in the City
Go Boating in Central Park

Take a Double Decker Bus Tour
Have a Birthday at a Karaoke Bar
Go to Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center
Attend a Taping of Selected Shorts at Symphony Space
Visit the Art Under the Bridge Festival

Appear on NY1
Ride the Cyclone at Coney Island
See the Circus Elephants on Parade
Attend the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island
Attend a Taping of a Television Show
Be a Game Show Contestant
Go Kayaking on the East River
Go to the Brooklyn Flea Market Indoors & Out

Go to a Comedy Club
Bike Around NYC
Walk Over the Brooklyn Bridge
Play Soccer in a Charity League
Drink Frozen Hot Chocolates at Serendipity 3
Have Drinks at Chumley’s
Ride a Train from the First to the Last Stop
Attend a Taping of RadioLab

Go to the Russian Baths
Go to the Ballet
Take a Cruise from Brooklyn
Spend Thanksgiving in NYC
Fall in Love

New York Playlist

As Paul and I prepare to leave NYC after nearly 10 years living here, I’ve been thinking about New York-themed songs. Below find the names and artists of a few NY songs, listen to clips and learn where to buy the songs at my last.fm playlist HERE. Happy listening, Mari

New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

New York Minute – Don Henley

The Only Living Boy in New York

Simon & Garfunkel

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Simon & Garfunkel

New York Times – Cat Stevens

New York, New York – Ryan Adams

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z Featuring Alicia Keys

New York City Boy – Pet Shop Boys

The Boy From New York City – The Ad Libs

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