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NYC secret

I have lived in New York City going on nine years now, but today was my first trip to the Museum of the City of New York.

mcnyIt’s located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, just a quick jog across Central Park from my Upper West Side neighborhood.  Props to Groupon for giving me the push I needed to pay a visit.

Two for one admission — need I say more?

The space is compact, clean and modern, with exhibits of a number and size that make it easy to see and do everything in a morning or afternoon.  There’s also a nice variety — photography, film, costumes, paintings, advertising, multi-media, miniatures — so everyone in your group will find something to hold their interest.

My favorite on this cold damp day?

paul rand

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, an exhibit showcasing the six-decade career of the iconic graphic designer (and Brooklyn native).

While Rand is a legend in the design community, you may find yourself wondering who he is. A quick look at a few of the logos he designed will make you realize you gaze upon his handiwork nearly everyday.

paul rand logosRad designed children’s books (with his wife Ann) and other book jackets as well, and wrote two visionary books on design.

He also taught at the Pratt Institute and Yale before his death in 1996.

A quick Google image search will not only give you an idea of the breadth of Rand’s art and impact on current design, but is a really fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day.

Tokyo, Day 5: Tokyo Tower, Narita

My flight home today to New York wasn’t until afternoon,  so I decided to squeeze in some more sightseeing before check-out.

My feet voted against the idea, so I took a taxi to the Tokyo Tower which, like my hotel, is located in the Roppingi district.


It looks like an orangey-red Eiffel Tower, so I imagined it also occupied a large, grassy expanse. But this is Tokyo; the tower (which is taller than Eiffel) is sitting directly on the street.


You can see it here reflected in the building across the street.

(I like that shot.)

There are two observation levels. The first offers beautiful views of Tokyo.


But when you ride to the tip-top, you appear to be in the clouds.  And when you are that far up, it calls for one thing —



After I came back down to Earth, I grabbed lunch at Bubby’s, the Tokyo location of a New York restaurant in Tribeca and Brooklyn.

I discovered it quite by accident a few blocks from my hotel and had to check it out.


Bubby’s is famous for their breakfast, burgers and homemade pie. I had banana-walnut pancakes for lunch — hey, I was on vacation — and they were good.

It was the perfect transitional meal before I headed toward home.

See you soon!

Playing dress up

I have lived in New York City going on eight years now, and I sometimes worry that I will start to take the city for granted.

Maybe I already have.  Maybe we all have.

Image: An aerial view of Burj Dubai is seen in DubaiThe city of Dubai isn’t going to take that chance.

They have put together a think tank on tourism, and one idea is getting serious consideration —

Covering the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building (2,716.5 feet and 160 stories) — with a “super-lightweight, reflective and semi-transparent fabric material.”

They say it’s art.

Critics say it sounds (and will look like) something much less low brow, but I like the idea of dressing up monuments.  The Statue of Liberty in a tasteful winter coat? The Guggenheim Museum decked out as a layered birthday cake? The Flatiron Building as a wedge of Swiss cheese?

Oh man — I think I’ve finally found my calling!

Location, location

Where is the best place to live in the Upper West Side?  I am only guessing, but…


Andy’s Deli always smells of yummy bacon.


And the apartments above have a bucolic view of the park that surrounds the Museum of Natural History.

Now, that’s what I call atmosphere.

Did someone hit redial?

Happy 40th Birthday, Cellphone!

cellphone birthdayThat’s right.  Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first cellphone call — to one of his rival engineers at Bell Labs, no less — and made telecommunications history.

Looking at your ‘baby photo’ at left — a cellphone model that I see turn up in old movies and television sitcom reruns all the time — I can honestly say…

You look even younger today.

(You really do.)

Sit. Stay. Good boy.

Welcome to Fun Fact Friday!

I just invented it because I ran across a fun fact on Google that I wanted to share.  It is, in fact, a fun fact about Google…which makes it even more fun.

Well, at least, to me.

Anyhoo, here is your promised fun fact

Google has a pet dinosaur. His name is Stan.  He is a T-Rex.

His skeleton was unearthed near their headquarters, authenticated and later adopted by Google.  Now Stan is kept on a fairly short leash outside Building 43.

Are these Stan’s real bones or a scale model?  This fact I do not know.  But having a dinosaur as a pet?

Very cool.  And very Google.

Look at that

Do you know what this is?  I’ll give you three guesses.


Origami sculpture?

Re-tooled DNA?

Times up.

It’s actually the central vault above the atrium of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.

But I’m pretty sure the artist had one of those three items in mind when he was creating his masterpiece.

Either that, or he was staring at his blue eye a bit too closely in the mirror.

I think I need more sleep.