September-Gram

Hello all! Where did this month go?! I truly cannot believe I will be turning the pages of my calendar to October tomorrow.  After next weekend, my busy, on-the-road-every-weekend social calendars slows a but (at least for a couple weeks), so I hope to be able to share more recipes and fun fall DIYs with you all.  For now, let me catch you up on our comings and goings this past month:

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The first glimpses of fall while on a walk in South Mountain Reservation near my in-law’s home in NJ / NYC by sunset in my side-view mirror on a drive home to Queens one Sunday evening / Election season brought a hopeful candidate who decorated our block with balloons *swoon*

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After letting the entire summer slip by, we finally ate at Jackson Diner / Post-wedding brunch necessary: an epic bloody mary bar at Bond Street Social

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Josh and I “celebrated” 7 years since our first meeting / we traveled to Baltimore to watch two dear friends get married, and enjoyed the ambience including a giant pink poodle at the American Visionary Art Museum / Dimona got cozy with three Suss-men while watching football / my MIL and I enjoyed some glowing animal ears at my cousin Jonah’s bar-mitzvah

I hope you all had a beautiful September.  Looking forward to seeing you more next month and as we enter the holiday season! xo

(*all photos mine via Instagram)

We’ll Always Remember

Today, I am sure we are all taking a moment to reflect. To think about how quickly the last 12 years have passed, and how the passing of time has done little to ease our pain. To think about the victims, the survivors, and the heroes. To think about how even if just for this one day, 9/11 unites our entire nation in spirit and hope.

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Today, we can honor those we lost by building a nation worthy of their memories.”  -President Obama

Hello, Weekend!

I can’t remember the last time I needed a weekend so badly.  I got a new boss AND lost my “work wife” who left for another position all in the same week.  On top of that, the temps reached well over 100˚F every single day.  The city absolutely stinks, I’ve been covered with about 6 layers of sweat at all times, and haven’t been sleeping too well either.

Oh well! As they say, “C’est la vie”!

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Now the weekend is finally here, and after wrapping up a few pesky work items this morning, I’m excited to celebrate a friend’s birthday in a local park this afternoon, hop into Manhattan tonight to have dinner at Hudson Place with some of my best friends visiting from CT for the evening, and head to NJ tomorrow to see family.

Monday won’t even be so bad, because Josh and I have tickets to go see the Mets at Citifield with 10 of our awesome friends! (And I hear the weather is supposed to cool off by then too! 🙂 )

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend in store and a way to stay cool for this last day of heat.  Enjoy! xo

Socrates Sculpture Park

To set the tone: we awoke to a gorgeous Sunday morning.  We spent a brief moment lamenting the fact  that we no longer lived half a block from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, where getting outside was just oh so easy.  While Jackson Heights boasts a lot of green space available in the form of private yards, we have yet to find a really great park in our immediate vicinity.

However, all it took was a quick Google search and we were drowning in parks located in our new fabulous borough. As we were about to head to Queensbridge Park, I somehow landed upon the website for Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. As a brief “about the park”, the location is right on the waterfront where the Harlem and the East River meet.  In fact, due to a large number of ship wrecks in this small waterway during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch settlers named it “Hellegat” or “Hell Gate” in English.

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This abandoned marine terminal fell into disrepair and became an illegal dumping ground until 1985 when a coalition of artists took over the space.  “Socrates” was chosen as an ode to the philosopher but also in homage to the largest Greek population living in Astoria.

Josh and I had a fabulous day seeing the various sculptures, taking in the view, playing cards, and relaxing on our blanket in the shade.  This small, funky park is a definite recommend to all you locals and tourists alike.

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Have a lovely day! xo

Weekly Recap: Welcome June!

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Hello folks! Haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but the web had me rather inspired this week.  Enjoy some of my favorites:

Josh and I are off to Ikea this morning to brave the masses in hopes they will still have the bookshelf we want in stock by the time make it through the 3 miles of store aisles first. Once we have some actual shelving/storage, we can finish unpacking and I can finally start sharing some photos of our new apartment!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend. xo!