3 Charming + Low-Key Institutions in Montreal

Most people—especially New Yorkers—fly south for the winter. You know, to those sunny climes where shedding clothes and getting tan is de rigeur. Miami, Puerto Rico, the DR. Not us. Inexplicably, me and Ian love the cold, but more precisely, we love being where people aren’t. Spending the first few days of the new year away fromContinue reading “3 Charming + Low-Key Institutions in Montreal”

Meandering in Montreal

So I spent the first few days of 2015 walking like a duck. Thanks a lot, Montreal. Per our random, not-at-all official New Years tradition of traveling deeper into the very heart of winter (last year was Burlington, VT), we decided to ditch NYC’s glut of festivities, trading noisemakers and party hats for French-speaking lumbersexualsContinue reading “Meandering in Montreal”

It’s New Year’s. Get Me a Sandwich, Stat.

Like, oh, the rest of the world ringing in the New Year, I’m reflecting on 2014. Was it a good year? Yeah, I’d say so. I traveled more, worked harder, developed new skills and largely avoided not dying. Someone get me a prize! The flip side of reflecting on the New Year is dipping aContinue reading “It’s New Year’s. Get Me a Sandwich, Stat.”

Feeding My Obsessions: New York’s Best Bookstores

It’s the last weekend of Christmas shopping and I’ve basically checked out of consumer culture. Don’t expect much from me this holiday season, unless of course, it’s wine. Or books. From, y’know, the bookstore, not that Internet-commerce hydra, Amazon. Because, try as you might to deny it, bookstores are cool, bro. Cliche, I know, loving bookstores, but!Continue reading “Feeding My Obsessions: New York’s Best Bookstores”

For Public Consumption | Racing Thoughts

Everyday around 5 PM, I can hear the trains rolling through Mt. Kisco from my desk. The aggressive horn starts off in the distance, and I can’t help but look at my desk clock. The sound comes closer, and I pack my bag. The doppler’d noise goes off into the distance, and I’m getting intoContinue reading “For Public Consumption | Racing Thoughts”

Photo Essay: Tasting Southold Farm + Cellar | North Fork, Long Island

Sundays have become my day of adventure, apparently. Bored with brunch and general city going-ons, Ian and I have taken to exploring the greater New York-area and its environs, in-depth. Sometimes, it’s as close as the Upper West Side, or Brooklyn. Other times, it’s gallivanting off to rural Pennsylvania for a lumberjack festival. This week,Continue reading “Photo Essay: Tasting Southold Farm + Cellar | North Fork, Long Island”

Brooklyn Victory Garden: All of the Cheese, Please

A few weeks ago, on one of those fall Sundays that slap you in the face with fire-y leaves and clear skies, Ian took me on an adventure through the Upper West Side. Stately brownstones and single-family homes lined the shaded, narrow streets, while the sun peeked through the canopy of trees and cast an emerald-filtered shadow overContinue reading “Brooklyn Victory Garden: All of the Cheese, Please”

Rainy Autumn Playlist: Color | Drain

By the time I got off the L in Bushwick this evening, the sky—which had threatened rain all day—released its wet freight. Underground a mere minutes before I butted heads with meteorology, I had already decided to take the long route home, if only to be outside for a short while. I even wanted to goContinue reading “Rainy Autumn Playlist: Color | Drain”

Visiting Gay Graves at Green-Wood Cemetery | Brooklyn

“Anyone here know Bethesda Fountain?” Phil asks the gathered group of men (and one woman). “The statue is known as the Angel of the Waters, and its sculptor happens to be our first lesbian artist on the tour.”