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World In My Eyes: New York

empire state reflection

brooklyn bridge reflection

grand central reflection

Dine reflection

mondrian reflection

Guggenheim reflection

Museum reflection

washington square park reflection

Ugolino reflection

Harvesters reflection

Central Park reflection

koons reflection

statue relection

picasso reflection

Vermeer reflection

Love reflection

ps1 reflectionI love New York. It is world class in every way, from art galleries to theater to food to comedy to amazing public spaces to fashion to history to ….. New York’s got it all. This was our third time there, but we could go another dozen times and still feel like we haven’t scratched the surface. They say you’re just visiting a place until you’ve been there a minimum of 2 years and even then the locals will look at you out of the corner of their eye. So if you’re not a local; that definitely makes you a tourist. In the grand scheme of things, tourists may definitely get bad raps, but at some point or another, we should all get to wear that badge. So when you do, wear it well and if you don’t know – ask.

If you like waiting in lines, than New York is the place for you. The lines can be very long, but usually the thing at the end of them is amazing. We definitely stood in our fair share this time around, with these 3 being the highlights: tickets for The Daily Show with Jon StewartSt. Vincent live in Prospect Park and last but not least the incredible John Lithgow as King Lear in Shakespeare in the ParkAll three were free, hence the crazy lines. We were fortunate to be surrounded by extremely friendly people sharing our fate. Good conversation makes the wait time fly by and the locals we met gave us countless great recommendations. So if you know you’re going to be there for a while, I say get to know your neighbours.

Speaking of recommendations, here’s a few food ones: the potato knish at Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery on Houston is tasty, filling, cheap and brilliant. New York is world renown for its pizza, but which one is best? I wouldn’t even try to attempt to answer this riddle, but I can definitely say Juliana’s in Brooklyn has got to be in the running. Lastly, if you have a sweet tooth; the banana pudding at the Magnolia Bakery will blow your mind.

Asides from Lear we saw some great shows. Joe Machi at Caroline’s killed despite losing his voice. If you like live comedy then The Comedy Cellar is a must. When we there, Aziz Ansari dropped in unannounced and did close to an hour of new material. Book of Mormon is hilarious and well worth the ticket. The free ghost tour of Greenwich Village is great if you want to see where Mark Twain supposedly haunts or where Sid Vicious left this mortal coil.

Lastly, New York has got some of the most iconic works of art on the planet housed in some of the greatest galleries in the world. For us, this is the main reason we come to New York. If you only have a few days in the city; the Met is mind-boggling or MOMA (spoil of riches) are the two I would recommend. If you have more time; other galleries you should definitely get to are the Cloisters (the Unicorn Tapestries are a must see), Brooklyn Museum (Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party is just crazy), The New Museum, The Folk Art Museum (Henry Darger’s Realms of the Unreal is there) and MOMA PS1 are all brilliant. Of the 36 paintings Vermeer executed in his lifetime; 8 are on view in NYC between the Met and the Frick alone. This was the first time we made it to the Frick and it did not disappoint. (If you go on Sundays between 11-1, it is pay what you want.) Another great thing to do is walk along the High Line and visit some of the galleries in Chelsea. We also saw the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney (review coming soon).

Oh New York New York we’ll be back.


Related post: World in my Eyes: Chicago



1 Year Anniversary

Jeff Koons Party Hat 1997

Jeff Koons Party Hat 1997

Holditnow turns 1 today! Wow that went by fast. It started out as whim on a lazy afternoon and quickly turned into an addiction. I spread my net pretty wide trying to tackle all of Pop Culture and am slowly figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Turns out; you guys like it when I talk about Art and Movies a lot more than when I speak and share about Television and Music. I’m a hopeless TV addict so they’ll keep coming. I was also a DJ in a past life (granted not a very good one) so I’ll keep chipping away with mixes like this Disco to Disco.

Pathetic Fallacy 2012

Pathetic Fallacy 2012

Thanks for letting me share my artwork. My First Tablet Painting struck a chord and inspired me to keep working in this vein. Over the past year this work has gotten a lot of positive attention and is now represented by two galleries in Toronto. Art is my favourite thing to talk about/share and my very first post was an early digital work: Baconstein.

Seeing is Believing  2008

Seeing is Believing 2008

Definitely a highlight of this past year was being Freshly Pressed. The overwhelming surge of traffic for a new blogger is definitely a rush. I Want to Believe was a love letter to a childhood obsession. Thanks to all who stopped by and a big shout out to the ones that stayed. Other posts you guys liked include: Secret Gem, Picasso Vs Van Gogh, Delicatessen Review and World in My Eyes: Chicago.

Some of my personal favourites include: Creature From the Black Lagoon and Them! Review, The King and the Pauper, The Strange and Wondrous Story of The KLF and What’ so funny about peace, love and an inflatable Rabbit?

crop2Since this is a special anniversary post; I’m going to introduce a new category: Food. If anything, this might turn into a once a year thing. There are so many great food blogs out there that I know when I’m in way over my head. But Toronto is such a wonderful place to live with so many great places to eat I’d be remiss in not adding one more log on the fire. Over the last year, a friend and myself have been eating at a new place in the city every week and here are a few recommendations.

Best Ramen: Kenzo 

Don’t be confused, this is the North York restaurant close to Steeles. The downtown ones are good but this one is outa sight.

Best Meat on a Bun: Porchetta and Co

One word: crackling.

Best Milkshake: Holy Chuck

The Nutella and salted caramel will haunt you for days.

Best Taco: La Carnita

Come for the In cod we trust fish taco, stay for the key lime pie on a stick.

Best Cornbread: Southern Accent

Funky staple in Mirvish Village.

Best Schnitzel: Cafe Polonez

They serve a great platter of Polish comfort food.

Best Counter: The Stockyards

Last time we were there, we sat beside one of the Kids in the Hall.

Best Meatball: 7 numbers

Years later and people are still lined up out the door.

Thanks again for a great year.




Autumn lunch.


Minimally speaking.