Friday, September 10, 2010

Jet Setters

We're off to Austin this weekend with our JetBlue All You Can Jet Pass! WOO!

Onto Orlando!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Burgers & Cupcakes

I'm pretty sure we've mentioned these folks before... (right?!) but Burgers & Cupcakes is amazing and deserves another shout out.

Brian and I ate there tonight... after not having done so in a while.  "But, why?" you ask.  IIII DON'T KNOWWW! I asked Brian that very same question about 10 times throughout our meal.  I think they have the most delicious fries ever (the thin and crispy kind-- raaahhh)  and I think their cupcakes kick all those other NYC bakeries to the curb (no names mentioned here :X).  And their burgers are great too!  My fave is their Lemon Grilled Chicken Burger with goat cheese.  Mmmm.

And what really makes this place great are the friendly workers.  They gave us free cupcakes tonight after our meal!  And theeen as we were walking out the door they gave us NINE MORE FREE CUPCAKES.  I meeeaaaan, come oooonnn.  They also have a frequent eaters card so you can get 1 free meal every 5 meals or something like that ;)

And they have a new Banana flavored cupcake that our buddy John claimed was the best cupcake he has ever had.  (He was one of the recipients of our free cupcake gifts)  Others in our box included strawberry, blueberry, mint chocolate chip, chocolate ganauche and red velvet... all with either their AMAZING butter cream frosting or cream cheese frosting or...other amazing frostings.  Photo below.  Drool away!!

(Okay, so the picture quality isn't that great.  Had to iphone this one.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last Minute Frights

When our Tuesday evening plans fell through, we stumbled across some exciting last minute plans...

A free prescreening of The Last Exorcism! Thanks to and!

We thought we were going to be too late to get in but lucky for us there was a premovie Q & A with Eli Roth! I guess we missed some of the Q & A but the parts we did catch were great. Eli had to change his Facebook to a pseudonym because the all the people he used to go to school with try to get him to pass screenplays to Quintin Tarantino. And in even better news, Roth's next project is producing a film he cowrote with RZA that is going to be a spaghetti western style kung fu movie with proper Chinese actors dubbed in English by rappers. Yeah, simmer on that for a minute.

And then we watched The Last Exoricsm! Which was a pretty cool film and definitely worth a viewing. As I said on my "twitcrit" review: It kept the guy sitting next to me guessing (loudly) the whole time! Ah crowded movie theaters...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

July in Review

Wow, is it August already? All the hot, sticky days have seemed to run together into a big gooey mess.

So how was your July?

I know the blog hasn't been so active, but don't worry, that doesn't mean we've given up the cheap lifestyle. Quite the contrary.

In July, summer concerts were in full effect.

We hit up the Siren Festival at Coney Island. Ted Leo was great and Night Marchers were my band discovery of the show. Like every day this summer it was stupid hot out so we saw a few sets and then hit the beach to relax to the sights and sounds of drunk teenagers getting in fights.

Next it was another Brooklyn summer institution, the Jelly Pool Parties! Windnie went shopping while I met up with some Brooklyners to see Murder City Devils. Good times were had and a lot of free Amp was drank. Again, hot as balls, shade at a premium, dehydration: inevitable. But man, was that a great show!

Then Weasel came to visit! He wanted to check out Cap'n Jazz and Lightening Bolt at the Pool Parties but since they don't really like water they moved the show indoors at the first sight of rain and promptly sold out. Weasel was a good sport however and that night we went to that Sunday institution: Asssscat 3000 at UCB! I think he had a good time, or at least pretended to.

Let's see, then there was a grill out and Sonic Youth at Prospect Park Bandshell to Celebrate Brooklyn! Grilling out is awesome! And it was a good time, laying on a blanket outside the fence and pretending we were from the 90s.

Last but not least, Lincoln Center's Out of Doors concert series. We went to check out Balkan Beat Box but weren't that impressed. Maybe because they had to follow Mucca Pazza who were incredible!

[Added by Windnie]: We also went to the Dragon Boat Festival---where I fell asleep. But pre-nap it was nice!

Sprinkle in a couple outdoor movies, a trip to the Met, some half priced Pinkberry and a big dose of Windnie moving into her new apt just up the street and you've pretty much summed up our July.

Hope yours has been just as great! A lot of these fests still have plenty of shows left in them so be sure to check them out in August!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lucero's Gone to Governor's

We've already been to Governor's Island to check out some free art. This time we went for the free music.

With our friend Jo Anne in toe, we headed to Water Taxi Beach on Governor's Island (which is really more of a sand box) to check out Lucero, J-Roddy Walston and The Business, and Johnny Corndawg.

We arrived early expecting it to be crowded but the threat of rain seemed to keep people away. Fortunately, the only rain we had were the sprinkles when we arrived! The small crowd made for a relaxed atmosphere, maybe even like a day at the real beach. The food prices at the beach aren't terrible for a concert venue but they aren't cheap either. I'd recommend bringing your own. We found a picnic table in the sand and soaked in the atmosphere. We stayed at our table for Johnny Corndawg and enjoyed his cutesy country music but then moved a bit closer for the next 2 acts.

J-Roddy Walston was incredible. Sounding like a southern rock mix of Billy Joel and Meatloaf they completely blew away the crowd. Everyone needs to check them out right now.

The headliner of the show was Lucero, whose hollow-bodied guitar meets singer-songwriter style was on full display. Songs about love and drinking seemed to fit the mood on a cool night on the river and the show often turned into a big sing a long. After a lovely, long set we headed back to reality. After a nice day on the Island.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A day at the Meadow

Over the long July 4th weekend the Mets were playing my hometown Reds so we thought we'd head up to Flushing Meadows and explore before checking out the game that night.

Flushing Meadows has a long history and a ton of activities inside!

First up, the Queens Zoo. This zoo is a lot like Central Park and Prospect Park Zoo, with several exhibits set up in a ring around a sea lion pit. The zoo was small but fun.  The focus is on animals from the Americas. There is also an aviary inside a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome. The structure was originally part of the 64 World's Fair (more on that later).

Flushing Meadows has been home to 2 World's Fairs in 1939 and 1964 and there are still remnants of both events. The Queens Museum of Art is housed in a building from the 1939 World's Fair. Though the building was closed when we were there, it is worth checking out. It fits our budget ($5 suggested donation) and houses temporary and permanent exhibits including the New York City Panorama. The Panorama is a model of the city, originally built for the 1964 world's fair and it includes EVERY building in the city built before 1992, at 9,335 sq ft and with 895,000 individual structures (and airplanes!) it is absolutely worth the trip.

The 1964 World's Fair introduced us to Tomorrowland (presented by GM) helping pave the way (heh heh) for the automobile domination of much of the country. But transportation planning philosophies aside, the 64 world's fair also gave us the Unisphere!

The fountain has been out of use for awhile but that should change soon with the restoration project currently underway.

Unfortunatly, another relic from the 64 World's Fair has not aged as well...

It seems like every world's fair has a signature overlook tower. Seattle has the Space Needle, San Antonio has the Tower of the America's, and Knoxville has the Sunsphere. New York has 3 towers, all built as part of the New York State Pavilion. While I believe the other towers mentioned are all currently servicing tourists, the New York State Pavilion looks like this:

Which I mean looks kinda cool, but in the worst sort of way. I think the city is supposed to be fixing it up but I don't think there is a time table.

After wandering around the park, we thought we might try the Queens Botanical Garden, which was started for the 1939 World's Fair and moved for the 1964 World's Fair. After a long walk under some highways and across a pedestrian bridge we found this:

Looks pretty closed huh? We thought so too. Upon further review of the garden map, it turns out that this is the "Meadow" section of the park and the entrance is on the opposite side. Someone needs to work on signage around this place. If you want to try your luck the admission price shouldn't break your small wallet ($4, $2 for students). If you've been there in the past you should note the new admission price since this is the first season they've charged. During less "green" seasons you can still get in free.

So after a long day exploring Flushing Meadows we headed over to Citi Field. On a holiday weekend, with the first place Reds in town, there weren't a lot of available tickets on resale sites (Stubhub, etc) and the scalpers weren't really in the mood to do business with me and my cheapness. We resigned to buy the cheapest seats in the house:

And then move down to here:

And then we watched the Reds win with help from a controversial call that pissed off all the Mets fans! Fun times in Queens!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

How to Properly Celebrate America's Birthday

There are a lot of good ways to celebrate the 4th of July but there are really only 2 essentials: Cook outs and fireworks. So our day started with a trip to Prospect Park to celebrate with our Brooklyn friends.

Here's Kevin working the grill.

Here's Robert enjoying the picnic.

Here's Brian soaking up the sun.

Here's a Petanque game in action!

After about 8 hours of food, naps, and Pentanque it was back to the island to check out some fireworks. It turns out there was a pretty great view from my roof.

Happy Birthday Uhmerika!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Movie Night!

We keep updating the Summer Movie Guide, filling in the holes in your summer evening schedule. Unfortunately, try as we might, we just can't find a free outdoor movie every day this summer.

Fortunately, KGB deal and AMC theaters (which we usually only visit during their morning matinee) are offering the next best thing:

A $4 movie ticket!

Finally, we can have a proper movie date night like all the big spenders!

Hurry though, there's a limited supply of discount tickets!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Red Hooked

Last weekend we headed out to Ikea Brooklyn to peruse some Swedish home goods. Perhaps you've heard of Ikea. Ikea is filled with cheap furniture. Not only is the cost cheap, but so is the quality! I mean the stuff is pretty sleek so it's better than your Walmart furniture, but it'll still probably fall apart if you have to move it. Ikea also has some cheap food. The food is kinda cafeteria style Swedish meatballs and chicken fingers and things so it's not exactly worth going out of your way for. Ikea Brooklyn is pretty unique one way. You can get there by a free ferry boat at Pier 11!

Ferries in the summer are a good time. Open air, breezes on the water, and great views of Manhattan, Jersey, Brooklyn and even the Statue of Liberty. Your ride culminates in a slow trip through some pretty creepy looking derelict docks when you arrive at Ikea. But since you're probably over Ikea just as much as I am, I've got a suggestion for you.

Next time, skip the Swedes and head for the Red Hook Vendors. Hop on the Ikea ferry which is completely free on the weekends. Enjoy the ride, soak in the views, and even marvel at the bright new Ikea built in the very industrial neighborhood of Red Hook. But then just walk on by. When everyone turns to right to enter the front door of the big blue box, turn right with them and just keep going. Eventually, you'll run into a park and soon you'll find ball fields. Futbol fields. Futbol fields surrounded by food trucks. Food trucks representing all sorts of Latin American specialties. Cheap Latin American Specialties.

So practice your Spanish (or your pointing skills) grab a cup of horchata and enjoy. Find a spot under a nice big tree, watch some futbol, and soak in the sun, and be happy that you're not in a big blue box soaking in florescent light. Be sure to thank Ikea on your way back home for such a lovely day on their dime.

And let me know if there's anything else I should check out next time we're in Red Hook (besides of course their summer movie series)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Aircraft Carrier of Dreams

So I'm like a 10 times more happy person in the summer time in New York City and today I remembered why.  Outdoor movies!!! (and things.)

Brian and I packed ourselves a nice little picnic last night and headed over to The Intrepid to watch "Field of Dreams" under the stars (okay, so I couldn't see them... but I'm pretty sure they were there).  The night was beeaauuutiful and the company was alright ;)

First of all, I can't believe we've never been to the Intrepid Museum.  EDIT: because it's expensive!  So you're welcome for finding a way to get a glimpse of this pricey attraction for free! :)

Here are some photos:

Shyeah.  How can you not feel oh so good eating chips and salsa and finding yourself surrounded by these beauties on a perfect night by the river.  I mean, really.  Even if the movie isn't good (or a complete CHEESEBALL fest like this movie is :) you can just look around and be happy).

So go here and pick a movie and experience it for yourself!  And of course, all of these are included in our massive summer movie list that's already been posted and bookmarked on your own personal computer I'M SURE :)

'Til next time!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Billy's BBQ

While you were fighting the long lines and paying for your BBQ last Saturday, we were hangin out with the best new menswear designer in America. Our good friend/salesboy/part-time-model B. Capps invited us over for the Annual Billy Reid BBQ. And because Billy knows real BBQ comes from the south, he got Jim N Nicks to truck a whole hog up from Alabama for the event!

Free pulled pork tacos! Homemade tortilla chips and queso/guacamole/salsa! Free beer and champagne! And hanging out with some good friends that, like most of us New Yorkers, work far too much! Who could ask for anything more!

Thanks Brandon! Hopefully we'll be seeing you around a lot more and hopefully it will again involve whole animals roasted over flame for free.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Movies, movies, movies, movies

The list continues to grow!

A few new series to add to the summer movie list:

Movies Under the Bridge at Little Bay Park in Queens featuring free family films overlooking Long Island Sound. So far the only info we've got is they're showing something August 17th. But using my excellent deductive reasoning, the usage of the plural "movies" means that this is in fact a series with additional movies forthcoming. As more info becomes available you can find it here. EDIT: There are at least 3 movies being played Under the Bridge. Reasoning: Deduced. Calendar: Updated.

Lawn Chair Theater at Salt Marsh Nature Center wayyyyy out in Brooklyn. Another series with only one announced date. Finding Nemo is scheduled for July 30th. I was pretty certain this was a series due to it's snazzy name (who would take the time to name a one time thing?) but for you lovely people, I called and confirmed. There will officially be more movies announced later.

Movies on the Waterfront in Astoria Park is a short run of family films every Monday in August. You've now got 1 more chance to catch the Lion King in a park down by the river (not sure if vans are allowed, har har har).

In addition to these series, there are some other films that have been added as part of more diverse series happening in the city this summer. Salt at Salt Marsh Nature Center is apparently not part of Lawn Chair Theater but is instead part of the Arts, Culture and Fun Series and 2 TBA family films will be playing in August for the Clearing in the Forest events in Central Park.

Updated Super list here!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Governor's Island + Art

Hello friends!

Today (Okay, now it is "yesterday"), Brian and I took the lovely ferry over to Governor's Island for the Figment Art Show--an exhibit that is run entirely by volunteers and is completely free to the public.  If you've never been out to Governor's Island, I highly recommend it.  It is always free to get there via ferry boat at these times on the weekend and it is a nice and easy retreat from the city.  Bring a picnic!!

There usually aren't quite as many people as shown in the photo above.  This was just due to the art show.  It's typically quieter-- with a handful of people just laying around in the grass or riding their bikes around on the trails.  How lovely! :)

Our good friend Ryan Nussbaum gave us the heads up on this event! The company he works for (MSLK) was showing this piece on the island:

 So most of the art was not really my style--a bit pretentious :(  but if anything it was just nice to walk around outside.  Here is a little bit of what we saw before it started to rain on us:

Interpretive dance I guess.

People on stilts.

Giving away gnomes (but only after making people take an oath)

A family tree with lots of drawings of families

A greenhouse

pirate ship bikes

And my favorite-- a Childhood Dream Tree :)

K, nuff photos.  BYEEEE.