nyny day 4

This didnt actually occur in New York. A few years back, i met a chica named Ruthy on my fieldschool in Peru. She happens to live in New Jersey so we coordinated a day during my trip here to get together.

Carrie took me on the subway early in the morning on her way to work so she could help me get a ticket at Penn Station. Once that was done, we parted ways and I found myself in a giant train station without a clue as to what to do. But I managed, even if new yorkers are assholes, and made it to Woodbridge, New Jersey in one piece.

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Ruthy and her bf Juan picked me up and we had breakfast at The Reo. Its one of her favorite diners so i had to check it out. I got a yummy yummy belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream.

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We drove through Perth Amboy a little, because thats where she grew up. We stopped at a marina for a short time and got back on our way.

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Next in line was the Jersey shore – we stopped at the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and walked to the ocean. The beach was red flagged because of these monster waves coming in. A storm was due so the wind was pretty strong.

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Then we went through an awesome funhouse. I had only been in the county fair type houses, so a full time funhouse was neat. We got lost in the plexiglass and mirror hallway for some time (its quite confusing to not walk into the glass!), and transported a cat into a skeleton. Oh and we thought we lost Juan at one point because he went down a tunnel slide that we werent sure was really operational – it looked like the whole thing was going to rip off the wall, and we never saw him come out. But once we got down the stairs, we found him. He had been slinking through some teeny tunnels.

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After that, we grabbed some subs at Glory’s and went to Ruthys house in Jackson. There i got to see her family llamas, a goat, her kitties (including the six toed ones;), a ferret, a bird, and two sugar glyders.

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Ruthy then drove us to the Grounds for Scultpure. This was a massive park with all kinds of sculptures and landscaping. It was truly a beautiful place! Even if it did rain at times, but it never poured, and we were each equipped with umbrellas. Check out some of the cool stuff I saw:

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Next stop was New Hope, Pennsylvania. This was a pretty little town with lots of store fronts filled with unique boutiques. A lot of it was too expensive but it was still fun to see different things. One of the first things we saw was a sculpture by the same artist who had stuff at the Grounds for Sculpture! We also found this really really creepy shop that housed post-mortem things, like actual photos, caskets, funeral clothes, etc (more real bones and skulls). There was other stuff too, all things youd see in a horror movie.

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Lastly, we went to New Brunswick to meet up with some friends of theirs. This is also where Ruthy went to school – Rutgers University. She showed me the campus and then we went to Stuff Yer Face to eat. I wish I could have stayed longer but I had to get back to a henna party!

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I arrived about an hour later than planned, and was directed on how to get from the train station to the subway and then to the apartment. It was bad timing coming in, as a concert just got out when I got off the train and so there were zillions of people going every which way. But i managed the public transportation system alone, and made it back safe. Carrie had prepared the henna the night before so it was all ready to go. I learned some interesting things about it – its henna + sugar + water + eucalypcus oil. Theres sparklies you can add to it, you can erase it, you can do different colors or darknesses, and you can gently coat it with sugar water when its dry to help it last longer. These are the largest tats i had ever gotten (its like 30$ at fairs for the back of your hand so i only sporadically ever do it). They are also the prettiest!

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While she was working her magic, she had given me my own henna to play with. I am not so skilled of course, so getting the right holding position and the pressure needed for squeezing  was not an easy task to coordinate. My designs are not near as lovely :/

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nyny day 3

My brother had an appt so luckily it was right next to Central Park. I explored there for a bit while he was busy. After his appt, we wandered through the park to get to some other area of New York. Here are some random photos from the park:

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So on this day, I walked through the park, the upper west side of Manhattan, hitting Midtown, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Herald Square, Koreatown, Williamsburg, Alphabet City, St Marks, Washington Square, and Union Square. Here are some photos of those areas:

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At night, the four of us went out to eat at the Noodle Bar. There wasnt much on the menu that I knew would be safe for me to eat (allergies) so I got a roast duck noodle soup with chinese broccoli. It was very tasty but the duck was really filling so i had to get most of it to go.

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For dessert, we stopped at PinkBerry where i got original flavor with extra granola. Yum!

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nyny day 2

Bro and I walked around Nolita in the daytime so I could see it better, and stopped over at SoHo (South of Houston – pronounced “House-ton”, not like the Texan city). One of the places we stopped at was The Evolution Store – it was really cool, but I dont know how I feel about the real specimens being for sale (from babies to adults, articulated or not). I am also still adjusting to being in the city so my photos are few and far between (not to mention the difficulty to see things when you are worried about tripping on the crazy sidewalks of doom) but i saw this cool window display of floating dandelions and grass.

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We came back to the apartment to chill out (90 degree weather and walking around a city = not a cool time). Considering his two roomies have chinese backgrounds, I assume Ill get to try different things that I normally wouldnt eat. For instance, for lunch, I had some pork buns – they were very neat and would be good with any filling i think (they were kinda bagel-ly).

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We took a subway to Brooklyn and it was really quaint and quiet compared to where Ive been so far. We ate at a small cafe and pastry place called Fabiane’s Cafe and Pastry with not so good service (although very polite), but the ham and cheddar sammich and creme brulee was tasty!

We came back again to cool off and then all four of us went back to the St Marks area for some Belgian fries. (I should proclaim here that when you ask me where we went, its Nolita and Soho, but if you ask bro, its a list of like 20 places…) This place, Pommes Frites, had so many flavors of sauce! Between all of us, we tried sweet mango chutney, pomegranate teriyaki, and vietnamese pineapple. I, of course, went with boring ole cheddar cheese. We brought our greasy bags of delight home with us to eat the burgers we picked up at the grocery. A good ending to my day.

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I was also gifted a very cute handmade album! It has sock monkeys on it! It was made by the Mad Woman in the Attic. She used all acid free materials, and if you cant tell, the binding is done in leather, with some beading and sewed details. Very nifty.

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Oh, and the other best part about my day was when bro happened to see an ad on a taxi cab for Lucys Legacy. Its like destiny brought me here – how it slipped by me that THE lucy that i wanted to see was now HERE in the same city that I was, I will never know. But ima go see her, for sure!