Category: New York

feeling meta

posted by ben on 07.10.12 at 22:23, null, New York, Leave a comment Permalink

I !<3 NY

posted by ben on 07.10.12 at 15:03, null, New York, 2 comments Permalink

My sunlight is going away.
The view from my living room:
(Also, I want the six legged majority to live somewhere else)
Vive Londres!

Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Are they close enough to climb out onto now? That could be fun. I miss the pipe...
Permalink 10/12/07 @ 17:06
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
There's currently an impressive I beam a foot from my window. Soon there will be corrugated metal 6 inches from my window.

Also: I love my chair.
Permalink 10/12/07 @ 18:54

now i will make many maths

posted by ben on 07.09.18 at 15:09, null, pictures, New York, 4 comments Permalink
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
I still don't get the joke.
Permalink 09/22/07 @ 07:27
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
It's Black Scholes... nevermind.
Permalink 09/22/07 @ 10:36
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Ok, but how is that a joke?
Permalink 09/23/07 @ 06:43
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I never said it was funny.
Permalink 09/24/07 @ 08:02


posted by ben on 07.09.13 at 21:45, null, pictures, New York, Leave a comment Permalink

I bought a couch. It seems to be very ugly, but I like it anyway. I want to buy two and do the Seattle, two couches facing wine and cheese thing, but I don't think they'll fit. Suggestions?

Debby Harry

posted by ben on 07.09.01 at 11:02, null, music, music, New York, Leave a comment Permalink
-via Michelle
-via Brooklyn Vegan

Skid, wheelie, barspin, ride backwards. Repeat ad nauseam.

posted by graham on 07.05.01 at 13:52, Ideas, rant, seattle, Bicycles, null, New York, 9 comments Permalink

I'm gonna make a fixie video.

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
... and has anyone else noticed the Aerospoke resurgence? Hipsters: old and shitty does not equal retro. Wait, I take that back... you should put Answer Hyperlite bars on your fixies, then go weave through traffic.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 14:06
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Are we talking about Spin tri-spokes or bladed regular spokes?

I still have my Answer Taperlite.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 14:37
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Five heavy carbon spokes, most commonly seen on cop bikes. They suck.

I'm not sure if Taperlites fail as reliably as Hyperlites. Otherwise I might suggest that you donate it to your local point83 chapter.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:05
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Are there hyperlites left? It's been well over 10 years...

I always liked the Aerospokes... almost as nifty as the 30lb gold plated Colnago...
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:42
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Oh, also:

My last day in New York, I was riding the Bianchi backwards in circles at a traffic light with two hard drives in my bag... and I went down... quite hard. Front wheel went forwards, rear went backwards, I stayed upright for a fraction of a second.
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 15:44
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
I can't remember the last time I saw an Aerospoke wheel. The Chicago bike cops used to have Amps with Grimeca wheels...

I still can't ride backwards, but I did actual get out on my Guerciotti yesterday.

So what are you going to do in this video?
Permalink 05/01/07 @ 18:44
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Skid, wheelie, barspin, ride backwards. Repeat ad nauseam.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 08:16
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Exactly. Just like this. Oh, I almost forgot... running over people's dogs. That always makes good footage.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 09:21
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Some of those guys have freewheels. Pansies.

I especially liked the "wallride". And the smoking. And the stairs at the beginning. You should hop down stairs sideways.
Permalink 05/02/07 @ 10:16

Coffee in New York

posted by ben on 07.04.06 at 17:09, null, coffee, coffee, food, New York, 3 comments Permalink

Mud. East Village: 9th between 1st and 2nd. The coffee isn't very good and is hideously expensive ($3.75 for a medium latte (they call it a large)), and I think they're only open til ten. On the other hand, their mugs are great, people are friendly, it's dark and feels like a cafe. It's my current favorite.

Esperanto. Washington Squareish: Open 24 hours. Good pastries, friendly waitresses with great hair, clothes, accents, and so forth. Coffee kind of sucks, but they did try to make a rosette yesterday.

Verb. Williamsburg. 218 Bedford Ave. Once again, the coffee is kind of shitty, but it is a nice cafe. First US Coffee I had after my triumphant return from Europe ages ago.

Alt Coffee. East Village. ...reminds me of Prufrocks. Coffee is, once again, sort of bad, but they have pinball machines... and the barristas are distant and uncaring in a way that seems less contrived than hipster apathy.

9th Street Espresso. These people look like the Seattle coffee assholes I'm starting to miss. Their stupid cafe closed 4 minutes ago and I just found out about it. I have to wait till tomorrow, but I have high hopes, if only they had Bauhaus like hours, everything would be ok.

This has more coffee shops.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I'm sitting in 9th Street now. Coffee is better than typical New York, but less than glorious Seattle. My latte had that distinctive burned taste I've been told is indicative of complex coffee. My mocha had enough chocolate to cover that up. Both had pretty art. This is the first place I've seen a decent espresso machine in New York... they have a Marzocco... which looked strangely out of place to me in this city. It's been so long... Ah, sweet melodrama... I think the Bauhaus has one... I think, but it's red, right?

The cafe itself is cold. Cold, like Victrola cold. I think I saw a fellow Seattleite in here too, he was wearing a blue Feathered Friends vest... much like the one I'm currently using as a cushion on the back of my chair.

Overall, I think I like it. I just wish it were warmer in here and that the coffee were more about nuts and sweetness and less about complex character.
Permalink 04/07/07 @ 11:15
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Can someone please tell me why I would ever want to go to New York?
Permalink 04/09/07 @ 08:33
Comment from: ben [Member] ·

Foie gras, watermelon, pistachio, sea bean, lovage

Permalink 04/09/07 @ 14:00

New York: So many people, so much bad Pad Thai

posted by ben on 07.04.06 at 16:53, null, food, New York, Leave a comment Permalink

I do not recommend:

Room Service
Kai Thai
Some place on 7th between 2nd and 3rd

I miss Tom's.

Pad Thai should not be goo. Pad Thai should taste of something other than fish sauce. Pad Thai should have garlic in it. It ought to come with a lime, bean sprouts, carrots and egg. It had better be spicy. These three are missing any number of these essentials.


posted by ben on 07.04.04 at 21:53, null, fashion, New York, 2 comments Permalink
-The Sartorialist: here and here
Comment from: collin [Member] ·
Oh if I only still had that tuxedo I had when I was 7, I would be haute.
Permalink 04/05/07 @ 09:58
Comment from: graham [Member] ·
This guy is awesome.
Permalink 04/05/07 @ 14:31

Things I need to eat:

posted by ben on 07.04.04 at 21:37, null, food, New York, Leave a comment Permalink
Lil' Frankie's Pizza

My potentially favorite coffee shop is open 24 hours. I just bought a second copy of a book I read last week by accident. The only things I have unread are:
(1) Longer poems of Auden
(2) Mishkin on Finance
(3) Benjamin Graham
(4) Hackers and Painters, eh sure...

Also, it's at least 80 degrees in here... and it's cold out there. Somebody tell me what to do.

Pizza Pictures

posted by ben on 07.04.03 at 21:51, null, New York, 3 comments Permalink

Biking around New York is about the best thing ever.

I went to the grocery store for the first time in three months. My things got here today, though some of them are missing... broken plates... and some ass at Fedex stole my knives... which didn't fully register...

because I was as the grocery store holding two beefsteak tomatoes in one hand, which were going to go on some Jewish rye with some cheese and oregano and fake bacon (of course), when I realized I couldn't cut them because some bastard took my Sabatier.

I bought romas instead. I still have butter knives... and I'm thinking that might work.

Which brings me to my question: Global or Shun?

I also like drinking orange juice after biking... missed that.


Comment from: graham [Member] ·
Alton Brown uses Shuns. Do you like Alton Brown?
But from what I hear, you can special order anything in the regular line of Shuns in a left-handed version.
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 10:47
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
fine, I'll get the Globals... another step in my ongoing quest to be like Bourdain.
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 10:54
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
I just got:

Global 10 in. Chef's Knife
Global 6 in. Forged Utility
Global 8-3/4 in. Bread Knife
Global 7 in. Santoku
Global 10 in. Diamond Sharpener

Hooray for sharp things!
I am unlike Alton Brown!
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 19:57

A Wild Pack of Camels and Nicholson Baker

posted by ben on 07.04.03 at 20:30, null, writing, New York, 2 comments Permalink

About First and Twelfth, they’re selling Camels… $60 for a carton in one of those ubiquitous 24 hour shops surrounded by cheap bouquets. I bought one and took it home, unwrapped my perverse new Christmas present, and studied the carton.

Disappointed, I discovered there aren’t 12 packs of 12 cigarettes as I’d imagined. I liked the symmetry of that… also, the idea of parallels between eggs, bagels and cigarettes… that seemed like something that should be.

Opening the carton, I made a little Stonehenge out of packs. In a circle, toppled slightly… too white and too new.

I unwrapped each pack… surprised at the similarity to a new cd… that scratching along the small end, trying to get some purchase… trying to get the damn thing open, because I need cigarettes.

Inside each pack, I’m pleased to discover 20 cigarettes. This seems like a good deal, especially considering I was only expecting 12. Even with the 2 packs missing, my mere 10, I’m still up 200-144=66 cigarettes. So many… have you ever laid 66 cigarettes out?

I laid out all 200 out on the floor, rolling my hands over them… feeling Egyptians moving great blocks of marble with logs… I roll my hands over them until they start to unravel, leaving dry tobacco crumpled in the cracks in my floor. This is all, somehow, immensely satisfying… and best of all, no one is hurt by it.

Comment from: graham [Member] ·
You should take the tobacco and filters out of all of them and make one giant cigarette. Maybe you could find some huge rolling papers, but maybe you'll just have to use a paper towel tube. Then you could sell it for $100, because quality craftsmanship is hard to find these days, and also because if smoking is manly, a cigarette with 200 times the normal amount of tobacco must be really really manly. Even better: Make a whole pack of them.
My friends won't let me do this with their cigarettes, but I'm not sure why. It seems like a good idea to me.
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 11:54
Comment from: ben [Member] ·
Which way does it work if you want to be incredibly feminine... a la Audrey Hepburn? Do you put the 200X cigarette in an enormous ivory holder, supported by guy wires from the ceiling? Or do you go the other way, with a cigarette holder only possible thanks to recent advances in nanotechnology?

I want to start saying feminine "fem eh nine." Somehow that appeals to my current aesthetic.
Permalink 04/04/07 @ 20:07


posted by ben on 07.04.02 at 21:45, null, null, New York, 1 comment Permalink

I really want to go here.

Comment from: ben [Member] ·
It's tasty. I like the BLT. I like the beautiful people.
Permalink 04/07/07 @ 13:54