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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens October 12th 2013

Hey you all this is the first of the trip. My mom and I got this opportunity to go with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce to China! Exciting. It's 3:00pm about two hours till take off to China. Can't wait! Attached to this blog are a couple of photos of our plane. There is not much to report on until tomorrow.... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens January 13th 2013

Now is the time to get on board at MYLAYOVER!!! All those questions, comments, text about where to go and what to do are now at your fingertips! Who needs yoga? Vegan food? A good mall or movie times in a city? Step right up and let me know what you need!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens October 10th 2012

I am currently a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma. I decided to take this class called the New York Media Tour. During fall break our class would be going to NYC and touring Clear Channel, CBS, the IRTS Foundation, and the PaleyCenter. Wednesday I arrived at the airport in OKC at around 10. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:20. The flight took off and we arrived in Atlanta. A few of us ate at Chiles in the airport. After that it was soon time to board for New York. That evening we arrived in New York. We took a shuttle to our hotel in Queens. We stayed at the Comfort Inn just for that one night. Jade, Kacey and I decided to go find dinner. We ended up going to eat dinner ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens July 20th 2012

...in the form of rain greeted us when we woke up in NYC after our little sojourn in Washington DC which cooled things down somewhat so we didn't complain. Having been told by Kerrii & Seb what a great movie "Moonrise Kingdom" was (which they'd been to see while they were childfree) we too decided to check it out. Starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitell & others, it was an excellent and extremely funny movie. From there we headed off to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue as I had to get something sorted out with regards to downloading photos onto the iPad. Business sure is well in the Apple world if the amount of people in there was anything to go on; it was almost wall to wall people! Anyway I got ... read more
Statue on 5th
Looking down at a lower level in MOMA
Marcel Duchamp's "To Be Looked At...

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 30th 2012

Sitting in a restaurant in the slightly gross JFK airport, realizing how spoiled we are in Indiana with our brand-new facilities... A close friend reminded me today that 2 weeks from now would be 1 year since my last trip to Europe. It's amazing how much can happen to someone during an abroad experience and the aftermath. Last June I flew to Venice with my mother and her mother for a trip that was bound to be the ultimate bonding experience. At that point I was in a completely different mental state from the one I am in now. With a rocky ending to my relationship with my high school boyfriend, I was only beginning to remember what a strong woman I could be by myself. In contrast, I'm starting this trip with the knowledge that ... read more

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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 28th 2012

We got up early. Gracie took the subway to Penn Station and hopped on a train to Rochester, where she will be for the next two weeks. After she left, I took a shower and finished the bit of packing that had to wait until morning, like my laptop and toiletries. I didn't take any pictures for today's blog because I lent her my camera, so I'll just add the first one I took, about two minutes after we first arrived in NYC on April 14. It's a plaque embedded into the sidewalk near Grand Central Station. I called a cab to take me to Grand Central Station to pick up the bus to Newark, but on the way the Moroccan driver talked me into letting him take me to Newark, since he was on his ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 25th 2012

We were meeting my cousin Joan and her daughter Jen in Long Island City, so we started out early and headed in that direction. First, the Isamu Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Garden is a block from the river. Noguchi was a sculptor, landscape architect, and theatrical set designer who lived and worked in LIC. He created the Red Cube in the Financial District, and the Sunken Fountain at Chase Plaza, among other public art. The Noguchi Table (1948), with its distinctive yin-yang design, is still in production today. He also designed stage sets for Martha Graham, George Ballanchine, and others. Noguchi opened his museum in LIC in 1985 as the culmination of his commitment to public art, using a 60-foot tree-of-heaven (ailanthus altissima) as a focal point. When the tree started to die, threatening to fall ... read more
Eating the Sky sign at the Park's Entrance
Gracie's Great Adventure Playhouse
Hello Gracie - Hello Kitty

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 24th 2012

Today was another day of discovery, but first I took some photos of the great little place we rented for our time in NY. It’s near the subway, buses, and shopping, and is not far from the block where I grew up. I highly recommend www.airbnb.com to anyone planning to visit a large city. Previous guests had rated our hosts very highly, so it didn’t feel like a gamble, and it has worked out beautifully. Gracie and I started wandering, and found ourselves in an area with a Middle Eastern vibe. Apparently part of Steinway St is called “Little Egypt,” and the shops and restaurants left no doubt as to the culture of the neighborhood. Storefronts and buildings sported vibrant paint colors and graphics. We passed several hookah bars, and many of the store signs were ... read more
Back garden looking E
Back garden looking SE
Gracie's bed and the kitchenette

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 20th 2012

Today Gracie took herself to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, as a die-hard Beatles fan, to Strawberry Fields. I stayed close to the apartment and rested my weary back. Gracie took all the shots you see on today’s blog entry. Captions and explanations are hers. There are a couple of laundromats nearby, so I tossed the clothes into a rolling bag and made my way there. While waiting for the process to finish, I waited outside on a chair and watched the neighborhood characters do their Astoria thang. A few families walked by. Stroller babies either ignored me as if they were my own teenagers, or smiled brightly, secure in the knowledge that they’d get attention—they can always spot a sucker. A large man across the street happily shouted greetings to delivery truck drivers as ... read more
Egyptian diadem
Egyptian jewelery
Woman Ironing by Picasso

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 17th 2012

Today we took a different bus route, this time further into Queens, to visit Sister Corde Somma, Mad Mama's music teacher in HS. She is in an assisted living facility on Parsons Blvd in Whitestone. We stopped for some good Italian cookies, which the clerk packaged in a big white box and tied it with thin red and white string -- exactly the same as they did 60 years ago. We arrived at the convent, which is quite beautiful and sun-lit, to meet with my old friend. I was so happy to see her! We reminisced and had a really good lunch -- meat loaf, brussels sprouts, and mashed candied sweet potatoes -- with cookies for dessert. Except there weren't any cookies left. I don't know how, but this dozen or so skinny older nuns inhaled ... read more
Looking west from Astoria
Sister Corde and Mad Mama
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