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First Leg

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on August 13, 2009

The first day in New York. Snapped this around sunrise from the plane during the descent.

natural harmony

I arrived super early and decided to grab a peace offering in the form of a muffin on the way to Christina’s studio in Greenpoint? Williamsburg? Greenburg.


her hood.

For the next 4 days, I stayed with the wonderful Miss Swanson in the surprisingly comfortable basement studio apartment in Brooklyn. She gave me a tour of the neighborhood. We got a little rained on and ate really well. Rode a borrowed single speed bicycle with Dave across the Williamsburg bridge and up to Grant’s tomb, down through Times Square and all around Central Park. Something about the bicycle made me feel at home. I’d like to live in New York someday.

the hurricane: summer edition

the hurricane: summer edition

We went to a free Hall and Oates concert on Coney Island with a small group of Brooklynites. They rocked it pretty well, but after a bit we headed to the boardwalk. Paid 25¢ to pee in a toilet even though the the blond carny woman warned me strongly against it. It wasn’t that bad, all things considered. After turning down the 50 foot snake and world’s tiniest woman, I put my feet in the Atlantic for the first time. Warm water, and the boardwalk lit up at night was an impressive sight. The Wonder Wheel, pictured above, has been in operation since 1920 and was built by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company using 100% Bethlehem Steel forged right on the premises. The 18 co-owners worked as construction men to insure quality throughout the building process.

Some facts:

The Wonder Wheel has maintained a perfect safety record for its entire history.

Each year, the entire 400,000 lb. ride is overhauled and painted to protect it from the elements of weather, wear and tear.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel was named an official NYC landmark in 1989.

A full-size replica of the Wheel stands in Disney’s California Adventure, and Yokahama, Japan.

The only stoppage in the history of the Wonder Wheel was on July 13, 1977 during the Great NYC Blackout – when the entire northeast lost electrical power. Riders on the Wonder Wheel were brought down safely because the owners hand cranked the wheel.


Anyhow, I didn’t know all of this until now. Maybe I would have ridden it if I had, but the night was young and Christina and I still had the rest of the burrough to conquer. And that we did, for the next three nights.

on the staten island ferry

I love this girl.

We took the Staten Island ferry there and back. It’s free and has incredible views. Found out it runs all night, so that’s a must the next time I return.


The next day, I said goodbye to NYC and grabbed hold of my cowboy bootstraps and too-big suitcases and set off for the emerald isle.

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