2 Things Tuesday {8.4.15}

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ONE: running update. because this is certainly overdue, yeesh. okay, so, i’m sort of off the plan at the moment. life has been so busy, it’s been so stinking hot, my legs have been sore on and off and not wanting to run too much in the heat, sooooo i’m basically doing what i can and not beating myself up over it.

Saturday: 9.5 miles uptown along the river toward Harlem; pace somewhere around an 8:40 (don’t remember exactly).
Sunday: 7.5-8 miles (forgot my Garmin but i know that’s a good estimate) downtown along the river to the FiDi; pace prob more around a 9-min mile (i ran at 11am and it was SO HOT)

so, i haven’t hit any double-digits and i’m definitely supposed to have been in them by now, but i’m not too worried about it. i’m doing what i can/feel like and that’s that. sure, i’d like to run the marathon — most days 🙂 — but if i don’t feel like it, i’m honestly not too concerned with it. the first time i trained for a full marathon, i was so stoked about it and set on it; this time, i’m really pretty chill about it. if i feel ready, cool. if not, i’m still enjoying running and can use that long weekend to go away somewhere. win win.

TWO: favorite places. there’s a spot on The Highline that stops me in my tracks every single time, and while i’ve taken photos of it multiple times, i never had one of me in front of it — until now.

highlinei’ve stood in that spot, suspended above the city and overlooking 25th St. in Chelsea, and marveled over Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra’s vibrant graffiti mural rendition of the famed 1945 photograph V-J Day in Times Square countless times, and it makes my heart so happy to have this photo of me in this spot. i feel relaxed & content just looking at it.

and in case you wanted to draw comparisons or jog your memory, here’s the original wartime photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, of the sailor kissing the nurse right in the middle of NYC on Victory over Japan Day:

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i love both the original and the modern, urban rendition that captures my full attention on every Highline walk, and i’m reminded every time of just how fortunate i am to live in a city that blends art & culture & grit & beauty & the rawness of every day, non-glamorous city life into something magical and indelible.

What’s something special/unique that you love about your city/town?
Runners: How’re you dealing with summer running?
Tell me anything fun from your weekend!

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Gallow Green: Rooftop brunch Heaven

let me just start by saying this: New York City never ceases to amaze me. if you can imagine something here, well, you can probably find it. it truly is a city that has something for everyone, regardless of what your “thing” might be.

case in point: i think i found my version of Heaven in NYC yesterday at Gallow Green, a magical, enchanted fairyland of a dream world rooftop located at the top of the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea (and easily walkable from my apartment, conveniently enough!).

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i’ve been wanting to go to their rooftop brunch for a while now, and yesterday, on the loveliest of all June afternoons, one of my closest girlfriends took me for an early birthday brunch. it was an absolute Midsummer Night’s Dream-esque wonder of a place, and a gorgeous reprieve from city life.

photo taken from newyork.com

photo taken from newyork.com

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the space is earthy and airy and lush, with lots of sunlight (but covered, thankfully, because it was pretty hot yesterday!), wooden bench seating, and live jazz all throughout brunch. there’s also a sweet train track running through the restaurant, so i wonder if it used to be part of an elevated train route, or if they just preserved a portion of a track to incorporate into their vibe.

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you have to purchase tickets for a brunch time slot online, and i thought they did a great job of not over-packing the place and making sure people had enough room. your brunch ticket gives you two hours to enjoy the buffet & music, with coffee and one mimosa included. you also have the option to purchase more drinks (which i’m pretty sure most people do, judging from the mimosa carafes and cocktails on almost every table), which allows you to keep your table for longer.

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mimosaand yes, i broke my “no drinking” rule in honor of celebrating my birthday yesterday. this was a special occasion, and mimosas had to be had.

it truly was the loveliest brunch i’ve been to, and the perfect birthday date with an absolute gem of a girlfriend.

friendsthanks, Loan, my love, for a wonderful brunch date!

definitely, definitely make a point to go here for brunch! they also boast a really unique cocktail list, so when i’m back to having drinks (come fall, probably), i hope to check it out at night as well.

Best brunch you’ve ever had?
What’s your idea of a perfect restaurant/rooftop ambiance?

We Pretend to be Fancy Sometimes (and then come the sheep)

Last Thursday night, we decided to get cultured.

A few girlfriends and I hit up a gallery opening in Chelsea at Pace Gallery, showcasing work by the photographer Irving Penn. A regular contributor to Vogue magazine, the gallery’s theme revolved around various photos featured in Vogue.

It was pretty cool. And we felt really good that we did something “artsy” for a change, resolving to do more of this sort of thing (and pair it with a different wine bar every time). Sounds like a pretty good recipe for girls’ night.

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He had a lot of really great photos, which we had fun trying to interpret. My personal faves were the three below, most notably the one with the textured lipsticks staining the girl’s lips as though a myriad of shocking secrets were screaming for release and fighting to spill out of her:

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How’s that for an artistic interpretation? 
For all I know, he just liked the messy look of the lipstick. 🙂

On the way, we stumbled across a super unique and mind boggling piece of pop-up art, located on 10th Ave and 24 St and taking up a whole corner of the block. You think you’re looking at a Getty station — I’m guessing it used to be a real gas station — but really, it’s a three-dimensional outdoor art installation: a “Getty station” that’s now a small field where sheep graze and gas is stuck at a lowered rate.

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I was baffled by the piece, but totally dug it: is it supposed to be a social commentary? or is just for fun, to showcase the sheep and jolt us with a shock factor? Whatever the case, it certainly worked — even in the rain, the block was speckled with curious passer-bys snapping pics of this unusual exhibit. I especially liked the “#Gettystation,” in case we all thought it was still in service. Really unexpected and cool. #onlyinNYC

This is definitely one thing I absolutely love about my city: how you run smack into the extraordinary, the unexpected, on a consistent basis, and chalk it up to the “anything goes in NYC” mentality that makes it such a crazywonderful place to live. I feel so amazingly blessed to live in a place where anything can — and does — catch you by surprise, right in the midst of your ordinary life.

Speaking of all things crazy and extraordinary: on Friday night, I had the hilarious experience of seeing the Book of Mormon on Broadway.

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Oh.my.goodness. I’ve never seen a single episode of South Park (it was written by those guys), so I only had a vague idea of what to expect, but it was totally hilarious and entertaining (not to mention entirely inappropriate and poked fun at everyone). The audience was dying the whole time, as the show was pure shock factor and non-stop comedy. The actors were great, and I left wondering why I don’t take more advantage of the theater here — especially since I live in the Theater District. Hopefully that will change!

That was just the start to an awesome weekend…which I’ll recap later. I felt really happy after my two consecutive nights of doing “cultured activities” in NYC, and hope to continue this streak.

Question: Are you into art/theater? What shows are your faves?