Stuff Tourists Like # 3

This is the peak season for Tourists : dear Nouillorqueur, I am sure your couch is booked till Labor Day ( and trust me I feel your pain…), and  just in case you were wondering how they would spend their day in NYC, I can bet you that they will end up in 2 spots :

Tourists Like to Stop in the middle of a street : Move to the side

Using a Pedicab to get to the Apple Store

this is a no-no using a pedicab is a tourist thing, no New Yorker would ever do that.

Apple Store : la tourneee des grands ducs

Oh lawwwd , where to start ??? I guess with the iPad crazyness, I can tell you  I have already  shipped several of those giant iPhones to the motherland, and thank you Steve for releasing the iPhone 4 in France at the same time as here …and even if we have 4 Apple stores in NYC, this not a reason to go to every single one and compare the price with the euro/dollar rate, because at the end, it is gonna be hard to carry your 27 inches iMac in your luggage back to France.

So of course , Thank you Steve, with the new Mac Book Air at $999 and 999 euros in Europe, I am gonna have a lot of orders as the Euro /Dollar rate is around 1.40 …

New York Best Kept Secret

New York’s Best Kept secret is NOT Century 21, trust me on that one, but the fact that it has so many beaches all accessible by public transportation. Here are some few options if you are spending your summer in NYC & still want to get a carribean tan!

☼ ROCKAWAY BEACH :

  • How to get there ? Take the blue line, the A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the S to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St. (Last Stop).
  • How Much ? $4.50 Round Trip, Subway ride.
  • What to do ? Get a beer & a slice at the Sand Bar on the beach, or even order chinese take out and get it delivered on the beach.

☼ RIIS LANDING/ FORT TILDEN

  • How to get there ? it’s a boat ride & it only works on week-end. Take the Ferry on Pier 11 (same as Ikea boat), click here more infos and schedule.
  • How Much ? $30 Round Trip on the American Princess. add $5 more if you bring your bike.
  • Tips: Bring your own picnic to the beach and drinks as it is a wild beach with no lifeguards neither. The boat ride to get there is 45 mins and is amazing , you get to see the Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, and the Verrazano bridge.

☼ FIRE ISLAND:

  • How to get there ? Take the LIRR train in Penn Station to Bay Shore, then the Ferry to Fire Island .
  • How Much ? around $60 RT -> $26 for the train & $12 for the ferry (round-trip)
  • What to do ? try to spend the night there, or the weekend, as it is an 1.5 hour away from the city, and it is a little corner of  paradise there, no cars, almost no  stores and beautiful sunsets.

Et Voila ! Now You know how I spend my summer in the city 🙂

911 ain’t a joke in this town

Sunday september 9th, 2001

Sunday september 9th, 2001

Today is has been 8 years, since the twin towers collapsed, I wasn’t in my favorite city when it happened,  as I left the sunday evening before (9/09/01) , this the last picture I took from my stay in NYC this year on my way to the airport. We were gonna saty till this famous tuesday 9/11 but we couldn’t find anymore tickets to go to the Michael Jackson concert at Madison Square Garden for monday 9/10… I was in Paris that afternoon when it happens, and I felt so guilty for not being in NYC.  So here I am , in my love town, on a cold & rainy day,  8 years later and still no memorial for the victims, and no more Michael Jackson…

So here are below some pictures of  the Magical New York skyline:

Al Pacino and the Twins ( not the Olsen...)

Iconic Image of NYC and its skyscrapers (Peter Adams)

Empire State city, original picture by Peter Adams

Twin Towers in a rainy day like today + fashion week ny

Custom LOLO DKNY mural

NYC skyline by Michael Kenna

Before the Twin Towers NYC 1951

Downtown view - 1942

II Towers

Irony

Pakistan Airlines Print ad

Stuff Tourists Like #2

Another obsession for tourists in NYC, is getting the I ♥ NY tee-shirt, on Canal Street or Times Square. Only tourists get that shirt & wear it in New York on top of it…


There are so much cooler and nicer shirts out there:

Check this one form Reason a Store on 6th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue:

Or this one very 2009 for $14.99

And below some cool creation based on Milton Glaser logo ffffound randomly on the web.

Quel temps de … shit

Banksy @ Bristol Museum

I am so tired of the weather in New York, this winter was one of the longest, and June feels like October… so long  week ends at the beach, flip flop tan marks, and roof parties , and welcome Sundays at the museum and movies.

Banksy‘s opening at the Bristol museum is tomorrow for my fellow Brits , Francis Bacon at The Metropolitan Museum, Valentino the Last Emperor Documentary, Yayoi Kusama at the Gagosian Gallery, and the pictures to illustrate this post are from Paul Graves.

Banksy @ Bristol Museum
Francis Bacon @ The Met
Valentino the Last Emperor
Yayoi Kusama @ Gagosian
Fuck by Paul Graves
Temps de Shit

Stuff tourists like

Starting today, I will have on this blog a category of stuff that tourists like in NYC, and that we New York Fucking City resident do not give a shit about…

So today’s Stuff Tourists like is : ABERCROMBIE

I am always amazed how EVERY SINGLE friends that is visiting me from Europe, has to make a stop  ( more like spend the whole afternoon…) at Abercrombie, even before the Apple Store… Honestly this stuff is a mystery, waiting in line to get into a store full of overpriced clothes that 99% of New Yorkers can’t even stand.

If you want to see real New Yorker topless ? this would be more likely:

Image via Improv Everywhere

And instead of shopping at Abercrombie, try instead Urban Outfitters, or  Forever 21.

I live litteraly in ALPHABET CITY, and I am loooovin  it

alphabet_city_001

NYC is a very typographic city, If you love fonts and typography, this is one of the richest environment four your pupils …

The Best coffee in town is at Nine Street Espresso ( on 9th street between avenue C and D)

MEET THE NEIGHBOR  : ALLEN GINSBERG 🙂

Allen at his 206 East 7th Street Apartment, New York City, Fall 1953

Jack Kerouac at Tompkins

Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac horsing around, Allen's 206 East 7th Street, New York City, Fall 1953. camera in William Burroughs' hand. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate

NYC by Jeff Frogers