Tag Archives: New York City

Swings, Slides, and Seizures at the New Museum

Carsten Holler: Experience (On view October 26, 2011 – January 15, 2012)

New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
212.219.1222

Free on Thursdays after 7pm


Last Thursday,  my friend Helen invited me to the New Museum of Contemporary art to see the current Carsten Holler exhibit. I am a sucker for contemporary art. It’s usually bizarre, shocking, and sometimes even thought provoking.  My friend calls it the art of bullshitting, but any type of art that will allow me to slide down a 3 story slide,  swing on a carousel,  or walk around wearing virtual reality helmets is an art I can get on board with.

Visit the Carsten Holler: Experience Wiki for more

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Season of Giving- Feeding New York

If there’s one thing I love to do in life, it’s eating.  It’s such a basic/essential part of the human experience.  Everyone has to eat, but sadly not everyone always gets to.

My parents taught me and my sister to appreciate food at a very young age.  They made sure we understood that every grain of rice was precious; that we were lucky to have a full bowl to eat every night; and that being picky and wasteful was a luxury most of the world could not afford. Even in New York City, one of the richest cities in the world, food poverty is around every corner.

As the holidays approach, I like to find ways to help others in my community whether it’s donating money, clothes, or time.  This year, before Thanksgiving I will be working with Food Bank NYC which offers volunteer opportunities to help end hunger in New York.  You can join in working at a local soup kitchen, packing food to be delivered to homes in need, collecting and distributing canned goods at food pantries, or campaigning to help keep the program going. I usually like to work in the soup kitchens because, I’ll admit, I’m kind of a creeper and like to watch people eat and enjoy food, but this year I’ll be part of the packing crew at Pier60. I believe the volunteer registration is closed for Thanksgiving, but they will probably need more people for Christmas as well.  Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering and you can join my group for Christmas packing!

Who knows, maybe we’ll run into Kevin Bacon at this thing and ask him what he thinks of the new Footloose.

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Upcoming on MJ

Hey guys,

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed their extra hour of sleep.  I know I did!  I’ve been working hard on an “eats” page for all my fellow gluttons out there so stay tuned for some of my favorite places to nosh in New York.  It will feature restaurants ranging from hole-in-the-wall finds to Michelin rated haute cuisine.  Whether you love ethnic or classic American dishes, there will be something for everyone.  I’ll link the working project some time this week, so keep an eye out.  Upcoming entires also include a visit to one of my favorite brunch places followed by a visit to my favorite New York park (and no, it is not Central Park). Here are some teaser pics!

Talk to you soon, loves!

-Fawnzo

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St. Vincent @ Webster Hall Videos

Hi Loves,

I finally got a chance to upload these videos.  The quality isn’t perfect since I’m still learning how to use the new camera.  A bit of the time, I actually accidentally covered the mic. Doh! I’ll be better next time. Anyway, enjoy!


I have a couple of others I may share on request.  They were a bit shaky since everyone around me was dancing and swaying pretty energetically!  Let me know if you’d like me to post them.

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Girls’ Gotta Eat – Grub Street Food Festival NYC

Every once in a while, NYMag  hosts the Grub Street Festival at Hester and Essex St in LES.  This past Sunday, they brought it back with a vengeance: over 100 vendors + a newly added beer garden.  I truly do heart New York.  In a way, this city reminds me a lot of Thailand in that the street food is always abundant and almost always delicious.  It was us who popularized the gourmet food truck and make street fairs a trendy, foodie affair.

These were some of the highlights from the Sunday with my girls Avs and Annie.  From right to left, top to bottom: pork ribs from Purple Yam, nori taco from Purple Yam, polish sausage mac n’ cheese from Gourmet Mac N’ Cheese, Schnitzel from Schnitz, Jerk Corn, and Monday Sunday from Big Gay Ice Cream.  If only my stomach were as big as my eyes, I could’ve eaten everything there.  Check out NYMag’s Grub Street Highlights slideshow here and try not to drown in your own drool.

A lot of tourists come to New York and they want to eat a hot dog from some truck by Central Park.  While that’s all fine and well for New Yorkers who are grabbing a quick lunch,  it’s just sort of a waste of space in your stomach if you are visiting from out of town. Why oh why would you come all the way to such a food capital to eat over boiled mystery meat on a stale bun when you could be eating the good stuff? Check out the street festivals happening every weekend all around New York. Check out the numerous food trucks littering the city. Make way to parks and fields to find out what new, tasty creations the locals have conjured up. That’s when you’ll find out what New York street food is all about.

Upcoming: Heading to my absolute favorite fair this coming Sunday with Rickyburr. Smorgasburg– on the Williamsburg, East River Waterfront (goes on until mid Nov). It’s much smaller and the food is a tad more expensive, but the atmosphere is very chill with the river streaming by you.  I’m just such a sucker for anything that takes place by the water. Stay tuned!

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