Author Archives: Armeen

Brooklyn Bridge (Adventure Point)

This weekend I was playing tourist with a friend in the city, and we decided to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge.  We started off in Manhattan, took the Subway to Brooklyn and walked back. It was a cloudy day, pretty cool, which helped cut down on the humidity and heat. The walk was a fun one: there were kids running around everywhere, and of course tourists abound. But hey, I was a tourist too, so I’m not complaining.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the world, and while its age definitely does show, it’s also a testament to the importance of transportation in this city.  I also loved the Brooklyn Bridge Park under the bridge in Brooklyn. I’ve looked at this park every day from my window at work, and I’ve always wanted to visit. It was surprisingly serene, considering the location. It’s one of the newer parks in New York: it was in place, then taken over and finally reconstructed in 2008. Apparently, it was the dock for some of the first trading ships back in the 1600s. Talk about a long history.

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Stuffing at Grimaldi’s

On Sunday, my friend and I decided to continue or explorations from the day before.  We picked up where we had left off, and took the Subway over to Brooklyn to try what is arguably one of the best pizza shops in New York.  It was crowded (and muggy, because of the weather).  We waited in line for more than an hour, and it was getting to the point where we were ready to leave. And we expected since it was Brooklyn and not Times Square, there wouldn’t be too many tourists. How wrong we were. I guess we came on a weekend, so that didn’t help either.

Just as we were ready to go, we got seated, and I will say, it was one of the pizza experiences I’ve had in New York. It definitely lived up to all expectations, and more.  It was a quintessential New York slice: slightly burnt crust, thin, floppy, really fresh ingredients. We got a pepperoni and mushroom pizza, and it came to the table steaming and fresh.  The best part was the fresh mozzarella on the pizza: not shredded, like on most traditional slices of pizza, but melted on in chunks.  Definitely worth it. I may have to make a trip back before I leave.

Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty (Adventure Point)

On Saturday I took a trip into the past.  A friend and I decided to get a taste of old New York City by paying homage to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island  Immigration Museum.  I was kind of unclear of the geography of where the islands are in relation to New York and New Jersey, so for anyone else confused,  here’s an interesting map below:

 

The first stop was at the Statue of Liberty, which was wonderful! It was cloudy that day, so it was a little difficult to get some of the views and photos, but still stunning nonetheless. The last time I was in the city in 2007, they still had the statue closed off (post 9/11) but now it was open to the public!

Anyway, we left around mid morning, and although we were only planning to spend half the day there and then head over to Brooklyn to explore, we ended up spending most of our time at the museum on Ellis Island.  I didn’t have any relatives who had gone through Ellis Island, but my friend did and she really enjoyed the historical aspect of the museum.  I would highly recommend the guided tours they have; they’re really informative and I learned a lot that I would not have found out just visiting the museum.  The ferry offered some wonderful views of downtown Manhattan as well, which was nice to see! On the very right-hand side, towards the East River, you can see the building where I work.

 

 

 

P.S. 1

As a part of my multimedia project, I’ve been trying to make the most of my time in New York by visiting museums, especially modern art museums. I’ve done MoMA and the Guggenheim, so I decided it was time to venture over to Queens and visit MoMA’s more aggressive affiliate, P.S. 1. I like modern art, but there’s something at P.S. 1 that’s almost challenging and unique.  The museum was started in 1971 by Alanna Heiss, and it’s become an institution for contemporary art since then. The affiliation with MoMA started in 2000. With my old MoMA ticket, I could get into P.S. 1 for free, which was fantastic.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like seeing some of these works of art. Inspired? Maybe. Confused? Definitely. If you want to be stuck scratching your head for a while, and feeling that your goals in life may be entirely too materialistic, this may be the place for you.  It was worth a visit, though. I’m not sure if I’m “deep” enough to appreciate the experience, however. I kid. But seriously, it’s worth a visit to appreciate some of the VERY contemporary works of art, because it has more of an impact on our lives today than even some of the work at MoMA. This is the truly modern art.

Creeping

I am a people watcher, and I am not ashamed. Especially when riding the Subway from place to place, I can’t help but observe what others are doing. A friend of mine who moved to the city about a year ago showed me this website, and I think it’s a great example of how this city works. The website is called the “Underground New York Public Library.” Basically, photographer Ourit Ben-Haim goes around and takes pictures of what different people are reading on the Subway.  It’s a fun project, and he updates it multiple times a day.

Here’s the site: http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/

It’s also a good reminder that yes, people DO still read! What a relief.

United nightmare

This past weekend I was traveling out-of-town to attend my cousin’s graduation in Ohio. I headed out on Friday evening from Newark airport. That was the first nightmare. Newark (in general) is a less chaotic airport than LaGuardia or JFK, and it’s not much further to travel. But with traffic on Friday evening heading out of the city, it was horrible.  OK, I made it out of the city, into the airport. I had checked in for my flight the night before, so I just went to print off my boarding pass, when I received a scary message: “No reservations found for this passenger within the next 24 hours.” What?

Turns out United Airlines cancelled my flight earlier that day because of weather. I didn’t get a phone call or an email about it.  Which means I was stuck at the airport, with no flights to anywhere in Ohio available that night. That was the second nightmare. After heckling with the airline employees for close to an hour, they re-booked me on a flight the next morning.  Fine, I had a flight. But now I had to turn around, go back to the apartment, and come back the next day. I’m telling you, I don’t want to see the inside of a bus for the next six months.

The next morning, after a seriously deja vu drive back to Newark, I went to stand in line for security. What could possibly go wrong now? The worst case scenario had already happened, right? Wrong. When I looked at the monitor to make sure my flight was on time, I saw the third nightmare. You guessed it, my flight was cancelled again.  If it wasn’t such a precarious situation for me, I would have felt bad for the airline staff: everyone was yelling and it must have been horrible rescheduling everyone on their flights. All was not lost, however. I got booked on another flight that actually ended up arriving earlier than my original flight. So while it worked out in the end, I’ve decided one thing: I am never, ever, EVER flying United Airlines again.  One flight cancelled I can understand. But two? Within 24 hours? Come on.

Dress to Impress

Yesterday, the interns at the McGraw-Hill company had a business luncheon with the chairman, president, and CEO of the company, Terry McGraw.  The lunch itself was fun and interesting. We sat with different executives in the company, and it was a great opportunity to meet other interns and see where they were working as well.  But the dress code we received before the event was extensive, to say the least. Here’s the requirements listed below:

CORPORATE BUSINESS ATTIRE

Men
• Suits, Shirts, Ties, Shoes
• Choose natural fibers.
• Dark blue or gray are the best colors; if the suit
has a pattern, it should be pinstripes or plaid.
• Make sure the jacket is long enough and that
the inside lining does not hang below the
jacket.
• Freshly pressed solid or pinstripe shirts.
• If the shirt is not white, light blue and French
blue are acceptable.
• Always wear long sleeves with a suit.
• Ties should compliment the entire outfit.
• Silk; 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches wide.
• No bow ties.
• Avoid novelty ties.
• Ties should not be too loud or too bright.
• Your tie should end at the middle or bottom of
your belt buckle.
• Black, brown or cordovan color shoes.
• Shoes should be comfortable, well polished,
heeled and should not be leaning to the side.

Jewelry and Accessories
• Do not wear gimmicky or sport watches.
• Rings should not be chunky or flashy; school
rings are appropriate.
• Do not wear too many chains or bracelets.
• No earrings.
• Your cologne should be light or none at all.

Hair
• Short, conservative cut; no tails, colors, braids,
twists, etc.
• Neatly combed, clean, not too greasy.
• A clean-shaven face; beard, mustache,
sideburns or goatee should be clean and well
trimmed.

Women
Suits, Dresses and Skirts
Business skirt suits should be worn (neutral
colors are acceptable).
Dark colors such as navy, gray, or dark maroon
• conservative suits are best.
• Skirts and dresses with coordinated jackets are
acceptable.
• Complementary solid color blouse is
recommended – white, cream, pastel.
• Your dress or skirt should cover the knee when
seated.

Shoes
• Medium heeled leather pumps (blue, black); no
sling back or open toe shoes.
• Heels should be 1 to 2 inches, not higher.
• Always wear panty hose or stockings; try to
match the color of your shoes or flesh tones.

Hair, makeup and nails
• Hair should be neat, conservative, and
professional; no large or teased hairstyles,
multicolor; or gadgets.
• Hair should be kept off of your face.
• Makeup should be simple and soft.
• Nails should be manicured with light or clear
polish (no designs).

Jewelry and Accessories
• Simple earrings, not dangling.
• A pin or a necklace; a watch; one bracelet.
• If you wear rings, one per hand.
• Carry a small purse.
• Your perfume should be light or none at all.