Friday, April 27, 2012

Hunting for shoes

When it comes to shoes, I am certainly one of the most complicated person on Earth.
It can take me months before I find the right shoe. But I am fine with that, I'd rather be comfortable in few nice shoes that I love than collecting hundred of them I will never wear.

Shoe stores are everywhere in New York, that is not an issue.
But when you are looking for something specific, you never find it, as usual.

I have a solution for you : Lord and Taylor, run to the 1st floor!

Great name for this store that, I can bet, will become your favorite soon. Why?
- thousands of choice
- all kind of shoes for everyone
- all kind of prices from 30 to 700+ $
- dedicated salepersons who will help you with everything
- a taste of pretty woman
- sales all the time
- if I find happiness here, anybody can, I am telling you!

Lord and Taylor
424 5th Ave
Between 38th and 39th streets
Midtown West

Sunday from 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

5 Av (7, 7X)
42 St - Bryant Pk (B, D, F, M)
Grand Central - 42 St (S)

Never get lost in Central Park

One of the best thing in New York is without any hesitation its majestuous Central Park.

Whenever you go there, you will always be surprised by something: people, a tree, a statue, a scenery, a hidden path, a smell, a song. Here like anywhere in this city everything can happen.

One thing that should not happen is you getting lost in the park. Of course, you will never get lost until the point that no one finds you and you get stabbed in the middle of the night (this occurs only in movies, don't worry) but if you are a dreamer like me, you can end up being in the middle of nowhere without knowing at all where exactly you are.

You have 2 options:
1- ask people around and practice your wonderful English yeah!
2- have a look at the light post! Yes when they say the light will guide you, that's not a joke! Here we go, on most of posts, you will find a metal plate with a number where the 2 first numbers corresponds to the street, herebelow, we are on 72th St! Then on the ones on the outer loop, you will also find a letter E or W which indicates if you are on the East or West side.

And forget your smartphone for a bit, be smart!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bottles by Jim Dingilian

While you are doing your house cleaning and getting rid of dust, ashes, smoke and other dirts, some people are making Art from it. Why not!

Especially hen you see this kind of work which I think is totally amazing:

How does he do it : He uses candle smoke to paint picture-perfect images on the inside of empty bottles by scratching it once the smoke deposit formed.

“The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature. The bottles add to the implied narratives of transgression. When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories” Jim Dingilian says bout his art.

(après avoir enfumé la surface de bouteilles en verre, gratte ensuite la suie collée sur les parois créant ainsi divers paysages monochromes. Un travail fastidieux pour des œuvres étonnantes! «Comme les objets d’art, ils deviennent des sortes de sabliers, leurs intérieurs drainés maintenant habités par de vagues souvenirs.»)

Go admire those bottles at the Museum of Art and Design.

It is pay what you wish every Thursday from 6 to 8 and you will have access to every exhibit. Get lost into the different levels and enter in this wonderful world of people who do things that you would have never thought about and will make you dream...

Don't forget to step by the museum store, those are always like Ali Baba's cave.

2 Columbus Circle
New York
Subway : 1 A C B D - Columbus Circle

Paul Auster, you got it

I am not ashamed to say that I am currently reading my first Paul Auster and for now I pretty like it.

I need to share the following with you. I think you can have this same feeling in any big and beautiful city like Paris, Rome, Prague...and of course New York:

"Presque chaque jour, qu'il fasse chaud ou froid, il quittait son appartement pour déambuler dans la ville - sans savoir vraiment où il allait, se déplaçant simplement dans la direction où ses jambes le portaient.
New York était un espace inépuisable, un labyrinthe de pas infinis, et, aussi loin qu'il allât et quelle que fût la connaissance qu'il eût de ses quartiers et de ses rues, elle lui donnait toujours la sensation qu'il était perdu. Perdu non seulement dans la cité mais tout autant en lui-même. Chaque fois qu'il sortait marcher il avait l'impression de se quitter lui-même, et, en s'abandonnant au mouvement des rues, en se réduisant à n'être qu'un œil qui voit, il pouvait échapper à l'obligation de penser, ce qui, plus que tout autre chose, lui apportait une part de paix, un vide salutaire. Autour de lui, devant lui, hors de lui, il y avait le monde qui changeait à une vitesse telle que Quinn était dans l'impossibilité de s'attarder bien longtemps sur quoi que ce soit. Le mouvement était l'essence des choses, l'acte de placer un pied devant l'autre et de se permettre de suivre la dérive de son propre corps. En errant sans but, il rendait tous les lieux égaux, et il ne lui importait plus d'être ici ou là. Ses promenades les plus réussies étaient celles où il pouvait sentir qu'il n'était nulle part. Et c'était finalement tout ce qu'il avait jamais demandé aux choses : être nulle part. New York était le nulle part que Quinn avait construit autour de lui-même et il se rendait compte qu'il n'avait nullement l'attention de le quitter à nouveau."

Paul Auster - Cité de Verre (Trilogie New-Yorkaise. 1)

Never go to Le Baron

I usually write here to tell you where to go but today I'm totally pissed off againt those pretentious useless jokers aka Le Baron in New York.
Personally I have never been interested to go to Le Baron in Paris. Here I was like let's see as they were advertising this nice-looking facebook event a friend sent me
I have never seen so many people in a line on a Monday night, around 300 people waiting in the cold to end up being rejected at the entrance by the meanest guy ever who only knows 5 words 'You not on the list',
What the heck?!
For the few ones who have been accepted inside, that night seemed like a nightmare, totally packed, no way to enjoy the concert at all.

Maybe other nights are better, maybe ceci, maybe cela...
Seriously, do not even waste your time to go to Chinatown and get humiliated.
You deserve better, New York is so full of wonderful places and Le Baron should not even be in this City, beurk beurk!

Let's buy a flying car

Big buzz this week with the New York auto show opening, you have probably heard of "Transition", the first American-made flying car!

You were wondering what to do with your $279,000 dollars, here we go, buy one and become the hypest person in the world.

In few figures:
- "Transition" has successed its first flight on March 26 and will be available for sale starting next year. About  100 000 people have already put down $10,000 dollars deposit to be the first happy buyers
- You can drive it with your regular license + a 20h sport pilot traning (another $3000 but vous n'êtes plus à ça près)
- With one full tank (87L) of super sans plom at any regular gas station, you will be able to fly until 787 km (vitesse de croisière de 170 km/h). Then once back on the road, wings bent in less than 30 seconds, the maximum speed you can reach is 105 km/h, but man you can fly!
- Ok you will not yet be able to take off in the middle of a traffic as you will need 762 meters to take off
- And with its 2.3 width meters, you will easily park it in your garage.

It's not yet very beautiful and has only 2 seats but still, I am sure you can enjoy it:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Create your own jewel

You're a girl and you are fan of charms, bracelets, rings etc?
You're a boy and you want to buy an original gift to your mum, sister, girfriend...?

I have the perfect place for you : Brooklyn Charm.

In this shop, you will find everything to make your own jewel.
Perls, chains, plenty of charms, colors, gold-like, silver-like, earings, I am telling you, you should find what you're looking for in there!

The vendors will be willing to help you and the prices are very smooth too. You can have a bracelet for $12, a nice chain for less than $20 and be proud of its unicity and proud of you, you made it!

Plus if you are a total fan, you can subscribe to a class and learn how to make your own jewel. In private or with a group, during an hour, make it and bring it back home with you.

Isn't that great?
Yes it is!
And it is right here:

Brooklyn Charm
145 Bedford Ave
Entrance on North 9
Subway : L Bedford Ave