In the spirit of space-saving strategies in New York-living and Tokyo hostel-booking, CoolHunter did a post on the Yotel pods in airports followed by a few more examples of hotels such as Citizen M and Qbic in Amsterdam. Love it- High design in simplicity.

http://thecoolhunter.net/article/detail/1699/sleep-box–mini-hotels

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Great photo series by Paul Octavious. Same location, but the seasons and events make it a different place.

“For the past 2 years I have visited a beautiful mound of earth that I have come to call “the hill.” Each time I have come to the hill a new story is told to me as if the hill is my stage and the locals are the actors in this daily play.” -paul

http://www.pauloctavious.com/hill/

SOOO EXCITED. Finally, we booked our Shanghai hostel last night. All that’s left to do is to get our visas, and finish thesis.. and graduate… but anyways…
these photos look just like their renderings. amazing.

http://www.archdaily.com/53163/shanghai-2010-almost-ready/#more-53163

The Old Highline

March 2010

I still did not make the trip to the HighLine during my early days of spring break due to lovely rain and work.. but anyways…

The best urban spaces worth exploring are the ones left untouched. that’s just my opinion. The Highline is an amazing urban project, don’t get me wrong, but is no longer a natural urban space, like rooftops of pre-war buildings, abandoned subway tunnels, living in warehouses (artists first, then hipsters), Staten Island’s boat graveyard, Roosevelt Island hospital.. list goes on but you get my gist.

http://www.ntimm.ca/_/the-old-high-line-nyc/

Sun’s out. And I feel like seeing some old friends from high school. Whoo

Of course I did some shopping in Soho.. Uniqlo and their sales ugh.

Eating tacos at the Taqueria on Lafayette and Bowery, and realize Geoff’s Landscapes of Quarantine was right there.

Rooftops to reassure the clear day

Siblings and Roofers over-across yonder

After chillin at the West Village with Denise and her bro, I went up town to visit Alex and Sandy and see some other wonders.

Atlas Obscura did a post about this Peace Statue by St. John’s Cathedral. Funky stuff.. still awesome.

So I’ve experienced a good amount of church spaces in Italy, eastern Europe, and Paris last year.. so walking into St. John’s cathedral, I did not expect MAD Space.. mad freekin huge space, largest cathedral in the world and its in New York City say whaaa

We all know NYC is full of.. pleasant surprises to say modestly. We came the side door of a cathedral and there it was, a white peacock. its the most freekin beautiful creature i’ve ever seen. Prettier than my cat, but I still love my cat.

Love

Crepes and Coffee with the lovely couple.

Spring Break officially started last Friday, and of course it rains. and yea i’m sticking around New York because I had my big spring break last year, and i’ll save money, and i’ll make extra money by covering lab shifts. Anyways back to the horrid rain, but as horrid and brutal as it was, that did NOT stop miss Fran and I from finding things to do on a rainy day.

We started off with brunch at Chez Oskar and Fran’s loosing up on her vegan ways.

Already most of our time was spent flipping inside-out the dam umbrellas

Following up on my last post, and a good place to go on a rainy day is the library, especially when we haven’t really explored the main branch public library.

I love this photo of us (taken from Frannie’s blog)- so disheveled from the hurricane weather outside.

yea i’m into old place and antique objects- Last spring break I bought a vintage camera (Kodak Retina Ia) in Vienna, but made in Stuggart not sure when. Well found out it was made in 1951 =)

I did a post about 4 months ago about the Pneumatic System in the New York Public Library. I FOUND IT!

after spending wayy too many hours in the library just to avoid the weather, we headed back downtown to St. Alps Teahouse for some bubble tea. mm..

And then some grocery shopping at the Japanese market

On the following day, yes its still raining, we went to Beacon’s closet- about that place, I thought thrift stores  are suppose to be cheaply-priced?!

I get overwhelmed by their massive amounts of clothes, but Fran indulges in it.

For dinner.. had the most amazing clam chowder in Brooklyn at the Public House nom nom nommm

that really sucks.

Lovely Libraries

March 2010

Must blog must blog.

Ok following up on the staircase entry, here’s another architectural-intellectual-obsessively-organized wonder- Libraries. I’m not really interested in how long a library has existed, but rather the long-patience it takes to accumulate a ginormous collection of books. They’re simply physical books, but knowing they all speak of some sort of knowledge reveals itself when a book is opened, sort of creates a magical atmosphere. Kind of like having the world at the palm of your hands, or snuggly packed into shelves.
Again thank you Atlas Obscura for exploring such wonders.

http://curiousexpeditions.org/?p=78