About the Author | Jesse & GregWe earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.
Alright, guys. You’re not going to procrastinate until the last possible minute this year and she’s well deserving of some super sexy jewelry on this go-round of gift giving. So, get her a pair of pendant earrings and the super chic Olympie Bracelet at Gas Bijoux on Mott, Bleecker, Columbus or their new shop on Elizabeth.Their earings come in tons of different dangly styles and the bracelet is adjustable so fits just about anyone. The prices at Gas Bijoux? Genius. If you’re less-than-confident in choosing the right fit for your lady, their stylish and friendly staff will help you pick something great.
Buying gifts for kids is tough, especially when they are not yours. For the little ones up to a couple of years old, hit Giggle. They have an amazing selection of toys, clothes, carriers, cribs, feeding/washing apparatuses and just about everything else you can think of for the zero to two’s.If you’re into the tactile shopping experience and in NYC, they have stores in Soho, Upper East and Upper West Sides. If you’re out of the city, there are 10 more locations dotting the country or you can just keep it super easy and shop online.
You often encounter musicians busking for tips on the subway platform and more often than not, you’re treated to a terrific short concert on your daily commute.
While waiting for a downtown train at Columbus Circle this morning, I heard a powerful violinist playing with “deck of a sinking Titanic” intensity. Set to the industrial backdrop of squealing trains and muffled announcements, it gave me chills. This dude appears to be barely even working hard, which is also impressive.
I tipped him and took his card: his name is Ernesto Llorens. You can find him at MySpace.com/ernestollorens.
On my way across the Upper West Side today, I passed by the 100 year old institution, Schatzie’s Prime Meats. I’ve meant to go in many times, as the sign in the window bragging about Schatzie’s Famous Dirty Brisket has long intrigued me. There’s also a tag line in the window that is pure gold: “My name is Schatzie. I’m a butcher, I’m not a chef and I don’t speak French. But I do know a beautiful piece of meat when I see it.” Today I was very hungry and I had time, so I popped inside.
It looked just like I hoped it would look! It’s a family business, and Schatzie’s son Richwas behind the counter. I asked, “Why is it called ‘the dirty brisket?’” Says Rich, “Because it’s got barbecue sauce on it.” Good enough for me. He then told me it was definitely his favorite sandwich (I was wavering about the pastrami) so I decided to go with his recommendation. He’s a butcher with a face you can trust. I walked to the park, and unwrapped it.
It’s not the most elegant looking sandwich ever, all wrapped up in brown butcher paper, but damn. A pound of the most melt-in-your-mouth thin sliced beef brisket slathered in ‘cue sauce on unseeded rye. Nothing else. Nothing else needed! Good old Schatzies! Fun to say the name. And a perfect New York sandwich. (If only they’d remembered to include napkins…)
Back in the mid-nineties when I was new to exploring this city, one of my favorite places to adventure on my then roommate’s old Mongoose was along the Hudson River in the sixties and low seventies. Just beyond the rip rap was a most amazing display of rusted, twisted and sunken steel. A giant and forgotten erector set left to fend for itself in the brutality that is so often dealt by this sweet city of ours.
Today, the 69th Street Transfer Station (as I now know it is called) is thankfully being stabilized and restored. Built in 1911, it was used to transfer rail cars from the West Side rail yards to barges that would carry essential goods for New York City residents and businesses to and from Weehawken. With the waterfront of this city becoming more and more used for recreational purposes, the transfer station is an incredible ode to its industrial past.
Yes. Really. I had the opportunity yesterday to check out spectacularly priced twin penthouses at The Aldyn on the Upper West Side. The apartments were nice…big….5700 square feet, six bedrooms, eight and a half baths, views, this….
It just so happens that these sprawling beauties are being used for the 2012 Kip’s Bay Boys and Girls Club 40th Annual Decorator’s Showhouse. The 4000 square feet of terraces they each have are what blew me away. Stunning views up and down the Hudson River and Midtown. Quite possibly the best place on the west side to have a quiet sunset drink with your better half or with a gaggle of friends and hangers on. Especially sitting next to this.
Yes, each apartment has a private pool. A big private pool. An here’s the shameless shill best part….they can be yours for $16,000,000 and/or $17,000,000. We’re happy to schedule a viewing at any time. Seriously.