266. You’re Next Stop

This slow motion video “Stainless, 42 Street” by Adam Magyar (he has a very cool site, you should check it out) captures the essence of waiting for a train in NYC. Granted I avoid this stop like I do Times Square but it’s probably the best place to take a video like this. Does anyone else think the music sounds just like the music from the dinner scene in Sleep No More? Creepy yet it grabs your attention.

*Note to self: Go see Sleep No More again. #maskenthusiast

254. Extreme Like Button

UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) is the mecca of all improv comedy theaters. Having taken both improv and writing classes there, I can honestly say that this video perfectly captures what a little gem this place truly is. You can feel the history when you walk inside as well as the excitement that brews from the audience. All I can say is that if you’re in New York City and you love comedy, UCB is a must see. There are shows every night (for cheap) but Sunday night is when the real magic happens. You never know who is going to show up to ASSSSSSCAT. As Amy Poehler jokes, “You get what you pay for. And it’s a free show.” Sometimes the entire cast from SNL will stop by (since many of them got their start at UCB) or someone super famous and hilarious like Robin Williams will make a guest appearance. But watching the players from various sketch groups perform on stage is just as rewarding. You’ll find yourself howling with the rest of the audience, with a semi-cold can of PBR (just $2!) in one hand. Just be ready to wait in line. If you know me at all, you’re aware that I’ll sit in the snow for hours eating slices of pizza just to get a seat.

I have to say that performing on that famous stage during my first level improv graduation show was one of the highlights of me living in New York City. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous. Thank you Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh for opening up such a creative outlet for all to enjoy.

*Note to self: SIGN UP FOR IMPROV AS SOON AS MY ANKLE HEALS. It’s been way too long – so long ago, in fact, that I forgot I had full on bangs the last time I performed there. 

**2nd Note to self: DON’T GET BANGS AGAIN.

My friend Jess and I after our Improv 101 Graduation Show

My friend Jess and I after our Improv 101 Graduation Show

250. Soul Cycle: It’s For Everyone

 

citibike

For those of you who aren’t familiar with CityBike, it’s all the rage. Literally. Some people love it. Some people hate. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, it looks like this bike share experience is here to stay. All you have to do is sign up for the service, log-in, find a bike station, and drop it off at the appropriate location when you’re done. But if you’re in NYC and looking for an alternative to Soul Cycle, keep your eyes peeled for the The Fat Jew. He’ll be teaching this stationary bike class to the homeless.

*Note to self: Ask Lululemon if they’d like to sponsor The Fat Jew’s cycling class. Because nothing says I want to help the homeless more than a company giving out free bicycle shorts.

184. My New Favorite Person: Carole Radziwill

For once I have The Real Housewives franchise to thank for introducing me to a character that I can actually look up to. Carole Radziwill is a journalist and writer who traveled the world with ABC News, married a prince (literally), and most recently has become part of the Real Housewives of New York cast. While reading her blog, I discovered that she also wrote a monthly column for Glamour called “Lunch Dates” back in 2006. She sat down with some of the biggest people in film, television, music, and politics and asked them silly questions over lunch. This sounds like my dream job. Carole, if you’re looking for a RAONY (Real Assistant of New York), I’m your gal. Also, I think your nickname should be C-Radizzle. It has a certain ring to it. Then the Countess could make up a song for you. Just a thought.

“Most importantly, I follow my instinct. I’ve always followed my instinct – the feeling you have when something intangible is nudging you in one direction or another – and it’s as close as I come to a higher power. Here’s what I believe: Say Yes to what the universe puts in front of you, even when there’s no knowing how it will work out. Listen to your intuition with nothing less than awe. Don’t listen to those who judge you, quietly or not. Don’t listen to doubting whispers or negative self-talk, Who do you think you are? You’re a girl (or boy) with a dream, like me.” – Carole Radziwill

175. Matt Piedmont: Viewing Life Through A Comic Lens

(credit: imdb.com)

Last fall, I had the chance to interview Matt Piedmont, a comedy writer that I’ve looked up to for years. From SNL to Casa de mi Padre, this guy has done it all. Find out why he loves Gap khakis, how he broke into Hollywood, and why he feels like Liberace…sometimes.

Matt Piedmont: Viewing Life Through A Comic Lens.

174. NYC or Bust

 

After I graduated from college in 2002, I wanted to become a sitcom writer. After being out in “the real world” for 10 years, I’ve realized how hard it is to actually fulfill that dream. I’m always writing and creating but right now my goal over the next few months is to get back to New York City, the place I can’t wait to call home..again.

In my attempt to get the gold medal in networking, I’m doing a little shameless promotion in order to secure a job in “The Big Apple.” You may be wondering, who is this lady? What’s her deal? Well, I recently earned my graduate degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and I’m a reliable, witty, creative, fun-loving, and very energetic girl (can you say that after the age of 30?) who just wants to get back to Manhattan (or Brooklyn!). If you’re wondering what I can bring to a company here are a few things that I have done:

I’ve written a daily column for CBS New York about the “5 Best Things To Do Tonight In NYC” for almost 2 years:

I’ve discovered my love for Photoshop and copywriting:

(Images shot by Carly Petrone, promotions are fictional)

I’ve created a website re-design (5 pages) for Emerald Lanes, a Eugene-based bowling alley:

I’ve become obsessed with photography (specifically with Hipstamatic (iPhone app)):

Click here to see photos from NYC.

Other examples:

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I know I graduated in a time where jobs are few and far between. Instead of feeling defeated and overwhelmed, I’ve decided to be proactive and express what I can bring to a company as an employee. I’m looking to work in a space where I can grow and write and create. Please get in touch with me via email or comment on this post if you feel I would be a good fit for your company or organization. Thanks so much in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

161. I’d like a side of gold flakes with my burger, please

New York’s $666 ‘Douche Burger’ from 666 Burger Food Truck

Thankfully this is a joke, but it is available at 666 Burger in NYC. The food truck normally sells their basic burger for $6.66 but the owner, Franz Aliquo, just wanted to see what douche bag would actually buy this ridiculous burger (a few high end ingredients include foie gras stuffed Kobe beef, gold flakes, and caviar). I think my favorite part of the burger is the “champagne steam” that is used to melt the Gruyere cheese. Maybe I’ll try that this weekend with my Sunday scramble. Learn more about this expensive sandwich here. What does that make each bite worth?

160. Today I ate lunch for $1

BBQ Pork Bun from Chinatown!

The outside of it reminded me of the color of leather caramel riding boots that everyone wears in NYC in the fall (that I have yet to find). Luckily it didn’t taste like shoes. It tasted like sweet goodness.

133. Hey Scorsese, I’m Over Here!

I covered The Moth Ball Gala for CBSNewYork.com last week  (which you can read here) and wanted to share some images and insights that didn’t make it into the story.

Observations from a reporter holding a voice recorder, camera, clutch, pashmina, and umbrella:

  • Tyra Banks is shorter than I imagined and is absolutely gorgeous (duh).
  • Run DMC is full of life and talks a mile a minute.  He was completely engaging. I could have interviewed him forever.  He also shared a heartfelt story with me and another reporter about how when he was 35 years-old, he found out he was adopted.
  • Comedian Mike Birbiglia shared a story with me about being on a plane and sitting next to someone with a severe peanut allergy (he was eating some sort of Thai noodle dish with peanuts in it). The flight attendant asked him to stop eating. He was so ravenous that he took it into the bathroom with him and scarfed it down. After coming to the conclusion that fecal matter most likely snuck into his meal, he realized he’d just hit a new low while on tour.
  • Young women still want to be just like Tiffani Amber-Thiessen.
  • Martin Scorsese loves NYC and hearing him speak in short staccato sentences made me want to loop his wisdom into a rap song.
  • The stories that The Moth has cultivated over 15 years is pretty remarkable. My personal favorite was from a moth storyteller who talked about the time he was hitchhiking across the country and got picked up by a strange man. When he realized how off the rocker he was, he told the driver, “Hey man, you’ve picked up a crazier person than yourself” and got out of the car. It  turned out the driver was a convicted murderer who had killed over 30 people.

New York City certainly brings together an ecclectic group of people and I am just happy I was there to capture it all. Here are some images from the eventful night:

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130. Brunettes & Bourbon

Out and about at The Maritime Hotel.

I don’t think I realized that all of my friends in NYC were brunette until I saw this picture from my last night in town.  I also realized that brunettes & bourbon go hand in hand since we were all drinking some stiff cocktails while keeping up with the DJ.  That said, if a spirit brand is looking for their new “it girls,” we’ve got you covered (I’m talking to you Bethenny Frankel).

Skinnygirl Cocktail Line