So Good They Named It Twice

Boy, do I have a lot I want to tell you about. Like spending two entire days at LaGuardia airport, where I made friends with pretty much every shuttle bus driver in the greater Queens area, a puzzling majority of whom were coincidentally named Dimitri. I also want to tell you about my nostalgic return to Connecticut where I convinced Sean take me to the tiny half-moon of beach where we met and act out various scenarios from our first encounter---including a pretty convincing mimed display of hackeysack---while I took pictures and reminisced.

Then, of course, there was Sean's high school reunion (French Fashion Designer Ex-Girlfriend did not show, quelle surprise, which was a bummer because my bangs were looking awesome by that point) and also the time I almost did a live television interview while stationed at LaGuardia before finding out, at the last minute, THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE CONDUCTED IN SPANISH.

(I don't speak Spanish, not even a scrap of it. I like to pretend that I could have done a passable job in French or German, but I think that's really just me being kind to myself, since my answer to the question "How is Thanksgiving travel shaping up at LaGuardia this year?" would most likely have been "Is there a bank near here? Do you have any brothers or sisters? I would like to buy three stamps at the post office.")

Anyway, I will save all this for later, because what I wanted to tell you about first was our one-day outing to New York, mainly because I have a lot of pretty pictures to show you and those will probably detract from the fact that I have anything of any worth to say about it. Because Sean grew up about forty minutes from Manhattan, and because my family lived there for six years too, both of us are lucky enough to have been into the city many times, which means we kind of have all the basics covered. So for this trip, we decided to take the subway somewhere new and exciting, somewhere neither of us had ever been before, and I don't know about you, but when I think new and exciting, I think Coney Island.

(No? Just me then? Ah well.)

In all seriousness, I have wanted to visit Coney Island for as long as I can remember, except I haven't actually wanted to visit to, you know, go on any rides or anything normal like that, I've just wanted to stroll cinematically up and down the boardwalk on a sunny winters day, listening to the ghosts of years past whistle in the wind. Which is pretty much what we did.

After that, we took the subway to Caroll Gardens and walked from there to the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge, which we crossed just as the sun was giving off its most perfect light, the kind where everything is bathed in goodness and happiness and even though your feet are hurting something rotten from all that walking in those stupid flat boots with no tread, it doesn't really matter because look, look, look at it all, you know?

(Lots more New York photos here, pretty much all of them taken by Sean, many of them featuring the vast number of foodstuffs we consumed. Did you know, for instance, that there is a restaurant in New York dedicated ENTIRELY TO RICE PUDDING? I know about it now, my friends. Oh, I know about it entirely too well. It's called Rice to Riches and it has a sign on the door stipulating "No Skinny Bitches" and about 23 different flavors of rice pudding. We ordered the one called Sex, Drugs, & Rocky Road because even though the presence of marshmallows in one's rice pudding might seem at first to be just a tad unconventional, who can resist a witty bit of wordplay like that? Not I, said the English major, not I.)

 

1
Claire Bidwell Smith
Dec 01, 2009

I always find Coney Island strangely sad, in a really beautiful way, this time of year. Your photos are great.

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peach
Dec 01, 2009

coney island. not so much. i always think of it as a pathetic vegas strip by the dreary beach.
however, caroll gardens to the brooklyn promenade? one of the best walks/views in the city

3
Ris
Dec 01, 2009

Your hair is such a beautiful color in that last photo! I just love the light.

4
Locusts and Wild Honey
Dec 01, 2009

Oh, I love Coney Island. Our uber-hip friend got married there, while marching in the Mermaid Parade. The guests had to serenade them on cue with "Livin on a Prayer."

As much as I love California, New York is a very unique place that I will always pine for in some way I can't quite explain.

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jenny
Dec 01, 2009

Rice to Riches is a great place. But what I love most is that when it first opened, it was mostly a front for a gambling ring. (See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/218696 )
I think it has different owners now, but I love that story! It makes the name of the place that much more meaningful!

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Luke
Dec 01, 2009

I've never been to Coney Island but it makes me think of this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLNZc1tMuXE

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Teej
Dec 01, 2009

Rice to Riches is the best! I always get caramel rice pudding topped with cherry pie filling. Don't ask, I don't know, but it works. (And yes--it was a front for some kind of organized crime. Hilarious.)

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Camels & Chocolate
Dec 01, 2009

Meredith and I went to Coney Island right before I moved, and holy Hell, was that an experience I hope to never relive.

Also, your bangs DO look awesome.

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soul-fusion
Dec 01, 2009

I love reading about other people visiting my city, it makes me fall in love with it a little bit more (which helps when heading into winter!). And you chose my absolute favorite flavor at Rice to Riches!

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amber, theambershow
Dec 01, 2009

I'm going to check out Rice to Riches now. It sounds amazing!

You went to Coney Island at the best time. It's crowded and full of skanky girls in the summer.

11
Kristabella
Dec 01, 2009

I've never been to Coney Island. It makes me think of that movie The Warriors. Have you ever seen it? If not, it's not use explaining it because um, it's about gangs, and weird shit and they go to Coney Island. The end.

12
Georgia
Dec 01, 2009

Oooh, perfect timing! My bestie and I are flying to New York this week, and on the top of her list is the rice pudding store. I'm game! I've only been to NY twice, both times with boyfriends. I can't wait to see the city with my best girl friend by my side.

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Kara
Dec 01, 2009

So glad to hear about the rice pudding shop in New York - I'm frighteningly addicted.

And so you never have to go without - there's a delish rice putting shop over in Russian Hill called Loving Cup. You can be a bi-coastal puddinista.

14
Blue Satin Sashes
Dec 01, 2009

Your bangs are looking fabulous, darling. Eat your heart out, No-Show-French-Fashion-Designer.

15
beyond
Dec 01, 2009

your hair looks fantastic.
i have lived in nyc for almost ten years and i am ashamed to say that i have never made it to coney island. i really want to / have to go now.

16
liz
Dec 01, 2009

damn. that bagel picture will be the death of me. i'm pregnant, and therefore constantly starving, and all i want is bagels, bagels, bagels.

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kat
Dec 01, 2009

did you know there's a place that serves rice pudding (they vary up the flavors daily/weekly) on polk street? it's YUMMY. called the loving cup. you MUST go. and you can sample all of the flavors! i like lemon the best.

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Jenna Jean
Dec 02, 2009

Your hair looks great! I really like your bangs FO SHO! Plus, the only Spanish anybody needs is pass the margaritas por favor.

http://www.ifeelyaophelia.com
Jenna Jean

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Melanie
Dec 02, 2009

My husband makes AWESOME rice pudding, but I can't eat it when he adds marshmallows. Yucky.

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Alexis
Dec 02, 2009

I love Rice to Riches! So a weird concept yet so yummy!

21
Heather
Dec 02, 2009

wasnt rice to riches in that movie "Hitch" i wondered if it was a fictional place or not. now i know...love the pics....happy holidays

22
this new place
Dec 02, 2009

the last time I was in NYC for just a few days, I swear, I gained ten pounds, despite all the walking we did.

23
The Gnat's Trumpet
Dec 02, 2009

"Coney Island must be 50 to 100 miles from here."

You just took me back to one of my favorite movies from my childhood.

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Scarlett
Dec 03, 2009

Kristabella: YES! I totally was thinking *clink clink* "WARRIORRRRRS COme out to PLAAAAY!"

Such a strange movie.

And Holly, your bangs do look awesome!

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Shelly
Jan 07, 2013

zipping through the archives to catch up on the blog since i just started reading about a year ago. look what i found! i have the same black coat! i bought it about three or four years ago and i'm still wearing it, today in fact!

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Tibbie
May 19, 2016

I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it extrmeely easy for me!

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