Saturday, July 9, 2016

NYC Staycation Fun Part 1

It's really fun to have time off in NYC. You can just do whatever you want. It's total freedom. You can explore this amazing town. You can hang out with your unemployed friends on a Tuesday afternoon. And best of all you can spend all your time in girl mode without actually having to have a potentially awkward conversation with HR!

On of the first things I did was just go have brunch with some friends here in Brooklyn. The plan was to go to Buttermilk Channel, which is one of the most, if not the most, popular brunch spots in Brooklyn. Every time we had thought about going there was a huge line. But, that was several years ago. There surely couldn't still be an hour wait right? Yep. There was an hour wait. Hour waits for a table are something I simply won't bother with in NYC. Thing is, no matter how good your food is, there's always five other restaurants within a block serving great food. We ended up going to Prime Meats instead, which was fantastic. And we got a table right away, even though there was a wait. I think we were just cute!

Prime Meats also provided some rather excellent lighting, so of course we couldn't resist a few brunch selfies!

Since we were near Smith & 9th, we decided to try and find the exact spot where De Niro was standing in that one scene in Goodfellas. You know that scene. It's the one where he's trying to get Lorraine Bracco to go check out some dresses but she's not entirely sure that she's not about to get shot. You know, that scene. It was filmed right around where we had brunch. After a few minutes of looking around and checking Goodfellas screenshots on our phones we found it. The red phone box and the little grey concrete window sills helped us locate it. We didn't quite match the shot and we didn't have the right kind of camera to get the depth of field, but managed pretty good I think.

Maybe one day I'll do an entire Goodfellas shooting location photoshoot since it's one of my favorite movies. Also Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies too and I know where a lot of those locations are too. 

By the way, I'm about the biggest Ghostbusters fan out there. I have the 1984 movie memorized. It's one of my absolute favorite movies, one of my absolute favorites NYC movies and one of my absolute favorite comedies ever. And you know what? I'm looking forward to the reboot. I'm planning to see it opening day. Why? Because I love this cast, I think they're some of the funniest people alive and I think this will be a fun movie.
And yeah, did I mention I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of the original? I can recite it. When my friend got into Columbia, I made her a drawing of the original Ghostbusters
And Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melisa McCarthy and Leslie Jones are hilarious. They are some of the funniest people in the world. And Paul Feig is a great comedy director. So yeah, I'm excited to see Ghostbusters this summer. And the haters can hate, but I'll be laughing and having a good time, which is the opposite of what happened when the srubs and zuuls were roasted in the depths of the sloar. 

Speaking of Ghostbusters, did you know that the original Ivo Shandor building was supposed to have been off Washington Square Park? You can see it in the photo above, the brown brick building to the right of the arch. And the Stay Puft Marshmallow was superposed to emerge from behind the arch? Yes, there is a director's commentary on the DVD and I did watch it.  

Also on the same day as my Washington Square Park fun, I decided to stop by LOFT somewhat randomly. Just because it was in my neighborhood and I had to walk right by it anyway. I found a couple of cute dresses that were one size smaller than what I'd normally wear. But they were on sale so I thought I'd try then on. 

And you know what? They fit perfectly! Yay, I went down a size somehow magically! Or the clothes were marked with the wrong size. Or possibly I was wrong about my sizing all along. Either way it made me a happy girl!

Shopping also gave me another fun realization. I tried on a few really low cut items and I could totally pull them off! Go estradiol! I like what you're doing. I approve of these changes.

So yeah, time off in NYC is a really fun thing. Luckily I have more time off and there are more things to do, more people to see, and way more fun to be had for a girl in the five boroughs. 

Fun Fact #487: There are certain terms and phrases related to NYC that people who actually live here will not use. These include, but are not limited to, New York Minute, Big Apple, New York style pizza, Fugeddaboutit. 

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