Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
THE LION OF THE SENATE, as well as…A brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather….and a dog lover.
A few years ago, while living in Washington, Mom came home from work, and told me the story of a great man. A man who dedicated his life’s work to bettering the lives of others. The elderly, the children, the disabled. A man who believed that public service was an honor and a duty. A man who believed in possibilities….She saw this man that day.
He was standing in the Upper Senate Park next to his Senate Office building, in a charcoal grey suit....with a tennis racquet. He was alone…except for his 2 dogs...Sunny & Splash. It was spring in Washington, the cherry trees were in full bloom, and there stood the senior senator of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Senator Edward M. Kennedy….hitting tennis balls for his beloved dogs to fetch.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mom will be on assignment the remainder of the week covering the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. We will resume posting upon her return.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It seemed everywhere I looked in this area (west side - near the tennis courts and 96th Street) I found caution tape, damaged trees...
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Mom and I headed out this morning – but the rain came before we crossed First Avenue. And apparently Due was sleeping in….
We’ll try again tomorrow. I’m anxious to get back to Central Park to survey the progress on the storm clean up.
Instead of Central Park Mom braved the heat to head out to Brooklyn....I found a cool spot on the hardwood floors and relaxed.
I haven’t been to Brooklyn since we first arrived in NYC 3 years ago and stayed with our friend Jennifer. I soon headed back to DC while Mom found an apartment and got things ready for my triumphant arrival.
Although Brooklyn is a lot of fun, and Prospect Park is close to dog-heaven – we decided on Manhattan. I can’t go on the subway – so I have not been back to Brooklyn since.
Mom went to check out the Artists and Fleas Market in Williamsburg. (Which apparently is a neighborhood in Brooklyn). We have a company, Central Bark Designs, where we create hand painted placemats for pets (see sidebar link to our etsy store!). Mom wanted to see if our mats would be a good product to sell at Artists and Fleas.
Located at 129 6th Avenue (L train, Bedford stop) and open from 12n to 8p on Saturdays & Sundays, they have a great array of jewelry and vintage clothes.
Since it’s in a warehouse, it is a great place to shop rain or shine. The vendors change from time to time so you should keep going back to see what’s new. There are lots of pubs and cafes in the neighborhood to enjoy after your shopping spree. Although it’s not the right fit for our mats, Mom said she is looking forward to going back. Sounds like a great place to take Sarah A. on her next visit to New York.
One of the reasons Mom wants to go back is the Ice Cream truck she found. (And has been raving about).
This was NOT your neighborhood Mr. Softee. Parked on Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th streets was a creamy yellow Van Leeuween Ice Cream Truck. Artisan Ice Cream – from a street truck. And this was not any street truck. After doing a little on-line research, Mom’s discovered 2 brothers (Ben & Pete) started the company and that the truck is actually a retrofitted postal truck. Talk about recycling!
As an animal lover (which of course is obvious) I was happy to hear that they give 1% of their profits to Wildlife Direct. A grassroots organization in the Congo whose mission is to actively protect critically endangered species.
CLICK HERE to find our more about VanLeeuwen Ice Cream. (You can even follow their tweets to find out where their trucks are!)
The ice cream is amazing (or so I’ve heard). Mom had the mint chocolate chip with hot fudge sauce. It was rich (18% butterfat!), with a subtle mint flavor and lots of chocolate chips. And there was not one drop of artificial green food coloring! It had a freshness to it you just don’t find in other ice creams, especially ice cream truck ice cream.
Of course I have to take Mom’s word for it, as she did not bring any home. The excuse given, was that it would have melted…I might let her get away with that one.
After enjoying her ice cream it was back on the subway for a quick stop in Chinatown before heading home. And look what she found on Canal Street…..
Now that Mom’s had Van Leeuwen…. I’m afraid she’s kicked Mr. Softee to the curb!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Mom dashes in from work and is in a BIG hurry. I don’t get a proper walk – but a quick spin in the cul-de-sac. Hmmm. What’s the rush?
Back in the apartment she starts throwing things in a boat bag – umbrella, baseball cap, the camera, a blanket..there's a quick phone call to Aunt Dana….HA – we’re going to Central Park!! Midweek!!
But wait, Mom tosses me a cookie and heads out by herself…without me. I DON’T THINK SO PEOPLE.
Turns out Mom and Aunt Dana were going to the (7th Annual) Central Park Film Festival. And they didn’t take me. Funny thing – seems they didn’t do their research. When they arrive at site – they found a list of RULES…
Now I’m not going to tell on them – but apparently they were in violation for more than one of the above listed rules (and we KNOW it wasn’t the one that said NO PETS).
So instead of watching “Sex and The City” they had their picnic on the benches lining the Mall – and then headed home.
All was not lost – by leaving early – Mom was home before the huge summer thunderstorm. Complete with thunder, lightening, and lots of fallen branches in my Park.
So the lessons we can all take away from this….
1) Never go to Central Park without me
2) Do a little research before attending any event – find out the EXACT location and if it’s in a theater (or playground with bleachers) – you probably shouldn’t lug beach chairs all the way to the park, and rethink your beverage packaging and serving options (oops – did I just spill the beans).
Monday, August 17, 2009
Of the 51 sculptures dotted throughout Central Park, this is by far my favorite.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
ALL dogs take a little work - but the amount of love you get in return is 10 fold - make that 1000 fold (at least that's what Mom keeps reminding herself when I come home from Central Park - covered in mud - again!) Rescue dogs may come from homes where they were abused or mistreated - all they need is a little love.
If you, or someone you know is looking for a companion pet – think about looking at the shelters in your area. You can register online at petfinders.com and they will send you updates on available dogs in your area. You can list the size, sex and even breed and age of dog you're looking for. Mom has a thing for goldens - we checked out the Petfinders website the other day - just doing research of course - we found TWO golden/lab puppies - girls - 10 weeks old at the Charlottesville, VA ASPCA. Although we don't have room in our tiny NYC apartment for 2 more golden girls - I wish we did.
Adopting a shelter dog is not the only way to help. If you are just thinking about getting a dog - and maybe want to "try it on for size", FOSTER a dog! Fostering a dog will remove them from the kill shelters, helping not only the dog you are fostering - but making room in shelters for more dogs - doing so can save a life. You "foster" the dog until a permanent home is found. If you are in the New York area - take a look at Foster Dogs NYC. This wonderful blog is updated daily. Make it one of your favorite blogs and get the latest profiles. Check out the stories, fall in love with a dog! SAVE A LIFE!
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
....so forgive me if I haven't been blogging lately...the extent of my adventures have been moving from one cool spot on the hardwood floor to another trying to maximize the a/c effect!