This is the first time in — as long as I can remember (come to think of it, EVER) that I’ve spent Thanksgiving away from my family. I had an opportunity to go with friends to Connecticut for a few days, but I decided that since this is my first Thanksgiving in New York, I’d like to spend it in New York City. 

New York has really come alive, particularly over the past week, with holiday glow. I can only imagine how spectacular the holiday season in the city will be (first time for that, too), and I’m so excited to see the city transform with lights, ornaments and decorations. This city’s energy is magnificent and it’s amazing to be a part of it.
Here was my today —
1 + 2  / Morning walk to Barclays Center and coffee
3 + 4  /  Through sunshine and brownstones
5  /  Dressing rooms
6  / Evening at Strand, with miles and miles of books
7  / Commute home via Canal Street Station
8  / Making grandma’s/mom’s “Supreme Salad” — a holiday staple — for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow
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Enjoy the day with your families (I sure miss mine)!

no sleep till barclays

For the first time since construction was completed in late September, I took a stroll past Barclays Center. It’s about a 15 minute walk from my apartment, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, frequent performances by Jay-Z, and a monstrosity of a stadium. There’s been much anticipation — and even more controversy — about Barclays Center (this documentary will tell you all about it), and I’m interested to see if locals will take a liking to it anytime soon.