Archive for April, 2010

I represent Queens, She was raised out in Brooklyn…

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/25/2010 by Melissa

Well, not quite. Anyone who’s spent any time with me will know that I’m from the Bronx, not from the decidedly more docile and suburban Queens, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I’ve lived in Queens – Astoria to be exact – for a year now (2 years really, but not consecutively) and its got a lot going for it. Astoria is safe, easy to get to by a normal subway (I’m looking at you JMZ), and has actual businesses and services that you might need in your everyday life, like banks and post offices and grocery stores with fresh produce. Not to mention that I have the nicest, most inexpensive apartment I’ve ever had in NYC. Its a good place to be a non-millionaire adult – if I was 23, I might feel a little left out of the Greenpoint party scene, but those days are long behind me.

One more thing Astoria has going for it are some pretty awesome waterfront parks…

(yours truly, probably googling “condo conversions” on the iphone)

…like the Socrates Sculpture Park. Ken and I went for a walk there the other day, and its just as beautiful as the Brooklyn waterfront, but with the added bonus of random art installations!

There’s even luxury waterfront condos, both of the warehouse-conversion and new-construction genres…

I’m partial to the one on the left, which is a conversion of a piano factory from the late 1800’s. They were apparently having a hard time selling the condos, because all of the listings were pulled off the realtors website, but if they come back around at more reasonable prices, maybe some waterfront living is in the cards for the Snark?

An ode to Car…

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/13/2010 by Melissa

You probably don’t know this about me, but I have a soft spot in my heart for old Volkswagens…

via eBay

…specifically the MK2 Golf. Produced from 1983-1991, the MK2 Golf has the most amazing angles – it’s sporty, but with absolutely no curves. The lines actually relate very nicely to my tastes in furniture. My very first car was a 1991 Golf (Nickname: Car), and I loved it to death, even though it was a disaster and it essentially bankrupted me and left me stranded on the side of the NYS Thruway during an ill-fated drive up to Montreal.

But why the sudden rekindling of my love for the Golf? I’ve been thinking of buying a car. Now, now – before you tell me how unnecessary it is – I’m going to be traveling a little more frequently to NJ for work from now on, and having my own car would make that easier to manage. Plus, I’d get to expense some of the cost of using the car for work, which would make it more fiscally responsible. Plus – BEACH, BEACH, BEACH!

Did I mention that I could drive to the beach all summer long? And Ikea? And Trader Joe’s, in Queens, where its less crowded? And to visit my nephew? And to the BEACH?

This Golf seems like a pretty solid deal. Less the 50,000 miles, 1 owner, good price…Hmmmm….

There’s a lot more to it than that, Bart. I don’t just babysit. I sell peace of mind for a dollar an hour. Two dollars after nine o’clock.

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/11/2010 by Melissa

I got to spend Thursday afternoon with my favorite little guy in the world…

Ben! He’s getting to be such a real little person – its kind of crazy. We played with Wall-e a lot and checked in on the cats and threw balls around and generally had a great time. I only wish that I got to hang out with him more often…(and yes, that is an open offering of babysitting services!)

Spending time with Ben makes me wonder what it will be like when I have my own little baby. It seems kind of scary, but then when I really think about it, I bet I would be pretty good at it. I’m already used to staying up all night and forcing myself to work when all I really want to do is sleep, and I’m pretty patient (ok, ok – when it comes to babies, not when it comes to most other things.) And most importantly…

via Skona Hem

…baby snark would undoubtedly have the coolest digs around. Think of all the cool elements you could work into a nursery/child’s room that would look out-of-place in the rest of your home. Like in the above shot – what a great way to play with color and texture and shape! Those Swedes really have things figured out…