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DUMBO Street Art

What I love about New York is the art that is everywhere. Because thousands of artists flock to the city to try their luck, areas such as Brooklyn’s DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), home to a lot of artist studios, organizations and exhibit halls, benefit from the talent that just spontaneously produces art for public consumption.
Here are a few prints and random street graffiti on walls of its streets. 

Le End indeed.

Style Elements: Brooklyn

Style Elements is a special section where I feature photos I take of objects that capture my eye in people’s homes or in public spaces.
I love fresh flowers in  homes. It shows that people take the time to bring something new 
and pretty into their lives to have even for just a few days. 
An antique General Electric fan with a heavy ass base.
A French chandelier with a story.
An Arco Lamp with the backdrop of the antique fan and reflective candle holder.
An Eames-era copper-plated carafe, reportedly from Ebay.
Freshly-bloomed potted orchid with the backdrop of a football game on TV.
 What is an Asian home without a buddha? I believe this one is Siddhartha Gautama from India,
who owns one of my favorite quotes: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Flowers in the bathroom is another thing that makes me smile. 
It draws the attention away from everything else and creates a sense of beauty and calm
in your bath and toilet area.
A framed trio of photos from Napa and Sonoma Valley, California.
 A vintage school clock bolted to the wall is a good accent for this home’s high ceilings.

As you can see, I love this clock, a treasure found on Ebay.

Five Leaves Restaurant and Nights & Weekends, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I had gone to Five Leaves upon the recommendation of a cousin, who wanted to know what the big fuss was about with the evening crowds that gather there every night. The website had me sold.

The wait didn’t (~1 hour) at 6:30 on a Friday night. We waited at their sister bar across the street called Nights and Weekends and had drinks, great shishito peppers, yummy cheesebread and a Mariquitas Pie
(a nacho dish that used plantain chips instead of tortilla chips). Yum.

Mariquitas Pie at Nights and Weekends

When it came time to begin our meal, I was only wowed by their kale salad and its perfect mix of crunch, acid and brine. I even went as far as making it myself. Delicious.

Other dishes ordered that evening were:

Shepherd’s Pie. Flavorful and huge but meh, nothing to rave about.
Duck risotto. Again, flavorful and huge but no “wow” factor.
Grilled whole brook trout (bland and nothing special).
Their famous Five Leaves Burger with egg, beets, and a pineapple slice. 
The patty was tasty but there was wayyyy too much going on. Perhaps that’s the appeal?
A+ for Truffle Fries.
Oh my why is the last dish so forgettable? Maybe because it was. Oh it was a special – broccoli rabe mezzaluna (half moon shaped ravioli), lamb ragout, pistachio and raisins (had to check my notes).

Some pluses: great service and cute wait staff. That this place puts the hip- to the -ster is an understatement though.

Interesting decor in a dark room. Some style elements below (Style Elements is a special section where I feature photos I take of objects that capture my eye in people’s homes or in public spaces):

Old glass mirror dry erase board.
Fiery iced tea.
So it’s a bulb. I like it.

Would I go back? Now that I can make the kale salad, probably not. With no line, perhaps. To tell everyone waiting to go elsewhere? Definitely. I would personally stay at the bar.

The Fallingwater Museum by Lego

Fallingwater is the house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family in 1935 and is considered by the American Institute of Architects to be “the best all-time work of American architecture.”
This year Lego came up with its first Fallingwater model as part of its Frank Lloyd Wright Collection which includes the Guggenheim, and its Architecture Collection which includes the Empire State Building, the White House, Seattle Space Needle, and others.
Here are some photos of our assembly:

The set comes with little bags of pieces in no particular order.

A pictorial instruction booklet is included in the package.
The assembly of 800 pieces took about a day.
Some images of the finished product.

The model has four removable components so as to illustrate the different levels of the house.
Component 1 in place


The set was definitely fun to put together, and it was great to have a Lego model of a favorite museum we once visited.


Style Elements: Woodside

Style Elements is a special section where I feature photos I take of objects that capture my eye in people’s homes or in public spaces. 

Style elements of the Doenjang Chigae Dinner at Woodside.

Colorful ornaments.
Wooden soldiers plate with fried shishito pepper.
Black and white combinations.
Rocker components.
White lighting.
Art by Mamiko Otsubo.
“Togo” couch by Ligne Roset.
Vertical lines.
Dicot green on white.
Lighting elements.
Bonus points for translation.
Hanging mirror.
Optical play.
Old neighborhood poster.
Art by Mamiko Otsubo.
The functional fridge.
More holiday spirit.
Laguiole knife set.
Cool rocker.
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