Mermaid Parade

Today was Coney Island’s 30th annual Mermaid Parade.  It’s basically an excuse for eccentric people to dress up and make floats to parade down the road amid cheers from the packed sidewalks.  The mermaid theme was applied fairly loosely so I saw everything from sea creatures to pirates and of course plenty of mermaids with … Continue reading

Sheep for wood?

The next day, I had my first real outing in Central Park, which I’d been dying to do, now that it’s summer.  The occasion was a Settlers of Catan meetup, and I’m pleased to report that I won 2 of my 3 games.  It was beautiful sitting in Sheep Meadow in the breezy grasses.  I … Continue reading

Manhattan Mayhem

Last weekend, I watched another local roller derby bout between the Manhattan Mayhem and Brooklyn Bombshells.  The score ebbed and flowed and came right down to the wire.  At parts, the bout got really heated and the refs needed to have big pow wows for some of their decisions.  The atmosphere was top-rate, with jeerleaders, … Continue reading

The Sharks A-baited

Last week I had my 4th poker night with the sharks.  There was a record 11 in attendance, which meant more money, more time and much more sharkishness.  After 4 intense hours of wearing poker faces, there was only 2 of us remaining and we agreed on a split-win, giving me a cool $90 prize.  … Continue reading

To Brooklyn and back

I like being fit, but when it comes to exercise I’m a bare-minimum kind of guy.  Doing a single 6km run every Saturday morning is just enough to keep me healthy.  I’d dreamt of running through Central Park, but it’s too far away from my pad in Chinatown and, besides, I’ve possibly found something even … Continue reading

Katz’s with Kohnsey

An old work buddy from London called me out of the blue because he was in NYC for the weekend.  We hooked up yesterday and it was great to just chill out with an old friend.  It was the excuse that I needed to finally make my 1st visit to Katz’s Deli – a classic … Continue reading

Into the Danger Zone

NYC really comes alive with free and fun outdoor events, in the warmer months.  Last weekend, I went to a free outdoor screening of Top Gun.  It so happened that it was screened on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid, in the Hudson River.  I can’t think of a better place to … Continue reading

Like a real American

I’ve wanted to watch a live ice hockey game, but it’s too expensive because it’s finals season.  When a guy that I met invited me to watch it at his home, I jumped at the chance.  We watched the New York Rangers take on the New Jersey Devils in the 4th of their 6 matches … Continue reading