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Protected: Cheeky The Monkey Rides The Slide

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on August 30, 2009

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Protected: Happy Birthday Barney!

Posted in Family Protected by Andrew Spender on August 30, 2009

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The Shake Shack

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on August 17, 2009

I love burgers. There. I said it. I feel better now it’s out in the open. In fact, to be more precise, I lurve burgers . I know they’re not gourmet or the super-food of the moment, and sure they add a few pounds to the waistline, but boy they taste good. Well, if you go to the right places they do.

I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some pretty good burgers in my 8 years of living in and visiting Manhattan. Paul’s on 2nd Avenue has remained a consistently superb standard in my humble opinion. I could go on, such as my love for Island Burgers and Shakes in Hells Kitchen, but there are plenty of great Web sites that do a better job of rating the best burgers in the city, such as the “Burger of the Month” blog. But for a beefy, juicy, meltin’ cheezy, gooey, scrumptious burger in Gramercy, The Shake Shack is very hard to beat.

Every day, the line for these tasty beauties is huge; I’m guessing a couple of hundred people are there at most times of the day and night. It’s legendary for it’s long line. In fact, it’s a key part of their design on the Web site! New Yorkers (and clued up tourists) wait patiently for their turn to order, fixated on the little metal building that glistens under the dappled light of trees in full blossom in the heart of Madison Square Park. Sorry to pathetically romanticize a burger…. but yes, it is THAT good. And the kicker?  It’s only 2 blocks from our apartment. Hallelujah.

In a word: GO.

The Shake Shack, Madison Square Park
The Shake Shack, Madison Square Park

The view of Empire State is magnificent from Madison Square Park. The Flat Iron building is on the corner of the park too.

Empire State Building as seen from Madison Square Park

Protected: New York Aquarium

Posted in Family Protected by Andrew Spender on August 16, 2009

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Protected: Snackin’

Posted in Family Protected by Andrew Spender on August 16, 2009

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Coney Island

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on August 15, 2009

Coney Island in Brooklyn is a special place. By special, I mean crazy, grubby, gaudy, exciting, wild, scary, seedy and all-together-brilliant. It’s the home of the Cyclone Roller Coaster, the Wonder Wheel, the World Hot Dog Eating Contest (68 hot dogs in buns in 10 minutes!) and Shoot the Freak. Yes, you read right; for a few dollars, you can shoot a freak. I love America.
Here’s a very short video of Kate riding The Cyclone.

Shoot the Freak. Need I say more?

Shoot the freak

Shoot the freak

The concession stands along the boardwalk offer anything that can be deep fried.

Heart attack in one place

Heart attack in one place

The Wonder Wheel and The Cyclone are landmarked by the US Government. This means they are protected from commercial redevelopment.

Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel

Union Square Smoking Hand Thing

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on August 9, 2009

We seem to natually gravitate toward Union Square. It’s got a superb farmers market on a Saturday and a couple of organic stores; Trader Joes and Whole Foods. There is also a multiplex cinema, park, scrumptious noodle bar and the biggest Barnes & Noble bookstore in the city – 5 floors! We also tend to pass through Union Square when we’re traveling around the city because it lies at the intersection of Park Avenue South, Broadway and 14th Street, all busy roads.

One of the puzzling things about the square is this strange work of art on the side of a prominent building. It makes for an odd sight whilst driving down Park Avenue South. I must Google it.

Union Square

Union Square