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Fire Escape

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on May 31, 2010

This morass of fire escapes caught my eye in China Town today. Many of the walk-ups in the city have this kind of emergency exit, but these iron stairs and landings adorn the face of a set of buildings with perpendicular iron bars and shuttered doors that, together, create quite a dramatic contrast. I wouldn’t like to rely on their safety in the event of a fire, that’s for sure.

Fire escapes in China Town

Fire escapes in China Town

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Protected: Spring School Concert

Posted in Family Protected, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 22, 2010

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Shhhh – I’m schnoozin’

Posted in Hobbes, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 16, 2010

Hobbes is enjoying his retirement in the city. Sure, it’s not Dorset or its equivalent in the US, Florida, but all the conveniences an old boy needs is on the doorstep, such as doggy shampoos and walks in the park. And for all those other times, there’s a comfy bed in the living room just perfect for a long schnooooz.

Salt 'n pepper Hobbes

Salt 'n pepper Hobbes

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Protected: I heart Aunty Lou

Posted in Family Protected, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 16, 2010

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Protected: If you’re happy and you know it, jump!

Posted in Family Protected, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 16, 2010

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Protected: K’s Birthday

Posted in Family Protected, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 16, 2010

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Protected: Scootin’ n ridin’ in the city

Posted in Family Protected, NYC by Andrew Spender on May 16, 2010

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Grimaldi’s, DUMBO

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on May 8, 2010

No, it’s not an insult. Grimaldi’s, DUMBO (down under Manhattan bridge overpass), is arguably the best pizza in New York. Located almost directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge and a pleasant walk over it from City Hall in Manhattan, it’s in a fairly scrubby – or ‘authentic’ in real estate agent parlance – part of the city. It’s easy to find because there’s usually a 100 person-plus line outside the door. Inside, the restaurant is adorned by photos of the rich and famous who swear by the Grimaldi’s Margarita, like Mayor Bloomberg, and it really is worth the wait. The 100 year old coal-fired oven charcoals the thin crust and the fresh mozzarella / parmesan combo bubbles deliciously into the rich, fresh tomato sauce to create the pizza tri-fector; crispy, cheesy and tomatoey without being gooey. Yum.

Here’s a picture of the man himself taking a slug of coffee as he manages the long line for the restaurant.

Watching the line grow longer

Watching the line grow longer

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