What is the deal with this?

Lets be honest. We are the truest kind of BFFs. We met at Girls' Camp 1996 in St. Lou, survived high school and 2 years as roommates at BYU. Now, we find ourselves BOTH in NYC, which rocks, and as we contemplated how we should spend quality BFF time together - the answer seemed obvious. We must beebop the boroughs in matching purple hats every Saturday morning. Holla!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

We are not dead...Promise.


Friends....it may seem like we have fallen off the planet, but alas, we have not. Life got a bit busy there for a bit, we were not as diligent about bopping and even less diligent about posting when we did indeed bop. Summary: we have 3 beebops that need a postin'. Be patient please.

In the meanwhile...Jill had a baby. Then we tried on these holiday wigs.

We thought no captions were necessary...until this picture of me looks like Susan Margaret.

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Don't lose faith in us, dear friends....we shall return.

And for the record, that necklace is NOT mine. I do not wear such bling to the workplace.
Most of the time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

26: 57th Street

Welcome to 57th Street!

We started out at Sutton Place Park, where Megan enjoyed the blinding waterfront view.

The Sutton Parks are a series of five vest-pocket parks along the East River waterfront near Sutton Place. They were featured prominently in Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979).

The park contains the Wild Boar statue, which is a replica of the bronze wild boar completed in 1634 by Renaissance sculptor Pietro Tacca (1557–1640) that stands in Florence, Italy (it is known as Porcellino). Fun fact: Another notable replica of the boar sat on the desk of President Bill Clinton.

Effingham B. Sutton (1817–1891), after whom the parks/neighborhood were named, was a shipping merchant and entrepreneur, and one of the few prospectors who actually made a fortune during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Around the turn of the century, the waterfront neighborhood became neglected and was infamous for street gangs (most notably, the Dead End Kids). The neighborhood was saved by the arrival of the Vanderbilts and Morgans in 1920, which began the neighborhood’s transformation into a wealthy enclave. Today, the brownstones are still quite swanky.

Had enough history? Good. I don't know any facts about this door, except that it is SWEET. I had to slide my camera through the gate to get a good shot of it. With a door like this, I wonder what the home looks like inside...

This is Riverview Terrace, one of the few private streets in Manhattan.

I have a thing for seeing squat little buildings squeezed between two tall buildings. It makes me happy.

Here I am in front of the High School for Art & Design. Not all that notable, except ...


This is one of the school's windows. I certainly hope there is an elementary school in the building as well. Otherwise, I fear for the future of kids studying art and design here.

Megan posing with one of the many lovely views from 57th Street.

I don't remember what this building is, or why Megan wanted me to look so excited about it.

This is the Fuller Building at 57th & Madison. Completed in 1929, it was the first skyscraper built north of mid-Manhattan. It is 42-stories tall, and considered an Art-Deco treasure. Side note: There are actually two Fuller Buildings in NY - the other is more famous and commonly known as the Flatiron Building.

Meg really liked these mannequin ladies. Remember the movie, Mannequin? It has always freaked me out.

anyone know the name of this sculpture?

We really liked all the clocks outside Tourneau headquarters - Here's a special shoutout to Meg's Nan, who is British, and a pretty cool lady, since Megan is posing under London time.

Megan and the Big 9 at 9 W. 57th Street - there is a yummy restaurant here called Brasserie 8 1/2. I've never actually eaten there (because it costs a small fortune), but I can imagine the deliciousness. Maybe Jared's lawfirm will do an event there and I'll get to go (fingers-crossed).

When in the right mood, Megan will do anything I tell her for a bee-bop photo op. Love it.

Here I am getting jazzy in front of Steinway Hall, home of the uber-famous pianos. Judging from the website, we totally should have gone inside.

Field trip! 57th Street is home to some of my favorite crafty places in the city, like Kate's Paperie. We had to go inside.

ribbon heaven

walls of paper

Megan being dorky

57th Street is also home of the Russian Tea Room. We weren't quite dressed, so we skipped our usual morning tea.

Megan takes every opportunity to make me do a Russian dance (this nearly killed me - I think at this point I was almost 5 months pregnant).

sidenote: Did you know that you are actually not supposed to stick your pinky out when drinking tea? In other pinky factdom, did you know that pinky swears are binding and the original idea was that the person who broke their promise had to cut off their pinky? Wikipedia says it's true!

We neglected to take a full photo of Carnegie Hall, but did get a shot of this pretty stained glass on the sign.

Last stop on this walk was Le Parker Meridian Hotel - it wasn't on the card, but the stop was necessary. There are a couple of really delicious places in Le Parker Meridian - Norma's, fabulous for breakfast/brunch and Burger Joint, a true NY gem. We were jonesin for a milkshake and fries and were devestated to find that Burger Joint is not open pre-lunch. Sad.

We always take visitors to Burger Joint. It is delicious and you feel like you are in on a great NY secret - it is hidden behind a curtain in the hotel lobby.

Remember when we used to post on a weekly basis? For a while there, we were mad-reliable. Thanks to everyone who keeps coming by, and hopefully the regular posting will be back on track soon.

p.s. to Megan - I'm missing the bop!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

25: Fifth Avenue

Welcome to 5th Avenue! We started on Central Park South, home of the Plaza Hotel, which I'm sure you remember fondly from Home Alone 2: Lost in NY (Megan's favorite movie EVER). On an interesting sidenote, the Beatles stayed at the Plaza during their first visit to the United States in February, 1964.

The many flags of the Plaza:

Still up at the corner of CPS and 5th Ave. is Grand Army Plaza, where many horse and buggies and this golden statue reside. Wanting to know what it is all about, I googled "gold statue at 5th Ave" and found this nugget of information:

The statue is of William Tecumseh Sherman, the ruthless but effective Civil War general who devastated the Southern countryside and brought the civilian population to its knees with the Union army's scorched-earth March to the Sea. Created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it's a classical equestrian statue of the crusty general with a female Winged Victory striding along in front of the horse.

I am Winged Victory and Jared is the crusty general - although he looks pretty good natured about it in the photo. He fought this one hard.

Megan and Jared at the fountain near the Plaza Hotel. Jared's patience for beebopping has already run out.

Here we are in front of the Apple Store. The actual store is underground. Neat!

At the entrance of FAO Schwarz, one of the happiest places on earth, Jared looks like the most unhappy person. We love FAO for the gigantic stuffed animals, the dedicated Harry Potter section, and the happy piano dancers who perform regularly on the giant piano from the movie "BIG."

Outside of FAO, which was sadly closed early on a Saturday morning.

Megan at Bergdorf's, the only store she will buy clothes from (besides Target).

The Bergdorf's windows are always interesting, especially at Christmas. We like the woman with the cat-head in this one.

Meg and I will never own a Louis Vuitton anything. We tend to prefer discount purses from Filene's Basement.

This store, Van Cleef & Arpels, was on our walking tour card as one of the many prestigious jewelry stores on 5th ave. They too, were closed, and thus had very unimpressive window displays.
Megan in front of Tiffany's. Can you believe neither of us have ever seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's?"

you're fired! Trump Tower

Trump Tower again - It has a big gaudy golden lobby.

Will you marry me .... again? Jared re-proposed in front of Harry Winston (we made him, and he was really embarrassed about it, even though he was down on one knee for less than 10 seconds. He was so embarrassed that he wouldn't do it for another shot so I could have a second chance at making a non-stupid face).

A big ad for WALL-E in front of the big Disney Store. We went on this walk well before the movie came out, and I was REALLY excited about it. Then we went to a late night showing, and I fell asleep at the end. I blame the baby. What I saw was fantastic though.

This is Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, completed in 1876. Jared and I attended a Christmas Eve service here on our first Christmas here in NY, and it was really lovely.

Megan and the St. Regis Hotel - Fancy!

Another pretty church - St. Thomas , completed in 1913.

Megan is awaiting a diamond ring from Cartier. Just kidding! She prefers the man-made variety of diamond.

Cartier is housed in the former mansion of Morton Freeman Plant. Cartier bought the mansion from Morton Plant and his wife in 1917 in exchange for a pearl necklace (valued at the time at $1 million).

There is all kinds of hoity-toity shopping along 5th Ave. We fit right in.

Getting towards the end of our walk, we arrived at the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral - completed in 1878. The police had it closed off for something that morning, but there is plenty to see on the outside. Check out these doors!

Saks Fifth Avenue - my Uncle Rodney loves their cafe. I love their Holiday light show. They project hundreds of falling snowflakes on the outside of the building set to Christmas music.

Another shot of St. Patrick's

Turning back uptown on Madison Avenue, we came across The New York Palace Hotel - home of the glamorous Serena van der Woodsen

I received a shocking text from gossip girl outside the Palace to end the walk.

You know you love us. XOXO,

Jill & Meg