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!

Monday, March 24, 2008

16: Greenwich Village 2

Friends - as many of you may know - I am lazy. We actually did this walk 2 Saturdays ago, and I am just now getting around to posting. April resolution: Be a more efficient poster. Anyhow - this was a very pleasant little walk through Greenwich Village, which is becoming one of my fave NYC spots.

Our walk commenced with a blast from the past. Several walks ago (post 12) - we became curious about this lovely tower. Jill referred to it as the "Tower of Power" a la The Backyardagins. This walk did not cure our curiosity as we still have no idea what this tower is.

In 1970 - a bomb exploded right here on 11th Street destroying the old building. That is why this little townhouse looks different from every other one on the street. The bomb was built by the Weather Underground which Wikipedia informed me was a radical group of leftists trying to overthrow the US government. More importantly - Jill looks ridiculous.

Once again we tried to capture the super cute ambiance of this great neighborhood, and once again we fail. It has a very "Cosby Show" feel to it. I like.

Why do I wait so long to post!!?!?! Because I have absolutely no memory of what inspired me to take this picture, I will just have to let you enjoy my "What you talkin' about Willis?" face.

As we have mentioned before (and mention twice again in this post) New Yorker's think their dogs are the cat's pajamas. This sign warns passersby that the fierce terrier Lola is on guard. We thought that you also needed warning.

How fantastic is this?! A dusty blue building with rod iron window things = excellent. We are suckers for cute NY apartments - seeing as the entry way of Jill's building sometimes smells like garbage and my bedroom window provides a lovely view of my kitchen.

This apartment has a crazy unique shape to it that had to be photographed. It might smell strange or I might be ready to sneeze or I might just make weird faces sometimes.

Cool old church that the card failed to mention.

Our weekly beebopping is really tweaking Jill's photography skillz. For no particular reason - I kind of love this shot.

We love New Yorkers' devotion to their dogs AND we love yarn crafts. Our hearts are full.

Many of the cute townhomes in the village are covered in lovely vines. This building had it all wrong; this is a tangled knot of nastiness. It looks like something from a dead portion of the rainforest.

Look at this mess!!! It sticks out like 4 feet from the building - and it is untamed to the max. I was fascinated.

Please compare the size of the dog to the size of the car. This canine is HUGE. I do not know how this dog fits inside of any New York apartment. Nor do I know how this dog lover abstained from barfing as he caught, in his bagged hand, poo coming out of this giant pooch's bum. Vile. And we witnessed it.

Now that is how you do vines.

This darling little cobblestoned lane is a row of converted carriage houses that used to service the townhouses overlooking Washington Square. It was quite the hidden little gem.

We had to capture this somewhat hideous feline door-knocker in memory of Jill's cat-cat-cat socks that were laid to rest several weeks ago.

Undoubtedly the most famous sight on our walk this week: the arch in Washington Square Park. The arch was built in 1889 to celebrate the centenary of George Washington's inauguration. Designed by Stanford White - the arch stands 77 feet tall. It is also featured in the not-really-good-at-all movie "August Rush."

As we approached the arch, we saw an open gate, and we felt compelled to explore. The path led to this statue of Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Despite my love of The Man of La Mancha and the song "The Impossible Dream," this was a somewhat disappointing exploration.

We must celebrate NYU wherever possible, as Jill's husband is completing his last semester of law school. Whoop Whoop, Jared! p.s. NYU is the biggest landowner in the village.

Weird hugging monkies - done and done.

Following our morning beebop - Jill and I headed straight home and got to work with Easter preparations for the following day. For those unaware, Jill is the ultimate crafter (see: her other blog). We had too much fun going ridiculously overboard. We were especially proud of our Easter cookies.

Each member of our Easter dinner party had a lovely personalized cookie marking their spot at the table. Jill would not allow me to put the names on for fear that my unsteady hand would ruin Easter. Please note the cookie in the bottom right corner: even Jill and Jared's pet rabbit, Buns, got her very own cookie.

Several months ago, I convinced Jill to purchase a Statue of Liberty cookie cutter, and I took this opportunity to use it. Not to boast, but they turned out BEAUTIFULLY! Good old Lady Lib - covered in sugary, green goodness. mmmmmmm


nerak said...

Ok, where oh where can I get a statue of liberty cookie cutter? I feel that is a very essential item for me to obtain prior to my departure from NYC.

Love these posts. And so glad there's another underwhelming review of August Rush. Blah.

Unknown said...

Jill and Meg,
I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now and absolutely love it! You two are too cute and remind me so much of my bff and me, only we're about 20 years older! I also have a great fascination with NYC and love seeing the ins and outs of it through your eyes. Went there about 10 years ago with my husband and we're planning on taking our two teens this fall. That's one of the reasons I read your blog with such interest.
I especially enjoyed seeing the arch in Washington Square Park as we just watched August Rush Saturday night and agree with you completely that it was not so good. But thanks for the glimpse into the scenery. Also, I'm so impressed with your Easter cookies. Does Jill tell us how to make them on her other blog. I'll have to check it out to see. Keep blogging. I check weekly and am so disappointed when you haven't posted yet (not to put any pressure on you or anything!). Thanks for letting us tag along!

Me said...

Luv the Statue of Liberty cookies! I need one of those cookie cutters too! I'm on my way to the "Big Apple" very soon--and will be "down that way" on a Saturday morning. I must admit, I will be looking for 2 women in purple hats---so if someone waves at you and says "Go bee-boppin ladies!" Don't worry--I'm not a stalker--just a fan!

MamaSeal said...

AAhh!! I was going through bee-bop w/drawls! lol That is some devoted dog owner. I don't know if I'd be able to do that. Another recent movie that featured Washington Square and the Arch was I am Legend it was pretty good just watched it this past Saturday. Those cookies looked yummy. Can't wait for the next walk. :)

Joy said...

Yep, I'm a bee-boppin' addict! You two are so fun, thanks for the quality entertainment. :-) Also, I have to ask where Jill got her glasses. I love, love, LOVE them!

Carolyn said...

We just watched I am Legend and I saw the arch and wondered "What is that arch?" Thanks for the information!

Another great Bee Bopp!


Anonymous said...

Statue of Liberty cookie cutters can be found (or could the last time I checked, anyway) at the New York Cake and Baking Shop on W. 22nd St. (Number 56, maybe?) Take your time to browse -- it's well worth it!

The Shark said...

If I lived in NYC and had a dog, I would definitely have to put up with a lot of fines as a person who is unwilling to catch his canine's warm feces with his hands.

homemade by jill said...

Yes - that is where we bought the cookie cutter. It is my favorite baking store!

Joy - I got my glasses at Eye Q in the Upper West Side. I have no idea what brand they are though. They were just among the few non-hideous frames my insurance would cover. :)

kay-bluebird sightings - I do have a cookie tutorial on my craft site. The tutorial shows you how to make a onesie cookie (great for baby showers, but the basic principles are the same.

Flax Hill Gardener said...

That is the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/branch/local/man/jmr.cfm.

The Singer Family said...

Is it just me or does Cervantes look like the Burger King king? I think it's a spittin' image!
Looked like a fun week! :)

Unknown said...

Wow gals, I been monitoring ur blog for more than 3 month, evertime you have a different falvour in ur blog...nice blog...kepp the good work going...;)

D said...

Save some walks for me, Meg. Preferably one that has plenty of tasty treats all along the way.

The Henrich Family said...

meg, you are hilarious. So glad Jill has you close by.

Anonymous said...

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