February 14, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc







Things are good (but what is up with it being mid-February already?). I can’t help but want time to slow down, but also speed up so we can get past this bump of work craziness. I’ve been designing a lot along tight deadlines the past 6 weeks. I’m grateful for the work, but I’m feeling like my brain needs a rest soon or at least switch gears for a week or else I think my head might explode.


So I took a break and a walk by myself today around the East Village towards Chinatown. After the snow over the weekend, the weather has been milder with super sunny days. It gives a glimmer of hope that spring is imminently on it’s way. The light at 5:30pm tells me this too.
I tend to cocoon myself in our apartment when I have a lot of deadlines. I’m all wrapped up in my own head space and it’s easy to forget that there’s a world outside of my own. A long walk makes things right and the world opens wide again, especially in a neighborhood that I have a lot of history with and have lived in the past. It makes me think about stuff that happened 25 years ago on the same sidewalks where I’m walking and it also makes me think about my girls who might spend time of their own here someday as teenagers just like I did. That time, really, is not that far away.
I find that I’m looking at a lot of things with this past/future lens lately now that the girls are of this age. They were watching some teen sports award show on the Cartoon Network last night, a show that they talked excitedly about for a month and voted for winners online. I didn’t even think they knew anything about teen celebrities (well, Claudine did admit that she voted for people at random and didn’t know who anybody was). I sat down with them for a bit to see what they were giddy about and laughing over as they watched the show. When I got up I said to Mark as I passed him in the kitchen, “It’s kind of like the MTV awards”. This made me pause, then smile. I remember how I excited I was watching the MTV video awards when I was a kid. And then I got it.

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  • lingonsmak February 14, 2013 at 1:28 am

    thank you for taking us with you on your walk … a break for me, too.

  • Theresa February 14, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Hi Jenna! Such a nice, simple post. I love the pictures. It’s funny I remember how fast time seemed to go by when I lived in NYC. Boom it was winter, snap spring, summer, fall, 2000 then suddenly 2005. Where I live now time goes so slow. So much snow still, 5 months of snow is too much. Anyway, maybe it’s the crazy long winter or maybe it’s just the pace of my life these days but life has slowed down. Good or bad, I’m not sure. The growing of the kids though (physically & emotionally) is at warped speed.

  • unha engels February 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    k + i were JUST talking about yaffa cafe the other day..
    yeah. past/future.. i’m looking through that prism a lot these days too..

  • lena February 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

    i’m relieved the yaffa cafe is still there!!
    feeling nostalgic for late 90s in the east village lately…

  • Alicia Hutchens February 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What a lovely post to read! I can feel/sense your warm nostalgia as you walked these streets. I hope work craziness subsides in the coming weeks!

  • lula honey February 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    i loved reading this. i feel the same way about the past/future and having two girls the same ages as yours…it’s nice to know i’m not the only one..and your photos are awesome – as always.

  • Procrastamom February 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Those pictures of the parked cars give me anxiety. I would NEVER be able to park in New York. I grew up and have lived in the suburbs all my life and the only time I’ve ever parallel parked was for my driver’s test 22 years ago. I can’t even imagine how people manage to squeeze their cars into those little spaces, but I guess you must be used to it if you’re a car owner in NY. Great read though…glad the weather is improving after that snowstorm.

  • Jenna February 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

    @lena Oh, i didn’t know the Pink Pony closed. Yeah, that was totally late 90s for me too, with Max Fish. Grad school years. A lot has closed down which makes some of the few places that have stuck around for the past 30+ years all the more special and surprising.

  • Mikamera February 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I need to go back to NYC soon. Magic city… Love to read your posts and look at your pictures.

  • Nancy February 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Two weekends ago, I took the train into the city from CT to pick up my 4 year old, who had a sleepover with her aunt in the West Village. Since I went to NYU, I spent a lot of time in the Village. But riding in the cab (in a cab! because I can no longer handle the thought of the subway..), and driving past all the streets I used to wander, I felt a little sad because I realized that this is not my city anymore–not the way it used to be anyway. I no longer have the same excitement about it, and of course, so many places are different or just plain gone that some of it is unfamiliar to me now. But my sister took my daughter to Panna II and I totally understood the fun-ness of that, of going to a short film festival at IFC (a place that did not exist when I was at NYU) or going to Magnolia for a cupcake and all those fun things that can only happen in a place like NYC.

  • sally hollingworth February 24, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Love these photos of New York. Takes me back to my visit there but that was about 15 years ago now, so sure things have changed quite a bit!