Mar 5, 2014

The Return of Five Things New York

When I first moved to New York a little over three years ago (three years?!) I started a little blog theme called Five Things New York, it was a way to focus on what I was discovering and loving about this city.  While the city seems intent on staying frozen a few more weeks, I thought it would be a good time to bring it back.  I've been trying my hardest to stay positive these days; I've got a lot to be thankful for.  In my sketchbook I've been writing down three things that I notice everyday, inspired by one of my favorite writers, Naomi Shihab Nye.  I'm picking the best of the week to share with you here.  Five things to melt the cold hearts of winter.

1.) These two, doing a couples skate  to Gene Kelly in Bryant Park last week during my lunch break from writing at the library.  I smiled the rest of the afternoon.  It was so cold that day!

2.)  The man on a six foot tall unicycle who bikes up and down Flatbush avenue with his Border Collie on Sunday mornings.

3.)  Doo wop bands that play on the subway.

4.)  Ramen Noodles at Naruto.

5.) My new to-go thermos that is perpetually with me,  full of hot water with lemon and ginger.

What about you?  What's keeping you going through this last stretch of the winter doldrums?


  1. in some ways it feels like you've been in New York and I've been in Kentucky for a much longer time. Out here during this long winter I'm appreciating evergreens, snow fog, and the horses with their field coats. I'm also so relieved to see the mini-waterfalls seeping through the rock walls as the ice starts to melt. I love this picture and story that you posted. I wanted to tell you that I acquired a portable French press from a resale shop and I've been taking that in to the hospital so that I can have proper coffee, although in the afternoons I'm still committed to Good Earth teas. I found a soft red poncho at the resale shop and I wear it around the farmhouse. I can post a picture if you'd like. Nothing beats a poncho really. It's a tomato red color. My heirloom tomato seeds arrived this week and I have them set out on the counter along with some new chocolate sunflowers. I would say that right now summer is a fantasy, but I saw some geese flying northerly a few days ago. they usually do not get confused about these things. ~love K.

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  3. I love this post! Stitching with friends helps me get through these long cold months, and unlimited cups of carob "hot chocolate". Watching all of the seasons of Downton Abby and Call The Midwife help, too!

  4. See, I am the opposite way... every year I get depressed in the summer. So right now the rest of the world is all "Come on Spring!" and I'm going "Noooo, not yet!"

    I will say, the thought of firing up my canner again is making me happy this year. My parents have a huge yard out in the boonies and are planting banana peppers and tomatillos for me this season. It'll be epic.

    I love that ice-skating picture, too. It made my day too when you posted it. So sweet.

    1. Oh man, Jen, I can relate. I hate hot weather. But these dreary days have even me wishing for a little sunshine. I'm so sick of my winter coat!

    2. I've heard that from a lot of people up north of me. I think y'all got more snow than we did in DC - my friend who's north of Philly hasn't seen grass for months. I'm sure if I were a few hours north I'd feel the same way.