FREE Date Night: DJ Premier of Gang Starr at Apt78


For my fellow parents, friends, neighbors, locals who love hip hop + uptown art as much as I do, there is an amazing summer series at Apt78 the next few Wednesday nights. The owner has kindly given ManhattanSpeak.com a guest list.  Many of you have come out with us for the epic “bumrush” in the past, but this one requires an RSVP since the venue is so small.

Please email me with first and last names of your party if you want admission. Wear your dancing shoes – last Wednesday QuestLove of The Roots DJ’d and the entire room was on the floor.

Event details on http://www.apt78.com

Wednesday, July 18th 
Apt 78
4447 Broadway
New York, NY 10040

To get on the ManhattanSpeak Guest List email manhattanspeak @ gmail.com no later than Sunday, July 15th.

@QuestLove gives @APT78 Stamp of Approval

A night I won’t soon forget.


DJ Questlove from The Roots Kicks Off Uptown Music SeriesDNAinfo.com, written by Claudio Cabrera (of liveabovemediocrity.com.) @cecabrera21

How To Stop Brain Freeze.

Yesterday I hit 36,000 tweets.

And then froze.

36k thoughts thrown into a wasteland, drowning in a sea of noise.

In our NYC apartment today, the heatwave has broken. Our windows are open and finally there is relatively fresh, cool air to clear the mind.

The filters and screens should get washed at some point.

36 thousand.

How many blog posts would that have been? How many opportunities lost? How many love letters, fights, reconciliations, recoveries, triumphs, diaries lost to the spur of the moment? Thoughtless entries on a platform where in 30 seconds people have forgotten what your avi looks like?

Instant gratification,

like a tightly packed bowl, one that made us so sweetly stoned off our assess for 10 whole minutes at a time back then, that helped us forget that thing we did,

is useless.

A legacy is not built on tweet followers or Like counts.

Ice pops cost $0.50 for a reason.

Martha Granger Photography

Martha Granger Photography

Marty specializes in babies, kids, maternity and pet photography.

This is Hunter, our goldendoodle, in a way we will never forget.


Scene Stealers

People who climb into your inner circle, ask a million questions under the guise of friendship, admiration and support are perhaps the worst kind.

They don’t just take your idea, they manipulate and attempt to quietly kill your spirit while waving their new fun thing in the face of mutual friends. You know, that thing everyone knew you were working on for a while.

Users use people. It’s what they do.

So we shouldn’t be surprised when “projects” and “companies” pop up out of nowhere from these scene stealers. They most likely designed their takeover on the crumbling foundations of severed relationships. They did exactly what they planned to do all along.

All you can do while the spotlight has temporarily shifted is stay consistent, dependable, honorable, and passionate. The bunch of us that supported you years ago when you were the only one hauling ass through parks, stopping us in the street, handing out flyers at the market, following your passion… We will stay loyal because we know how hard you worked to build that thing you love so much. We saw the sacrifices you made with your family and kids while following your dream. BTW, we know a lot of people, too.

We see you.

La Marina interior Dyckman Waterfront

Updated: Inwood’s La Marina Restaurant Construction Sneak Peek!

Updated: Additional interior photos added at the bottom of this post, 2nd gallery. We were given a contact name for the person who organizes events. Shoot me an email if you need more information.

When a girlfriend asked for wedding and reception suggestions in Inwood, I immediately thought of our local parks. Daniel and I were married in Inwood Hill Park, and many ceremonies are held in Fort Tryon Park‘s New Leaf Cafe. (More info for those looking.)

And then I remembered… La Marina opens June 2012. The seating has been a hot community issue, but 500 seats is still perfect for a grand waterfront wedding on the Hudson in Northern  Manhattan. The views are stunning, and the Dyckman Marina has always been a favorite local secret, with our own Canoe Club, Fishing Pier, Kayak Launch… well, at least until the seal arrived.

So I grabbed the kids, threw them in the truck and took a bunch of photos of La Marina during construction.


I appreciate social sharing, but please don’t steal these images. I wrangled two very impatient toddlers to grab them. Link love is always appreciated.

This is a 360 perspective of the entire area surrounding La Marina restaurant. I wasn’t able to get the South facing deck since the truck was in the way and I didn’t want to enter the property. The south deck faces the George Washington Bridge.

This gallery shows the southern views, including the south deck facing the GWB, what looks like the Beach Club cabana (rest area with outdoor sinks), and courtyard under a big, beautiful, shady tree.








Edit: the fishing pier and the kayak launch have been renovated since we last visited. Unsure if La Marina or Parks Dept improved these areas, but for party hosting, the renos provide exceptional views for photo shoots. They are also hiring as of Spring, 2012

Angie, this post is for you! Congratulations again!! xoxo

Online Mentions:

CurbedNY.com Linkage:  sneak peek inside Inwood’s La Marina restaurant [manhattanspeak]