livefastpartyhard

an australian girl living in new york writing about music, fashion and life in general.

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falling in love (yet again) with the lower east side

Posted by livefastpartyhard on 03/03/2010

It’s hard to believe I’ve been in the US for over eight months now. Everything is still going really well, I’m still having a blast; it’s only 14 days until Texas time. There’s less than five months left though and it’s hard to stop myself from getting into a melancholy mood when I think about leaving. A few weeks ago my manager at work was talking about trying to arrange with the store manager to have me stay longer, i.e. renew my visa or something along those lines and it was weird because even though I would love to stay in New York longer I was a bit relieved when my store manager said they couldn’t sponsor me. Apart from the fact that my parents would probably want to kill me for not coming home, I’m not exactly sure why I felt relieved, maybe because in my mind I’ve been mentally preparing myself to leave since I got here as I’ve always known my time had an expiration date. Or maybe deep down I really do miss Australia. I know I miss my family and it’s weird being away from friends back home when they’re going through life-changing moments. Toward the end of last year one of my best friends got engaged and instead of hearing about it straight away I had to find out about it from a post on my wall on Facebook; then earlier this week when another friend of mine gave birth and the only way for people to let me know was via Facebook. It will be nice to be in the same time zone as the majority of the people I love and be only a text or mobile call away.

ANYWAY, enough of all of that. I just wanted to get all that off my chest. Now onto more fun and interesting things…

Last weekend was really fun, Friday night I met up with Nira and Noa at Legion but there were a bunch of unfamiliar faces there so that was good for a change. That place is so boring when it’s the same old crowd there. Saturday night I met up with Napua and we had drinks at Pianos, followed by more drinks at Max Fish’s, both in the Lower East Side. I have to say that I have a feeling that Max Fish’s is going to become one of my new favorite haunts, they have cheap drinks (for Manhattan), a pool table AND lots of cute guys that hangout there. Really, that’s all you need in a bar!

Napua, me and two new friends whose names I don't remember at Max Fish's

Sunday afternoon I took some ‘me’ time and went to pig out on vegan food at Wholefoods and scare myself silly at the Chelsea Clearview watching ‘Shutter Island’. After the movie I wandered around the West Village, which I love, – the hippie/bohemian atmosphere from the 60’s is still present there, it’s probably as close as you’ll get on the east coast to walking along San Francisco’s Haight Street. There was a full moon in an almost-cloudless sky which looked particularly beautiful as well. I saw the gothic-esque Hotel Chelsea (of Sid & Nancy fame) but as a result of the wide-eyed, open-mouthed awe that came over me while I was standing outside the building steeped in so much punk rock infamy I forgot to take any photos of it. Don’t worry, it’s definitely on my list of places I have to go back to before I leave the city.

Some buildings in the West Village that looked pretty with the full moon above them.

There’s a sense of renewal in New York at the moment, – the temperature is creeping up day by day, the snow is starting to melt, the days are becoming longer and I can feel the change of seasons renewing me as well. Just when I thought I couldn’t face another drab day filled with oppressive snow clouds and frigid winds, the sun has finally come out. I never thought the weather would play such a vital role in my mood but earlier this week when the sun made it’s first appearance I couldn’t help but smile involuntarily. I won’t get ahead of myself here, – the warmest it’s been so far is about 7C but heck, that’s ALOT better than -12C!! I can definitely tell the difference between the two temperatures. My wardrobe is ready to burst with the amazing spring/summer fashions I’ve collected over the past few months from various thrift stores. It will be so nice to wear my shorts, dresses, tees and skirts without having to layer them with tights, jackets, coats, scarves and gloves.

Hopefully the last blizzard of this Winter

Someone other than me is braving the weather!

Snow-covered trees in Morningside Park

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everybody’s working for the weekend.

Posted by livefastpartyhard on 02/23/2010

So another Monday has rolled around and that means that I’ve lived through another weekend. It wasn’t a complete weekend for me since I had to work on Saturday BUT it was a bit of a later start than most weekdays (10.30am) and an early finish (6.30pm) so I really can’t complain.

Friday night my plans of hanging out in Williamsburg changed at the last minute when some of the girls from work decided to go out for dinner/drinks at a local Dominican restaurant close to work on the Upper West Side. I’m definitely a fan of Dominican food now, – hello avocado and mango salad, and an even bigger fan of the $5 margaritas, – we had two each but when the bill came at the end of the night they only charged us for one each! Techically the $5 margaritas turned into $2.50 margaritas.

Saturday morning arrived and I managed to get up and get to work on time. The day went pretty fast, a few more crazy customers than usual, – one lady sat in the childrens section and read picture books aloud to herself while carrying on a two-sided conversation with her multiple personalities and a freaky old bald guy thought it would be a laugh to ask us to look up sex books and then tell us not to worry because he was “just f**king with us”. Luckily for him he left before I could get the security guard to escort him out of the store.

Saturday night was fun as usual, I met up with Nira and Noa at K&M and we celebrated Nira’s non-birthday (she didn’t want to be a year older) when the DJ rang in midnight with some Lady Gaga. Mayan met up with us as well and we headed up Bedford Ave to South-something St to Grasslands where there was a dance party. The music was fun, all totally 50s and 60s retro style but after an hour or two we got a bit bored and moved on to (gulp) Legion. This is the first time we’ve been at Legion for a few weeks, which compared to the way we used to always haunt it makes our absence feel like a lifetime. Even though I have sworn I’m bored of it and don’t want to keep going there, Saturday nights are always guaranteed to be a goodtime there. What other bar is going to play Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the USA’??? But now that I’ve had my Legion fix I don’t need to go back for at least another month!

I finally got to sleep in on Sunday, it’s pure bliss to not have to wake up an alarm, something that I really truly appreciate now on the rare occasion that I get to do it. Kristina and her friends Amy and Dominque were at Brooklyn Flea Market so I decided to take advantage of the sunny, semi-warm Sunday afternoon and walk the two-and-a-bit miles to downtown Brooklyn. The flea market was in this really amazing decorative old bank building and filled with lots of different stalls and vendors. I really need to go back there after I get paid again so I can actually shop instead of just browsing through all the knick-knacks and vintage clothing. One stall had piles and piles of random vintage photographs. It made me a bit sad because they were all family photos of different people and I just don’t understand how people could end up caring so little about their past that they get rid of their photos. Maybe I’m just a photo-nazi but I would never throw out my family/friends/holiday snaps.

After the markets I said bye to Kristina and co. and headed over to Target to spend some money on stuff I didn’t really need. Well, that’s a lie since I bought a hair-dryer and I did need that, – I’ve lived the last eight months without one but the cold weather has finally won and I don’t want anymore freshly-washed wet hair freezing the second I step outside. And for $12.99 I got a hot pink one so it’s definitely money well spent.

I mentioned before that the weather was relatively warm on Sunday, – it was mid-40’s (think 6 or 7C), perfect for more sight-seeing around Brooklyn. Carrying my Target shopping bag I found myself at the Manhattan Bridge and ended up walking across it as the sun set into Chinatown in Manhattan. That’s one more bridge crossed off my list of bridges to walk across in New York (yes, I like doing dorky tourist stuff like that!). Unfortunately my camera battery died when I was about a quarter of the way across the bridge so I didn’t really get many good photos of my mini-adventure.

From Chinatown I wandered into Soho and then navigated the subway back to Brooklyn and home. It was a busy weekend and hopefully this coming weekend arrives sooner rather than later!

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