Welcome to the Working Week.
Also, some good news: my New Year came with a new job, located in the South Slope (my old ‘hood!). Those who recall the trials and tribulations of my last job will love to hear that 2-hour one-way commutes are a thing of the past! I work regular hours amongst friendly people, for decent enough pay.
As for the nabe, while there are still some stalwarts like Coco Roco, 200 Fifth and The Gate, it’s a completely different vibe from when I lived there. There are some pleasant upsides however, particularly Artist & Craftsman Supply, Rice & Beans and Mission Dolores (all on 4th Avenue). 3rd Avenue is a whole other world as well…haven’t had a chance to really see what’s there, but plan to wander about in the coming weeks. (Two Toms is still around, tho!)
Haven’t gone out this month but I did rock in the New Year with Electric Citizen at the Knitting Factory. (Photos over at the Portfolio.) They opened up for The Budos Band – whose vibe was very Terry Kath-era Chicago, with the horn section/rock guitar combo. While the kids totally loved it – and no disrespect, I’d definitely check the band out again – I wasn’t feeling it at that moment. So I excused myself just before midnight and snuck into Spuyten Duyvil to ring in 2018 with a pint of ale poured by an androgynous young man wearing a The Dreaming t-shirt. (He wouldn’t tell me where he got it, the catty bastard.)
Looking forward to an evening out at the Museum of the City of New York next week (membership has its benefits!), as well as dinner at El Continental with a good friend. (Sadly I missed her band’s gig this weekend – hopefully more Perp Walk shows are on the horizon.) Finally, a copy of Fast-Clean-Cheap arrived in the post last night, with 3 stories by the phantasmagorically wonderful Julie Travis. Life is good, peeps.