The New York Magazine website should make a restaurant search that’s like the rental/sales search on Streeteasy.com: that is to say, a Google Maps based one. I want to be able to go to a neighborhood in Google Maps and see every single restaurant therein. You would be able to mouseover the various restaurants to pull up small descriptions and click for the full review/menu.
How hard could this possibly be? NY Mag already has the addresses of all the restaurants in their database, but searching by neighborhood is a clunky and inexact process. By integrating it better with Google Maps it would become the de facto NYC restaraunt search. Where’s the downside?
Drummer Josh Freese has the greatest pricing scheme for his new album I’ve ever seen. You can pay between $7 and $75,000 for the album, and you’ll get crazier and crazier bonuses as you go up the pay scale. Here’s some of the stuff from the $20,000 package:
-Maynard James Keenan, Mark from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on youtube) -Josh writes 2 songs about you and it’s made available on iTunes and appears on his next record (you can sing back up on em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever….) -Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again…couples welcome and discreet parking available) -Pick any 3 items out of Josh’s closet.
This is an interesting article about the state of all those luxury condo buildings that have sprouted up over the last few years and how they’re all sitting empty right now. It’s bad news for developers (and the poor bastards who paid $850,000 to live in Greenpoint a year ago), but great news for people looking to rent/buy soon.
I’ve been trolling rental sites lately, as Sarah and I are looking to move in either May or June, and it’s amazing how many of these buildings are renting out apartments, and for not that much money. And these prices are only going to come down. Sure, the summer is when most rentals turn over and college kids swarm the city, but with virtually no finance or media jobs for recent grads to move here for, I somehow don’t think the competition will be as fierce.
List of things I always say I want to do but don't do
-Write short fiction -Write a novel -Write sketches -Write a screenplay -Write a spec script -Write a one man show -Take an acting class -Get headshots -Get an agent -Go out on auditions -Learn to cook -Take more photos -Volunteer -Pitch for more freelance work -Start a new non-personal blog -Start a company -Use my gym membership -Cancel my gym membership because I don’t use it -Diet -Budget better -Focus up my goals
Goal for 2009: Complete at least 5 things on this list. Unless this is a secret entry on this list, which I might use as an excuse in 2010.
I’m going to SxSW next month in Austin to hang out with Bill and Milo and also do some blogging for Spin and Gizmodo. I’m very excited! I went last year with the Ra Ra Riot crew and it was one of the most fun weekends of the year. This year, I want to plan a bit better, so Bill and I have been tossing around bands that we want to see from the above overwhelmingly-large list. Here’s what we have so far. If anyone has any reccomendations for bands that will be at SxSW that I may not have heard of, let me know about them so I can check ‘em out ahead of time.
Ra Ra Riot (duh) The Tallest Man on Earth Beach House Andrew Bird Deer Tick Dredg Explosions in the Sky Gang Gang Dance Grizzly Bear Max Tundra St. Vincent Vetiver Woven Hand Anathallo Annuals Margaret Cho (this one is all Bill’s idea, as he is a lesbian.) Cursive Pepi Ginsberg Mae Shi Russian Futurists Wrens
They should sell bottom-of-bowl ramen broth in cans. Specifically, the end broth from Ippudo’s Akamuru Modern ramen. Its porky, garlicky, salty goodness would be a perfect warmer on a frigid day. Simply bring over some of those fancy vending machines from Japan that dispense hot coffee in cans and put them to better use here. How hard could it be?
I have definitely noticed this phenomenon of restaurants being super appreciative of your business these days. Not only is it possible to just walk in without a reservation to tons of places that used to require a reservation a week in advance, but you can tell that they really want to make you happy. It’s awesome for obvious reasons but also sad to see an industry struggling so visibly.
A couple of weeks ago Sarah and I walked into Bar Q in the Village, which opened this summer to a decent amount of buzz in food nerd circles. It was 8:30 on a Saturday night and we were seated immediately. We decided to skip appetizers because the menu was a bit on the pricey side. Usually, when I do this (or skip booze) I feel guilty and like the restaurant thinks I’m a cheapskate. This time, our server came over with a free app after we ordered, saying “my manager thinks you guys are just totally awesome” and that they wanted us to have something to munch on while we waited for our entrees.
Obviously, this is great, and feeling appreciated in a restaurant where a year ago you felt like you had to impress them is wonderful, but I still have trouble getting over the sadness I feel at the motivations behind it.