Friday, October 14, 2016

New York Comic Con 2016

What: New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2016
Where: Manhattan, NY
Cost: Hours of anxiety waiting in the virtual waiting room to buy tickets then the cost of the tickets, plus the cost of over priced food, plus the cost of any extras (all worth it, though!)
Summary:  It's a utopian no-judgement zone where everything is unicorns and amazingness (except for the lines, oh the endless lines).

So, New York Comic Con. A year ago two of my friends went and had the grandest of times, even if for just a day. The rest of our group decided we needed to go. Through a lucky break, most of us were able to go on Saturday and Sunday and several of us were able to attend all four days. Each of us had a different agenda and different things we wanted to see. ALL of us had a ball. While the highlights for me were the signings with the Wynonna Earp group and photo ops I got to share with my friends, I didn’t buy the tickets with the expectation of either of those, and it is the entirety of the experience I will remember and treasure.

This post grew from a funny little ‘this is what xyz looks like…’ for a few funny things that I saw but quickly grew into a full account (well, at least a full smattering, if that’s even a thing) of my long weekend.

If you are at all interested in pop culture, I recommend attending a Comic Con; it’s a trip and a half.

So without further ado, this is what 4 days at NYCC 2016 looked like to me. :)

New York Comic Con 2016

What: New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2016
Where: Manhattan, NY
Cost: Hours of anxiety buying in the virtual waiting room to buy tickets then the cost of the tickets, plus the cost of over priced food, plus the cost of any extras (all worth it, though!)
Summary:  It's a utopian no-judgement zone where everything is unicorns and amazingness (except for the lines, oh the endless lines).

So, New York Comic Con. A year ago two of my friends went and had the grandest of times, even if for just a day. The rest of our group decided we needed to go. Through a lucky break, most of us were able to go on Saturday and Sunday and several of us were able to attend all four days. Each of us had a different agenda and different things we wanted to see. ALL of us had a ball. While the highlights for me were the signings with the Wynonna Earp group and photo ops I got to share with my friends, I didn’t buy the tickets with the expectation of either of those, and it is the entirety of the experience I will remember and treasure.

This post grew from a funny little ‘this is what xyz looks like…’ for a few funny things that I saw but quickly grew into a full account (well, at least a full smattering, if that’s even a thing) of my long weekend.

If you are at all interested in pop culture, I recommend attending a Comic Con; it’s a trip and a half.

So without further ado, this is what 4 days at NYCC 2016 looked like to me. :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015: Walkabout during the Travel Ban of NYC Blizzard 2015

What: Walkabout during the Travel Ban of NYC Blizzard 2015
Where: Manhattan, NY
Cost: FREE (except for some shivers and cold fingers)
Summary:  The snow didn't materialize as they had predicted, but the travel ban made the streets of Manhattan absolutely deserted!

I'm one of those crazy people that love the snow.  I couldn't WAIT for 20-30 inches of it!  Alas, NYC was spared, getting maybe 7 inches (?).  However, there was a Travel Ban in place (no cars allowed on the road and the subways weren't running), so the streets were just about as quiet as you'll ever seen NYC.  So, when my alarm went off at 5:30, I put on my long johns and an extra turtle neck, grabbed my camera, and hit the empty streets.

I meandered my way up the middle of 5th Ave, Broadway, and 6th Ave from 14th St through Madison Square Park, Harold Square, Times Square, then over to Rockefeller Center.  And yes, I literally walked up the middle of the Avenues.  How often does one get to do that?!?!  Fun!  I'll get some better pictures posted later, but below are the tweets I made along the way (including an expected appearance on the Today Show, LOL).

0545am_5thAve


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jan 25, 2015: The Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Competition

What: The Big Cheesy
Where: Manhattan, NY
Summary:  Grilled cheese competition, need I say more?

My friend C sent an email out me and some other friends notifying us of an event called The Big Cheesy, a grilled cheese competition sponsored by Time Out NY, and the portion of the proceeds go to Food Bank For NYC.

Well, it sounded like a hoot and a perfect thing to do on a chilly January afternoon.

And it turned out to be exactly that! So much fun and the sammiches were so GOOD. Who knew you could do so much will grilled cheese?!

00_Signs

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jan 17, 2015: The Water Tank Project

What: Walkabout looking at The Water Tank Project tanks
Where: Manhattan, NY
Cost:  Free!
Summary:  Look up!  There might be art up there!

With friends in town, and a beautiful (if perhaps a little chilly) day, yesterday was the perfect day to grab my camera and go admire some of the new art work going up around New York. And by going “up” around New York I really mean UP. For this art is for The Water Tank Project (thewatertankproject.org). It’s a project that covers various water tanks on the roofs of buildings (thus the “up”) with artwork in order to bring awareness to the world water crisis.

So, with a map in hand of where various tanks were, we set off. And what a wonderful time out in New York we had! And we loved the tanks. Very cool.

watertankmap


Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014: CANstruction NYC

Every year this is one of my favorite events to attend: It’s CANstruction New York hosted by @ArtsBrookfield and benefiting City Harvest food bank. In this event, various engineering, architectural and other organizations create sculptures made out of cans of food (thus CANstruction). After a period of display to the public, these food items are then donated to City Harvest. Attendees are also encouraged to bring canned and other non-perishable food items for City Harvest. It’s a good cause and the sculptures are frequently amazingly creative, display impressive engineering, and are just plain artistic.

There were 27 sculptures total. A couple of them appeared to have suffered something of a disaster (that is had fallen down). Below the cut I have 11 of my favorites (in addition to awards that I made up that I’d give them if I were the one handing out awards, lol)


Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014: Grand Opening of Lego Store Flatiron



So I was taking a short 'refill-my-coffee-and-check-my-twitter' break and I saw a tweet from @jonnyjlm (aka Jonny Lee Miller who plays Sherlock Holmes on Elementary). T he tweet was a picture of Lego flowers in Madison Square Park.  What’s this?  Lego flowers?  At Madison Square Park?  Well, this is clearly something I need to go see.  So, I grabbed my camera and my MetroCard (my two ‘don’t leave home without them’ items) and headed to MSqPark.


Well, it was so much more than just Lego flowers. It was a whole Lego festival-like-thang, celebrating the grand opening of a new Lego store in the Flatiron district (were the park is located).
Sign

At this event they were allowing kids to build ‘bricks’ (out of other bricks (aka Legos)), that would then be used as part of a giant Statue of Liberty made from these bricks of bricks. They also had (in addition to the giant Statue of Liberty) other full-sized Lego statues that were both fun and impressive engineering and design feats. As I wandered around looking at them (as well as the lego sculptures in the store itself), I thought of my nephew who wanted to be a Lego project designer. And I have to say…that would be a pretty cool job! So here’s to my nephew!