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blanton’s army @ baby grand!


Line up your riders & horses!

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dragons + snakes on a bus



Dragon loads on to a bus…followed by snake…then the lions. Where does everyone else sit? Always something interesting to see on public transportation. Happy Year of the Snake!

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domo racer + tp

Domo Racer_TP


go domo go!!

Thanks for the find moi.

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lego tower

lego tower

My 1 minute lego tower at the Lego store.  Take that little kids! hehe. Complete with abstract blue Christmas Tree appropriate for the season.

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domo toaster



Pretty positive I need this.  Toast is not the same without it.  Thanks moi for sending me the link!


duckie bowie


Made his first appearance at Baby Grand last night! New owner: Raylene 🙂

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giant ornaments


A yearly christmas tradition–the giant ornament installation across on 6th Ave in Midtown near Rockefeller Center.

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christmas @ the rock


Tree is up at Rockefeller Center, but where are the ice skaters?

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kitty takes a ride




On my ride home today…S train between Grand Central and Times Square is donned with cartoons of the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, including Hello Kitty in her plane.


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discovering columbus_pop wallpaper

Pink pop culture wallpaper covering the walls of the Discovering Columbus Installation.  Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Elvis, The Empire State Building…..


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broken cranes


Hurricane Sandy snaps this crane like it was nothing.  Stuck inside this week due to the electricity outages & halt in subways in lower Manhattan.  I had to leave the house yesterday for a work meeting on site and saw the crane first hand from the window as well as on my walk home.  This has all been an interesting and surreal experience to see the effect on NYC life when public transportation and power outages cut off  half the island.  Only half the island can begin to get back to normal and even then it’s seemingly less than “normal”.  Brooklyn has  been cut off unless you have a car or can catch a bus and even then it is a longer ride than normal.  Sometimes it’s just faster to walk.  My cab ride t the meeting was tortuously long and more expensive than usual.  I opted to walk 40 blocks home to get some air and avoid that experience again.  The abundance of car traffic that has flooded the streets–this city is not made for the level of traffic it’s seeing now.

I’m fortunate to not have been affected by the storm and hope that all those who have are able to get back on their feet ASAP.  Been reaching out to all my NYC friends to find out if they are ok or need anything.  Glad to hear everyone is safe and sound, finding water, power, and support from friends when they can!


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Cool cat

no whammies!


Spending the day in Atlantic City. Stumbled upon my favorite game show quote at the slots.

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nerdy domo


Carnival toy at the Atlantic City Steel Pier Boardwalk Midway.

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love by cirque



Just saw Beatles themed Cirque du Soleil called LOVE. If you haven’t seen it, definitely go! It’s worth it and is pretty spectacular. Performing at the Mirage hotel.

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lemonade stand


Yes kids the lemonade stand is still alive and well even in an urban setting. Highly doubt it is 10 cents though. Liking the mini scale of the stand.

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taiko colors




Love these hairstyles and colored costumes. Most fashionable taiko drummers around!

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Traffic jam on the way home tonight. President Obama & President Clinton making a dual appearance in Times Square at the Amsterdam Theater

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red + lace + black


Kimbra (accompanied by Gotye) has an amazing Alexander McQueen dress on. I would love to have this in my collection!

somebody that i used to know

Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
I told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kinda sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing
I don’t even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough

No, you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records
And then change your number
Guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believin it was always something that I’d done

But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know-oh-oh

But you didn’t have cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing (oh)
I don’t even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger
and that feels so rough


No, you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect you records
And then change your number (oh)
Guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Somebody that I used to know
Somebody (now your just somebody that I used to know)
That I used to know
Somebody that I used to know
Somebody (somebody) (now your just somebody that I used to know)
That I used to know

I used to know
That I used to know
I used to know

“Somebody That I Used to know” by Gotye (featuring Kimbra)

bird suite



Saw this awesome dance performance called “Bird Suite” on Saturday put on by Company SoGoNo & Triskelion Arts. Beautiful costumes by Mioko Mochizuki. Thanks Raylene for the suggestion.

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dark shadows


Huge ad for the new Tim Burton movie near 23rd st. and Park Ave. Big and bold.

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happy egg hunting day!


Happy hunting! Happy Easter! My favorite flowers are in bloom.

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Mies van der Rohe’s 126th birthday via Google today.

cookie jackpot


Thin mints you won’t survive for long!

Just discovered girl scout cookie heaven. You can by them by the case or single box at their offices on 23rd street (on the north side) near 6th Ave. Ends at the beginning of May. Thanks Laura for the find!

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marimekko + spring + web


As I do love Marimekko, I have to highlight their graphic today marking the beginning of Spring on Google’s homepage.

domo pack

Spotted a the street…giant domo backpack!


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hopeless romantic


“Because no matter where you run you just end up running into yourself…” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

lucky miao



Good luck all in a line on 5th Ave.
Bring some luck my way please!

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today’s desk view: security


Noticed all these policemen gathering for President Obama’s fundraiser at ABC today when I went out to get lunch.

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bath time fun time


Rubber duckies on the prowl. Sooo many to choose from. Bath time made stylish.
Can’t remember the store name, but it’s on Broadway in the West 70s or 80s

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labbit meat


The new Labbit toy at Kidrobot in SOHO. Which cut is the juiciest?

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empire valentine


Red, pink, white up on the ESB tonight to celebrate!

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happy valentine’s day

Pixelate your love.


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This is a waaaay better option than Build-a-Bear.  I love the muppets.  Available at FAO Schwartz.


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gong hay fat choy!


Happy Chinese New Year!! It is the
Year of the Dragon.

Here are some lion dancers above getting ready to perform. My favorite!

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a classic: in-n-out


Can’t leave California without having some in-n-out. If only I had some Firestone’s fries to go with…and some Bali’s…Don’t worry Shake Shack. I still love you too. Haha.

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domo + snoopy


The cutest duo on Grandma’s awesome patterned pillow.

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the antlers_webster hall






Here are a few moments I captured from the Antlers concert last week at Webster Hall. Very awesome. Good show guys!

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