This weekend my wife and I made a quick jaunt up to New York City to visit family. It was only about a 24-hour long visit, but it was packed with a lot of great experiences; here are a few of them:
First, we stopped off at my cousin David’s in Hoboken, NJ to decompress from the drive before heading out for a bite to eat in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. While we were walking toward our chosen eatery, we randomly bumped into our friend Jamie, who diverted us to the magical Indian restaurant Milon, pictured above. It was extremely hot, cramped, and sweaty, and the food was only so-so…but look at the light show! And there’s nothing like two competing doormen screaming at/begging you to come into their respective establishments to stroke your ego.
The next morning we met my wife’s uncle for brunch in Park Slope, Brooklyn before he took us wandering around the neighborhood to look at some of the shops & boutiques, one of which was the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
There are a lot of cool things about the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. While most of the “inventory” is merely for show and used as a vehicle for creative package design (canisters of “matter” and “anti-matter” are pretty obviously full of sand), they do sell some actual items, like fake glasses and masks and capes. Plus, the overall concept is a lot of fun, it’s just a neat place to wander around in and admire the design aesthetic of the labeling and packages. The coolest part though is that it doubles as a front for 826NYC, a creative and expository writing workshop and classroom space founded by writer Dave Eggers for young writers to hone their craft in.
We then headed over to Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood so my wife could attend & speak at a small business forum while I strolled over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to work on some new design sketches:
Finally, to wrap up our adventure, on our way back down to Baltimore we discovered how Yoda & Obi-Wan were able to afford all those technologically-advanced lightsabers:
(Apparently with a little help from the Wendy’s guy.)