If you are observant, you might have noticed fewer people on the subway this morning or walking down the city streets. No, it’s not the apocalypse; it’s a typical summer Friday in New York City. Most New Yorkers look forward to this time of year—they check out of work early (or don’t come in at all).
Back before Tom Cruise sort of went crazy and it became harder and harder to separate what I know of his personal life from his movie roles, he was actually a pretty great actor. I’m talking about the 1981 to 2000 era of his career—before TomKat, the demise of TomKat, etc. Why am I talking about Tom Cruise? I recently saw Risky Business and it made me reflect.
Last night, I went to Openhouse Gallery’s Mulberry Street location for the launch of the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project—a program that aims to create a dialogue, through artistic endeavors, which will inspire artists over the age of 21 (I mean, it is being backed by a tequila company after all) to celebrate Latin culture—sharing their ambitions for the Latin community through murals.
Remember that song “Ladies’ Night” by Kool and the Gang? Well, I’ve had that number playing on a loop in my head for the past two hours. I like it, so I’m not annoyed.
On Saturday night, I somehow got lost in Midtown Manhattan, which was a little embarrassing for me for two reasons: First, I’ve lived in the Big Apple for six years and second, this particular area is on a grid. I found myself walking up and down W. 55th street a few times looking for a restaurant.
In late summer 2009, I wrote a freelance article about four new hotels opening in New York City that fall. At this particular point in my career, I had covered the hotel industry for a few years, and one thing I can say with absolute certainty is hotels rarely ever open on time. So my week of touring these four spaces was spent, essentially, walking through construction sites—which isn’t that much fun in high heels.
When the first warm day hits NYC, everyone always has the same game plan: You say to yourself with absolute conviction, “I am going to spend the entire summer outside.” Your plans involve multiple trips to the park, lounging at the beach and a barbecue every weekend.