NYC – Various

The Donut Plant, best I’ve ever had, went back for seconds. The big square coconut one in particular is tongue remappingly good.

Everyone is NYC gets their own sandwich shop. The guys working there got a big enough kick outta me that they called the manager, who told them my sandwich was free.

This gondola runs from Manhatten to Roosevelt Island, possibly the only gondola in the world that is part of a city transit system, your subway pass gets you on.

NYC – Transit Museum

In heaven at the NYC Transit Museum, the museum is an entire old subway station that’s been converted into a gorgeous space where you can climb onto different subway cars from each generation, right back to the original fire-hazard wooden subway cars.

I spent way too much time here, the aspergersy part of my brain was especially triggered by the examples of each generation of turnstile, COLLECT EM ALL!


NYC – Comedy Cellar

Comedy Cellar!

One of the shrines of comedy, on any given night your chances of randomly seeing awesome comedians are better here than any other club in the world, no need to check the lineup, just go. $5 or $10 tops.

I got on the waiting list, missed the first couple shows but got in for the 12:30, was seated randomly with this couple from Brazil who are in town for a week just to see a bunch of comedy, they are awesome, we share wings and laughs.

Here was tonight’s lineup, amazing, every one of them is someone I know and like, Sheng Wang was sharp, Jeff Ross and Dave Attell went on together and basically just fucked around for an hour roasting the crowd, including me, it was about 2:30am by this point.

Sheng Wang
Mark Normand
Joe Liste
Joe Mande
Jeff Ross
Dave Attell

After the show Jeff and Dave hung out on the steps and chatted with everyone, I had a nice talk with Dave, really really cool.

And yup, if you were wondering, the Comedy Cellar is the club Louie is heading into during the opening credits of Louie.

Also found the pizza place where Louie gets his slice from the opening, it’s around the corner about a block away.

NYC – Day 2

Out the door bright and early and down into the subway, the subway is as awesome as I hoped but am already regretting getting a hotel 15 minutes walk away from the closest station, walking is a limited resource.

Breakfast at Barney Greengrass “The Sturgeon King of Manhatten”, lox and bagel, creamiest cheese.

Grand Central is impressive, level after level underground leading to dozens of platforms for subway and light rail and trains, a sign that says “TURN LEFT FOR PLATFORMS 79 – 111, A, B, 5, 7, 9, N, K TRAINS, LI RAIL” seems very New York scale.

Yes, that IS the original Winnie and Eeyore and Tigger and Rabbit that A.A. Milne gave to Christopher Robin and later made up stories about. They live in a glass box in the basement of the central library.

That’s the Gem Spa, an all-night odds and ends store with a soda counter that claims to be origin of the egg cream, stopped in for one and then went into a random bar around the corner to pee, asked the bartender for a pint of their cheapest draft, paid and lined up for the bathroom, a guy butted in front and snagged my spot, when he left he apologized and we shook. I peed and was headed out the door when the bartender yelled at me, I turned around and there, next to my untouched glass of cheap beer was a second glass of cheap beer. The bartender said it was from my friend. Mr bathroom butt-in apologized again and invited me to his table, amazing, sat with these guys and drank the two worst beers of my life but had a great time.