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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Sadie

This was just too cute to pass on.

My Princess Sadie turned 12 today. I can't believe she is already 12. She has been everywhere with me including planes, subways, trains, boats and cars. She has even been out of the country. Well, only to Canada, but still. Sadie lived in NYC with me for the first year. I can't imagine life without her. She makes me smile everyday. It has been four months since I have seen her and it breaks my heart to think about it.

Today is her twelfth birthday and I couldn't be there to celebrate it. Actually, I don't think I have ever celebrated her birthday before. But, since I miss her so much I think I got a little carried away. This morning I called my Mom who sang happy birthday to an uninterested Sadie. I mean it was during her morning nap and the Princess doesn't like to be bothered during her morning naps.

I thought that was it for my Sadie's birthday but tonight after I got home from the gym, I had these 4 pictures in an email from my parents.

Sadie in cupcake heaven!

Sadie trying to sneak a taste of the frosting (Takes after her Aunt Nancy).

Dad and Sadie blowing out her candle.

The other three even got to celebrate. Here is Annabelle. She grabbed the entire cupcake and ate the entire thing all at once.

Apparently it was my Dad's idea. I have the best parents in the world. They just know how to make my day. I love you both.

Ditch Plains

Last night I had one of the tastiest meals of my life. Now, before I continue, I have to add that this meal will only be had about once every year. Please see the above image. Yes, that is two hot dogs with macaroni and cheese on top piled above a bed of delicious french fries.
Now do you see why I can only allow myself to divulge in this one of a kind meal only once a year?

I have been wanting to eat at Ditch Plains for quite some time. Actually, I remember the exact day my coworker, Erin, told me about this amazingly delicious meal she had. Oh yes, I was sold from the Mac and Cheese.

They have a great menu. Not only do they have Pigs in a Ditch, Ditch Dogs and Sloppy Dogs, they also have many kinds of oyster apps and entrees, Ditch Plains Lobster Rolls, Skirt Steak with Chimichuri, and Mustard Crusted Salmon. We had a large Caesar salad with two huge juicy chicken breasts for an app. We decided we would have some greens with our fat! They have two sizes for all their salads which is also great.

For dessert we had S'mores. Yes, you heard me! There were two for $4 and they were each wrapped in tin foil. They were a great treat to top off a delicious meal! Along with another sweet treat, the check came in a glass filled with salt water taffy!

Luckily for me, I live basically in SoHo which is a central location for some of the best restaurants within walking distance of my apartment. Ditch Plains is just up Houston right past Sixth Ave. on Bedford and Downing. I can definitely say it was great to get up and stretch my legs a few blocks after eating that meal! I love living in NYC.

During dinner Craig and I were discussing some of our favorite restaurants. The more we discussed, the more we realized the restaurants we would recommend to people are the ones we would remember and want to go back to. We both agreed that Ditch Plains was definitely one we would love to return to.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Highline

After living in New York City for three years you would think I know anything and everything new going on this this amazing city. Ha, yeah right! The High Line has been under construction for all three years I have lived here. I did not know a thing about it until a month ago when my boss, John, told me he was going one afternoon.

I knew about Highline Ballroom so I just figured he was going to see a band, which is something John would do. He asked if any of us had been yet. I seemed to be the only person who didn't know what he was talking about. Immediately, the conversation topic was as far off as it could be from a music hall. Instead, it sounded more like an old elevated railway track that had been renovated as a park on the West side of Manhattan. It was then, I started guessing he was not talking about the High Line Ballroom anymore.

So, what does any 25 year old girl living in Manhattan do when someone mentions something she hasn't heard about? She Google's it. And that's what I did.

I have not been to the High Line yet. I am planning on saving the trip for when my parents come visit in September. Something new and special for us to do that we already haven't done. I have heard great things about it. I can't wait to go and take some pictures and enjoy the view of Manhattan elevated on some old railway tracks that used to bring the meat to the Meatpacking District! Only in NYC!

(Thank you to for all the information and pictures!)

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.

When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs.

Park Information

The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. I t runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street.

For park information, please call the High Line Information Line: (212) 500-6035


The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.


Acc ess to the High Line is p ossible via any o f the access points listed below.

In the event the High Line reaches capacity, you ma y be asked to enter via the Gansevoort Street stairs (or 16th Street elevator if you need elevator service) only, to ensure public safety and the safety of the park itself.

  • Gansevoort Street
  • 14th Street (Elevator access will be available lat er this summer.)
  • 16th Street (elevator access)
  • 18th Street
  • 20th Street

Getting to the High Line

The High Line can be reached via the following methods of public transportation:

L / A / C / E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue
C / E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue
1 / 2 / 3 to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 18th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue

M11 to Washington Street
M11 to 9th Avenue
M14 to 9th Avenue
M23 to 10th Avenue
M34 to 10th Avenue

A four-minute fly-through animation of the design for Sections 1 and 2. This video was made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements, and was produced by Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

High Line Design Slide Show

This slideshow features design renderings of Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street. It includes features such as the Sundeck, Tenth Avenue Square, Woodland Flyover, and 30th Street Cutout, as well as recent photos of the High Line's construction.

Publication: Designing the High Line

This full-color book, released in 2008, presents the final comprehensive design for Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line, by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The 160-page publication includes design renderings, maps, and photographs depicting the High Line from its construction in the 1930s through its current re-construction. It's available on for $30.

Buy Designing the High Line on

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I currently am in the process of creating a website for my photography. This website is intended to showcase my photography rather than sell it.

Living in New York City can be very exhausting. The result of this exhaustion leads to relaxation every now and then. During my relaxation periods I tend to get bored. What? Isn't that the point of relaxation periods? Well, because of the boredom and my creative appetite, I am constantly on the lookout for something new and creative for me to get my hands on. Thus, leading to fifth floor up and Alexis Skib Photography.

I have recently updated the aesthetics for fifth floor up as the old girly girl layout was fun but not me at all. As much as I love the new look, it is hard to see some of the pictures. So here are the pictures that make up the new header of fifth floor up. Enjoy!

Please check out Alexis Skib Photography in a few months when I have it up and running!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dennett Place

Dennett Place, located in Carroll Gardens in Brookly, is one of the strangest streets I have ever seen. While strolling down Smith Street last weekend with my two friends, one of them suddenly remembered this strange street they thought I would love and had to show me. They described it as the strangest street they probably have ever seen. When I asked what do you mean they explained all of the apartments have small doors. Thus, making my interest spike.

Dennett Place is a tiny block filled with aparments with tiny doors. It is fabulously interesting. Dennet Place is located between Luquer and Nelson Streets and bordered between Smith and Court Streets.

Because my interest was so high about this little street I decided to take to the world wide web to try and figure out why these doors are so tiny. I came across George Weber's blog who gave a little insight about the historical aspect of the area during the time these homes were built.

"Historically, we know that homes built back in the 1700's typically had smaller interior doors, because, people then were shorter. But, these 2-to-4-story homes were built in the late 1800's. One recent real estate offering showed a four-story townhouse built in 1899 for 1.2 million dollars. But, another web search revealed that in 1860, a family named Sweeney lived on the block. Dennis Sweeney, an immigrant from Ireland, was a longshoreman, like many of the folks who settled in Carroll Gardens at the time. The Irish populated the neighborhood in the 1800's and were followed in the 1900's by a large Italian population."

He goes on to explain some more about the tiny street and thank Forgotten NY for some of the insight and facts...

"The origin of Dennet Place still remains somewhat of a mystery. One can only speculate why all of those small doors were installed in the first place. One popular belief is that the doors, located under the stoop of the townhouses, were more of a utility to gain access to the basement, much like storm doors in rural communities. Whatever the reason, Dennet Place has always resembled a small European village and to this day, nearly 150-years later, the block still maintains its quaint charm. (Special thanks to for the photos and some background)"

So now I am going to thank you, George Weber for your facts and helping me understand a little more about Dennett Place.