Sunday, December 20, 2009

washington square park christmas tree + snow

Monday, December 14, 2009

SantaCon 2009!

so apparently every year in washington square park there is a convention with thousands of people dressed up as santa.  basically, they get together to sing christmas carols, drink, and be merry for a while.  afterwards they split up into groups and each goes to a nearby bar to drink for the rest of the day so that by the end of the night there are thousands of drunk santas in new york.  i wonder if the real santa was there...
in the fountain

by the arch

santa jump-rope

view from kimmel

Thursday, December 10, 2009

evening with Robert C. Merton, Nobel laureate

Tonight NYU hosted Robert C. Merton, recipient of the 1997 Nobel prize in economics, for a discussion of the recent financial crisis.  Merton is currently a professor at the Harvard Business School and spoke on behalf of the Institute for Public Knowledge.

The majority of Merton's presentation was his analysis of the origin of the financial crisis of the past two years.  He argued that three forces, which alone are harmless if not beneficial to the economy, came together in such a way that created the systemic risk to bring down the financial system.  These three forces  were the steady rise in U.S. home prices, falling U.S. interest rates, and the increased efficiency of mortgage refinancing.  This is a contradiction to the common belief that the crisis was a product of unethical or incompetent behavior on Wall Street.  Merton believes that since these three trends occurred at the same time they created an "unintended synchronization of homeowner leverage" in which every refinanced mortgage was taken out at the highest possible value of the home.  When home prices began to decline, everyone suffered rather than just those with new mortgages and not those individuals with mortgages valued at below current prices had there been no refinanced mortgages.

Robert Merton at NYU

Monday, December 7, 2009

friendly fires and the xx concert at webster hall

yesterday, Chris, Priya, Shreya, Anna, Toby, and I went to check out these two bands.  friendly fires was better than the xx, more upbeat and energetic.  check out the pictures below.

the xx opening

friendly fires

some random room filled with 40-something TV screens.  pretty unusual but also pretty cool

Friday, December 4, 2009

three of the coolest buildings in new york in the same picture

the MetLife building, Grand Central station, and the Chrysler building (from left to right) at the intersection of 42 st street & park avenue

each of these three buildings is awe-inspiring in its own way.

the metlife building takes up two entire city blocks and is one of the few buildings in new york that has a sign on the top of it.

grand central station is the largest train station in the world in terms of number of boarding platforms it contains.  (more pictures to follow).

the chrysler building was at one point the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed by the empire state building a year after it was built.  the art deco skyscraper is arguably one of the coolest  buildings in new york.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

the pixies concert!

tonight chris and I went to see the pixies play in new york. as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album Doolittle they performed the album in its entirety from start to finish (and others as well). they were awesome!!!
their introduction song

the beginning of the doolittle album songs.
(click the pictures for bigger versions)

crowd shot at the end

free poster I tore off the wall nbd haha

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

really cool panorama photography

today I found this photographer who takes all sorts of awesome pictures of new york city in panorama.

his website is: so check it out.

here are some of my favorites:

grand central station, the met life building, and the Chrysler building all in the same shot

the intersection of 5th avenue and 59th street.  right on the south corner of central park east.  you can see the apple store in the middle and the plaza hotel on the very right.

bryant park in midtown.  the new york public library is on the left.  

Friday, November 13, 2009

Indian food at Panna II

Tonight we went to an Indian restaurant in east village on 1st ave and 6th street called Panna II.  When we arrived, there were three other restaurants around it all with very similar names trying to capitalize off of the success of the original restaurant (the one we went to).  It was a really small and crowded restaurant on the second floor of the building.  The food was pretty good, each dish costing less than $10, and the service was prompt. The thing that set it apart from others was that it had tons of lights hanging from the ceiling,  literally thousands of lights.  It was like nothing I've ever seen before.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The coolest apple store ever

So after ice skating in central park, we decided to check out the nearby Apple store. This store, on 5th avenue and 59th street, is the flagship store, which I've wanted to visit since moving to new york for college. The entrance is a giant glass cube with their logo floating inside of if. Inside the cube is a giant glass staircase and glass elevator that takes you down to the store, which is huge. The store is also open 24 hours a day, never closing in the city that never sleeps. nbd.

Pictures really aren't able to capture how cool this store is.

Ice skating in central park

So last night, nyu rented out woolman rink in central park for it's students to use at night. We took a double decker bus from the nyu campus in greenwich village up 6th avenue to central park near midtown. When we got there we could see parts of the ny skyline from the rink, which was unreal. While we had to wait in a few lines to get there and then get skate rentals, it was definitley worth it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

the best pizza in new york

This pizza place in greenwich village has been open for 80 years. It is arguably the best pizza I've ever had, ever. And it's cheap too.

Friday, November 6, 2009

the yankee victory parade

two days ago, the new york yankees won their 27th world series. here are some pictures from the parade, celebrating their win two days later at city hall.

so the guy on the left of the group of people above the others is alex rodriguez. nbd.

haha ok?

view of the empire state building from nyu & 5th ave.

in commemoration, the empire state building was lit up in yankee blue and white. how classy.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dane Cook at Madison Square Garden

Tonight people from stern and I went to see Dane cook perform at madison square garden. As students of nyu, we only had to pay $10 for tickets and nyu picked up the rest of the cost. There were also special guests who performed before dane cook, including mike epps. Overall, a fun and laugh-filled night. nbd.

Friday, October 30, 2009

buildings you can see from Madison square park

MetLife clocktower. Overlooking the park at 22nd street.

The empire state building. A few blocks uptown from the park. nbd.

Flatiron building. Intersection of broadway and 5th avenue. Below is a view of the strange but striking building from the back.

Looking south from the park towards the flatiron building at and nyu 20 blocks down this street.

Some other random ones.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

the start of fall

The view from my dorm of the trees in Washington square park. nbd.

In the park

Washigton square north street

Monday, October 19, 2009

carnegie hall performance

So during welcome week my friends and I got tickets for a free performance at Carnegie Hall. These picures are of the stage and ceiling of the truly beautiful and impressive inside of the hall. The performance by the orchestra was of classical music which wasn't really my thing. I acually fell asleep for a few minutes in the beginning, but it was still cool to experience and, hey, it was free. nbd.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

view of new york city from new jersey

no big deal.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

great gatsby night at the metropolitan museum

so the met hosted a great gatsby/roaring 20s themed party for college students in new york city. it was in the newly opened wing of egyptian sculptures and artifacts and the american wing of historical paintings. nbd.
the museum, first of many visits

our group

the temple of dendur hieroglyphics

live jazz band and dancing

view from the entrance

Thursday, September 24, 2009

the best concert of my life: U2

u2 360 tour
giant's stadium
september 23, 2009

the line for the general admission areas on the floor. we were pretty much in the first 5%.

me, ryan, raj, and youhana before the show. we got so close. nbd.

their stage. 115 feet tall and the most expensive set up ever for a concert.

the opening act, muse.
bono close up.
part of their crazy stage.

in the middle of a song.

the end of the show with the four band members (from left): the edge, bono, larry mullen jr, & adam clayton.