June 21 – Find a tall New Yorker

Walking along Christopher Street

Rush hour pedestrian traffic in NYC – if you want to get anywhere you need to have serious skills. My advice – find a tall New Yorker and follow them. Don’t be creepy. But follow their steps.  I made it from 45th and 3rd to Christopher and Washington Street in an hour using this strategy. Also, it helps to wear sun glasses and look bored.  Then, people think you’re a local and will (sort of) stay of of your way/not bother you.

THIRD time in NYC this month. Whew! I’m excited to  spend a full week in DC, but that won’t happen for awhile. Took a late train to NYC last night and managed to find my hotel which so far is awesome.  I’m at PR News’ Taste of Tech conference today – they kept feeding us throughout the day to play up the “taste” element.  Even though I was quite full, I still managed to find room for dinner with Sezen at Malatesta in the West Village. You need to try this place – super chill, right by the Hudson (saw a beautiful sunset) and they make their own pasta. I had spinach gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce and I would get it again.

Major event of the day: TWITTER WAS DOWN. I know, I know, I survived. But seriously… I couldn’t tweet that I couldn’t tweet.  What am I supposed to do in that situation? Luckily I was in a room full of other Twitter addicts and we were able to offer each other moral support.

-V

March 14 – “Le Chair” …. @HouseBeautiful made my day!

I won a chair!

 

This morning I was walking through Dupont Circle to cash a check when I saw people gathered around a girl sitting in a green chair. Out of the ordinary? Yes.

Turns out, the magazine House Beautiful was dropping green chairs off in various locations around DC as part of a Twitter scavenger hunt. I thought it was cool, and then carried on with my morning routine. I walked home and called Mom, sat down to check my email, and opened Twitter. Well, the first tweet I saw was House Beautiful giving the location for the next drop: 22 and Mass.  There was no hesitation – I grabbed my purse and ran down the stairs of my building, leaping onto the sidewalk.

Anyone who knows me well knows I don’t run.  I played soccer my whole life but I complained every time I had to run.  Well, I RAN over to 22 and Mass Ave (Embassy Row) and found no chair. I stood there catching my breath and noticed some other people who were clearly waiting for the same chair. I walked around to see if it was hidden, but it was nowhere to be seen.  I wondered if I just ran for nothing, but decided it was so nice out, that it was worth sitting in the sun for a bit more.  Ten minutes later, I noticed a group of people holding cameras, congregated near 21st and Mass- my inner detective told me they HAD to be with House Beautiful.  After chatting them up a bit, I walked away, keeping them in view and sure enough, after checking Twitter like a madwoman for extra clues, I looked up a few minutes later and a chair was revealed! I ran my victory lap over to the chair, and plopped down to claim my prize!

I am the lucky new owner of a light green chair designed by Lee Industries. It fits so perfectly in my bedroom – I am excited to have a new reading spot! It literally is one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in.  I’m a lucky girl!  Oh, and did I mention I’m now famous? =) The woman in the photo with me is Bondi – her family began Lee Industries. The #greenmag scavenger hunt continues tomorrow, good luck everyone!

-V