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A Brooklyn Brownstone

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November 5 we signed a lease to our new digs.  December 18 we moved in.  A 9ft sofa, a pup, Christmas, Mama F and a couple of friends later- we are now starting to feel at “home”.  Leo and I had just about everything imaginable thrown our way  (just like everybody else) in the past 8 months- but, he’s got this patience thing down to a science… he knows how to cool my jets when I get a tad jumpy and he’s not afraid to take chances- he’s a killer friend and incredible partner.

I’m a super thankful gal.

2012 is bound to be a good one, we can just feel it.

*now on to new projects like what to cover with this chalkboard paint…


Brooklyn, Brooklyn..Take Us In

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er… let us in?  Yesterday, after months of thought, planning, stressing, packing, driving, walking and flying…the apartment search began.  What a shitshow!  Agnes had not yet had the pleasure of searching for a dwelling in or around NYC.  Leonard had…and he bribed everyone in a 50 mile radius not to tell her how miserable it is.

Armed with a love of Brooklyn, an overnight bag, a computer tuned solely to Craigslist, and Hammerhead (to shuttle them around), the duo set out to find new digs worthy of their lofty dreams and good enough for their pup!  Never before had they realized there were many neighborhoods to choose from.  Never before did they know the streets in Brooklyn follow no order (where the hell’s the grid system!?).  Never before did they realize that only millionaires can afford a 200 square ft studio in Park Slope.  Never before had they seen so many ghettos in one concentrated area.  Still, unabashed by the umpteen weirdo realtors who called or the countless dead whores who peppered the closets of the “premium” places they were shown, they searched on.  They hit one of their favorite watering holes for a much needed mid-afternoon bloody mary.  They circled the park, in what can only be described as a scene out of National Lampoon’s Vacation.  They led Hammah down pothole-laden streets, really testing her new kicks.  Oh…and it was raining!  At the end of the day they still hadn’t found a place but agreed, after a fit of delirious laughter, “there’s always next week…”

Special shout out to Aggie who treated Leo to an overnight in a penthouse apartment for his birthday (view above).  Damn he’s got it good!

Anyway, we’ll be sure to keep you posted!


step aside shel silverstein…

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In the city that never sleeps you’re bound to see some interesting stuff. “Interesting” in this city refuses the confines of any one definition. Instead it embodies all that is wonderful, odd, confusing, entrancing and downright strange.

Here’s a poem to commemorate such experiences!

Two weeks in New York
on foot and by train,
perusing huge craft fairs,
and dodging the rain.
We bought all black clothes,
and attempted to cater,
until we were fired,
“you’re through, cater waiter!”
Saw a free show,
while in Prospect Park,
and saw a nude guy,
walking home in the dark.
Tried out some deals,
sought thrift and antiques,
we modeled for print ads,
as computer geeks!
Took in some art,
heard jazz and played pool,
tried beers from our globe,
and think Park Slope’s cool.
There’s much more to go,
for Aggie and Leo,
next week could be Rome,
London, Paris or Rio!!

leonard, out.

Weekly Exposure

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Take a trip through our lens

Out of 100’s of photos we hand picked a few tender moments, an array of the questionable and an all around good time- check back on the regular for more goods!

xo, l&a

movin’ on up…

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to murray hill- to a fantastic lil’ apartment on park ave. – yes, the park ave!

for a temporary stay thanks to my good friend steph’s good friend phil (who just happened to walk her down the aisle at her wedding).  seriously travelers, ask around- you never know who has what open and sometimes it really can work out to be something totally rad!!  network network!

for a short time i will be able to walk down “my” block to take in all the beauty that is the chrystler building, a stroll to grand central, a hop to brooklyn, and on and on and on! can’t wait to fill my lens with architecture, people watching, FOOD (omg the food!), and take in all that is New York City!  i’m allowing myself to feel the excitement, be a kid, look up and down and all around.  not too often do opportunities present themselves in park avenue ways ||”take it all in” will be my mantra!

photo cred: sothebys

 ps. i finally added a contact button under “us”- drop a note if you feel like you need a little privacy outside of the public comment forum.


Once upon a catering time…

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Agnes and Leonard decided it would be responsible and more socially acceptable to earn some money. They love their premature retirement but their family and friends have been starting to look at them funny. Taking this and their lofty goals into account, they signed up to cater in the big city.

Last night the dynamic duo shared their first gig. They arrived in the meat packing district, in matching black outfits, to discover the event was for the groundbreaking of the Whitney Museum.

They had no idea what to expect, though neither could understand why they were the “help” rather than the guests. They set up coat check, they lugged ice, they straightened table cloths, they took a coffee break. Then…the two were split. Agnes was sent to the main dining room to straighten silverware and fill water glasses while Leonard was put on butler service (offering the evening’s signature drink from a 25 pound tray). Leonard is still bitter.

Hours later they were reunited in their new jobs as wine stewards. Red or white? Red or white? Red or white? Google was honored. John McEnroe spoke. Debbie Harry and Blondie performed.

Feet sore, feathers ruffled, eyes tired. They walked back to the N train at Union square. They rode to their rental car that was parked in Astoria. They drove home.  The End.

nyc- a city in just three days

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a recap of crazy:


metro north
times square
late late night

Dinner at Blockheads (Worldwide Plaza):  tofu Burrito, soy Cheese + guac.  Frozen margarita’s with upside-down coronas… Coronitas!

The Snug for a cold miller light (51st + 9th)

Southern Hospitality (45th + 9th) we had a killer 50% discount code but after having a few drinks realized it wasn’t for this location, bummer.  none the less, had a blast with our pals, justin and addie- washed down some bland nachos with Justin Timberlake‘s 901 tequilla and a shot called a black and white (ouch!)  addie had the best view of the door from her bar-stool – spied Cuba Gooding Jr. 100+supermodels, Brian Baumgartner (aka, kevin from scrantonocity).

Day #2:

slept in

4pm breakfast at the Neptune Diner (Astoria- Astoria blvd + 31st st): eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, coffee- not the most friendly waiters ever but they do wear little bow ties and keep to themselves, privacy is nice.

Starbucks for a quick pick-us-up

Teddy’s Bar & Grill (Williamsburg-8th + Berry)- homemade veggie burger w/ seasoned curly fries and the moroccan salad, pistachios are aggie’s fav!  Used the great scout mob app for the iPhone and save $20 off our check!  got to hang with some good friends in a very comfy (tight) space.  thanks to travis for introducing us to whitney, all we want to do is play with her great dane now!  our good friend, karla made it up from orlando for the weekend- she’s a sick artist, check out her upcoming show in fla!

Day #3:

best day

Breakfast at Bagel Nosh (astoria/broadway)- whole wheat bagels w/tofu scallion cream cheese and the teenist tiniest coffees ever

N train to 59th and Lex.  Popped into the Levi’s Store – still don’t really get how they’re $60+ here and $29 at urban, oh well.

walked on over to fifth avenue and strolled hand in hand along Central Park and passed the zoo to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (5th ave @ between 82nd and 83rd streets)

powerful, emotionally charged art and sculpture that have withstood the test of time, A-frican quilt, the incredible yet completely claustrophobic and haunting Alexander McQueen Exhibit (it’d be cool to go back without the rainy day crowd), guitar heroes: legendary craftsman from Italy to New York Exhibit, 17th century sitting rooms, and of course the gift shop.  since working on a shoestring budget we realized that the museum’s admission prices are “recommended”- now we’re not suggesting trying to be stingy at the great MET, but if you can’t swing the $20 admission- donate what you can, the experience within these walls is worth every penny!

new friends

dinner at Fred’s Restaurant (83rd + Amsterdam): guac and chips, nicoise salad, veggie wrap, black bean soup, bloody mary’s, awesome penny bar top, dogs galore!!  Checked in with fb for 2 free drinks.  used scout mob again and paid $17 for a $60 check- the staff was great, the food ruled and we even got a thank you from the owner as we left.  agnes is now on a mission to submit a photo of miss max to add in their collection of cute furry faces.

walked all around the upper west side- many oohs and ahs, Riverside Park, the pier, trump buildings, ABC + the View building, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Time Warner center… then we shared a couple pints of hot sour soup and called it a night- fell down totally exhausted!

back in the ct. to recharge our batteries and work on the money making thing!

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