Dec 23 2016

Sangria 71, the 2nd time

We were there for the new year eve 2015… probably won’t try the third time?


Dec 20 2016

Tang Korean Restaurant


196-50 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11358
(718) 279-7080

It’s two dinning areas, the main and the narrow one to the right where we dined. High ceiling with exposed brick wall (not sure real or fake) is nice but it’s pretty cold. It’s a Tuesday evening. The around-the-clock restaurateur is full. The waiting staff is so busy that they would walking by, while still moving, asks if we’re doing fine or need anything. If you don’t shout loud and fast, she’ll be out of your range. Not my way of having a meal.
Food is ok, a neighborly place for a meal. My Yelp review.

 


Dec 19 2016

1889文化创意产业园: 唐山的“798”

2016.1.21  Beijing Daily 北京日报

1910年的墙,历经百年岁月和1976年的大地震,无需任何修复、加固,至今仍能抗8级地震——在唐山1889文化创意产业园,记者见识了这面“墙坚强”。它挺立在启新水泥工业博物馆内,除了灰尘,岁月并未在它身上留下什么痕迹,它依然稳固而美观。

“我们这里的建筑大多是解放前建的,在1976年的大地震中受损却不大,地理位置、砖好、施工仔细是原因,洋灰(即水泥)好更是原因。”博物馆讲解员刘孟佳不无骄傲地说。

刘孟佳有理由骄傲:1889年,末路清廷已如朽木,我国工业落后,多数国人还是“洋火”、“洋油”的忠实拥趸时,唐山启新不仅生产出了中国第一桶水泥,而且一路向前,从19世纪走到了21世纪。如今,启新水泥厂更成为1976年唐山大地震后唯一一个完整保留下来的工业遗址。

随着城市的不断发展,启新水泥厂所在的唐山市路北区,逐渐成为唐山的政治、经济和文化中心。启新退出了城区,留下的厂房经过“修旧如旧”的改建和加建,摇身一变为以启新水泥工业博物馆为中心的1889文化创意产业园。“整个园区就是一条水泥生产线,4号至8号旋窑改建为中国水泥工业博物馆,既保护利用工业遗迹,又传播我国早期的工业文明。”刘孟佳说。

博物馆建筑面积2000多平方米,首批确认了144件珍贵展品展览,都是我国工业发展史上绝无仅有的珍贵留存,比如1862年英国伦敦进口的保险柜和1923年美国进口的旋臂立体皮带式钻床,在生产地恐怕都已无迹可寻。而保留完整的1889年至2008年长达120年的2000余卷启新档案,是现今国内水泥工业物质和文献遗产保存时间跨度最长、保存最系统完整、内容最丰富全面、最具研究价值的水泥工业瑰宝。

以“保护利用”为原则,其他20多座老厂房也在框架墙体不变的情况下旧貌换新颜。记者在标识牌上看到,发电车间改建为A座建筑,风扫煤磨房改为B座,5号余热炉房改为C座,3号原料磨房改为E座,1号2号磨房改为F座,6号原料磨房改为H座,1号2号窑房改为G座,熟料库改为M座……单独耸立的运输架,则绿植环绕,成为景观。

改建后的这些建筑,以博物馆为中心,分成东北南三区,进行招商,以馆养馆,维持园区的长期运转。刘孟佳介绍:“东区是商业时尚地带、古玩街。因为由原生产车间熟料库、甲仓、站台和包机房改造而成,所以也叫仓酷步行街,业态以零售为主,特色店铺云集,拥有191家店铺、2家旗舰店,以及弧形影院、空中啤酒花园等;北区是个人工作室、创意办公区;南区以配套为主,多为主题类主力店的大面积经营场所。目前各区的一层都已招商完毕,有近80家企业签约。”

在南区,全国知名连锁酒吧品牌苏荷已进驻产业园,这家连锁企业一直以对经营场地周边环境和文化氛围的严格要求而在业内著称。产业园招商运营总监郑晓兰表示,入驻商业必须是能为1889文化创意产业园的历史文化氛围加分的业态,否则,宁愿放慢招商速度,重新精挑细选。

2015年5月落户于1889文化创意产业园的欧空间,曾发起冀东地区首届大学生文化创意市集,鼓励大学生发挥创意,改造旧物并使之具有市场价值。欧空间创意总监戴宝全说,1889整个建筑是一个凝固的灵魂,这里有一种历史的厚重感,而正是这种元素、这种感觉,给艺术家们带来了更多的灵感。

唐山市路北区政府对进驻产业园的文创企业给予重点扶持,自开业年度起三年内,扶持奖励资金数额相当于园区内企业缴纳营业税、增值税区级留成部分的50%;企业所得税区级留成部分的100%。

除了招商之外,产业园还在创建国家4A级旅游景区。唐山人都说:地下看开滦,地上看启新。作为一个集水泥工业文化展示、文化创意、特色旅游、配套餐饮为一体的大型综合性园区,不久的将来,1889文化创意产业园将成为唐山的“798”。

(责编:朱江、孙红丽)


Dec 19 2016

Hunan House 湘水山庄


40W W 56th St,
New York, NY 10019
(212) 213-2299

Due to Donald Trump, 56th Street was closed. I’ve to park on 57th between 5th and 6th Avenue – free after 7pm.

The restaurant is comfortable and waiting staff is friendly. Their food is decent but doesn’t merit an extra trip.  The bathroom in the basement could use an update. On yelp

   


Dec 18 2016

Sushi Republic


3365 Hillside Ave
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

A neighborhood sushi/Asian restaurant. I didn’t have much appetite, and stayed with their pancake and seaweed salad. The house wine is fine. For reasons I couldn’t quite grasp the fact that the drinks – wine and beer are all 50% off, printed on their menu. If they’re part of permanent menu why not go with the price they actually charge?
One of my companions ordered shrimp with lobster sauce that are totally tasteless – she kept on adding salt, pepper, soy sauce and even mustard. Others have the all-you-can-eat and enjoyed.
The servers are friendly with smiles but part of service is slow: I’ve asked for extra napkins five times (to cover the chipped table) and got up myself to pay, which I don’t mind. They weren’t busy on a Sunday night. On yelp

 


Dec 10 2016

Housing Works Bookstore Café


126 Crosby St
New York

High ceiling, warm, welcoming and quaint. One of my fave spots in downtown. The long commune table in the back to enjoy a book or cup of coffee. The X’mas carol.
My review on Yelp

    


Dec 10 2016

Garfunkel & Tauster, speakeasy


Garfunkel’s
67 Clinton St,
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-6900

A neat and cozy place on the second floor of a burger joint with little history (see below). I enjoy the ambient of the room: the throw looks very comfy; fresh flowers. However, the tableware can use an improvement so are the bits; they were served 1:45 later – we scheduled to be there for two hours. When I leave I saw the food on their counter – Gosh, unappetizing!

   

The speakeasy owes its name to the felonious private bankers-turned–criminal fugitives, Garfunkel & Tauster, who originally used the location as their corrupt bank firm in the 1920’s. To remind guests of the building’s exciting history, a functional bank vault door is used as the entrance into the wonderful Gatsby-esque speakeasy.

 

The SantaCon is in the area.


Dec 10 2016

Santacon in New York

A Pub crawl type of event – wiki. It’s today at Lower East Side in NYC. Very calm.