Apr 11 2017

Midtown West

The area is full of cranes and sound of concrete drilling.


Apr 11 2017

A long walk, nearly 8 miles

A glamorous day, come to walk with me, visit my city New York.

I take the LIRR into city, passing by Flushing and Long Island City.


The colorful braids. B & H camera shop is closed for Jewish holiday – first day of Passover.

Midtown west is going through a giant make over – the building boom.


The High Line Park is bare and over crowded. And more warning signs of fake monks are spring up


Eating on Wall Street: Felice and Poke Chan


Chinatown 唐人街


East Village. Some filming is going on.


11 looks like two legs. The day is meant for walk.


Apr 11 2017

Long Island City

From lirr

Apr 11 2017

Flushing, from LIRR

The new Chinatown, from the LIRR point of view.

College Point used to so empty but now so crowded.


Apr 9 2017

Belmont, Bronx

Belmont is in the northwest of Bronx is called Little Italy (wiki). It’s far better, authentic and local than the one in New York City, next to Chinatown. The area has a lot to offer. To the west are New York Botanical Garden and Bronx Zoo. To the north is the Fordham University.

We visited

Arthur Avenue is the main street, even it’s a one way street. The buzz in the air is the area is up and coming, being gentrified. I don’t really know why since Fordham University has been there since 1841. It’s very residential and restaurants buy from their neighbors, which is old fashioned and good for the local economy.


The waiting staff at Zero recommended this show: the Bronx Tale


Apr 8 2017

Addeo & Sons Bakery

2372 Hughes Ave
Bronx, NY 10458 (Belmont)
(718) 367-8316

Another feels right place I spotted. Zero Otto Nove uses their bread, which is super delicious. They’ve two locations – Arthur Ave – one block from each other. Frank Sinatra’s portraits are prominently displayed in the store. They offer to slice for you.


Apr 8 2017

Casa della Mozzarella

604 E 187th St,
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 364-3867

House of Mozzarella. I’ve a nose for food. The door could not have been smaller but it just feels right. So I went in. I feel dizzy from all the stuff hanging high and packed shelves – a flea market? a junk yard? I feel dizzy that I find a little gem. They make the best mozzarella in the world. Zero Otto Nove gets their mozzarella from them. The line is long, all the time. And don’t try to go there next week, during the Good Friday if you don’t prepare to wait for hours.


… and … I love artichoke. And consider the Italians know how to cook them. Sooo … I was ready to buy. Then one of the guys began to crack open this big metal can Ciro sarciofi alla romana con gambo. Before I knew it, he fished out one artichoke after anther. Gee … I would think they cook them. Oh well.




Apr 8 2017

Trattoria Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave
Bronx, NY 10458 (Belmont)
(718) 220-1027

Love the high ceiling! Joyous waiting staff. Delicious foods. The big clock is cool. Don’t let it door to fool you. The bar area is ordinary, the big mirror is kind of … but after the tunnel, you’ll be greeted by the high ceiling dining room. The Chianti is better than the pinot noir. We’ve:

  1. Quattro formaggi – polenta with mozzarella
  2. Brasato e peperoni – short rib with red bell pepper
  3. Zuppa di Vongole – clams
  4. Margherita Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano & basil


The bell pepper is too sweet for my taste but the dish is delicious. They have short rib for appetizer which I have, and main course. I’m glad for the choice because the next table ordered it as the main and it is huge.

Dislike: their wine glasses, like 20+ years old and thick, almost ruined my wine … Pls change them!

Belmont is the area and Arthur Ave, one way street is the main drag. Love the neighborhood. It feels a little old fashioned: they get their supplies from the neighbors. While waiting for our table, we discovered some unbelievable gems: Casa della Mozzarella, pasta shop, pork shop, Addeo & Sons bakery.





Apr 8 2017

A rustic venue, wedding?

@ NY Botanical Garden. Planing your event? Consider here.



Apr 8 2017

LuEsther T. Mertz Library

@ NYBG. Unfortunately it’s not open. Oh well, a reason to go there again soon.