October 12, 2003

openhousenewyork, day two

POST #    450

today was the second day of openhousenewyork, which opened up various sites in new york to the general public. after yesteday's adventures, i was a little tired, but willing to hit up a few more sites.

first, some food at the sidewalk cafe was on the agenda. after brunch with eleanor, jeannette, masako, and rachelle, we all trekked up to roosevelt island. despite being a new yorker, born and raised, i had never been to roosevelt island before today (it was actually the first trip for each of the people in the group).

after roosevelt island, masako, rachelle, and i went down to scandinavia house, which contrary to what you might think, is not owned and/or operated by ikea.

after scandinavia house, we had to eat, so we went to carl's steaks. now, i smell like cheesesteak. still smell like cheesesteak.

like yesterday, read on for more photos and descriptions of the visited sites.

farmers market outside tompkins square park.

a slight detour to venieros on the way to roosevelt island.

the roosevelt island tramway.

scandinavia house.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 11:06 PM



roosevelt island:
roosevelt island rests in the east river between manhattan and queens, but is considered part of manhattan. from it's original purchase in 1637, the island has has a long history which includes both private and government ownership. the current name of roosevelt island was only adapted in 1973. read more about the island's lengthy history.

to get to roosevelt island, there are a few options - car, subway, and tram. the tram is method of transport that we decided on. to take the tram, you still use subway tokens, which are now out of commission for the nyc subway system. old tokens, old turnstiles. i love everything old about the subway system, except maybe the crime. the tram was built in 1976 because at the time, there was still no subway service to the island. read more about the tramway.

see rachelle's entry on roosevelt island.

eleanor and rachelle using the old subway turnstiles to enter the tram station.

roosevelt island smallpox hospital.

masako, rachelle, jeannette, eleanor (front to back). citibank building and pepsi:cola sign in background.

scandinavia house:
scandinavia house serves as the headquarters of the american-scandinavian foundation and offers programs celebrating nordic culture. designed by james stewart polshek, the materials and furnishings are from denmark, finland, iceland, norway, and sweden. polshek and his firm also designed the rose center at the american museum of natural history.

see rachelle's entry on scandinavia house.

i think rachelle has a new friend - pipi.

ride it masako, ride it.

wow. my shirt looks all crazy in that photo where im hugging pipi longstockings. i love the photo of masako in the children's learning center!

Posted by: rachelle at October 13, 2003 1:32 AM

hey, i still have your leaf. i'll trade you a leaf for a photo of john's pizza. i forgot to take a picture of the exterior for the pizza page.

Posted by: tien at October 13, 2003 9:54 AM

ahhhH! my leaf!

i didn't take a photo of John's. I could though.. it's just around the corner. .

Posted by: rachelleb at October 13, 2003 11:02 AM

yes, i know you live next to it, which is why i ask. how you don't get it all the time, i do not know. i would if i lived there.

remember, leaf for photo...or else. well, not really or else.

Posted by: tien at October 13, 2003 11:14 AM


(i totally gasped outloud when i saw that photo!!!!!!!)

Posted by: rachelleb at October 13, 2003 11:29 AM

excellent pictures, dude! i'm sorry i couldn't make it to scandinavia house. looks like i missed a fun RIDE. ;)

next time, transit museum, ok?
and go easy on the leaf. no cutting!!

Posted by: jeannette at October 13, 2003 11:36 AM

i don't know the evil monster in with that hair has a personality of his own.

Posted by: tien at October 13, 2003 11:38 AM

has masako seen this photo? i keep laughing everytime i see it.

Posted by: rachelle at October 13, 2003 8:18 PM

i'm not sure if she's seen it. feel free to pass along, obviously.

Posted by: tien at October 13, 2003 9:21 PM

What's with the leaf?

Hi Tien - I haven't met you but have heard (and read) lots about you. Wish I was around to have gone on the excursions!

Posted by: jess at October 15, 2003 10:31 AM

hi jess, i have heard and read about you too.

well, i needed a picture of john's for the pizza review page (i forgot to take one) and i had this leaf of rachelle's. she picked it up on roosevelt island since it is well shaped and colorful. i said i would trade the life of her leaf for the photo. she's delivered the photo, but i have not delivered the leaf. perhaps the leaf is no longer? they say that after 48 hours, it's all downhill.

Posted by: tien at October 15, 2003 10:50 AM

Well I have heard that it all depends on how the leaf obeys it's kidnapper.. has he been behaving?

Anyways.. glad you got the John's pizza pic!

Posted by: jess at October 15, 2003 11:09 AM

i actually think the leaf is a she...and she has been showing some signs of stockholm syndrome.

Posted by: tien at October 15, 2003 11:27 AM

stockholm syndrome?

Posted by: rachelleb at October 15, 2003 2:54 PM

Posted by: tien at October 15, 2003 3:00 PM

yeh, i dont think that's going to happen.

(dont you love wikipedia!?)

Posted by: rachelle at October 15, 2003 6:59 PM

yeah, anything free is good. damn britannica not being free.

Posted by: tien at October 15, 2003 11:46 PM

Weird question: I just googled "Roosevelt Island smallpox hospital," and found your blog. I'm doing a story about Roosevelt Island for WNYC, New York Public Radio, and my radio piece will be accompanied by a website. Any chance we could use your smallpox hospital photo from the 10/12/03 blog and credit you in our website? We don't have any budget to buy this stuff, but we would put your name on the site. I tried to copy and paste it (not that I would've used it without getting permission first), and apparently that's not possible. Anyway you can 'unlock' the photo or send it to us as a .jpg?


Posted by: Fred at January 11, 2005 10:22 AM

wow nice pics. i grew up in astoria queens at the astoria housing projects back in the 80's. my best friend and i (were still tight) used to take bike rides to roosevelt island. we were there every single weekend. we absolutely loved the place because of it's peacefullness. recently i have asked my best friend if he would love to go back to roosevelt island to visit. it;s a very crime free area,a nd the memories of us going there are ever lasting. thanks for the pics, brings back a ton of memories.

Posted by: Ben at May 23, 2005 11:27 PM

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