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Dumpster Diving

This was definitely something I didn’t expect to see while walking on Park Avenue yesterday:

A pool made out of a dumpster!

To read the article in the NYTimes click here.

More importantly, here are my thoughts.  When I think of dumpster pools, I think of dumpster diving and the episode of Oprah that featured the people who stalked local dumpsters for 3 day old food and slightly damaged items in order to score a great deal.  That scared me , but these new dumpster pools seem alright.  Although the NYTimes article makes these pools seem pretty big, in real life they look like hot tubs set up in the middle of the street.  If you look in the picture above, the tube takes up almost half the width of the pool!

I think it’s a great attempt to cool down the city during this terribly hot summer, but seeing as there are only 3 of these pools and they fit about 10 people standing, not swimming, at a time, it’s going to take a lot more pools to save us from the heat.

The best part about the pools weren’t the pools, but the lounging area around the pools.  Who doesn’t love a good hammock??  Now these were a good idea! What’s better than canoodling in a hammock as a group of 50 German tourists stop to take your picture?

In all seriousness though, it’s nice to see some activity happening on this part of the street (Park between 40th and 41st.) It’s a fun idea and I think the people in the area will really enjoy the change of scenery. Just don’t pee in the pools!


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Just another summer dinner…

I may have mentioned before that I like to eat.

It comes from the fact that growing up, my family always made a big deal over food.  How fresh it was, how it was prepared, how beautiful it turned out and most importantly, how great it tasted!

This weekend, I went home to Westchester to  have a little belated 4th of July bbq with my sister and Dad since we didn’t all get to spend it together last weekend.

As it is the peak of summer, we had watermelon, tomatoes, corn and LOBSTER!

My mother taught me how to eat a lobster and I will forever be made fun of for how intensely I do so.  It is only among family and close friends that I can eat a whole lobster.  It takes me hours. Not kidding.  No meat goes untouched and the body is my favorite part.  I dissect a lobster as I would a science project.   I wanted to be a doctor way back when.  Eating a lobster is like an activity with the greatest reward…food!  I start with the legs, then the claws, then the tail, and then the body, saving the best for last.

I truly think there is no better way to celebrate summer than to grill up some corn, boil a lobster, and GO TO TOWN.

My dad found this recipe for a grilled watermelon and tomato salad in the NYTimes so we just had to try it.  Of course we did it a little different, jazzed it up with some fresh mango and fancy Italian Balsamic Vinegar that my sister brought back from her study abroad in Florence, but needless to say it was delicious.

That’s a 3 pounder right there! Is it weird that this lobster weighed as much as I did when I was born??

Man, that baby was good! Puns!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer like I am!

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