This weekend was packed with a lot of different types of fun. It all started nicely with a BBQ on a rooftop with a beautiful view of Brooklyn and the Lower Manhattan skyline.

Mathematical proof of the month:

75 degree weather

+ pristine sunset

+ grill

+ beers

+ wine

+ very good peeps


Brooklyn Sunset Bushwick

Yes, Brooklyn does exist...and it looks like this in summer.

Sun sets in Bushwick Brooklyn

Can a view get any uglier than this?

Silhouettes in Brooklyn

Anyone can be artsy from this rooftop.

Brooklyn Skyline at sunset

Last one I promise. But damn it was pretty. Not bad for a 5 megapixel iPhone camera, eh?

Jealous? That’s ok. All you have to do is hop on the L on a summer night, which admittedly is a hard thing to do as a devout Manhanttanite. Here’s the rundown of the remainder of the weekend:

1. Friday Night – Rooftop Party in Union Square followed by late night boozing at Cheery Town and Whiskey Town.

2. Saturday (day) – Secured birthday gift for GF after longest shopping experience of the year and then saw Cyrus, which was about a 6.5 out of 10.

3. Saturday (night) – Chilled with the GF and caught up on tons of recorded television.

4. Sunday (day) – Breakfast at French Roast (nostalgia) followed by day drinking at the Frying Pan.

Song I can hear in my head right now: Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts


The Tel Aviv saga continued this month. I spent another week with the team in Israel doing some intense collaborative product development work. Despite 14-hour days, brain drain and a vicious virus I contracted toward the end (no not from shady behavior, but maybe shady food), I did manage to capture these moments:

Street Art Testicles

Well now here's some interesting street art. Do you like this more than Dick Chicken?

temple tel aviv

A quaint place of worship in the Neve Tzedek district

Neve Tzedek District Bridge

This was taken from a bridge crossing over a massive parking lot that looked like a dried up river (also Neve Tzedek)

Old University Tel Aviv

This is the courtyard of an arts center that used be a university. Nice trees, eh?

Cafe Suzanna Tel Aviv Neve Tzedek

Ahh Cafe Suzanna in Neve Tzedek. Complete with gloriously massive tree and rooftop bar (see below) with incredible views.

Cafe Neve Tzedek

Another cozy cafe...

Rooftop bar Cafe Suzanna Neve Tzedek

Rooftop bar @ Cafe Suzanna

Sunset Banana Beach Tel Aviv Israel

The sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv are like nothing I've ever seen...

Tel Aviv is an amazing city. To those who haven’t yet visited, I highly recommend it.

This weekend my girlfriend’s parents visited us in NYC. Here’s a visual history of what we did from Saturday AM to Monday AM:

Cafe Champignon NYC

Cafe Champignon, 7th Ave btw 21st and 22nd. Brunch or dinner is delicious at this very affordable French cafe. The steak is excellent.

Chinatown Brasserie NYC

Chinatown Brasserie, corner of Lafayette and Great Jones. Energetic atmosphere, but food was only OK. BBQ Beef, Filet Mignon and Soup Dumplings were good.

Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel

Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel, Jane btw Washington and West Side Hwy. Voted best brunch of 2009, definitely lived up to the hype. Delicious breads, baked eggs w/ Merguez sausage, and great french coffees. The Apple with Brie is great small plate to share.

Highline Park NYC

Walked Highline Park on a beautiful day before going to the theatre.

The 39 Steps play

The 39 Steps is a comedic play adapted from the Hitchcock film. Although difficult to understand at times, it was very creative in its use of stage props and few cast members. Slapstick humor at times.

Balaboosta NYC

Einat Admony, owner of Taim, strikes again hard with Balaboosta on Spring and Mulberry. The food was some of the best I've had in months. The Sea Bass with assorted veg and feta was delicious as were the Hummus and Meatball Falafel small plates.

Murray's Bagels NYC

Murray's Bagels. Twice visited. A must for any weekend.