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Display Name: LaYa
Member Since: 7/8/08

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$35 for a broom? the whole reason that this method - and the "ethnic" t-bar is used is because it's cheaper.

what's next? a blog about the amazing wonders of a manual can opener?

Apartment Therapy New York | Cleaning Tip: Broom Rag = Instant Mop
9/16/08 11:34 AM

I think most NY'ers in the city that day will always remember how beautiful the sky was - I, and many people I know, also refer to perfectly warm, cloudless days as 9/11 weather.

Apartment Therapy New York | Open Thread 665 New York
9/11/08 12:01 PM

I was at work in midtown law firm, when one of my coworkers got a IM from a friend in NYU that a plane hit the WTC. We checked online news and the latest update just said a small plane had hit one of the Towers. We wondered if San Gennaro's would be cancelled. We kept working, occasionally refreshing the news page until we found out that another plane hit. The attorneys quickly set up the TVs in the conference room, and we all watched in shock at what was happening on the south end of the island.

Everyone knew someone in the WTC area, including myself - my sister was working at the World Financial Center across the street from WTC at the time, and I didn't know if she was ok. I remember IMing with my brother working in NJ, explaining where our sister might be. I remember all the attorneys closing their doors, crying, frantically calling everyone they knew downtown, trying to make sure they were okay.

By the time I had heard from my sister, it was well after 1 PM. She ran out of her building when the first plane hit. She saw the jumpers. The second plane flew over her. But she made it to the Flatiron section to her boyfriend's (now husband) job. I walked down to meet them, with so many others in the streets empty of cars. One lone SUV, with odd flags, went speeding up Madison, the occupants cheering & beeping their horn. To this day I wonder what that was about... My coworkers and I passed a young girl, about 12, crying, trying to collect change to call her parents, who had told her that they would come to pick her up, but hadn't arrived yet. Our cell phones useless, we gave her enough money to take a cab in case her parents couldn't get there.

I finally got to hug my sister.

Since we both lived in NJ, and all access to our town was shut down, we went to her boyfriend's apartment in Brooklyn. A commute that should have taken 30 minutes took over 5 hours. We tried to eat at a restaurant, but they refused to turn off the news of the nightmare my sister had seen firsthand, so we went to Mambo Italiano's for possibly the most indulgent meal we have ever eaten - I can't even remember most of the dishes we ordered - lobster ravioli was one of them! Everyone in the restaurant was sharing their stories with each other, celebrating life in a time of death, much like a post-wake meal. We went home and slept with the sheets covering our faces, to block out the smell of the burning rubble and bodies a couple of miles away.

My friend, working near the Brooklyn Bridge, and her coworkers had been quarantined in their building's basement in the dark for hours on 9/11, as they heard and felt the buildings collapsed. I met her nearly every day after work in the weeks that followed, to help her deal with the shock. I will never forget the smell that lingered for weeks downtown... the ash covering everything... the unbelievable site of rubble as one exited the Fulton St. station... the way that everyone seemed to start smoking and eating a lot more - god knows I had a bubble tea every time I went downtown!

life slowly went back to normal. but it will never be quite the same.

Apartment Therapy New York | Open Thread 665 New York
9/11/08 08:44 AM

you could have poured it over some white, firm-fleshed fish (cod, whiting) and baked it in the oven. your failed dip is like an eggplant version of taratour - the closest version I could find to my mother's is this: - but she baked hers right onto the fish, instead of slathering it on before serving.

also, for future lazy babaganoush, it's much faster to just 'roast' the eggplant over the open flame of a stovetop, until the outside is charred and the inside is soft & has collapsed.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipes Gone Wrong: What To Do with Inedible Dishes?
8/4/08 11:01 AM

it's not a matter of following advice word by word, it's simply drawing out the basics of home economics: buy what you will use (eat) with a keen eye for savings (cost-compare, know the unit price, etc.), and using (cooking) what you buy.

this system goes for anything you buy - food, furniture, clothes, etc. raw materials are usually cheaper than produced goods, which include several additional costs on top of the raw material (labor, additives to prolong shelf-life, shipping/handling of all materials & end product). accordingly, homemade bread, pasta and meals in general (homemade lasagna vs. the frozen one in a box) are cheaper - yet not easier - than ones you buy pre-assembled, so to speak.

it's startling how many of the people commenting have seemingly little or no knowledge of this. didn't you have home economics classes, or otherwise learn it from your parents?

Apartment Therapy New York | How To: Make the Most of Your Groceries from Consumerist
7/16/08 08:58 AM

is it wrong to want to skip my nephew's bday party for the warehouse sale?

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair in Red
7/10/08 09:48 AM