Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg

@legalnomads

Writer | Public Speaker | Soup Eater. 🙋🏻 Celiac 📍 Now: 🇺🇸 💻 Business on Hold Indefinitely ⬇️
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Hi everyone. No update on the health side for now. I’m resting and in no rush to decide on next steps as my body has been through a lot these months. I did want to share some good news, which is that I won a North American Travel Journalists Association award for best independent travel blog (Bronze), and that my post about one of my favourite people in Oaxaca was a finalist for the travel personality category. This is a pic of his tacos. The piece is called the Cow Head Philosopher King of Oaxaca, and while I wish I were there as planned, stuffing my face, I’m glad that the profile about his story was recognized by NATJA. Thanks, as always, for all your support and well wishes during this totally crazy time. 💙🙏🏻

10 Days ago
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Well friends, despite ALL of our best efforts, patching round 4 did not go well. For those not on the Book of Faces: it not only didn’t go well, but I would even say it went a bit pear shaped. I went into an anaphylactic reaction from the fibrin, which never happened in prior rounds, and had to get epinephrine jabbed into my leg at the end of the procedure. I’ve had near death experiences on my travels but none quite like this; entire body was fuchsia, welts, breathing problematic. Happened so quickly. While the reaction occurred after the patching was almost done (me to the doc: BUT THE PATCH IS DONE RIGHT??), it is is not like round 3 where I felt relief immediately. I am still lying flat with same leaking symptoms. While I’m relieved to be in one piece enough to write this status, I’m not sure what comes next and my body has been through a lot these last months. And part of me is just so sad - with a chain of amazing people around the world rooting for me, and great doctors, and systems in place to make healing as smooth as possible - it makes me wonder what WILL it take to get better? My bestie Cheryl said “don’t take this the wrong way Jodi, but sometimes I wish you weren’t so special” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it’s a time I hoped to be as absolutely boring as possible. A FAQ from you guys is whether you’re put under for the procedures. No, you’re under conscious sedation as you need to be able to communicate what’s going on / what you feel to the doctors. The patching is done with 22g needles and they inject the blood/fibrin into the epidural space using the CT machine for guidance. Happy to answer any other questions you have, and I’m glad these posts are bringing some awareness to CSF leaks as it’s more common than people realize, and many sadly take months or years to get diagnosed. On my end, SLEEP. I plan to rest up for the coming days, and then regroup with next options. I won’t be giving up hope, even though this situation has gotten even crazier. 💜

18 Days ago
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Good afternoon friends. As you know, the third patching round was better than the first two, and lasted for a full 2 weeks before it failed. This was very different to the first and second rounds, where the many targeted patches didn’t seem to plug the leak in full. The doctor has agreed to redo it again for round 4 – tomorrow AM. A reader @joodlenoodle1 sent me this clip from last year, a clip I filmed in Oaxaca for @chefAZ 's show. I am lucky that I built an unconventional life as it allowed me not only to film and eat and write, but to stay near the hospital and pursue additional treatments with less hassle of going back and forth. My bestie @shannonRTW came out to help, and we have a system down pat for post-patching protocol. It’s been a very challenging time. We all know life can change in an instant, but to go from total freedom after 10 years of travel around the world, to not being able to bend down if I drop something on the floor…it’s almost bewildering. To add to the leaking, the nerve pain – which feels at its worst like my body is on fire from the inside out – makes it hard to stay focused on healing. Through it all, I am lucky to have so much support from all around the world. So, I ask once again to help bolster my spirit with your own as it’s often hard to stay focused on trusting the outcome of what may happen. Thank you in advance for your warm fuzzies on Friday morning and beyond, as we hopefully move forward on the path of healing. Xoxo, Jodi

25 Days ago
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Hi friends. Quick update to say that while I’m not counting my chickens anytime soon, I did want to let you know that the third round of patching IS HOLDING SO FAR. That makes a total of 16 targeted patches in under a month’s time, so pain levels haven’t been awesome. It’s still a long and perilous road - no bending or lifting or twisting, for months. No exercise other than walking. No lifting arms too high. No reaching. For a fiercely independent woman like me, this is all very humbling and also very difficult. I’ve always had trouble accepting help, but in this case my pride will mean I won’t heal and I can’t risk it. I’m on meds to lower CSF production after months of leaking so the extra fluid doesn’t blow the patch as well. The scar tissue that forms now is very delicate so it’s a very slow process to hopefully move toward healing. Think years, not months. The fibrin glue will dissolve soon and then I hope my body will have knitted itself together sufficiently to have sealed the leak underneath the patch. If you’re sending thoughts, they should go directly to my dura. Thanks again for all the love. I hope the patch continues to hold! By the way — This pic is of the polluted Gowanus canal in Brooklyn. It feels strange to find beauty in destruction, but this is what I find myself trying to do daily now. Definitely not out of the danger zone by any means but I am cautiously optimistic for the first time since this mess happened. 💙🤞🏻

36 Days ago
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A friend shared this on my personal page's round up of the year, and it summarizes my feelings pretty succinctly -- both for my own life and for the world at large these days. As it relates to me, 2017 from beginning to end was the worst year of my life, and the future is very unknown right now. Throughout the nightmare of the last 4 months, I have tried to focus again and again on how lucky I am to have so many people wishing for my recovery from around the world. When the fear and anxiety closes in, I think of all of you like flickering lightbulbs on a world map, blinking your care in morse code from afar. I'm going back for patch number 3 tomorrow, and I'm hoping for the best. There is a lot about this insane process I haven't yet shared, things that are worse than what I HAVE shared, but all in good time I promise. In many ways, having Legal Nomads has ensured I am not alone in this bewildering struggle, something I am so thankful for. I say it every time I post and I'll say it again: thank you, so much, for the wishes from all over the globe, for sharing how the site has made you think differently around the world, for being you. From day 1 when people said "you should write shorter posts / post more frequently / do x or y" I always answered, "No" -- because when I met readers at get togethers or food tours, you were awesome. I can't be doing it wrong if I'm bringing in such smart, interesting humans into my life via my writing. Whatever 2018 brings - AND I REALLY HOPE IT BRINGS HEALING - I will share my journey to the extent I am able. Thank you so much for being one of the few things in 2017 that made me smile. 💙

49 Days ago
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A little surreal looking at my top 9 from 2017 given today’s bedbound state of affairs. This year’s photos were awash in colour and light, and the details I loved of the places i visited. The flowering trees of my beloved Oaxaca, the angry storms over Lisbon, a chance rainbow atop the highest mountain pass in Morocco. And two beautiful sunsets from the childhood home my family built that sadly I didn’t get back to before it was sold, because of this spinal leak. My situation feels bewildering, and would for anyone. In contrast to the life I led just before, it’s almost impossible to process sometimes. Even optimistically, if patched up successfully here, the next road is long and painful and won’t involve travel for a very long time. I don’t know what’s next, but I’m glad I have these memories and you guys cheering me on. Though I can’t yet sit enough to work, I hope to continue with the maps and the celiac cards even if I can’t live the life I worked so hard to build. But I don’t know what that looks like; it is still early and I am not yet sealed up. I’m spending Christmas in North Carolina, at a friend’s place. I met him on a beach in Aruba in 2003, along with his friends. Though we have stayed in touch, I hadn’t seen him since 2007. He’s back with family for the holidays but graciously let me use his apt while he’s gone. After the holidays, I’ll regroup with the doctors here for next steps. Hopefully third time is the charm for this patching process. Weirdest holiday note ever, my friends. 2017 can’t be over fast enough. Wishing you many happy memories and thank you as always for the kindness and grace you’ve shown me in this incredibly difficult time. 💜

57 Days ago
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A quick update: I’ve been through two sets of not-so-pleasant treatments so far, and they don’t seem to have worked. Symptoms are the same as pre-patching. My doctors are meeting as a team to discuss next steps, which means I’m spending the holiday here also. I’m officially in “challenging case” territory. Grateful for my best friend Shannon, who came to help take care of me as family had to leave. Thank you for all the well wishes, and wish I had better news. Hoping you do have a good holiday season, and thanks for all the support from afar. Not the holidays I was hoping for. Getting about 30 mins- 1 hour of upright time a day. This little guy was next to the door at the apt I’m renting, seen on a rare shuffle outside. Trying to focus on the little things during this scary time.

59 Days ago
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My friend Honza mailed me this stellar t-shirt & I wore it to the hospital to get patched. I *may* have made the nurses and my doctor take pics with my alpaca shirt also. In recovery now, but the insane thing about CSF leaks is you don’t actually KNOW when things work after patching other than by symptom changes & it’s quite early. You can also “blow” a patch by vomiting or sneezing, or bending or twisting - basically it’s crazy-making, trying to figure it out. But what else can we do? I’ll share a bit more soon, but they did find what they think is a leak (via a lumbar puncture with dye to see if any seeps out) & I got six targeted, smaller patches that mix blood with fibrin glue. This hospital - Duke, in North Carolina - specializes in patching, so at least I came to the right place. I am very very grateful I was able to come here for my first set of patches. Will be quite some time to know if it works but I am super grateful for the amazing team of doctors I met here.

74 Days ago
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Sunset on the way to the USA for treatment. Hoping this sets me on a path of healing. Will share more in due time, but there have been a LOT of complications, and this will be a long road. Grateful for every single one of you who has checked in and sent love. I’m a very lucky lady, as many people in their dark nights of the soul don’t have the benefit of such worldwide and genuine support. 🙏🏻

76 Days ago
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A big thanks to @tombihn, who read about my burglary / spinal tap combo from hell, and that my Synapse 19L was stolen. They just sent me a new one to my parents’ place. Really appreciate it. 💙🙏🏻

94 Days ago
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Hi everyone. It's coming up on two months since the lumbar punctures. I appreciate all of the kind words, the well-wishes, the prayers, and more. Not only are things not getting better, but they've been getting worse. My standing up/sitting up time is very limited (a few minutes at a time) and when I do either, I can't think because of the pressure and pain in my head and around my neck. Lots of other issues, like burning pain in my lumbar spine, and nausea, and more. Trying to let my body heal this just hasn't worked. I'm in the process of getting registered at one of the CSF leak specialist centres in the United States. This will require a lot of my parents, who will have to help me get down there for treatment. And unfortunately, from what I've read, it often takes more than one treatment, or for some, procedures a lot more invasive like surgery to repair the dura. The hardest part of this is the cold, bottomless fear of whether this can get better. You've read my writing, so you know I talk about mindfulness and being present. But this complete inability to function combined with how rare this issue is, and how limited treatment options are - it's beyond anything I've ever experienced. Thankfully, I am working toward getting treated by experts in these leaks. And so, I try to focus on the positive, on the outpouring of love and support. On the privilege to even HAVE the Go Fund Me my friends set up, and thus be able to go to get treated. On the many good things in my life. But I have to say, it's felt like an impossible task to wrench myself away from the "what ifs" and sadness. I won't stop trying. Thank you again for the love and caring, and the encouragement. Within the darkness of this whole experience, I feel the support of all of you rooting for me.

121 Days ago
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Hi everyone. I'm still flat on my back and feeling very defeated but I did want to share my new Japan maps, just added to the shop. This collab, like the others, is with @ellafsanders. We picked a combo of delicate and assertive fonts, lovingly placed around the shape of Japan. While I love all of the countries we've done so far, this one is my favourite. There's something even more elegant and pristine about it, fitting for a country that takes such deep care with its food. Link is in my profile, or head to shop.legalnomads.com. Available in posters (with or without title) and tees in black and white, as well as a bull woven canvas tote bag. I hope you like them as much as I do. 🍙🍣🍥🍜🍵

140 Days ago
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It's about time for another update. Sadly nothing too positive. I'm still flat on my back and still leaking; the headaches I get when I'm standing are brutal, and accompanied by hot tingling atop my scalp and intense pain and tightness in my neck and shoulders. I've learned this is due to sagging of the brain because of the low pressure from the leak. It's good to understand but more than slightly 😱 to think of. It's been a month since the procedure. I was told by doctors then that it's impossible not to heal from a lumbar puncture - but I've of course since found plenty of people who haven't. Thanks to a friend, I've joined a group for CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leakers, and their stories are quite similar. Several have leaks from lumbar punctures or epidurals, and many have spontaneous leaks and found out they've got EDS or other connective tissue disorders that caused them to spring the leak. To my knowledge, I don't have any of those connective tissue issues, but after years of chronic pain my body certainly isn't healing like it used to. And as I was with police the night of the lumbar puncture, it definitely affects the issues around that area. Those who have been asking about a blood patch: I was refused one in NYC for valid reasons (will get into those eventually), but if this still isn't healed in another few weeks I'll need to seek additional medical intervention. CSF experts are mostly in USA, but there is a hospital in Toronto that is familiar with them. I'm hoping to avoid that if I can self heal. Unfortunately, once sealed or healed, leaks can "spring" in the same place with heavy lifting or twisting or strain. I've had to cancel my return to Oaxaca on 4 October, but who knows what this means for my life and work going forward. My parents have been wonderful and thankfully I am able to stay with them while trying to heal. I'm not really sure what else to say right now. I'm feeling scared, and I'm feeling bleak. Please send over your healing thoughts for my dura and spine. I wish I had some better news. Much love from Montreal, Jodi

146 Days ago
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Hey guys. No real update over here. Progress on the whole "walking properly" thing is way slower than I had hoped. Friends with spinal taps have said it took them a month or so to feel remotely normal, and that was without the whole running around the night of problem I had going for me. So I'm just trying to be patient, enjoying all my time with my mum and stepdad the best I can, and trying to rest. I hope to get up my Japan maps soon, as I love them so much. Once I'm able to sit up for longer periods, that will be my first priority. I'm missing this gorgeous Moshi face and her morning cuddles, but so grateful for family. Hope everyone is having a good week!

157 Days ago
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Hi everyone. An update from Montreal. Not much to report, but things are slowly improving. For starters, I'm able to stand long enough to make my favourite comforting 🍜: chicken stock, mung bean noodles, kale, and eggs, flavoured with sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Sriracha, and tamari. I'm trying to move as I can each day, but man is progress slow. I can only listen to my body and be grateful for my family who are helping with what they can. I've responded to the messages I can, though I have yet to crack open a computer (I had to get a new one after the burglary and it's not fully set up). Hopefully in the next few days I'll be strong enough to sit long enough to get back to work, but for now it's a no go. And getting back to work is for me, as much as anything. I feel quite useless lying here, though I know it's necessary in order to heal. Thank you for the messages and food map purchases and love from near and far. It's been a rocky summer and it's actually worse than I've shared -- will get into the rest in due time -- but your well wishes are reliable bright spots. Very much trying to focus on gratitude and you make it easier 🙏🏻💙

161 Days ago
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Hi everyone, an update from Moshi and me. After over a week of lying on my back with my friends taking care of me and feeding me, I'm finally a bit more mobile. I was refused for a blood patch - I'll get into that story a bit later - but I do feel the pain lessening slightly the last few days. The spinal tap headache is still there, but that too is slowly easing as the leak in my spine finally heals. ---- Team "rescue the Jodi" also arrived in the form of my mum and stepdad, who relieved the load from my amazing friends. They are now driving me back to Montreal as there's no way I can fly in this state. ----- I'm not sure what's next, to be honest. First priority is walking properly again, and getting healthy. I've got a lot of thinking to do about what's best for my health going forward. ---- Thank you to my incredible friends, especially Taylor, Cheryl, André and Farley who stayed over at night to make sure I wasn't alone after the burglary. And of course to my parents who drove a long way to get me. And to you guys, who sent me well wishes and cat memes and lots of love from around the world. Hopefully it'll just be a few more days till I can move around fluidly. ♥️

167 Days ago
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Hi guys. Not much to update. This is pretty much my default position still. While my back is healing slowly pain-wise, I have a horrible post spinal tap headache - the pressure difference from head to spine causes unbelievably painful headaches the minute I sit up or stand. Google spinal tap headaches and you'll see more, if it interests you. -------- Most people do recover faster but given that I returned from two spinal taps to then run around the house to assess what was taken in the burglary, my back started spasming and it's a long long road. And you already know my immune system is shot, so really I need way more time than usual. --------- Thankfully with the business I've built I can take this time, as the cards and maps are there and don't need much upkeep. I'm not sure how long it will take - it's already been a week - but it's not getting worse, and hope my spine stops leaking soon. --------- Thank you again for all the well wishes. Hope to be back and writing soon enough. I'm basically reading, watching the Great British Baking Show and trying to will my body to heal day by day.

171 Days ago
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My life for the last week. Thanks so much for all the messages and notes, and outpouring of support. Many of you are asking about a Go Fund Me - that's not something I'm going to be doing, though I really appreciate the sentiment. Thankfully the most important part - my data, my photos, and my words - were all backed up. ---------------- If you want to help / support, then you can buy a map from the shop for an early Xmas gift or a celiac card for a traveling celiac. Thanks to the readers who have done so already and sent over notes of 🙏🏻💙! I won't be doing any fundraising or the like. Focus for me is on getting better. ----------------- So far, still can't walk around other than to and from the washroom, or sit up, but living off of a steady diet of shrimp fried rice and the deep abiding love of friends and family. Thanks again for all the 💛

174 Days ago
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Hi everyone. I will be offline for the next while. Please see the Legal Nomads fan page for the long and SUPER CRAZY update, but it involves two spinal taps and a burglary. For the foreseeable future, it's just me and kitty, and the wonderful friends who are caring for me since I cannot. 💙

178 Days ago
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One of the crazier parts of that ferry ride in Myanmar, the subject of my last few days of Instagram pictures, was meeting up with our mirror ferry. The other ferry was heading from Mandalay to Bhamo, and both vessels pulled up super close to the other to trade packages, food, and some family greetings. I took picture from above looking down, as the two boats were almost touching. Bird's eye perspective of two large ferry boats "kissing" in the middle of the Irrawaddy.

181 Days ago
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Annular eclipse from Myanmar in 2010. The difference between this and a total solar eclipse is the "ring of fire" because the moon is not as close to the earth as in a total solar eclipse like the one today. Took this picture by putting point & shoot camera on manual and adjusting through my eclipse glasses. More in the post in my profile!

182 Days ago
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Waiting for the annular solar eclipse in Myanmar! This pic is from the story in my profile, where I took a slow ferry from Bhamo to Mandalay in Kachin state. I'll be watching today's total solareclipse in NYC, but wanted to share my memories of solar eclipses past. 😉

182 Days ago
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With the total solar eclipse upon us in North America, I wanted to share what remains one of the more incredible transportation adventures from my years of travel. In 2010, there was an annular solar eclipse, and the solar maximum hit over Northern Myanmar. Which just happened to be where I was visiting. Annular eclipses are where the moon is further from the sun, not eclipsing it completely. Instead, a "ring of fire" shows through between moon and sun -- as you can see from my post in my profile. Not only was this 2-day slow ferry not quite 2-days -- spoiler alert, we got stuck in the sandbar a few times. But it also included visits from other ferries, karaoke with the captain, and yet another nickname to add to my roster. Due to sectarian violence, this part of Myanmar cannot be visited via slow boat any longer. This picture is of our trusty steed, the slow (sloooooow) boat that took us down the Irrawaddy. I'll be sharing more pictures in the coming days! And yes, that is the Mountain Dew-esque color of the river. I did NOT go swimming.

183 Days ago
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Pho 2017 crawl continues, this time with the critic's darling Madame Vo. Of all the broths I've had in NYC this was the best. I still need to try Hanoi House but so far this slow simmered, spiced soup is my fave! Long lines so get there early and put your name down if you can.

184 Days ago
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Kesté was highly recommended for gluten free pies, and they didn't disappoint. We ordered four to choose from and I can't wait to have the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow! Celiacs: they not only have a separate kitchen to prepare the gluten free pies, but they even have a separate oven to cook them in. Absolutely delicious!

186 Days ago
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Brooklyn summer colours. 🌳🌸💙

187 Days ago
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Wandering around New York with my new celiac tote bags! I'm enjoying the questions I get - and how fun that I get to say "yes I designed these!" Since the image is a bit washed out, they say "I'm not being trendy; I have the disease". Thanks to @ellafsanders, the talented artist who inked this bag and my food maps. Today is my birthday and it's great to spend it in a city I love so much. Thanks for all the birthday greetings and hope everyone had a great week! Tote link is in my profile.

188 Days ago
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When you look at the bird’s eye view of this chaotic city, what do you see? The lungs of central park in the middle, the dizzying layers of skyscrapers moving outward toward the water?  Possibilities and hope; rejection and survival - New York has it all. I first came here in 1996, overwhelmed at the noise and assertiveness and spirit. When I returned to work here as a lawyer, I knew what I was getting into. While I didn’t have as much time to enjoy as I would have hoped, I did manage to explore what I could in the hours I had available, trying to move every few years to get to know a new area of town. Now, I come back every summer. It’s a city that gives me energy and hope, full of artistry and entrepreneurialism. On the flip side, it’s a place that can intimidate with how hard it is to eke out a living and still make it out unscathed. If you don’t know who you are, or have a solid core of beliefs and values before you move here, it can pull you under with its currents. But if you are sturdy in your sense of self, New York opens up infinite possibilities. Sometimes, looking at photos like these, it’s hard to imagine the micro level. The vastness and scale of huge metropolises are difficult to digest, or personalize. That’s the beauty of feeds like Humans of New York - giving stories and relatable experiences to a space that can easily feel amorphous. It's also why I'm so grateful for readers who share their own experiences in places they've visited or called home. To personalize further and learn about different viewpoints only provides additional empathy and understanding in a time that feels horrifyingly unhinged.

190 Days ago
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One of the best reasons to be in Brooklyn during the summer months: all of the amazing free concerts at Prospect Park Bandshell. This year I was able to see a few different artists, including the amazing Béla Fleck - who I last saw at Bonnaroo music festival over a decade ago, when friends and I drove 29 hours from Montreal to see them. With food on hand, outdoor seating and a hill to plonk down on with a blanket if that's your fancy, it's a relaxing and lovely venue for a concert. Every year they release a schedule for the summer and if you're visiting you should definitely check a out at least one show! Maybe picnic in the park or see the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens first.

191 Days ago
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One of the best parts about being in NY during the summer months: a ton of oyster happy hours, most of them 1$ east coast oysters. With many spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and friends who are similarly bivalve-obsessed, I've enjoyed a lot of great oysters these last few months. So good!

192 Days ago
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My friend Sarah organized an impromptu picnic at Brooklyn Bridge park, and I have to say the sky rewarded us AND THEN SOME. Before I quit my lawyering job, I lived close to what is now the park. Then it was empty piers and zero greenery. The changes are immense and it was lovely to see just how much people are taking advantage of the new space - family picnics, dogs aplenty, baseball, jogging along the dirt path, and much more. Cities change constantly, sometimes good and sometimes bad. But I'll chalk this park up to a win, at least based on how joyful people seem wandering through it!

194 Days ago
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I love the Flatiron building, and I know I’m not the only one! During construction, however, opinion was less positive. The distinctive triangular shape of the building led critics to suggest it would topple over. Newspapers referred to it as “Burnham’s Folly,” a reference to Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed it. He had the last laugh, of course, as the building still stands today. The Flatiron Building was constructed in 1902 at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and was meant to be the offices of for George A. Fuller (known as “the father of the skyscraper”) – so it was initially known as The Fuller Building. Its original elevators were powered by water (bumpy rides for all!), and the top (22nd) floor was only added a few years after initial construction. Also, due to an “oversight” (uh huh 🙄) in the original design, there were no bathrooms for ladies when the building first opened, so the men's and women's bathrooms are now on alternating floors. Today’s tenants are publishing houses and real estate agencies, though an Italian real estate company bought a stake in the building in the last years and rumours of it turning into a luxury hotel abound. The Flatiron Building was named a NYC landmark in 1966, and was designated as a national historic landmark in 1989. 💙🙏🏻🏙

195 Days ago