It's Friday!! The heat and humidity here in NYC has broken and it's going to be a beautiful day! Woo hoo! What a great way to start the weekend!
I apologize in advance, this edition is somewhat New York centric.
1. With the great weather we're going to have on Saturday, it's the perfect chance to go kayaking on the Hudson River! For free! Check out the Downtown Boathouse, with locations at Pier 40, Pier 90 and 72nd St (so, technically not all downtown) and take a kayak for a spin in the river!
2. A few interesting and encouraging facts about farmers markets in New York: there are 450 throughout the State, 135 of which accept food stamps. In 2008, food stamp sales reached $197,041 but increased to $595,126 in 2009. While it is sad to think that so many people are depending on food stamps, it is encouraging that those people are using them to buy healthy foods and support the local economy. In NYC, 27 markets currently accept food stamps but another 13 will by September. (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal) Click for lists of markets in NYC and around the country.
3. There was a very interesting opinion piece in the New York Times on Sunday by Eric Schlosser ("Food, Inc.," Fast Food Nation) that I urge you to read. "Unsafe at Any Meal" is about the safety of our food supply and a very important bill that is stuck in Congress. This is something we should stand up for and make sure our representatives know it's important to us.
4. Woody and I are moving!! Our application was accepted last week for an apartment in the Financial District! It will be weird to live so far away from Central Park and have to get on the subway to get to races, but after 6 years on the Upper East Side I'm excited to explore a new neighborhood and enjoy Battery Park and the West Side Highway for my runs! The building we're moving into is a converted bank building that was built in the 1930's! Not excited about the whole packing thing, although it will force me to get rid of some of the magazines I've stockpiled and donate a lot of clothing I haven't worn for years, which are both good things.
5. Next Saturday is the start of Summer Streets in NYC. In it's third year, the event runs for the first 3 Saturday's of August from 7am-1pm, shutting down Manhattan streets to cars and giving free reign to runners, walkers, bicyclists, roller bladers, elderly couples who sit on their lawn chairs in the median on Park Ave eating their breakfast and watching the commotion, fitness class enthusiasts, people picking up free helmets, and more. It's a great event that Woody and I have taken advantage of the previous two years. I mean, how often do you get to run down Park Ave and through the Met Life Building? Check out the website for more details and a map of the route.
Check back tomorrow for a food post. Lots of delicious meals have been coming out of our kitchen lately!
Two questions -
1. What do you think about the safety of the food we eat? Is it something you think about when you're grocery shopping?
2. What's on tap for your weekend?
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