ARCHIVE FOR July, 2011

Jesus, boozing it on MetroNorth1

Posted by Deirdre // 07-29-2011


I’m now finding all the commuter blogs, so you can all see what you may have to look forward to should you choose that route. Now if you’re prone to banter and can write, maybe you can turn it into a fun pastime like some of these people have. So far, I’ve found a few winners.

First up, My Effing Commute. This post is pretty genius.
I saw Jesus on the train the other night at 125th street. He parted the closing doors, crossed the gap and sat down next to me. He looked tired.
Long day Jesus? I asked. With a glance my way his eyes said yes. What’s on your mind saviour?

Pass me the 40, cuz my mom's not looking (in this case mom is Mary!! get it??) Image via

Next, and the latest post Small Talk (a winner of a title – I just got it). And I guess it’s worth checking out his poll on the crappiest train station in the Tri-State area, because if you’re commuting from said town you’d be spending a big chunk of time there. It would kind of suck if you bought a great house and were psyched about the town and the school and had yourself feeling so wonderful about your decision and then you got to the station on the first day of your new commuting life and it was desolate and run down and smelled like pee.

And finally I Ride the Harlem Line which is a well kept blog by a graphic designer who is also obsessed with trains, as it turns out. I’m really looking forward to her tweets, because I’m not all that into trains (except through the eyes of my 6 year old). This post is a good random assortment of her musings about train life, though.

Hide your Junior's Cheesecake from

After this quick foray into the social media of train riders, I feel more optimistic that there are witty people out there in the suburbs who find the humor in the banal crap that we all go through every day. I mean there are plenty of Jesus-like dudes on the F train stinking of malt liquor, but when someone points it out it’s a lot more funny.


Day Trips: Hastings on Hudson67

Posted by Deirdre // 07-23-2011


Someone on the list serve rightfully asked what to do when visiting his target town of the moment, Hastings. Thanks to one of our members, “Ralph Kramden” (who lives in Hastings and wanted his identity to remain that of an infamous Brooklynite from 1950’s tv) we have ourselves a pretty extensive day trip. It actually feels like things you’d really do on a Saturday if you lived there, which is the best way to get a feel for everyday life. We’re not suggesting THIS Saturday when we’re all under the evil heat dome and will be in water or a heavily air conditioned movie theater, but sometime soon?

Hastings Farmer’s Market – The place to be on a Summer Saturday. Photo via Doug Schneider photography

~ Start at the Farmer’s market at the Library (Saturdays during summer, 8:30am-1:30pm), and grab breakfast or groceries. You’ll see pretty much everybody in the village and from surrounding areas there.

~ Visit Hastings Hardware. The store is surprisingly well-stocked for DIY chores around the house, and if it doesn’t have what you’re looking for (a la PHC) you probably didn’t need it anyway.

~ Lunch at Juniper or Comfort (newer). Or Maud’s (older and more conventional bar-type restaurant)

~ Walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct, which runs right through Hastings

Old Croton Aqueduct

~ Bike, blade, run or walk on the South County Trailway, which is at the Eastern edge of the village, paralleling the Saw Mill River Parkway

~ Swing by Chemka pool and take a look. The people who weren’t at the Farmer’s market will be there on a nice day. It’s a lovely pool in a setting that feels like a summer camp.

~ Go to Greenleaf pharmacy and get a smoothie or ice cream from a high-schooler (you’ll want to know what kind of kids the school turns out)

– Get coffee at Antoinette’s south of the village on Warburton, or at By the Way bakery in the village across from the Post Office. Or take a drive to Ardsley and go to Riviera Bakery, which has desserts that put most patisseries to shame.

– Have an afternoon drink and snack outside Harvest-on-Hudson, right by the river. On a nice day it’s a vacation-like experience. There’s a playground for kids in the river park abutting the restaurant.

Dinner on the water at Harvest on Hudson

~ Aperitifs at Buffet de la Gare (or dinner if you reserve well ahead of time). Even having a drink at the bar is like a brief transport to Paris.

Through twitter, we got a few other tips. An NYC ex-pat Sarah O’Grady of Westchester Life suggested lunch at Taiim Falafel Shack, which has gotten great reviews from the likes of Westchester Magazine (Best of Westchester 2011) to the New York Times; she also seconded the Farmer’s Market to start and Harvest on Hudson for drinks/dinner. Westchester Magazine linked us to all restaurants in the town and gave us a (pretty dated but thorough) shop and dine overview.

Oh, and I just noticed the Best Places to Live part of the Best of Westchester, so you can await a post on that (or just go and read it yourself).


For the ‘beyonders’ – straddling Brooklyn and Saugerties35

Posted by Deirdre // 07-21-2011


For the ‘beyonders’ this is a great picture of life straddling the country and Brooklyn via Upstater Blog (a great one, btw). Alas, the guy doesn’t seem to have kids, but there are still things to take away (or maybe just envy). Chef and Author Jonathan Dixon on Life in Saugerties.

image via upstaterblog