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Saturday, July 17, 2010

I Miss Mountain

Mountain grazing in the morning fog. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kiss & Make Up

Manhattanhendge or Manhattan Solstice 2010. Beautiful. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Just when I had it up to here, the city pulls me back in. My relationship with New York is like a good marriage I can't stay mad for long.
A couple of nights ago the husband and I attended our community board's SLA meeting.
These meetings are usually very long. And by 11: 30 PM we were famished. But where to eat this late at night?
Restaurateur Gabe Stulman was at the hearing to present his case. He will be taking over legendary Village Institution Fedora's.
Downtown is filled with bars and restaurants. So usually anyone wanting a full liquor license here gets intense push-back.
As expected, residents living next to Fedora's expressed their valid concerns. However -and to me this was an unprecedented experience- there were also about 15 neighborhood residents testifying on behalf of Gabe Stulman as an operator. They spoke so warmly, fondly and passionately about Gabe's current restaurant Joseph Leonard, that we decided to try it that night. It was a lovely experience. The food was good and provided excellent options for vegetarians. The setting is intimate with much attention to detail. Our service was outstanding. Next to us set two men also discussing liquor licenses and community boards. And before long our conversations merged. Gabe Stulman came to eat at his restaurant a bit later. And we witnessed how beloved he is by his patrons (many who are also neighbors) and how attentive he is in return.
This was a good night. And I fell asleep way past my usual bedtime smitten once again with New York. What a great place to live.

Trying to find your community board in the city? Visit: www.nyc.gov or call 311.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday This & That (Non Soccer News)

Clic is currently showing photographs by Gian Paolo Barbieri and they are beautiful. The work are on view until July 18, 2010 at 255 Centre Street.

At www.92y.org you can read my friend Andrea's writing titled Burma. I love her evocative, precise and calm prose.

Monk reading in Burma/Myanmar © Andrea Woodhouse

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

St. Pauli, St, Pauli!

St.Pauli - non established since 1910

Paul is great. But St. Pauli is something else.
My hometown has two prominent soccer teams, the HSV and
St. Pauli. They are very different clubs.
The HSV has consistently played in the premiere league and usually at least one or two of the players of the national team's day job is at HSV.
Then there is St. Pauli.
St. Pauli's home is located in the heart of Hamburg's red light district. Home to the notorious Reeperbahn and Hafenstraße.
St. Pauli recently ascended to the premier league again, but for most of the last century they have either played in the second or third league. However FC St. Pauli has a hardcore following. And what St. Pauli might lack in talent it certainly makes up with spirit.

St. Pauli always enters the home field to ACDC's Hells Bells, their logo includes a skull and cross bone and their vintage stadium doesn't even have a modern scoreboard (nor VIP boxes nor heating). Every goal means someone has to climb up the board and manually switch up the numbers. Gotta love it.

Below some footage of this incredible phenomena.

This footage a real treat. Look at th eOliver Kahn and Michael Ballack! Ha! The FC Bayern Munich (prob. one of the best clubs in the world) entering the field to play St. Pauli. For those of you who understand German, the commentary is hilarious. Courtesy tArchStantont

And who needs cheerleaders if you got the Ultras?

The Ultras are the most hardcore fans of St. Pauli. They will sing and cheer throughout the entire and every game. Away and home games. No matter how crappy a venue the club might be appearing at. Courtesy grischaderfreak

Well, and sometimes things go a bit crazy. Soccer Hooligans have always been a problem in Europe. It has become a bit more tamed, but once in a while s**t really hits the fan:

The satirically commentary is in German. If you don't speak German, just wait for the footage.: The dark side of soccer. Courtesy

If you want to read more about St. Pauli I recommend reading Brian Rogers's St. Pauli Soccer in a Seafaring Town, which he wrote for the Boston Globe. And
Oread Daily's Germany: Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Soccer Team Makes the Big Time written for Info News.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Oé, Oé, Oé! España!

So when will Enrique Inglesias water ski au natural?

Man that was a long match! But I am happy for Spain. They left no doubt that they are the best team in the world right now. First the Euro Championship and now the World Cup. Fantastic.
I feel for the Oranjes though, they were so close and they are also really good -- defeated only in the final (in overtime!).
But in the end it just felt as if Spain's team played with more ease.
Spain has never won the World Cup before so that is kinda cool (even though Ghana winning would have taken the cake in that department).

Spain Won. As my sister said: Drop Trou' Enrique! ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

New York's restaurants and bars were packed with people watching the final. John, the husband, I and some other friends watched the game first at L'Orange Bleue (which was mostly rooting for the Dutch), then Eight Mile Creek (also filled with Holland fans) for the second half and ended up watching overtime in front of the now unfortunately defunct Old St. Patrick Cathedral School (joining the Spanish fans). The last venue I liked the best. It felt the most authentic, with lots of people gathered around a TV.

The best part of the tournament was probably the bonding with John. John also grew up (albeit different places) with soccer being simply part of life and instinctively we have the same love and understanding of the game.

And how amazing is Paul?!