Resource Girl

It’s a fabulous night for a moondance…

November 29th, 2007

Having just seen August Rush, go see it and you will know why I make reference to the moondance, I can tell you that if you didn’t already love New York, after you see the movie you will. It is such a great movie. I loved every single second of this movie. It was full of hope, full of music, full of the stuff fairy tales are made of. I couldn’t have written a better movie myself, yup that is true because the movie I want to write is filled with much sadness until the very end where there is hope. Eagerly I am awaiting for the right person to come along to help me write this movie. It is a very special piece. I really love the premise, some say it has been done before, but just think how many people have written a successful cookbook or written a book about dogs, there is room for all of our ideas. Some will have a bigger audience than others, but never let “oh that has already been done” stop you. My movie is from my experience, so it’s not like I was copying another movie, but when I shared it with people, they do think it resembles Sliding Doors, a movie that I have never seen by the way, but I do know the premise. My movie is all about when we are living parallel lives with people right in our same town and what happens when our worlds collide?!?!!!

Anyway, tonight I am totally up with my insomniatic self making gift bags for the homeless while I contemplate the upcoming New Year.

Brooklyn Museum December the 1st

November 28th, 2007
At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5–11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m. 

Please note that due to limited capacities, some Target First Saturday programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Programs are subject to change.

December 1, 2007

Special Exhibitions and Holiday Cheer!

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Performance
Hall of the Americas, 1st Floor

Enjoy Parang, festive Caribbean music, with the Starlite Serenaders.

6:00 p.m. Artist Talk
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Contemporary artists Rene Lynch and Patricia Cronin discuss watercolor painting and feminist perspectives in their work. Free tickets (30) are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Film and Performance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Pianist Ben Model accompanies the classic silent film It (Clarence Badger, 1927, 72 min., NR), a romantic comedy featuring Brooklyn’s own “It girl,” Clara Bow, and the delightful short Rube and Mandy at Coney Island (Thomas Edison, 1903, 12 min.), featured in the Museum’s collection. Free tickets (300) are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art
Education Division, 1st Floor

Sketch with charcoal from a live model. Free timed tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Young Voices Gallery Talk
Meet at the entrance to Infinite Island, 4th floor

Student Guides lead a tour of Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art.

8:00 p.m. Young Voices Gallery Talk
Meet at the entrance to Global Feminisms Remix, 4th floor

Student Guides lead a tour of Global Feminisms Remix.

8:30 p.m. Film
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

See the film Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett, 2003, 88 min., R), a coming-of-age story set in the Lower East Side’s Dominican community, preceded by the animated short Caribbean Christmas (Walter Tournier, 2001, 24 min., NR). Free tickets (300) are available at the Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m. Young Voices Gallery Talk
Meet at the entrance to Brushed with Light, 1st Floor

Enjoy the evening’s final Young Voices talk on Brushed with Light.

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Dance Party
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

DJ Laylo of Liberation Lounge spins a hot mix of Brazilian hip-hop, Puerto Rican reggae, Brooklyn soul, and more.

Sponsored by Target

Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation, with additional support from DLA Piper US LLP, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, KeySpan Energy, and other donors. Also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Community Trust. Media sponsor: New York Times Community Affairs Department.

Okay so back to New York City

November 28th, 2007

Christmas music, twinkling lights, drum beats, apple cider…no I am not talking about a small town in anywhere USA, I am talking about New York City. November the 26th there was a fantastic small town party near Lincoln Center. It was called Winter’s Eve. From 5:30pm until around 9pm all of the shops had raffles, musicians, samples of food, product demonstration and more. Yes it was raining but I wandered the streets enjoying what I could. The best part of the night was playing the drums. There was a drum teacher and they lent us 25 drums for a mini-drum lesson. I promise you that beating on an african drum can definitely lift your spirits no matter what your problems are (see article below). This is an example of why I love the city. If you are thinking of moving here, now is a time to come and enjoy the holidays. Columbus Circle, Union Square and Bryant Park all have Christmas/Holiday fairs selling art, jewelry, clothing and other must have knick-knacks, as well as apple cider, candied apples and covered marshmallows. Oh and at Bryant Park (40th and 5th) you can ice skate for free if you have your ice skates. This year I am not doing the Tassimo Promotion there (and it appears not to be there this year) so I can actually walk from booth to booth and really enjoy the atmosphere.

HeartBreak on TV and in my life

November 24th, 2007

Okay so you are probably thinking that if I live in New York City that my life must be fantastic and exciting every five minutes. Well sometimes it is like when I was eating dinner with a friend, getting ready to go eat free food at the Botox party (no I have not done it) and was called to go to Justin’s Concert. I know I said I would post the pictures, but life is moving so rapidly these days. Or tonight when I wanted to go and see the sappy movie August Rush and instead was whisked a way to the heart of Musical Theater Land for really late night, fantastic Caberet, more on that soon. But I will tell you now it’s every Friday night at 10:30pm at the West Bank Cafe at 42nd and 9th. I had a great time. Who wouldn’t have a great time surrounded by well dressed, molded pec muscles, handsome men with explosive personalities?? Well okay so they were mostly gay but they were all so much fun!! The singing was fabulous and it really reminded me why I spent 11 1/2 years dancing, singing and acting in musicals in New York and around the country. The talent was great and I know some of them are going to be big stars and others were already big stars on Broadway.

Okay, so yes, New York can be fantastic, fun, frenetic and so on but there are just other nights where you realize how expensive this place is and you actually stay home and watch tv. Yes I actually sit on my couch in New York City and watch my favorite shows. If you know me personally, knowing that I watch The Bachelor is not a stretch. I am always believing and hoping that everyone will find their true love. I have cried at every Bachelor as well as every Oprah Show, but this year I cried harder than ever.

If you didn’t see the show, let me just tell you, there were these amazing two girls: Jenny and Deanna. They were smart, funny, young, beautiful and they really liked Brad The Bachelor. I know it’s only TV but they had us believing that he really liked both of them, even maybe loved one of them. At the end, he did the strangest thing, he rejected both of them. He told them they were wonderful, he showed them affection (in my opinion a little two much if he gave all three of the final girls everything he’s got!) and in front of us, he made us believe one would at least be his girlfriend, if not his wife.

Well even on tv there aren’t any more fairy tales Cinderella. He didn’t pick either girl and sent both of them home saying that they deserved something or someone else. Mmmm, so here is where I come in. I was dating a guy for 1 year and 7 months. It was an international relationship and as far as I could see, it was reciprocal i.e. phone calls, text messages (I really hate this invention),plane tickets, trips and a million I love you’s. So one day, not feeling too good, still suffering with severe headaches, I let it out I am thinking long term, marriage and babies. The presentation wasn’t too good, I could have added a bit more honey and taken out my desperate longings, but I got it out there. Guess what happened? Well I didn’t get a rose at the last rose ceremony or a bending of one knee…nope I got a guy who showed me, that well, we weren’t in the same relationship and he back peddled all the way to Russia.

So this Bachelor was hard for me to watch but on the other hand I think Men in Trees is really clever and reminds me of the serious Northern Exposure. So if you are thinking of moving to New York and you thought that you would have to stop watching all television, don’t worry, sometimes you won’t want to go out because it is cold, sometimes you won’t want to spend money, sometimes you will have someone over to watch tv (in my sadness having people over to my house has really been a comfort) and well basically what I am trying to say is, sometimes New York City is just like anywhere else. I have always felt that it has a small town feel. After 14 years, I am not kidding, there is something quite cozy about it, but you can’t always feel that right when you get here.

Did you know you can subscribe to this site?

November 18th, 2007

It’s so cool, you can read this website/blog and then on the upper right hand corner you can subscribe, and everytime I enter in some information to help you with your life in New York City or help you with what you need to get here to live that life, the post will be sent to you via your e-mail directly. I don’t use this list for anything else, I don’t sell it or give it away. It’s just an easy way to get information without having to remember to come back to my site. For all of you who have subscribed, thanks so much, glad I can help you!!

Stay warm,

Amy The Resource Girl

Oh and when you get a chance check out my other website at www.survivalguidenyc.com.

What’s cool about that is that I put to use a photo storage place which is cool! It’s something you can easily use too, if I can do it, you can do it!

Flip Flops and Winter Coats

November 15th, 2007

Okay so yesterday I walked out of my house and headed over the Duane Reade to get an air freshener for my newly cleaned bathroom and low and behold I walked over in flip flops. Yes I was wearing flip flops but today I went outside and was wearing a headscarf and my full-on winter coat. It’s crazy man, just crazy. I went to see Beowolf in 3D at the IMAX theater. All I have to say is “hated it” because it was soooo loud and violent, but beyond that the special effects were really great. It’s a shame I didn’t read the story in High School. Not because I was lazy but because I was too busy doing my yearbook i.e. taking pictures, laying out the design and so on.

Resource Girl’s Journey Continues…

November 14th, 2007

Some of you know me personally and others have found me via the world wide web. I wanted to let you know that this city is awesome. This fall season has been great because people are still walking around in shorts. I am glad to be here especially when the weather is so good.

However I want to tell you, as I have mentioned before, that friends are hard to come by. Friends that you can call on in the middle of the night. I am doing my best to make friends. I keep trying but I just want to let you know that if you move here and are leaving your home town, remember those people and do the best to keep your friendships with those you hold near and dear.

Recently the Resource Girl hasn’t been feeling well and I had to go and rest for about one month. It was really hard to be sick but people were really supportive. My New York friends and acquaintances have been so nice to me to send me e-mails and to call me. I totally appreciate all of that, but it was a friend that I knew in High School who let me hang out with her family. She let me be with her family eating dinner and just hanging out. (I don’t have anything contagious, I am having severe headaches) It was so amazing to be loved just for me. In High School we weren’t making money, we didn’t have status and some of us didn’t even have real ambition. I know that my ambition was limited to getting a really awesome tan. I grew up near the beach. So it was cool to have someone remember me before New York, before Ambition, before Making Money, before Status.

Anyway, I am doing my best to keep it real so I wanted to let you in on my perspective.

 

Are you having Money Blues?

November 14th, 2007

http://www.moneyrulesdebtstinks.com/

Okay so I try to stay positive but I know that no matter where you are, you may struggle with money and the concepts of money. Most people work out, keep their bodies healthy, meditate, go to church or a synagogue, see their friends, work on their craft, but I have found that many people are not very financially healthy. So I have been following Mary Hunt for many years and she has just started a blog to help you get healthy in the area of money. What is so cool is that I started following her and her advice when she had a newsletter on paper that she sent to my house in 1992. It has been great to see her growth, with the books she has written as well as with the social networking she is doing via this site and others. She is an inspiration to me because I know that she started small and now all these years later she is living large, still helping people and has shown me personally the importance of just jumping in and knowing that we will grow, but we have to get on the path before we can.

Broadway Blues

November 14th, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071111/ap_on_en_ot/broadway_labor

This is a few days old, but I wanted to let you know what is happening here in New York City. It’s a sad day when there are not any Broadway shows. Broadway makes this city sing, hum and tap a happy beat, without it well it’s a city with sirens and other sad things like homeless people and high apartment prices.

Economic Eats

November 5th, 2007

Olive Garden is having a lunch special. 5.95 Lunch Specials. This is something to celebrate. Good food. Good service. Good price.