Mid-town Manhattan in Decembmer

One of the longest running items on my bucket list was to see NYC, specifically Mid-Town Manhattan during the Christmas Season.  I have never been despite all my visits to the Big Apple in recent years.

Everyone always talks about all the sights, sounds, and excitement and I will say that all the hype did not disappoint.

Patti, Liam, and I drove right into Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, parked the car, and before long we were engulfed in all the big city, winter wonderland atmosphere.

6 hours and I think we hit all the big spots.

  • I ate Kimshi in Bryant Park while we checked out their Christmas shops and skating rink.
  • Checked out the window displays on 5th Avenue.
  • Giant Snow Flake by Central Park
  • The Plaza hotel from Home Alone 2
  • The Giant Christmas Ornaments across from Radio City Music Hall
  • The Love Sign
  • Times Square
  • And of course Rockefeller Center and Ice Rink


Just the right amount of New York my wife told me.

Liam did great sitting for all that time.  Got a little restless need the end.  But all in all it was a great memory to have.

New Years Eve in Time Square next year. IMG_20171211_161105396IMG_20171211_141355255_BURST000_COVER_TOPIMG_20171211_141342350IMG_20171211_153749431IMG_20171211_150509292IMG_20171211_154012717IMG_20171211_153801473IMG_20171211_165613580IMG_20171211_151632039IMG_20171211_162138317IMG_20171211_165603561IMG_20171211_172430404IMG_20171211_144122710_BURST000_COVER_TOP2017121195172031







Obscurus CNY : Infinite Pop

Obscurus CNY : Infinite Pop.

Infinite POP – A year long Syracuse Pop-up shop that will showcase locally made art, apparel, products while creating a unique environment that will engage the community as well as generate a feeling of relevance and interactivity in rotating monthly spaces.

Programming throughout the run will be heavily centered around what Syracuse has to offer in the arts & cultural scenes.

The First FRINGE POP-UP SHOP will be located at 410 S.Warren St. at the Back end of the Dey’s Building for the Month of December. Open 10am – 7pm each day + special events

Obscurus CNY : Glazed And Confused Donuts


Syracuse, N.Y. – The entire Valenti family is ready to make the donuts.

Their donut shopGlazed & Confused, will open 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 211 N. Clinton St. The space was most recently home to Darwin on Clinton, the sandwich shop that moved a few blocks to the Chase Bank building.

The Valentis are the creators of the Dizzy Pig – a donut dipped in maple glaze, sprinkled with cured bacon and drizzled with a bourbon-sugar mix. It’s been one of the most popular $1 items at Taste of Syracuse for the past two years.

Izabella Valenti, who is 15, and who also goes by Izzy and Bella, worked the cash register at the 2017 Taste of Syracuse. She says “everyone was asking” for the location of the Glazed and Confused store. She had to tell them: “We don’t have a storefront. But maybe it’s a good idea.”

They’re also making “doninis,” savory sandwiches built on a cake donut. Toppings include a fried egg, bacon and cheese. The sandwich is pressed and served hot, like a panini.

More classic donuts, like ones with cinnamon sugar or sprinkles, are available, too, as are vegan and gluten-free options. Boxes of a dozen range from $11 to $19. Drinks include Recess Coffee, milk and iced tea.




Obscurus CNY : I Love New York Information Kiosk

Obscurus CNY : I Love New York Information Kiosk.

So, maybe I am in the only one that this sounds exciting to and yes it’s located in everyone’s least favorable place, but did you know that they just opened up a huge I Love New York Information Kiosk in Destiny USA?

Since I am always looking for new and exciting things to see and do this place made me feel kid in a candy store.

This little piece or real-estate on the second floor in between Michael’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods has…

  1.  Interactive I LOVE NY App
  2.  Virtual Reality CNY
  3.  Information Kiosk on all CNY hotspots
  4. CNY quizzes
  5. CNY exclusive merchandise
  6. And CNY memorabilia



Obscurus CNY : Funk n’ Waffles

Obscurus CNY : Funk n’ Waffles


Ok…I know its not exactly obscure since it’s wildly popular and has been featured on the Food Network, but this is my first time and it’s because of it’s authenticity and vibe that it has become so popular.

This downtown spot serves up fresh, made to order waffles that come in all kinds of crazy varieties.  I was tempted by the fluffy buttermilk waffles that were covered with Dinosaur BBQ pulled pork but instead opted for the famous cage free chicken tenders and waffles.

My wife, being gluten free, tried the buckwheat waffles with strawberries and bananas.  It looked horrifying but actually was pretty good.

There is more to this places than just the waffles.  It also has sandwiches, espresso bar, salads, and at night serves up local craft beer and live music.

Check out their Rochester Location if you are heading west.

Obscurus CNY(not really): Professor Java’s Coffee Laboratory

How could I not cover a place called Professor Java’s Coffee Laboratory?

Located off of Wolfe Road in Albany this place has Obscure written all over it.

Aside for the amazing coffee,  the warm and inviting atmosphere urges me to find a place like this near my house.

This ain’t no Freedom of Espresso.

I walk into the men’s room and I’m met by a deer head…and it has a name.  Pete…

And Pete is said to grant good luck to anyone that kissing him on the mouth… people do it.  There is photographic proof.

If you are in the area visiting the Desmond or Hotel Indigo this place is a must visit.



Albany Is Pawsome

So, I’m walking around Downtown Albany yesterday morning and I keep coming across these dog statues all along the sidewalks.  Each with its own theme and is meticulously painted.

First one I saw I thought it was just random then I saw another , and then maybe half dozen more then I had to figure you what’s the deal with these statues.

Come to find

out that there are 20 of these three foot statues and they are the brain child of the Outdoor Placemaking Program who got together 20 different regional artists to design and place these sculptures around the city.  The exhibit is called, Downtown is Pawsome.

Here’s a little bit more on the Outdoor Placemaking Program.   The puppies will be available to view through May of 2018.

“In 2005, the outdoor Placemaking program (formerly “Sculpture in the Streets”) was established to connect Downtown employees, residents and visitors with the places they share by reinventing public spaces with various art forms. From regional creators to world renowned artists like Seward Johnson and George Rickey, the exhibits have attracted thousands annually. Similar past projects included the installation of customized pianos as part of Luke Jerram’s internationally touring Play Me, I’m Yours series in 2014 and giant Dutch clogs celebrating Albany’s history in 2012, all enhanced by the Capital Region’s local art community. The addition of the 10 more sculptures—an expansion of this year’s Placemaking exhibit—was made possible in part by the Amplify Albany Grant Program, a program supported by the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation and Capitalize Albany Corporation.”