Signing off… for the RD


We’ve had a hell of a time throughout the years on the roof deck. Thanks to all our friends and family who made them so memorable.


Gokce’s going away party.

drawing art party

Drawing art party, we created some great work that day.

the hold steady
Photo by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist)

Listening to The Hold Steady –  Live from Gothamist House recording. (thanks Jen!)

Ed Kowalczyk and me!
Photo by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist

My friend Jackie introduced me to the band Live one weekend when I was visiting her at college in New Paltz. I became a fan then and still am. I’ve seen Live in concert a bunch of times but hanging out with Ed Kowalczyk on the RD was EPIC. He’s super nice and friendly. He prefers red over white wine – we have something in common! And his performance for Live from Gothamist House is fantastic, check it out.  (thanks again Jen!)

Fiver's Birthday Party

Fivey’s first birthday party  and his first steps in the snow.

Barbara's Baby Shower

Barbra’s baby shower!

And there’s been so many other festivities, Mother’s Day party’s, dinner parties, and impromptu jam sessions!


I thought it would be appropriate to close with some photos of the RD in it’s infancy. It was built before we started The Glorified Tomato and I’ve never posted these.
(Above) Ben Simon and Dave building the bar (which we’re taking with us of course!)


Jim and John building the pallet planters and crushing beers.

That’s a wrap, on to another adventure!

Garden Update: #11 – Paper Wasps

This week I had planned to post a final RD recap but then I found this…

paper wasp nest

Nature is so fascinating, I spent almost an hour observing these paper wasps last night.

Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests

The nests of most true paper wasps are characterized by having open combs with cells for brood rearing, and a ‘petiole’, or constricted stalk, that anchors the nest. Paper wasps secrete a chemical which repels ants, which they spread around the base of the anchor to prevent the loss of eggs or brood.

Nests can be found in sheltered areas, such as the eaves of a house, the branches of a tree, on the end of an open pipe, or on an old clothesline.

Unlike yellowjackets and hornets, which can be very aggressive, polistine paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard.

Most wasps are beneficial in their natural habitat, and are critically important in natural biocontrol.[4] Paper wasps feed on nectar and other insects, including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae. Because they are a known pollinator and feed on known garden pests, paper wasps are often considered to be beneficial by gardeners.

Read more, it’s super interesting.

In past years, we’ve had problems with these wasps. With all the wood from the deck and pallet planters, the RD makes for a perfect habitat. I know that nests multiply fast and the wasps will sting if they feel threatened but I don’t have the heart to destroy this beautiful creation … so I’ll leave it up to Fivey’s Godfather (sorry!), who’ll be taking over our beloved apartment in the next few weeks.


Fiver getting a little too close! The nest is in the upper left.



Too many knit caps in  Ridgewood.

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Friends of Memorial Circle Prepare for the Wounded Warriors Arrival

Wounded Warriors - Rockaway 2014

“The evening arrival of the Wounded Warriors was wonderful made better by the enthusiastic cheers of so many beautiful children. Their artistic efforts were greatly appreciated and their joy was infectious. A huge crowd joined the children and we were all proud to honor the soldiers.” – Fran Honan

Friends of Memorial Circle organized a sign-making party for the kids on 119th Street ahead of the Wounded Warrior parade on Wednesday, July 9th. Gather at Memorial Circle, Rockaway Beach Blvd at 120th Street by 6:15 p.m. to welcome them to Rockaway. Bring signs and flags!

Learn more about the Friends of Memorial Circle on their Facebook page.

Wounded Warrior Project Rockaway

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