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Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday 5ive- July 30, 2021

Welcome to the Friday 5ive, a weekly blog post about five things that caught my attention this week.

1) I visited the new Little Island at Pier 55 on the Hudson River with my friend Val. It's an oasis of green created on pillars that look like they are floating over the Hudson looking towards New Jersey. The landscaping is beautiful and extensive, they have an amphitheater for performances (a dance troupe was there earlier this week), and food trucks with seating in the middle. If you've done the Highline walkway, you should make a trip to Little Island, it's right across the street.

2) Speaking of the Highline, we wandered over there after Little Island, and this sculpture intrigued many people. Can you guess what it is?
Anyone who had a teenager knows this -it's a retainer!

3) I'm not a craft beer fan, but I know a lot of them, and next time they are in town a trip to the new Craft & Carry will be in order. 

4)  We watched the HBO Max documentary "Woodstock 99- Peace, Love and Rage" and it was so interesting. I remember it because it was held at the the closed Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY, not far from where we were in Auburn. What was supposed to be three days of people enjoying music turned into a Lord of the Flies situation. Overpriced water ($4 a bottle in 1999!), poor bathroom facilities, lax security, and band choices that appealed to a mostly testosterone-fueled crowd. I do remember seeing the fires people set that ended the concert on the local news. 

5) I read one book this week. Elizabeth de Veer's The Ocean in Winter is a story of three sisters dealing with the aftermath of their mother's suicide many years before. Alex, the oldest and an ER nurse, found their mother dead when she just 11 years old. Colleen, married with two teenage children, lives to make her children's lives perfect. She is also desperately trying to find their youngest sister Riley, a model who has been incommunicado with her sisters. Colleen is concerned that Riley is using drugs again, and hires a PI to find her. It's a heartbreaking story that asks the question, "do memories choose us or do we choose memories?" My full review publishes on August 6th. 

 Stay safe and I hope if you are able to do, you got a vaccine. We're all in this together to quote High School Musical.

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