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Gossip Girl started filming again today in New York City!  They were filming at Japonais on E. 18th Street this morning.  I unfortunately was at work, so I was not able to head down. Here are a few shots from the new season!  Can’t wait for more Chuck and Blair romance and some Gossip Girl college life!

XOXO

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Images: Just Jared

What’s the story, Morning Glory?

I was lucky enough to witness the filming of Morning Glory, a film starring Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, and Harrison Ford.

Rachel and co-star Patrick Wilson were filming a scene in Bryant Park today for the film, which is due out in 2010.  While I couldn’t hear anything, it appeared that the two were having an argument in the scene. Rachel was also carrying a black Longchamp bag.

I was surprised at how close I could get to the filming (as long as I wasn’t in the way of any shots)!  The whole crew seemed nice and there were tons of paparazzi around the park as well.  Their trailers were set up on W. 43rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas.  There have been some other shots on the internet from filming on the 43rd Street side of the Grace Building.  I took pictures and some video from today, and will be loading them up soon.

Be sure to check back!

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Image: Just Jared

Go Back in Time

Everyone should pick up Lily Koppel’s The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal. This book is amazing. I picked it up during my lunch on Friday and started reading it on my commute home. I couldn’t put it down!

I wasn’t searching for anything in particular when I picked it up, turned it over, and began reading what it was about. It immediate drew me in. I am such a sucker for anything involving history.
The book tells the story of the young Florence Wolfson. She kept a diary during her teenage years in New York City (1929-1934)…the diary was later found by Koppel in a steamer trunk. Koppel, a young reporter at the New York Times, tracked down the now elderly Florence and was able to fill in all the gaps about her life. Absolutely amazing.

It was so interesting reading about the history of the streets I walk every day. It was easy to transplant myself back in time to the Manhattan of Florence…and the one my grandmother always speaks of. This book was also sentimental to me in some ways. My grandmother grew up in Manhattan around the same time and worked at Schrafft’s, a restaurant Florence and her friends visit. I could almost picture my grandmother or one of her aunts serving them sandwiches and tea. After years of hearing the stories and details, my grandmother’s Manhattan was finally able to come alive for me.

Everyone should go out and read this book. Florence’s life was exciting and risque, and you will also get a history lesson along the way.
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Images: http://www.forgotten-ny.com and http://www.bn.com

Visit this website for more info about the book: http://www.redleatherdiary.com/

Back to the Drawing Board

Disney is going old school…and I LOVE it!

Thanks to Jo, I was able to view the trailer for “Princess and the Frog,” the newest Disney film. I can’t wait to see it! I love that Disney is returning to older animation.

Preview below!

Away We Go

I NEED NEED NEED to see this movie. I saw the trailer awhile ago and have been waiting patiently for the release. Looks like it will be funny and a tear-jerker at the same time. It also stars one of my favorite people, John Krasinski.

Sweet Tooth

I am determined to make it to this bakery by the end of the summer. When eating a gluten-free diet, it is sometimes hard to find dessert items that actually taste good and not like dry cardboard. So instead of gazing longingly into the windows of the Crumbs I pass every day, I am going to do something about it. I am going to make my way down to Broome Street and get a red velvet cupcake (among some other snacks) at Babycakes.

Babycakes offers sweets that are wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and egg free. They also use natural sweeteners (agave nectar). While I haven’t tasted anything from this bakery yet, I have heard many good things about them.

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Location:
248 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002