Roosevelt Island

This morning, J and I went to Roosevelt Island to check out the Riverwalk Court apartments. 

They were, in a word, glorious. Or sunny. Floor-to-ceiling windows, facing either Manhattan or Queens, and right by the river. This is the view from my favorite, looking towards Queens. The summer sunlight just flooded the place, and it's still fresh-paint white and untarnished. We're not in a place to buy or even rent (and we're not engaged or anything!) but it's fun to come get ideas and dream a little.

We've been obsessed with Roosevelt Island for awhile now. The island is a secret gem between the Upper East Side and Queens, with amazing views and lots of green space. The rents are relatively inexpensive, and residents get to be right up close to the water. Even Riverside Drive apartments don't get that close because of Riverside Park and the West Side Highway. There aren't a lot of amenities on the island—one dry cleaners, two grocery stores, etc. But there are several parks, a community garden, jogging paths all the way around, and two hospitals.


Valentine's Adventures

To celebrate Valentine's Day, J and I cooked dinner at his studio apartment. I walked in the door and was greeted by the cheery table, already set with flowers, red napkins in lieu of tablecloth, and candles. It made the place feel more festive than usual, and I love imagining him shopping for heart-shaped candles.

We made a caprese salad—Justin's favorite—with sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozarella and basil leaves. Nothing fancy, but fresh and delicious.
This is all the kitchen space we had to work with in his 300-square-foot bachelor pad: