Things that happened recently:
Peter Knoll, heir to the Knoll furniture company fortune, died of hypothermia after living for years in an Upper East Side multi-million dollar townhouse without heat. I'm fascinated by eccentric, New York heirs and heiresses, and Knoll's story reminds me of Hugette Clark—I loved this book about her and have this one in my queue.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, burrito-sized rats are terrorizing Brooklyn Heights and a mail carrier was "too overwhelmed" to deliver 17,000 pieces of mail.
Things to do in New York this weekend:
Saturday is my very favorite New York event: the dachshund spring fiesta in Washington Square Park. The gathering starts at noon, and they will sing the "dachsong" at 1pm. I've been twice—in 2015 and 2017—and the hardest part is leaving the park without stealing someone else's dog.
There is a World's Fare going on in Queens this weekend—100 vendors from 100 cultures, including food, music and art vendors will come together as a homage to the other World's Fairs that happened in Queens.
Things that I've discovered recently:
Francesca showed me an ad for this pet glove and I impulse bought one because Mozart has been shedding tumbleweeds. It works great and she hates it way less than a traditional brush—my mom had me order one for her Maine Coon so maybe we'll start a cat hair craft business.
Lindsey is trying to help me with my journey into the scary world of skincare and she recommended a charcoal face sponge for my weird oily but flaky skin. I still feel very lost in the world of beauty products, but I've been loving how smooth this weird, slimy Korean face sponge makes my skin feel.
My mom and I are definitely going to the dachshund fest on Saturday—if you listen closely, you may be able to hear me squealing with delight every five seconds. We'll eat breakfast beforehand but I have to choose between the Washington Square Diner or the Waverly Diner. It's a good problem to have, however—it's becomingly increasingly rare to have more than one option for a classic diner in one neighborhood. I'm intrigued by the World's Fare but a bit wary of the admission price and I get overwhelmed by crazy long lines and trendy foods at festivals (I tried the lackluster Ramen Burger years after it was the 'it' thing). David and I watched part one of this Elvis documentary last weekend—I'm going to Memphis next weekend!—so I'm looking forward to the second part with fat, jumpsuit/Vegas-era Elvis. Have a great weekend!