New York girl searches for the quirky side of this city. Thankfully she doesn't have to look very far.

Cloudy skies outside my work window.

Cloudy skies outside my work window.

Sunset from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on July 4th, 2011. The sunset was better than the distant fireworks display. Bring back the East River fireworks!

Coney Island sunset.

Coney Island sunset.

M&I International Foods, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn… where you can get all three meals… in one Russian-sized meal! This place is a symbol of my immigrant youth.

M&I International Foods, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn… where you can get all three meals… in one Russian-sized meal! This place is a symbol of my immigrant youth.

Suburban Sidewalk.

Suburban Sidewalk.

Hey Crazy Landlord. I’ve got a solution. Charge reasonable rent!

Hey Crazy Landlord. I’ve got a solution. Charge reasonable rent!

A religious Jewish goods store with some kickin’ graffiti. Only on the Lower East Side.

A religious Jewish goods store with some kickin’ graffiti. Only on the Lower East Side.

A billboard for kosher wine in Yiddish, found in the religious Jewish area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It says “Punkt Gut,” which as far as I understand means “Good point.” Even the religious get down!

A billboard for kosher wine in Yiddish, found in the religious Jewish area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It says “Punkt Gut,” which as far as I understand means “Good point.” Even the religious get down!

En Esch and Mona Mur playing their first ever NY show at Club Europa… to about 20 people. It was pretty sad,  but they were great sports about it. Mmm, I’m always happy to hear some German. Funny thing is that I thought I was going to miss it because I had my first Intermediate German class that night, but it all worked out!

En Esch and Mona Mur playing their first ever NY show at Club Europa… to about 20 people. It was pretty sad,  but they were great sports about it. Mmm, I’m always happy to hear some German. Funny thing is that I thought I was going to miss it because I had my first Intermediate German class that night, but it all worked out!