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Monday, July 27, 2009

New York City hammock

Alex and I were riding bikes around town, when we passed this guy Philippe relaxing in a hammock. Intrigued, we pedaled over and asked him where he found it. "Eastern Mountain Sports for $20," he said and explained that he simply ties it to two trees anywhere around the city. "I've been called a lazy bum, but I love it." What a genius idea!

(Excuse the crappy photos; they're from Alex's phone)


The Lil Bee said...

That is so cool. What a free-spirited thing to do!

And ps: actually, those photos are pretty good, especially considering they're from your phone! I like the top one a lot.

cara. said...

great post! (: i love daring people who have stopped caring what everyone else thinks.

my b.f.f. loves hammocks. (and you might like her stuff). . .

sweet fine day/Jenna said...

that is seriously awesome.

asillymuse said...

what a genius idea!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

i love that he's just relaxing with his flip flops, good book and what i imagine to be a backpack filled with great snacks.

plaidout said...

I used to do that, too. What a lazy bum!

riki said...

genius! i heart new york!!

Jane Flanagan said...


chelsea said...

I think I've found my new office!!

blog said...

I think this is great!
I wish I could be so free spirited and just go out with my hammock!


If Jane said...

"I've been called a lazy bum, but I love it." !! heheheh love it! lazy bum or not..he is super clever...i saw two at the park today...really makes perfect sense! ;)

Melissa Blake said...

I love idea!

joanne said...

I live in Philadelphia and last month I saw a guy who had a hammock hooked from his front door gate to a street sign. It was awesome.

siescierto said...

That sounds like a perfect summer day, finding a spot in the park and making it your own!

Joanna I put you on my blog roll! I really enjoy your blog!

Alicia said...

This is such a wonderful idea!! I love it!!!

The Socialite said...

wow - he's smart & creative! ;)

Izzy said...


the southern hostess said...

I love New Yorkers. Inspired relaxation.

raquel & raul said...

That's awesome! Great idea!

Sam said...

My idea of heaven! *sigh*

{this is glamorous} said...

What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon.

Chessa! said...

this is AWESOME!!! I'm going to show the photos to doug tonight...he's going to want to get it.

Her name was Lola said...

That's brilliant. Where do you go bike riding here in the city? Were these taken somewhere near the park?

Suggestions welcome!


Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

That is hilarious and great all at the same time. I have to give kudos to people who just don't give a crap about what other people think (well, within reason). The guy looks totally comfortable and what a great view! BTW... I hope Jillian chooses Ed! How about you?

Sarah Alaoui said...

great idea, will do soon.

13bees said...

i hope this isn't too obscene, but this guy's got balls. seriously! ed has, like, a million girlfriends back home. reid, please come back!

Sally Mae said...

I love all of the great ideas from your blog! I'll definitely be partaking in a little hammock action around my town (in Wisconsin).

Simply Mel said...

This guy is my new hero!

allnsundry said...

jeez! now that's just awesome!

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Turbo said...

He wasn't the only one getting his hammock on last weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

The photos are actually fine!

Meg Fee said...

i love, love, love that. and i love riverside park.

SK said...

That is AWESOME!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Haha, does this guy know he's now internet famous?

margie said...


Blue is Bleu said...

That's awesome! I'm known for my stupid fears, and I fear hammocks because I believe I'm going to fall out of them and smash my face in. I'd love to relax in one... some day haha!

Every Little Counts said...

this is awesome. i have always wanted a hammock...i think i'm going to head over to EMS right now, well...maybe tomorrow;)

annie said...

nice! people rock these in portland all the time. trees are probably a bit more commonplace in oregon than in nyc! love it, phillippe.

Jeannie said...

I'll be the first to say it: he's hot :)

gangsta bride said...

What a cutie pie. What was he reading?

Whimsical said...

such a cool idea! i doubt i'd have the guts to do it in the city though haha

melly said...

I'd gladly be a lazy bum alongside him! It's pure heaven, with some food and drinks perhaps hahaha. I'm asking for too much now. Is this the Hudson River?

It's All Good said...

theres a lake behind my department at my university, people always tie a hammock there between classes, I love it! but what do you expect from art students, were the laziest of the lazy!

Vanessa said...

Only East Coasters would call someone a lazy bum for relaxing. Gotta love us.

Helen said...

aw wow this looks so relaxing and lovely!

Sammi said...

I like Alex's pictures.

Awesome idea.

LifestyleBohemia said...

Only in New York!

heisschic said...

my boyfriend has the same thing! he'll go for runs through the woods... get tired... post up the hammock... and nap.

i cannot imagine seeing on in new york though. blows my mind.

Christina said...

Great idea! I have to agree those photos aren't too shabby. Isn't it crazy how nice the cameras on phones are these days?

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, this was along the hudson river, along the west side highway xo

Alex said...

It is quite an unusual way to spend summer free time

She Can't Decide said...

what an inspiration!!

Amy said...

I love it!

MinaLucia said...

Where is this. I live next door to Astoria Park and we do this! Love it! Cannot believe they do that in Manhattan too=)
Come visit Astoria on your bike, its pretty!

Kelly said...

that rocks beyond all belief! i love it.


Laura [What I Like] said...

Odd, but kind of genius.

Kerri Lynne said...

how awesome! i absolutely love lounging around in a hammock!

Fresh Fish Creative said...

I think your pictures did a MUCH better picture of selling the product and relaxation than what EMS had on their website....which was super cheesy. So I went and bought one. Thank you for the morning inspiration and impulse buy.

Nicole said...

We use these same hammocks when we go camping! Sleeping in the woods by the campfire in one is fabulous!

Pretty Little World said...

That's pretty fantastic! We have a hammock in our backyard and I it -- I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to lie about in Central Park, or next to the river like that.


Amy@OldSweetSong said...

This guy is my new hero. I have been craving some QHT (quality hammock time).

alli michelle said...

What a sweet idea!

leni said...

that's seriously genius!

Lori said...

What a great idea! love it!

valerie said...

ahhhh OH MY! i was just telling justin that we need to carry around hammocks everywhere we go...and here you have it!

Darci said...

Love to find one...

Sara* said...

I hate to be the burster of bubbles, but if someone from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation had seen him, I'm pretty sure they'd make him take it down. I've seen them do it before and I actually think it's against their rules. Bummer, I know.

Joanna Goddard said...

sara, he said they do ask you to take them down in central park, but i think the hudson river is ok! xo

Anonymous said...

Great idea, the hammock, but uhm, Philippe, what a hottie :)!!! Love your blog, Rita (from Germany)

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Lalipourie said...

I'm a firm believer in lounging in hammocks! one of the true pleasures of life!

Sal said...

All he needs is a thermos of tea.

pippa said...

when we landscaped out back yard - no good, older trees like the last one - i had a structure built for a hammock. people stop by to see and comment on it. it screams summer is here!

Philippe said...

Thanks for the post Joanna. This was actually the hammock I have:

The one you linked to unfortunately doesn't include the necessary ropes to hang it.

Suzanne said...

My cool son will never stop to amaze me! I guess he wanted to extend his vacation by turning NYC into his own little back yard.
Way to go Philippe, carpe diem!
Merci Joanna for the nice pictures and I hope it inspires people to do the same thing!
Suzy Q.

Pop RoX said...

What an adorable young man. I could just squeeze his precious cheeks! Suzy Q, you must be VERY proud of your son. God bless.

Caroline said...

I saw a guy awhile back with a hammock like this strung up on the beach. I love the idea! It would make reading outdoors so comfortable!

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