Photo by myself on Fifth Avenue, around 22nd Street.
A truck carrying stuff for Olde Good Things, an antique store in the Flatiron area. This three-dimensional advertisement was parked a few blocks north of one of their stores.
Olde Good Things has three locations in Manhattan, and two in LA. They sell everything from door knobs to vintage elevators to copper cupolas. Much of their material is salvaged from older buildings.
You can also peruse their online shop here.
Related posts: Shopping Til Dropping, on Canal Street, T Shirts with New York Attitude, in Chelsea and Watch Where You're Going in SoHo.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Photo by myself, in Union Square.
A rapt audience listened to a woman preaching in Union Square. I was struck by the man in the hat, whose face had such wonderful shadow and highlights.
For some reason, this open area is known for political rallies, artistic performances, farmers markets and chess matches. There is always something of interest going on.
For a photo of who they were watching, click here.
I never mentioned a client meeting I had the other day. The young couple just purchased an apartment on the Upper West Side, a beautiful duplex in a brownstone. We met in front of the building for a meeting.
The husband was boasting about his commute. 'Seven minutes on the train, two minute walk to the subway station'. But then he lamented his fate, 'Parking in the garage a block away costs 800 bucks a month!'
Leaving your car on the street is useless in Manhattan, since you have to move your car every other day. That's a lot of work. In Brooklyn, you only have to move your car once a week. (Yes, yes, it is safe in most Brooklyn neighborhoods. Your car will still be there the next morning!).
Related posts: Free Hugs, in Union Square, On Tippy Toe, in Union Square and On the Picket Line, and Surviving the Heat.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Photo by myself below ground at 79th Street and Broadway.
I encountered a duo of subway musicians, last week. They didn't mind that I was taking photos. The singer crooned to me while the sax player looked to his buddy for tempo.
After a long day at the office, I was absolutely thrilled. Live music can completely change your mood. I've had many magical experiences where my long day has been transformed by a good tune.
I cannot believe this blog has over 500 followers.
As one masked New Yorker in tights said to another a while back, 'Holy heart failure, Batman!'
The feed also has 900+ readers, whatever that means. The readers include crawlers and bots, which are non-humans that troll feeds for news content. Why, I have no idea. But I am flattered.
Anyhow, if I could thank everyone every day for tuning in, I would, except it would make me really, really repetitive. So I will keep my heartfelt thanks to special occasions such as this.
So thank you, everyone. You have made my day. :-)
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Happy Monday, everyone!
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
For those photography-lovers out there who missed the Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective this year a MoMA, rest assured. Many images from the exhibit of 300 images, is online at the MoMA website!
I missed the exhibit, too. Fortunately we can all enjoy Cartier-Bresson's striking black and white photos taken during his travels though Asia, Europe and the US. The images are arranged by theme and by chronology, along with brief descriptions.
Sure, looking at images onine from the comfort of your sofa and bag of chips is nothing like looking at a real print in a museum. But don't let that stop you.
Click here for the exhibit on the MoMA website.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010
Photo by myself outside the Brooklyn Courthouses, at Adams and Montague Streets.
Brooklynites took in a sunny day outside the courthouses in Downtown Brooklyn. The park is lined with benches and is nicely landscaped.
There is a high percentage of elderly here, for some reason. While walking around, I noticed many older people using walkers or canes.
I'll be back soon to this area, since I was selected for a jury. Can't say nothing about the case, of course, which fortunately will not be page six news.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
If any of you out there are New Yorker Magazine readers, do check out last week's Style Issue.
All the articles are top notch. Included are one on Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder), one on James Dyson (inventor of the Dyson vaccuum cleaner), one on Mickey Drexler (Chairman/genius of J. Crew) and one on Tavi Gevinson (14-year old fashion blogger genius extraordinaire).
I wish I hadn't devoured this issue, since tomorrow I will be stuck serving jury duty in Brooklyn. (Yes). Fortunately they have wifi in the waiting room, which will make waiting much less intolerable. (Yes!!!)
I'm also looking forward to walking around downtown Brooklyn, taking photos during lunchtime. Yeehaw!!!!
Related posts: Faces in Fashion, in Bryant Park, Work Hard, Play Hard and Serious Fun, in Bryant Park.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Photo by myself in Herald Square, around 35th Street and Broadway.
About a billion people stood on tiptoe and craned their necks outside Macy's, Wednesday evening, vying for a celebrity sighting.
Madonna and her daughter Lourdes were launching their new fashion line, called 'Material Girl'. Barricades were up, police were swarming, traffic was delayed.
Madonna and Lourdes were surrounded by a mob of cameras, away in the distance. All I could see was a glimmer of blonde hair now and again. The area is typically uncomfortably crowded. This was beyond.
To check out the Material Girl line on the Macy's website, click here.
It was a manic day in the city because President Obama was also in town, giving a speech at the United Nations. Traffic all along the East Side (not pictured) ground to a halt.
In the background, somewhere below the camera outside Macy's, were Madge and her daughter Lourdes.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Photo by myself at the 34th Street subway station, in Midtown.
I've taken a few photos of the Alex Lo Dico Ensemble, at the subway station above. Tuesday evening, I was standing behind two columns and two saxophonists from the band.
This group never fails to thrill me because they so obviously love what they do. And the music they create is loud, brash and terrific. You can often hear them playing from the subway platforms, one or two levels below.
I haven't posted a photo of Rupert in little a while. He's been getting requests for an appearance.
Photo by myself, somewhere in the East Village.
Above, a doggie meet-and-greet on an East Village street corner. Several small dogs took a whiff during one recent visit.
It might seem like small dogs dominate New York, but not so. Smaller dogs might be more portable on the subway*, but dogs of all sizes can be found here. Some of Rupert's favorite buddies are a Newfoundland and a German Shepherd, who live nearby.
*Only seeing-eye dogs or dogs in a carrier are allowed on the subway.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Photo by myself, in Times Square.
A young woman seemed to be lost in thought, while waiting in the Times Square area.
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Photo by myself, along the Charles River in Boston.
Nope, not a photo from New York today, but one from our sister city, Boston.
Above, a view of the Charles River with Harvard University, beyond. It was a beautiful weekend in Cambridge. The schools are in full swing, with the crew teams practicing already.
New York has long and playful rivalry with Boston, involving our baseball teams, our driving habits, our native accents, you name it. The two cities are about 4 hours apart by car, depending on traffic.
Mark, Rupert and I visited this past weekend. My grandfather is a whopping 99 years old and lives in Brookline. (Yes, Brookline, Massachusetts, not Brooklyn, New York). He is in great spirits and insists that he is 97. It is too much to correct him!
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Photo by myself, in the Union Square subway station.
The wall by the stairs to the N and R trains is a very popular area for musicians. The lighting and acoustics are great, and there is ample room for an audience.
A violinist playing an electric violin wowed onlookers as he danced wildly to his own music, which was schmaltzy and a bit dated. The violin was lit from within with red lights and the scroll was made to resemble a dragon.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Photo by myself in Union Square.
Above, a slightly freaky image.
The choir that accompanied the preacher in yesterday's post wore black robes and striking white make up. I'm not sure of the significance of the costumes, which looked surreal.
Mark and I watched an incredible documentary, called Herb and Dorothy. It is an absolute must-see for anyone who likes art.
Herb and Dorothy Vogel are among the most eminent collectors of conceptual and minimal art. Between the 60's and today, they amassed several thousand pieces of art, which they kept in their one-bedroom New York City apartment.
While visiting artists and galleries, the Vogels befriended artists themselves, such as Sol Lewitt and Donald Judd. Incredibly, they collected art using only their modest salaries - Dorothy was a librarian and Herbert was a postal worker. And they never sold anything they purchased, despite escalating values in the art world.
Herb and Dorothy collected for the love of collecting. I so recommend this fascinating movie, which features not just the Vogels, but the artists, the love of art and the New York art scene. Eventually the Vogels donated their collection, worth millions, to the National Gallery in Washington DC.
If you have access to an independent video store or if you have Netflix, drop everything and get this movie now. It is an inspiring look at a lovely and quirky New York couple.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Not much to say here, except that New York City and its boroughs was bombarded by tornado-like winds, Thursday afternoon.
Fortunately, I was below ground, in the subway. When I came up, the streets were dusted with branches and leaves. My fiance Mark was trapped in the car for several minutes, unable to see anything ahead of him but the tail lights of the next car.
For some incredible photos of the storm, check out these photos on the Times website. Readers sent in photos of dramatic skies, uprooted trees, crushed cars and other havoc.
Be warned, some of the photos of uprooted trees are heartbreaking. Thousands of trees were said to be killed, some as much as 250 years old. The winds reached up to 135 miles per hour and swept through Brooklyn and Queens.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
By the way, tickets are still available for The New Yorker Festival, taking place this year October 1st - 3rd.
The annual festival features interviews with artists, writers and performers by New Yorker Staff. There are also panels of writers and thinkers discussing topics such as climate change and gay marriage.
This year, Yo-Yo Ma, Alec Baldwin and Werner Herzog are speaking, among others. Mark and I were going to attend an evening with The Moth, but tickets were sold out almost instantly.
For those of you who don't know, at the Moth readings, people tell real stories without notes. The stories are often poignant, funny and unbelievable, (often all the above). Check out their website and free podcast here.
Check out the New Yorker Festival schedule here.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Photo by myself in Times Square.
I've been hearing about this guy for the longest time. I finally saw him Tuesday, er... in the flesh.
The Naked Cowboy is something of a fixture around Times Square. Not exactly naked, he walks around in tidy whities, cowboy hat and boots, all decorated with his title.
What does a cowboy have to do with New York? Well, not much. The costume is a gimmick toward earning an honest living. During the few minutes I saw him, Mr. Cowboy did not sing or play his guitar. He spent his time happily posing for tourists.
The Naked Cowboy has his own Wiki entry, here.
The Naked Cowboy seeming a bit more naked, behind his guitar.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Photo by myself at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.
From the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge, a photo from last Spring.
There is nothing so sculptural as a bridge. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
Thanks to all for the kind words yesterday. :-)
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Photo by myself in Bryant Park, at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.
The NY Parks Department does its job well, especially at the Bryant Park. Not only are the flowers and landscaping superb, but the lawn is well tended. Humans are prohibited after any major rainfall.
The lawn is wonderfully thick and green, with few brown patches. You wouldn't know that during the summer months, hundreds of people sit and lie out here daily.
All right, the following is a bit about me. Apologies, but you've been warned!
It rained steadily on Sunday. A cold, drippy rain, that postponed the mens' final game of the US Open and kept Mark and I stuck inside all day.
We were bored, and sat glumly on the sofa. We had grand plans about spending an entire afternoon walking downtown, taking photos. Drat.
Since returning from vacation, getting back into my routine has been super tough. One day I was walking around, taking photos constantly, immersed in a new city. Then I came home and photography has been reduced to a moment here and there.
As my lawyer brother would say, 'Okay then Kitty, what is the POINT'?! (He is a very practical person, bless him).
I guess my point is...for every major change, there is adjustment. It rains, you close the lawn, the soil dries out and the grass becomes hardier. Just so, you go away, you return to 'normality' and start seeing your 'normal' life a little differently.
I'm not sure where this is headed. Quite possibly nowhere...but metaphorically, the lawn is closed.
No worries, daily posts will continue here as usual. I just need some time for repair.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Photo by myself around 7th Avenue and 10th Street, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Ah, who doesn't love a cupcake?
The Cupcakestop Truck is seen regularly in Park Slope, as well as Midtown, SoHo and the Upper East Side. They have a brick and mortar shop at 20th Street and Sixth Avenue, and a Twitter feed announcing truck locations in case your hankering needs a quick fix.
Cupcakes come in some 80 flavors, ranging from old-fashioned to gourmet. Enjoy Coconut Cream (coconut cake with cream cheese frosting), S'mores (devil's food cake with chocolate fudge frosting, marshmellow and a graham cracker) or Tiramisu (sponge cake dipped in espresso with sweet cream cheese frosting). Mmmmm...
The business was started in 2009 by a law school student, and has already been featured on the Food Network on cable television. The bakers are graduates of the French Culinary Institute.
My fiance Mark (not pictured above) tried the Oreo Cookie Swirl and Red Velvet, and gives them an enthusiastic two thumbs up. His review:
'Pretty good. Delicious, actually. They densen up when put in the fridge.'
(By 'densen', Mark means that the frosting and cake become more dense).
Order on their online store to receive cupcakes anywhere in the world. Check out their cute website here.
Read a very recent article about the Cupcake Truck in the Times, here.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
It's hard to believe it's September 11th once again.
Each year the ceremony at the WTC site is shown on our local tv channel, NY1. The families assemble at the site, and the names of all those lost on 9/11 are read aloud. The list is sadly very long.
Mark and I drove past the site recently. The buildings are going up slowly. I'll have to take a photo there soon.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Photo by myself, at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, in Midtown.
Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers do help with directions. And correct ones, at that.
This photo is from my stash, but it could have happened yesterday. The crowds are still in full force in Midtown. This was taken on one of the busiest street corners in the city, though it is absolutely nothing compared with places like Tokyo.
We're having perfect Fall-like weather during the day, with temperatures dropping drastically at night. Sleeping without the air conditioner, with the windows wide open, is a joy.
Happy weekend, everyone!
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Photo by myself in Bryant Park, at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Folks were at it, Wednesday night. Two competitive petanque games were under way. New Yorkers are bent on enjoying all the good weather they can. Fall and Spring are our most fleeting seasons.
The premise of petanque (pay-tonk) is rather simple - players toss their metal balls to lay as close to a little wooden marker as possible. Knocking opponents balls out of the way is fair game!
Serious players can finish the season with two competitions coming up on September 18 and 19th. To learn more on the Bryant Park website, click here.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Photo by myself at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, in Midtown.
An old fashioned shoeshine stand at a very busy corner in town, by the main branch of the New York Public Library.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Photo by myself at Luna Park, in Coney Island.
Coney Island in Brooklyn, has been New York City's playground since the late 1800's. Folks were enjoying the last dregs of summer there this holiday weekend. Mark, Rupert and I took a quick tour around. It was very sunny and wonderfully breezy.
Luna Park is the main amusement park there, next to a stretch of boardwalk and the beach. The boardwalk is known for hosting the Mermaid Parade, a public costumed event each summer. All sorts of characters and families frequent the area.
A glimpse of the boardwalk, where you can always find interesting people.
Nathan's hotdogs are required eating at Coney Island. Lines are typical.
Old fashioned, hand lettered signs decorate booths that have been there for years.
Loads of people strolled along the boardwalk.
Benches along one side of the boardwalk afford nice views out to the beach.
Ah, the last gasp of summer!
Coney Island is easily accessible from the subway. Just take the N, Q, D or F trains to the very last stop.
City Portraits is an ongoing, once-in-a-while installment featuring parts of New York.
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Photo by myself in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The Audobon Center in Prospect Park resembles a grand Parisian building. It looks as if these folks are enjoying cappucino in the middle of a bustling city.
The Audobon Center is an educational building focused on nature and preservation.
Beyond are a lake and dock for boats. Inside are interactive exhibits and the Prospect Park Visitor's Center.
Mark, Rupert and I walked about the park this weekend, exploring. We discovered the southeast portion, which includes the lake and buildings in the landscape, like the one above.
Prospect Park is 585-acres large, located in the heart of Brooklyn. For their website and interactive map, click here.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Photo by myself in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
It's hard to believe it's September, already.
Brooklynites who have remained in town are visiting the Prospect Park, this weekend. Many are home watching the US Open which is being played in Flushing Meadow, in Queens.
The subway goes to Flushing Meadow from Manhattan, as does the Long Island Railroad, the local train. I once went to the Open years ago. I have little memory of it except that the food was terribly expensive.
We are finally having glorious weather - cool, breezy and sunny, with low humidity.
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Saturday, September 4, 2010
Photo by myself, in Bryant Park.
Fall Fashion Week will upon us next week, between Sept. 9th and 16th. The runways will be up in Bryant Park, as well as camera crews and mobs of people.
Above, a photo from last year's Fall runway shows. Part of the Max Azria crew waited their turn outside the main tent, with a photo line up of their collection.
By the way, Christian Siriano, of Project Runway fame, will be showing his line on the first day. His clothing has been sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and he has dressed such celebs as Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.
Siriano is a fierce New York resident and calls Williamsburg, Brooklyn his home.
For Christian's bio on the Fashion Week website, click here
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Friday, September 3, 2010
Photo by myself from DUMBO, Brooklyn.
A photo from the edge of Brooklyn in DUMBO, near the Manhattan Bridge. It was a super sunny day, and a man paddled up the East River.
Across the water, parts of lower Manhattan are actually not very built up, due to geology. Only areas supported by bedrock are strong enough to bear the weight of skyscrapers.
Happy Labor Day weekend!
Mark and I are planning on recovering from jetlag and relaxing. What are your plans?
Related posts: From the Streets of DUMBO, From the Edge of DUMBO and At the Foot of the Manhattan Bridge.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Photo by myself below ground at 34th Street.
Apologies for the depressing subject matter.
There's a part of me that feels that raw images, especially photographs, are artistic, because they show things people would rather not see. I think must be the younger part of me with such opinions.
Another part of me feels that art should be uplifting. This is definitely the older part of me. This part has seen enough upsetting things. Hm.
Speaking of contradictions, I was made to discover a talented photographer today. (Hooray! Celebration! Here's to inspiring images!).
The sad thing is that I found her through the obituaries. The Times reported that Corinne Day passed away this weekend, at the much too young age of 48. She was a fashion photographer whose work launched a 16-year old Kate Moss.
Day's work combines both the frivolous and the gritty in the fashion world. She photographed fanciful spreads for Vogue Magazine but also exhibited photos at the National Portrait Gallery. Her series 'Face of Fashion' shows us nude and scantily clad models often without makeup and often in less than glamorous settings.
For the Times article, click here.
For Ms. Day's online portfolio, click here.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Photo by myself at Duane and Hudson Streets, in Tribeca.
A photo from an earlier visit to Tribeca, the land of renovated warehouses.
'Tribeca' stands for 'Triange below Canal (Street)'. Wikipedia writes that Tribeca is bound by Canal Street, West Street and Broadway/Chambers Street. I never know exactly where the neighborhood starts and stops.
The scale of the architecture makes this area very photogenic. A smattering of cobblestone streets help, too.
Well it's been 28 hours since waking up in Tokyo. Mark and I flew back to 96F degree weather in New York, which is cooler than it is in Japan. Crazy.
I did want to note that if you're considering traveling to Japan, it's really not too difficult to get around. A good guidebook and familiarity with cities will serve you well. In Tokyo, most street and subway signs are accompanied by an English translation.
Finding a specific address might be difficult, since buildings are not often numbered in order...but you will probably not be completely lost. Disoriented by the sheer number of people and signs and sights, yes. Miles away from where you need to be, no.
Finally, all the subways and high speed rail trains are timed to the minute, with constant updates. You'll only have to wait a little while before the next train arrives.
The Shinkansen or high speed rail trains in Japan are comfortable and wonderfully run. Each train has smoking cars, vending machines, toilets and food service. Some trains travel as fast as 300 km/hr or 185 mph.
Related posts: Duane Street, Tribeca, Reflecting on Tribeca and A Quiet Sunday in Tribeca.