Saturday, February 28, 2009

soho art scene

In the top photo, I really love the Glenn Harrington
painting on the right. It's called "Sunday Supper."
He did the one on top too (but it looks like it's been sold).
As for the street art, I hope it speaks for itself,
because I have no info. So which do you prefer?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Astor Place

This is Tony Rosenthal's sculpture "Alamo," installed here
at Astor Place in 1967 (btw, a VERY good year).  These kids
came along, and the girls had a hard time convincing their
friend that he could move this huge thing.

But he turned out to be a good sport 
and gave it a push—and voila!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I'm sure Tall Gary knows all about takoyaki
(he probably has it for breakfast).
But, frankly, I can't picture Homer Simpson
chowing down on this stuff—can you?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

new york at night

Went to see my friends Elynn and David,
who live on the 39th floor of their cloud
and have 360° views of Manhattan and
beyond.  This is just part of their
spectacular view (looking south).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

this is a picture . . .

. . . of people looking at a picture of people
looking at a picture.  I admit I stole this idea
from my blogpal bibi (who provided the link
to this nifty website).  Thanks, bibi!

Monday, February 23, 2009

lone jogger

And it was about 30°F out there along the Hudson.
Those folks across the river in New Jersey 
have an amazing view!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

a fistful of ?

I've shown the work of Tom Otterness
before. For some reason, every time I
do, the subject of rats comes up.
Here's a bit about his things in this playground.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

this place again?

That's right—because it's gorgeous!  Did you know that the 
Chrysler Bldg. was the first to be taller than the Eiffel
Tower?  (ET! ET! ET!)  Chrysler was in a competition with 
the Bank of Manhattan to be tallest—and won by being 
really sneaky.   See here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Broome & Mulberry

Umberto's Clam House used to be located
two blocks south of here, on Mulberry
Street. It was there that Crazy Joe Gallo
was gunned down in 1972, while he was
eating a bowlful of linguini with clam sauce.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

do I have a choice?

Well, maybe if the gate was open AND I
had a main battle tank.  This is City Hall—on 
Presidents' Day, so nobody was even home.
They weren't taking any chances all the same!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

some day my prince will come . . .

. . . or maybe it's my dinner!  Saw these 
frogs on Mott St., in Chinatown. 

Next thing I knew, a young Chinese woman reached 
into the barrel and fished out this unlucky fellow 
(and a few of his friends).  I asked her what she
 was going to do with him.  If I thought she was 
going to impart some culinary wisdom I was soon 
put in my place.  Her answer: "Eat him!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

tops and bottoms . . .

. . . bottoms and tops. Passed this store in Soho yesterday.
It was closed (maybe for good? hard to tell exactly). But I
love the vibe of this place.

Monday, February 16, 2009

thanks, George!

Today is Presidents' Day, and that means . . .
I have the day off (hope you do too).
So, thanks, George.  Abe too!
{This statue stands in front of Federal Hall.}

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Unfortunately, more than half of these shows
are no longer running. I get it, though—
these days, it's hard to afford even the
half-price tkts. Sad, huh?

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I was inspired by today's PDP post,
and these young lovers were inspired
by this classic statue of Adam and Eve,
by Michelangelo Noccherini—or maybe just
by such a gorgeous day in the Boboli Gardens.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

for the PDP gang

I've been found out (by phx-cdg), so I might 
as well go public. Yes, I've been a busy girl.
But I have to say that although I've always been a
sucker for a good philosopher, Rousseau 
is a bit before my time.
 Pascal Guldemann dates to 
my fashionista phase.
And Belmondo—alors, what can I say?
As for Jacques Chirac—power is quite an aphrodisiac. 

 Seriously, that phx-cdg is a real PDP loyalist.
And she's also VERY sneaky—I love that about her!
And I'm proud to be GF for 2009!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

power to the people

Wouldn't it be nice if all that electricity
came from something that looks like . . .
this instead? Oh well, gotta juice the
computer to keep this up.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

are you kidding?

Whoever wrote this is nuts! The subway is many things—
expensive, noisy, crowded, late, maddening, dirty—
but fun? Never! (Still, can't live w/o it.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

fat cat

No, not that kind (they're becoming harder 
and harder to locate). This is Lucy. 
Seriously, have you ever?

Monday, February 9, 2009


Is it just perception, or is this really what
New Jersey looks like?  Well, parts of the
state are downright bucolic.  But this IS
also the Jersey I know (it's a little 
film noir-ish, no?).

Sunday, February 8, 2009

where is everyone?

I stepped into this subway car—and had to
take a picture.   It wasn't exactly 3 a.m., when
you might even expect to see an almost empty
subway.  Just wish it was like this for the
morning commute (that'll be the day)!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Parisian pit stop

Here's a photo Eric will not be showing
you on PDP.  It's not my absolute fave
ladies' room in Paris (that would be the
one at the Grand Véfour).  On the other
hand, this one at the Ritz is free—
and oh so classy!
Face it, it's nice to know where the
good public loos are located.

Friday, February 6, 2009


They're always filming in NYC, and they use lots o' electricity
in the process.  I was thinking about the Truffaut film Day for 
Night.  But this might better be called "Night for Day."  These

were taken at one of the courthouses in downtown Brooklyn . . .

and at the library on 5th Ave.  What were they filming? 
 I never did find out, but if I were to guess, I'd say 
Law and Order for both (those guys are everywhere).

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Für Katie ...

... my "baby," who was playing Für Elise when I took this
photo.  Today is her 28th birthday—though I can't imagine
how THAT happened in what seems like so much less than
28 years.  I mean, c'mon, I remember when she was born
like it was yesterday!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

with or without?

Took these shots of my block tonight,
with then w/o flash.  Can't decide which
I like better, but either way I love 
the way the snow makes it all 
so calm and quiet.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

castle clinton

It was originally built in what's now Battery Park,
to keep out the British invasion of 1812.  Now it
welcomes millions of visitors to New York Harbor.
I'm just glad it's still standing.

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's the economy, Stupid

While the guys down here on Wall Street
are collecting their $18 billion in bonuses,
most of us are watching our 401(k)—if we're
lucky enough to have one—vanish before our
eyes.  Gotta wonder why that hot-dog 
vendor chose to park his cart a stone's 
throw from the Stock Exchange.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

theme day

Today's theme is Paths and Passages, and I
think this photo fits even if it is 4 years old.
Some people hated Christo and Jeanne-Claude's
Gates (of which there were a grand total of 7,503
throughout Central Park), and some people loved
them.  I was most definitely in the latter camp.
What did you think?