Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Walk

Sang for my supper on the East Side this morning, then wound my way down 5th Avenue past the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not one Easter hat in sight (the parade takes place much further south). Now for a lovely brunch with Mr. Husband. I'm sure you can guess where! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Columbia Man: Tall Dark (literally) and Handsome

I was at Teachers College at Columbia University last night to take part in a masterclass for singing teachers (see my blog VoiceTalk for details) and passed by the main gates. There, of course, was Columbia Man who was in the shadows when I saw him last, the street light on his occasion lending  a certain mystery.  His long body makes me think of Byzantine iconography. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

M & J Trimming

The photos I snapped of the New York Public Library a little while ago? They were taken after I went to M & J Trimming on 6h Avenue, the library being a few blocks North. I was looking for black leather or felt trim for the new shelf in our tiny co-op lobby. However, M & J only had grey felt, and the black leather fringe wasn't quite long enough! What to do? The helpful staff said to return in a couple weeks when their stock is replenished (I could have ordered sight unseen, but I'd rather see what I am getting). Of course, there are many other places to search for trim in Midtown Manhattan. M & J, however, is the biggest one, and a veritable gold mine. I found the fringe for my portiére curtains in the living room there, which you can see in the first photo. Great place! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Science on CPW

I pass them all the time on the way to the Y for a swim. There they are, right in front of the bus stop on Central Park West. I admire their egg-and-dart molding. Sometimes they are open on Wednesday nights, and you can hear faint organ music wafting out on the night air. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gotham Spring

Spring snapped on the way home from East Side singing this morning. I dashed into the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a minute, the flower arrangements reaching up and out, then into Central Park, the croci no less so. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lady Columbia

I don't know her name or history, though I suspect she has something to do with higher learning, seeing that she graces the entrance to Columbia University where I went a few days ago for lunch. No, not the University, but down the street at decent French place. I come up out of the subway, saw the light, and snapped away, thinking her rather pensive. Her male partner, however, didn't fair so well, being in the shadows. So, you're not going to see him, I am sorry to say. Quite the looker too. 

My friend and I had a lovely lunch at Le Monde, catching up on matters singing. It's a funny profession. Try the Cod Provencal if you go. It's new on the menu and great with a glass of Côte de Rhone.

I'll go back for the boy another time. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lobby Effort

It all started with Gotham fining our 10 apartment Brownstone co-op for not having a must-be-seen-fire-exit notice. Ok, then. Where could we post it? How about the lobby? Would that get us outta jail? It would. So I came up with the idea of putting up a nice looking bulletin board in our tiny lobby to feature said notice. I also plotted to replace the 1940's mirror with an Aesthetic Period one that I had on hand -  which you can see leaning against the fireplace opening. 

Since the old mirror in the lobby had clips on it, I thought all I needed to do was take off the clips and the mirror would come off with it. Ha! What a laugh! What I didn't count on was the thing being glued on tight! See that wire dangling in the upper left hand corner? That was my effort to cut through the mastic behind the mirror. I spent a good 30 minutes trying to pry the thing loose. Of course the wire got stuck. What to do? Smash the damn thing. I can't tell you what pleasure this gave me. How often do you get to destroy something? (Ok, let's not talk politics and 10 year anniversaries.) 

How to you remove a glued mirror from a wall that won't come off? The first thing you do is cover it with duct tape. Then you get out your goggles. THEN you get out your hammer.

I pounded every square inch of the thing: BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM! 

Oh cool! Glittery stuff! Who would have thought! Next up? Pull the mirror off the wall.

Here it is lying on the floor. How long did this take me? About 5 minutes from the start of hammering. Taping took longer.

Here is the new mirror in place of the old one. The glued spots were filled in, sanded, primed and painted Cameo White from Benjamin Moore. The trim is blue, while the terrazzo floor has a good deal of black in it. That's where I got the idea of donating the Aesthetic mirror. The lighting is from Rejuvenation, and was installed about 5 years ago when the building was re-wired.  

Here is the new bulletin board and shelf. No more papers and boxes lying on the floor (the NYTimes, New York Post, Daily News, and Wall Street Journal is delivered to various residents). Happy co-op people.

The shortened edge of the shelf provides egress past the stairway from which the photo was taken. If it had been wider, people would have bumped into it. Not hard to do, I had an oak plank cut at a local lumber place (yes, we have a few in Gotham), and painted it the basement. The frame for the bulletin board was made at a local frame shop which cut down the cork board from Staples. 

Since the shelf isn't that deep, I am thinking of glamming up the edge with three inch black leather/felt fringe and brass studs - very Victorian of course. It would go with the building, which was built in 1895-96, and echo the leaf motif in the mirror frame. Think I should go for it, or leave well enough alone?  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nick & Toni's Cafe

Nick& Toni's Cafe is a lovely place on West 67th Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue where we sometimes go for dinner (the owners also have an eatery in the Hamptons). The draw? 1) The food is pretty good, 2) they have a special that includes two tickets to the movie theater next door, 3) the hand-painted murals on the upper wall are quite wonderful. I've snapped them with my iPhone -  and run them through my CameraBag App, which has rendered them a bit odd colored (they are much brighter in person). Funny thing is: I always expect an exotic bird to fly across the room when we are there.

Dinky iPhone with CameraBag App and Magazine setting. 


Dinky iPhone with CameraBag App and Magazine setting. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grand Central Station

And to think, there was a move to tear down the place, which Jackie O put a stop too. Can you imagine, the behind the scene letters? Now Grand Central is celebrating its Centenary, as is the Public Library. I saw both this past Sunday, but you really didn't think I was going to post both sets of photos in one post? Nope. Much too much to take in. 

Oh. I did visit Lilac Chocolate, which is in a food corridor on the Lexington Avenue side of the building.

One of the great pubic spaces in New York, you feel as though you've arrived when you walk across the terrazzo floor and look up at the stars. 

Are the stars out tonight? I can't see if it's cloudy or bright, for I only have eyes for you, dear.  

Dinky iPhone with CameraBag App and Magazine setting. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library at 42nd Street on a Sunday afternoon. I went to M & J Trim, which is just down the street, so decided to make a slight detour afterwards. What an amazing building. Too bad I couldn't go in, since it was closing time- the library being open for visitors to the exhibition space on the weekend. I did catch everyone leaving however, and a man quietly sleeping in a corner, as well as a harbinger of things to come in a sign. You see, the library is planning to renovate the place, not unlike carving out the inner core of an apple, replacing it with an atrium. Needless to say, I am not a fan of the plan. Much written about, it re-envisions a world where everything is online and the library is a mere portal. For the ardent researcher however, the plan is a death-knell. My thought is this: if it isn't broken, don't fix it. The future is in the past. If you don't have access to it, it is bound to repeat itself.

Dinky iPhone with CameraBag App and Magazine setting.