Monday, April 29, 2013

Darling I love you, but give me Park Avenue

It was a snap happy day yesterday. After singing for my supper on the Upper East Side, I snapped a few pictures of Park Avenue, remembering a recent article in the NYTimes on the gentleman who has been orchestrating the plants there for last 54 years. Amazing when you think about it. 

Walking over to Madison Avenue, I snapped a pic of the flowering dogwoods in front of the Parish house of St. Ignatius Loyola

A right turn onto 81st Street took me past a fabulous door.. 

A lovely townhouse or two...

Where the tree blooms were flying on the wind.

Then I hopped on the crosstown bus town to the West Side, walking south along Central Park West, past the Sam Remo apartment building with its red bud trees in full boom, and then home. 

Brunch at La Bôite un Bois, then a jaunt to the flea market and Eataly, where my iPhone stayed in my pocket. However, on the way back, it jumped out and snapped a few photos of the Dorilton... 

The Catholic church with the huge Rose window down the street... 

An interesting Arts & Crafts townhouse, the detail of which is rather hard to see in this photo, but worth admiring in 3-D.. 

Then past a decrepit Lutheran church up the street...

Rounding the corner at Columbus Avenue, I ran smack into a Korean deli where miles of tulips are  always growing on the sidewalk. Not a bad day, huh? 

Photos taken with my dinky iPhone, CameraBag App & Magazine setting. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Farrow & Ball

So it's finally happened: we re-plastered the walls in the bathroom which resulted in my visiting Farrow & Ball on Columbus Avenue. Looking for a warm grey to compliment the vintage bubblegum pink and black tile (it's slated to be replaced, but not this year), I chose Charleston Gray, then threw in Dove Tale, Off-Black and Railings for good measure because your never know, right? Yes, I have a bit of gold mirror in mind, in the form of an elegant 1880's walnut and gilt number which will be used as a cabinet door. Calmness and simplicity. That's the idea anyway. 

Then I took a walk down Central Park West....

Photos taken with dinky iPhone, CameraBag App & Magazine setting. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I stopped in Rizzoli on my way home from a memorial service last week, grateful for the remaining book stores in Gotham, so many having closed, killed- as it were, by the likes of Amazon. My favorite on the Upper West Side was Shakespeare Books. It's now a Duane Reade. Then it was the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center, which might still be there if the company hadn't tried to expand so quickly. It's now Century 21. Will Rizzoli remain a presence in Gotham when patrons can purchase all the books in the store at 30 percent less online? I wonder.

Photos taken with dinky iPhone, CameraBag App & Magazine setting. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Umbrian Dinner & Tulips

We had a lovely dinner last night with Umbrian Serenades founder Paulo Faustini and our friend Steve Ryan, who is singing this summer (Steve arrived with an huge armful of pink, yellow and orange tulps, the tabletop ones shown in these photos. The apartment looks like a garden this morning, the pink tulips now taking their place on the ottoman). On the menu? Porchetta and rosemary potatoes paired with Montefalco Sagrantino, antipasti from Eataly, a first course pasta, salad, and lots of Prosecco and FranciaCorta! I'd never made Porchetta before. Very delicious, I have to say! You can find the recipe here and here. It is not as hard as it looks, believe me. The dessert was Sweet Ricotta Gåteaux With Apricot Sauce from Jacque Pépin's More Fast Food My Way. Simple and wonderful, it was paired with FranciaCorta, then topped off with a little Grappa.  

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dedicated to Pythianism

I always pass the Pythian Temple on the way to the market, and image how people were dressed when they were inside. Did they wear those curious cone hats? The funny thing is I saw one at the flea market today: burgundy with a black tassel and gold medallion. Almost snapped it up, but restrained myself. Where am you going to wear it? I asked myself. A seance?

Find a NYTimes article and slideshow on the building here

Pythian Temple, West 70th Street, New York City, shot with dinky iPhone, CameraBag App & Magazine setting. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gotham Spring

Spring is in full bloom in Gotham, and I happened to capture it while on the way to the paint store a few blocks away yesterday. With our country's news cycle full of so many terrible things right now, it seems all the more beautiful. 

Photos taken with dinky iPhone, CameraBag App & Magazine setting. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Verdi Square

It really should be called Verdi Triangle because of the the park's shape, but no one asked me, did they? 

I frequently walk through Verdi Square to go to Fairway, a very busy market on the Upper West Side, where one can find all manner of things; the produce, perhaps, being the best thing about it. For your average midwesterner, used to acre of aisle, it will seem rather congested, especially on a Friday afternoon when every Jewish grandmother in town is getting ready for the weekend. 

Back to Verdi. The monument was in very sad shape for a long while, with hands and arms knocked off. However, a restoration was carried out a number of years ago, and I was present when it was rededicated by the city, Sherrill Milnes, the great Verdi operatic baritone singing on-site. 

The last photograph is of the Ansonia, a Beaux-Art building where Caruso stayed while in town. Fairway lies another block North. 

Photos taken with dinky iPhone.