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25 April 2018

New York (Part 7)

The 22 story Flatiron Building, completed in 1902, is a Manhattan landmark. It was hard to get a good shot of it because we were there during rush hour and there were so many pedestrians. I did what I could! A couple of blocks away, the Hotel Chelsea has been home to many a famous or infamous poet, musician, writer, artist, and muse. Some of its more memorable past residents include Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen of Sex Pistols fame, Dylan Thomas, Patti Smith, Gore Vidal, Diego Rivera, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, Madonna... the list goes on. You can see the names of all the notables HERE, if you're curious. The last time we were in NYC, about 15 years ago, Pat and I made it a point to go to the Chelsea, and it was a pretty cool experience just hang to out in the lobby for a bit. There was art everywhere and a funky vibe, which we loved. Alas, the Chelsea was sold fairly recently and is currently undergoing renovations, so this time we were only able to stand outside and take a picture. I hope the updates don't destroy the coolness of it all.

After the Flatiron Building and the Chelsea, we made our way to Central Park. Our first order of business was to take a picture of the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields. It was a little challenging as there were so many people there with the same mission, all of them wielding selfie sticks and vying for a good angle (as compared to last time, when we almost had the place to ourselves), but we sat on a bench and waited patiently until a relatively people-free moment presented itself. As soon as I got my shot, we went for a little stroll through the park. It was nice!

Tomorrow I'll post a few more vacation images. I figure I have about two more days' worth to show you, then it'll be back to pictures of Colorado Springs.

The famous Hotel Chelsea is currently undergoing renovations.
The Dakota, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived at the time he was murdered. She still resides there.

We spotted a couple of these bright red birds in Central Park. This one was kind enough to pose for me. My research tells me it's a northern cardinal, something you definitely don't see in Colorado.
Another look at the Dakota. John Lennon was fatally shot on the sidewalk in front of this beautiful building on December 8, 1980.

24 April 2018

New York (Part 6)

I've been enjoying sharing our vacation pictures these last few days. Today's photos were taken in Washington Square Park and Greenwich Village. I really like Washington Square Park because such a funky assortment of people gathers there. On a sunny day, New Yorkers flock in droves to the nearest outdoor space, and we found such a great scene there. Lots of musicians, artisans, and even a guy making balloon animals. It was classic Wash Park! In Greenwich Village we tracked down Electric Lady Studios, Jimi Hendrix's custom built recording studio. They wouldn't let us inside (it's not a public space), but we did get to stand in the foyer and take some pictures. That was pretty cool, to be standing in the spot where many famous artists have stepped to go and record! A list of the many stars who have recorded at Electric Lady can be found HERE.

More pictures tomorrow!

This guy was sitting in a heart shaped chair and writing on a long, long scroll paper.
I'm a people watcher. I found that 99% of New Yorkers stare blankly at their phones on the subway, ear buds in. I saw exactly two people reading books on the subway in the several days we were there, and handful just stared blankly into space. And there were a few nappers, like this poor lady who just looked beat.

23 April 2018

New York (Part 5)

All of today's pictures were taken in and around Chelsea. The photo at the top of this post features a tree with twisting branches and textured, peeling bark. Can anyone tell me what kind of tree it is? Neither of us can identify it and it's driving us crazy!

Chelsea is home to many art galleries. We visited as many as our feet would tolerate, including the Aperture Foundation, the Steven Kasher Gallery, Taglialatella Galleries (where we saw everything from Longo to Koons to Lichtenstein to Banksy), and the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. We also checked out the High Line, a decommissioned elevated train track that's been repurposed into a public promenade and open space.

Last but not least, we tracked down the house where Jack Kerouac famously typed up his first draft of On the Road on a 120 foot long roll of paper, during a three week burst of creativity in April of 1951. It was pretty cool to stand in front of that doorway and imagine him in there, manically typing away.

More NYC images tomorrow!

The High Line is a decommissioned elevated track that's been converted to a public promenade. There are lots of people enjoying the outdoors, plus art like this sculpture and the mural below, music, and great views from up there.
454 West 20th, where Kerouac wrote On the Road.

22 April 2018

Sunday Style!

My first post featuring stylish people out and about in New York! Above is the first one I took, on our way to the MoMA. You can't tell from the picture, but there's a tiny tattoo behind his ear that reads HIP. There are exceptionally well dressed and interesting looking people everywhere you turn in NYC. I did my best to capture as many as I could (though unfortunately many of them were necessarily photographed from behind, so you can't quite appreciate how great they looked). More next week!
This woman is carrying an Issey Miyake "Bao Bao" handbag.
This shapeless denim frock would look tragic on most anyone else, but it looks cool on her. She wears it with attitude.

21 April 2018

New York (Part 4)

I deferred to Pat for most of the things on our New York must see list because I've been there several times, and this was only his second time. But there was definitely one thing I was dying to do, and that was to shop at Mood Designer Fabrics. If you're a fan of the TV show "Project Runway", you're probably familiar with this store; it's where the contestants buy all of their fabric for the various challenges thrown at them. And Mood was just as awesome as I'd hoped it would be! We also spent some time in Lower Manhattan, shopping at a big department store called Century 21, where you can get great deals on regular clothes and on fashion forward, high end designer labels. I spent a ton of money at both places! Century 21 happens to be across from the site of the World Trade Center, so we stopped at the memorial for a moment to take a picture. I don't like going there, to be honest. It just makes me sad and upset.

The offices of Vogue Magazine are directly across from the memorial. True fact about me: I have every single issue of Vogue from January 1981 to the current one. No exaggeration. So Pat tried really hard to finagle us into the Vogue offices, but we didn't get past the front desk. Honestly I was thrilled to have made it that far!

The photo at the top of this entry is of Jeff Koons' Ballon Flower (Red), which can be found in front of 7 WTC. Apparently it's worth in the neighborhood of $50 million. Enjoy today's pictures! Tomorrow I'll do my first Sunday Style featuring chic New Yorkers!

The security/reception desk in the lobby of the Condé Nast offices, where Vogue Magazine is located. This is the closest I will ever get to the terrifying-yet-fabulous Anna Wintour. Ha.
The 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site.
The colossal button and needle sculpture in the Garment District, also known at the Fashion District, on 7th Avenue and West 39th Street.
Your favorite blogger at Mood Fabrics. Why do I look so perplexed in this picture, you ask? Because I was confronted with three floors of designer fabric and was on the brink of losing my mind. So many choices! I ended up buying material for three different projects, including a dress pattern from 1949 that I've been holding onto for years, just waiting for my chance to go to Mood and get exactly the perfect fabric!
We ended our day at Katz's Deli for dinner with an old friend. Do you remember the famous "fake orgasm" scene from "When Harry Met Sally"? It was shot here. The food was fantastic and it's clearly a local favorite, not just a tourist destination.

20 April 2018

New York (Part 3)

Some street snaps from our trip to New York last week. Some of these were places we stumbled across rather than being intentional destinations. The thing about New York is that we've all read so many books or seen so many movies and TV shows set there, practically everything in the city is a landmark you've heard of. So you'll be walking along and find that you're right in front of Carnegie Hall! That's it in the photo above. Of course we did have plenty of great sites to see on our list -- everyone goes to Times Square, right? Enjoy these and I'll share more tomorrow!
The famous Russian Tea Room, next door to Carnegie Hall.
Do you remember the hilarious "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld? When we heard that the place actually exists, we thought it might be fun to try it out. Pat had the lobster bisque and I had tomato-zucchini soup. It was delicious and came with a piece of nice, crusty bread and an orange. (Oh and they were very nice. No shouting at all. Too bad. I was kind of hoping the Soup Nazi guy would give us a hard time and then yell "No soup for you!" 😉)
Times Square is a madhouse night or day. I remember driving through here with my parents in 1979, and it was all XXX movie theaters, drug dealers and prostitutes. Now it's more like the Vegas strip. The last time we were here, about 15 years ago, it seemed less crazy.
I know I told you yesterday that I was finished sharing pictures from the MoMA, but I forgot about this: we stumbled across a photo of the old 8th Street Drive In in Colorado Springs! That was a shocker. Our city is in the MoMA, how about that!
You can read about the artist HERE. I learned today that he is a highly respected documentarian of the huge westward explosion in the 1950s-1970s, and that he took many photographs of Colorado Springs during that time frame.

19 April 2018

New York (Part 2)

More images from our trip to New York and our day at the Museum of Modern Art. The photo above is of a Jasper Johns work simply called Flag. Below, a few more notable works. Tomorrow I'll move on from the MoMA and show you some pictures from around the city.
Andrew Wyeth, Christina's World
A sitting room/hallway connecting two areas. I'm not sure who the artist is that created the writing on the wall, but it sure looks like Lawrence Weiner.
A street vendor selling his art on the sidewalk outside the MoMA.
You know you're in for a good museum day when you walk into the lobby and are greeted by a giant Miró.