Category Archives: ENTERTAINMENT

5POINTZ • Artists Graffiti Mecca………..GONE!

This old warehouse in Brooklyn is doomed …..will be destroyed and replaced with luxury condos………….42 stories high.    The developed David Wolkoff had his painters sneak in one night and whitewash the factory.

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The building is filled with artists studios……and they all have to move out.

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New York’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied landmark status.

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The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 protects “work that is incorporated into a building”.  The artists tried to use this ACT to save the building and it’s art. No luck!

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The Huffington Post ran an article…trying to save 5POINTZ……didn’t help.

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So long………….RIP

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He has every right to be kissed off!

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ZESU…….the artist who created this.

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SCREAM!  I screamed right back.

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5POINTZ is no more…………..a New York tragedy

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This is what it looks like today!  WHITEWASHED !

Columbia Univ. 2014 FIRST YEAR MFA Exhibition

The students of the MFA program exhibited their work in the WALLACH ART GALLERY last night at Columbia University.  The show was diverse….and complex in it’s many points of view.  Some were a bit bizarre………….others contrived………..so I have chosen not to show my photos of those.

 

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The range of art:  Lots of digital……..some etherials……..some hand drawn……..and a scattering of oil paintings.  Lots of photography.

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Realism forced to abstraction…………by Gina O’Conner………titled: DEVOUR

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Meet the artist……….GINA

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STEPHEN PAUL JACKSON:  Indian Corner.…………..very mixed media.

 

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Can’t remember the name of the artist……….ready for PROJECT RUNWAY?  What would Tim Gunn say?

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JAKUB MILČÁK:  Untitled.……. [I wonder Why]?  I thought it was a strong nod toward graffiti.  If I lived in a loft in SOHO………I would buy it.

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CRISTINA CAMACHO:  Dissection of a FROG.  I don’t get the frog bit……..but it would make a great  wrapping paper.

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SAM COCKRELL:  Crone/Drone …….Spray paint and latex on canvas

 

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14 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL………Sam Adams was flowing freely……….. College students …………….! ! !

 

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Actually…………it was a fun opening

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FOUR LADIES…………all in a row.

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The DONALD was taking it all in………..memories of his days as a student at Harvard.  He passed on the beer.

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Just a few of the students.  All the rooms were jammed………..free beer and wine.

 

 

ILONA’S 94th Birthday Party / PART 2

Ilona’s 94th Birthday celebration at the TREMONT RESTAURANT in Greenwich Village was a happy occasion………. a gathering of her dear friends.  She kept us entertained.  Tom Casesa with his portable wind pipe piano was a pleasant surprise………..as he piped out HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

50 FELLOW TRAVELERS ON THE NY SUBWAY

Every trip on the NYC subway……IS A TRIP !!!

And I love it.

Never boring……….sometimes terrifying…………very entertaining……and sometimes a fun way to meet strangers.

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HI!

CLICK ON anybody and see……..HIM……….HER………..IT………. up close.

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GAME OF THRONES PREMIER at Lincoln Center

The GAME OF THRONES premier………. at Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday Night was a hoot. The stars of the show showed up for the RED CARPET………..

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but the real star of the show was the DRAGON!

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You will recognize Rory McCann,  Alfie Allen,  Isaac Wright,  Kristofer Hivju, Emilia Clark.  George Martin…..author of the books that inspired the series was there.  During the movie with it’s quota of stabbings there were a lot of raucous cheers from the audience.  [a bit of the "ruffian" in all of us]?

DIFFA 2014………the DIFFArence is in the Details

The designers this year for DINING BY DESIGN are all proud supporters of DIFFA in their fight against AIDS.  I applaud all of them for their creative contributions.  Millions of dollars will be raised thanks to their efforts…….working side by side to really make a DIFFArence.

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RALPH LAUREN HOME has designed a vignette that reflects the spirit on “attic living”…………with the roof tops of Paris out the window [yes, I would love to move right in].

CLICK ON any vignette to enjoy the details

1.KRAVET: Diane von Furstenberg   2. David Rockwell   3. AXOR NYC: by Slade Architecture   4. INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE with Ali Tayar   5. KNOLL with HOK   6 .IA INTERIOR ARCHITECTS & Teknion Studio   7. MARK BLACKWELL New York  8. TIMAYGUNAYDIN DESIGN &   Mee Tran Studio   9. GENSLER & Herman Miller   10. BEACON HILL by 2 Michaels   11. ECHO DESIGN   12.DESIGNTEX: illustrations of Charley Harper  13. HDR and Waldner’s   14. BENJAMIN MOORE:  by Jamie Drake   15. NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER: by Katie Curtis   16. MAYA ROMINOFF: by Kara Mann   17.LUXE INTERIORS + Design & Fendi Casa: by Philip Corrivan Design   18.ddc: by David Ling   19. CALVIN KLINE HOME   20. SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL         21. OTTAWA CANADA’S CAPITOL: By Geoff Howell studio   22. ARTERIORS  23. DESIGN WITHIN REACH  24. ROCHE BOBOIS PARIS   25.essie: by  Robert Verdi   

These sponsors are helping to fight a battle THAT CAN ONLY BE WON  with communication, courage and CASH.  Please help.

Diane von Furstenberg does DIFFA 2014

Today at the Architectural Digest Show 2014 at Pier 94………Diane von Furstenberg was the recipient of an award………….given by the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS”  Top Pick 2014.  Her tabletop design is part of  DIFFA :  Design Industries FoundationFighting AIDS.  This is their 30th anniversary.

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Diane calls her room setting……..KRAVET

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This photo of Diane is courtesy of DESIGN SQUARED: Ashfield Hansen Designs Inc.

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Since MAGENTA is my favorite color……….WOW  WOW  WOW !

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Crazy patchwork of patters and prints……..kooky but it works!

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Tabletop……….plates…….flatware………stemware……..and more are from her own Design Collection.  You can purchase them for your table.

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LOVE IS LIFE and vice versa!

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Candles………gold vases…….orchids…….all things that Diane loves.

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These accessories are also in her HOME LINE.

 

DIFFA / Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS 2014

DINING BY DESIGN 2014!  It is an extraordinary event bringing together the most creative talents in design today…They have brought their passion to the table.  30 fantastic  rooms……….dining…….talking………and finding a way to make a DIFFArence.

For 30 years DIFFA has provided care to those living with HIV and AIDS.

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RALPH LAUREN

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FLEXFORM by Soren Rose Sponcer for MANHATTAN MAGAZINE

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OTTAWA CANADA’S CAPITAL…..Designed by Geoff Howell Studio

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KNOLL with Hok

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ECHO DESIGN

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KRAVAT……..designed by Diane von Furstenberg

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MAYA ROMANOFF…….designed by Kara Mann

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T MAGAZINE………………The New York Times

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STUDIOS Architecture

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Background by STUDIOS

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BEACON HILL…………..designed by 2Michaels

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DESIGNTEX

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MARC BLACKWELL New York

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PRATT INSTITUTE……….Mentor: Ali Taylor

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BARNEYS NEW YORK………Photographs by Bruce weber

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LUZE INTERIORS & DESIGN Magazine & Fendi Casa…….Designed by Philip Gorrivan.

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FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY…….Mentor: Jes Gordon

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ESSIE……….Designed by: Robert Verdi

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ARTERIORS

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DESIGN WITHIN REACH

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CALVIN KLEIN HOME

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IA ARCHITECTS & TEKNION STUDIO

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DDC……………..Designed by David Ling

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NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER………..Designed by Kati Curtis

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In Transition……..him, her……….her,him

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KEEP IT CLEAN

AXOR NYC………Designed by Slade Architecture

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M MOSER ASSOCIATES

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GENSLER………..HERMAN MILLER

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE

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My friend Claire meets the BEATLES

My friend CLAIRE is an English Lit major in Montrael.  She came down for the week-end to see the Beatles Exhibit at Lincoln Center.

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I have John Lennon’s sunglasses [a gift from Yoko......my neighbor].

I let Claire wear them.  She was tickled!

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We ate at Patsy’s Pizzaria.……….for desert………we ate them all………and had seconds on the cheesecake.

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Then it was off to the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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Claire, Paul, John, George and Ringo!

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The Buddy Holly guitar.  What a beaut!

Lunch with ILONA

Don and I picked Ilona up in front of her apartment………time for another fun lunch in Greenwich Village.

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The BEATRICE INN has installed a bench in front of there restaurant just for Ilona to have a place for a wee bit of rest.

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We got around the corner and paused again.  We do this at every bench we pass.

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TARTINE

……….a sweet little cozy bistro on the corner of West 11th street crosses west 4th street.

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I always take her a trinket…………this time it was turquoise.

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And to keep her warm………..a “faux” mink jacket.  And flowers for her new hat.

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She adores French onion soup…………just the way she used to have it in Paris.

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I chose tomato soup freshly made with REAL tomatoes.  Drops of basil oil.

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Donald shared Ilona’s crock.

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FINI!

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At the neighboring table we enjoyed meeting two lovely young ladies from Hawaii………..studying in San Francisco.  Tatiana [in the hat] is majoring in Advertising.

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Ali will be an architect some day.

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When Ilona can get a genuine Coq au Vin………..she is delighted.  And at TARTINE………..they cook it just like they do in Paris.

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We all needed a bit o’ green.

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BRUCHETTA………..ie, chicken pot pie.  Cream and white wine.  Oh la la.

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A lone diner and his onion soup……..with I suspect a touch of Calvados.

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Ilona’s new Spring chapeau ………via me……..via La Chateau Chapeau.

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I always bring her cookies.  She HATES chocolate…………but LOVES my chocolate chips.