Category Archives: Thrifts

Columbus Avenue FALL STREET FAIR • NYC

Fall weather for a Fall Festival…….on Columbus avenue.  Thousands of New Yorkers look forward to this every year.  It is just around the corner from my apartment……just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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Isabella’s Restaurant put out extra tables on the street………..with their brunch menu.

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Mughlai Indian……..serves up curry…………on everything!  Tums please !

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Watermelon cube in a cup.  It was NOT ripe!

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Heirloom Tomatoes………..at $5 a pound.  You get 2 tomatoes for that.  OUCH!

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And the pup ate from his plastic fork too.

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How many times have Judy Garlands ruby red slippers resurfaced?  These were at Housing Works Thrift Store.

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Ladies of a certain age…….doing the street.

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I bought this painting by the artist Will Oransky from a wonderful group called ARTHOUSE.  Give them a call at 917• 289 0782 to find out what their next project is.

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Out of Africa…..love…..love……love this coat.

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GYRO galore.  Try one if you dare.

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OLYMPIA GYROS………the premier supplier of this strange meat……..from Chicago.  PITA PAN…….they have been making it since 1982.  Pita Bread is their passion.

 What is yours?

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DON’T EVEN ASK!  I did not give it a try.

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My friends tried the CALAMARI…………..was weird!

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This a CHICKEN!  Really!

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She was selling jewelry……..the hat was $35.  I almost bought it for Dustin’s room-mate…………the famous DRAG QUEEN………..Miss Chandelier Period!

 

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These three lovely ladies well selling books………proceeds going to the Senior Citizens Home on West 71st.  I bought 10 cook books………..now I have 310.

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I fell in love with these glass pendants…………I have a thing for Murano Glass ever since my friend Phyllis and I and went there oh so many years ago.

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Choosing ribbons  for the pendants.

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Amadeo had to untangle them for me.  Don’t you just love his curls!

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LULU was going crazy over all the aromas of all that roasting meat.

 

 

40 FACES that looked me in the face!

Well………maybe I looked them in the face.  I snapped about 100 this week but chose these for my blog.  More will follow.

Most of these were shot at the 25th street GARAGE flea market.  Others here and there on the streets of New York.

Slumming in PARK SLOPE on Saturday

Saturday morning breakfast is always the same menu.  GRITS, fried tomato, white toast, jumbo egg and jam.

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And, of course, the New York Times. It’ a steal at $350 a year delivered right to your door every morning at 6am……or steal at from your neighbor……for free.

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The subway station at 72nd street is a gem…….right in front of the Ansonia Apartments.

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Another “Jim”……….or some would say…….”carrot top”.

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Over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn……and 6 more stops to Park Slope and 5th Avenue.

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First stop………..COFFEE ………and GREEN TEA for the Donald person.

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Tulips from Holland…………$5 a dozen.  Take six!

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AWAY WE GO………and we went!

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The Cast….the Ramones and Jesus!  VINYL STORE.  They didn’t have any Opera records for Don.

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We shopped at Housing Works Thrift store.  I bought the Elephant.

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Pooch……..named “Nikki” waited outside.  Nice doggie.

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A text pause.

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A pause that needs no text!  A bath maybe?

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Ciggies…………with tax……..$12 a pack.

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Artist at work……by a very cool artist.

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A nice place to pause……….a New York Green Space.

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A “peeling” mural had a certain appeal.

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Muffins at the Bagel Pub………..the sesame bagels were all sold out.

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Wall decor was a hoot!

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Next stop: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish.  A calm place for a pause……….and a rest for the weary feet.

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 Holy Moly…..the stained glass  windows are amazing.

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Cherubim’s just hover.,……and smile.

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The Virgin Mother.

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Was a perfect time of day to catch the sun coming through the Rose Window.

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Iglesia de Santo Tomás Aquino.…..has  been here since 1884.  It was Saint Thomas who said ……..”Joy is the noblest human act”.

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And for some…….the joy of a subway ride is a bit of shut eye.  Then it’s back to Manhattan.  Home sweet Home.

Lunch at COLETTE in Williamsburg

Lunch at Cafe Colette is worth the schlep to Brooklyn.

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No…..Colette does NOT look like this.

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On the corner of Berry and 9th street.  Easy walk from the “L” train on the subway.

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The room is small…..but oh so pleasant.

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Chaz……….our waiter………frisky and sweet.

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BURGERLICIOUS……..fries divine………….bun………..shudda been toasted.

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Cranberry beans and kale.  Perfect egg and parmesan.  You will need a “Beano”.

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Don loved the burger……….Meredith the beans.

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He/she/it was just passing by.

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Was too chilly to sit in the garden…….but on a balmy spring day it will be packed.

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When they say “tap water”………..you actually get to see the tap.

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Marcy….the bartender………..very tender and charming.  There is “no attitude” at COLETTE………..for that you can stay in Manhattan.

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Further down the street……………pose the THE MAN !

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Vintage hat at MONK………..the Vintage Thrift at 496 Driggs.  $35.

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For $15 this kiss is yours!

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I thought they were very Lucille Ball!  Meredith passed.

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Downstairs from MONK is JUNK.  And I do mean junk!  Tho we did but 2 paintings.

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Did NOT buy this painting……..even at $10.

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ZOMBIE……….$25 bucks.

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These are BROOKLYN size rats……….do NOT feed!

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Time for tea….and it really is the best tea in Williamsburg.

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Pear Blossom tan and Chai Latte for me.  That little green pot seemed to be endless.

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Service with a smile………..and the almond croissant………another please!

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BRUCE LEE at NY Martial Arts.    Bigger than life!

BRUNCH in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is just one subway stop away from Manhattan…….on the “L” train……searching for the BEST HAMBURGER in Williamsburg.

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The empire State Building…………a King Kong’s favorite hangout………as seen from williamsburg.

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Went inside….went right back out.  To crowded.  Too loud.  No hamburher here!

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Dropped in at MIRANDA …..and no hamburgers on the menu.  Had a green tea.

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Then an expresso. Did not get 50 cents off……did not bring my own mug.

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Down to the East Rivers EDGE…….a new condo…….mostly SOLD.

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FREE PALESTINE??? !!!

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Time for a burger at TEDDY’S BAR & GRILL…….with our friend Matt.  Founf my perfect hamburger….but not the fries!  Too dry.

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HOMERS hunky helper………..on North 10th street.

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House on 9th street………copper trims.  Cute !

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Treasures and trash?  No, just TRASH!

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MONK VINTAGE THRIFT SHOP on Driggs Ave.  No junk here.  Just treasures and “must haves”.

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Charlie McCarthy in chains.  How mean!  Had one of these when I WAS A KID.

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CHEF Matt McCullough LOVES Williamsburg.

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Raspberry Mousse…………at FABIANE’S Cafe & Pastry shop.  I always take my desert here.  A bit frantic inside but worth the wait.

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Quail and duck eggs.  One half dozen of each….please.

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Street vendor…….selling JUNK.

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Back to Manhattan on the “L”train……..Louis Vuitton bag lady.

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On the “A” train platform………..  Fun hair.

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Bow-tie and bowler………a bit of “style” on the “A” train.

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“Please scratch my itch”.

 

 

 

NYC tv hit GIRLS season two begins soon

We went down to Greenwich Village to watch the”GIRLS” shoot……….a scene where they are having a “stoop sale“………New Yorkers version od a “garage sale”.  The show is about a group of young girls who migrate to New York City to map out their lives.

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Lena Dunham [in pink]…..created this series….she is also staring in it as Hannah.

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Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels……….Hannah’s best friend.

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It takes about 100 people to shoot this scene……..Lena gives directions.

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Lena [who is also the executive producer……and head writer]…..checking with the “make-up” girls.

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The lighting guys were so cute……….they should be “extras” on the show.

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She is on the crew………….but I did notice there are no BLACKS on the show.

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Lena Dunham………..Allison Williams………Jemima Kirke……….Zosia Marnet…….  Adam Driver…..and Alex Karpovsky……Christopher Abbot as Charlie Dattalo

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SCRIPT or GRIP………..dunno!

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Costumes for this show come from vintage boutiques in New York……the Brooklyn Flea………and Geminola…………owned by the mother of Jemima Kirke.

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Jemime Kirke………as Jessa Johansson……..kooky “Beatnik” …….back in New York and moves in with her cousin Shoshanna in Nolita.

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Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro……….bubbly [ie, annoying]……..a student of New York University……and her baggage is…………she is a virgin. Tho in the last episode she does loose her “cherry “to Ray.

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Don Silver was on hand to offer his services as an extra….non-union.

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Caterers are always on set…………to feed the cast and crew……..I snatched a bagel and a decaf Joe.

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Jemima waiting for her next cue.  Andrew Rannells is also part of the cast.

55 PORTRAITS of New Yorkers

55 PORTRAITS of ………strangers…….friends ……..and relatives………..some who posed for my camera……….and some who didn’t.  All NEW YORKERS  “doing their thing”.

Models……actors………..chefs……….sales clerks……….singers…………musicians

city workers…….students……and various sundry other interesting people.

CLICK ON THE PORTRAIT OF YOUR CHOICE……………and Voila……….it will enlarge.  Have fun viewing my Gallery.