Category Archives: MY TRAVELS

LEE STRASBERG • RIP • Westchester Hills Cemetery

An Atumnal drive took us up the Hudson River to the grave of Lee Strasberg

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Lee was an Austrian born American actor, director of the Actors Studio.

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He came to the theatre on the wings of a dream.

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He was considered the “father of METHOD ACTING” in America.

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He taught Anne Bancroft. Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Cliff, James Dean, Jane Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Geraldine Page, Eli Wallach and director Elia Kazan.

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It was so peaceful and serene……..we were the only people there……..above ground..

New Yorkers COMPOST their TRASH

We have a SUSTAINABILITY CENTER near our apartment……….so we dump our garbage in their bin………..P1620668

Which elephant ???

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When you donate garbage they give you a brown bag of compost..…….

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The plants on my terrace LOVE the compost.

GOTHAM WEST MARKET……little LUC had his 5th birthday party

 

This the newest “HOT DESTINATION” spot for 24 hr. dining in Hells Kitchen.

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Little LUC.…..family and friends…….lunch at Gotham West Market…………………….for his 5th birthday.

A dozen premier vendors of food and drink…..and lots of picnic tables for communal dining.

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10th Avenue and 45th street…….not easy to get to…..but you can UBER on over.

au revoir PARIS…………

BUMMER>  Still here in NEW YORK!  I had just finished 20 therapy session at the Equinox for my back pain.  Was ready for PARIS.  Back “went out” again.

OH JOY!

Will have to wait for August………..when all the Parisians leave town.

It was anxious to shop at the MAILLE mustard boutique.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE………MUSTARD!

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I LOVE MUSTARD……….really

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 Last week MAILLE opened up a mustard Boutique just around the corner from my apartment.

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So I will have to eat my MAILLE in New York.

 

 

ON MY WAY TO PARIS………..

 

 

 

Will take a lot of photos in PARIS for my next blog.

 

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BON VOYAGE

MY favorite Vacation Rental in ITALY

VILLA PARADISO…..heaven on earth……….near the medieval village or Orvieto…………midway between Florence and Rome………..songbirds and breezes are only sounds you will hear.  There is also a lovely cottage for your guests.

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The villa has four bedrooms…………enough for your whole family.

You too can rent this VILLA from:

http://www.parkervillas.com/italy/umbria/villa-paradiso/12?date=72014

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Just beyond this paradise is BAGNOREGIO…….a citadel filled with 3000 years of art.  CORTONA….tuscany’s highest hill town is nearby.  In an hours drive you will be at Hadrian’s gardens in Tivoli.  You will not want to leave this Paradise.

EVER REST….. the home of Jasper Francis Cropsey

 

JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY was a painter of the “Hudson River School” style of painting. He devoted his life to painting mostly river views in oils and watercolor. He was a child prodigy and a very successful artist. Born in Staten Island in 1823.  By age 21 he had already designed two churches and exhibited  in the National Academy of design.

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Cropsey believed that nature was the direct manifestation of God ……….so he painted the beauty and grandeur of god’s creation.

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The SRIRIT OF WAR 1881

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GREENWOOD LAKE 1870

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Cropsey  moved to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1885 into a home called “Ever Rest”……..and lived there until his death in 1900 at age 77.  The house is included in the National Registry of Historic Sites.

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This fabulous  building , designed by Rodney Cook of Atlanta Georgia……..opened in 1994.  It houses the Cropsey Gallery, the Exhibition Gallery and the Research Library.  You can visit by appointment at 25 Cropsey Lane / Hastings-on-Hudson………just a short train ride up the Hudson River.