Tag Archives: Hudson River

Mini Backyards on PIER 17

No reservations necessary…………….just pull up a chair……….there is even a giant umbrella …..and a cooler to keep your beer cold.

LITTLE ISLAND…..pier 55……..in the Hudson River

                   Thanks to BARRY DILLER and his $260 million dollars.  

                The designer is Thomas Heatherwick……..

pier 55 awaits your visit.

 

 

 

MEAT PACKING DISTRICT……14th Street……nyc

 

 

WEICHSEL MEAT…..Beef and Lamb…………the last of the meat guys in this area.

I shot these from the new WHITNEY MUSEUM on the Hudson River.

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The STANDARD HOTEL is in the upper right hand corner.

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Zeroing in on the loading dock.

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YUM YUM………….soap bones!

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.

CLICK ON a short slideshow…….garden…….and Gallery of Art Building

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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.

CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and the Sherry Netherland

This penthouse apartment on top of the Sherry Netherland is for sale.  For $155,000,ooo you can live in the middle of New York City…………and see the Carnival Cruise Ship in the Hudson River………5 minutes later you can be on the ship……and sail away from New York.

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The views from the top floor are “all-round”.  Four exposures.

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The building is right on Fifth Avenue……. Sak’s Fifth Avenue is just steps away and Central Park is just across the street.  How much closer to heaven can you get?

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There are 3000 passengers…….and a crew of 1150 on board.

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There are 12 lifeboats on each side.  How are 4150  people going to fit in 24 life boats?  Hmmmm !!  Better take a kayak with you.

READY….AIM…..FIRE works by Macy’s 2012

This years fireworks extravaganza…….courtesy of Macy’s……..40,000 shells were exploded for a cost of  $5 million.  These photos were taken from my terrace.

Millions gathered along the Hudson River to celebrate Independence Day……….the fireworks explode in sync  with the music performed by entertainers……….broadcast live by NBC.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST HOME DESIGN SHOW: Barry Entner / GLASS with Sass

At the ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST HOME DESIGN SHOW 2012 on Pier 94 in the Hudson River I met Barry Entner……….a designer of Contemporary Glass Lighting and Sculpture.  Using his own unique vision he creates otherworldly forms using innovative techniques.  I was “stunned” by their visceral beauty.

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Barry works with designers, galleries and collectors who appreciate his unique sculptures.

         Click on:     Barry Entner Sculpture

DIFFA and David Rockwell…the design impresario

The DIFFA Dining by Design benefit dinner [on Pier 94 in the Hudson River] was a gals evening.  David Rockwell’s table was a study in simplicity.

There were about 500 guests at this gala event.  At $500 a ticket…….a quarter of a million dollars was raised for the fight against AIDS>

Each chair was a different design………..perhaps symbolizing the differences in the people who once occupied them.

The entire table was dripping in melted wax……visible reminders of our triumph over darkness.

When you have a lot of candles lit…..their presence is dominant………..you cannot ignore them.

AIDS has taken the lives of many of our friends.  The partly melted candles are symbolic of their lives…….but they live on in my memory.

DIFFA does Shellmania

DIFFA 2012 on Pier 94 on the Hudson River

“SHELL SHOCK” when I saw this masterpiece.  Reminded me of the 15 years I spent on the beaches of Sanibel……collecting  shells……[which I have saved]……and now I know what to do with them.

Exquisite lighting………this table setting was created by Dwayne Clark and Bob Gaynor.

Arte Italica provided the glassware…….[some of which is in my own collection].

I shall treat my own “Garden Goddess” with this decolletage.

At first I thought……….why the BELL?  Well, it is a tiny tureen cover.  And…..”the calla lillies are in bloom” [eg  Katherine Hepburn].

So many to thank for making this creation possible.  Lillian August deserves beaucoup “kudos”.

La Crema Wines was very generous in supplying hundreds of bottles of wine…….and it was all consumed.

I will not re-create the white plaster table……….[will use a table cloth to simulate the look].

Silver…..coral and starfish……….

Clever use of the lucite chairs………thank you RDYC  Interior Design and Architectural Development for your support .

DIFFA 2012 TABLETOP DESIGNS……….NYC Pier 94

At this years DIFFA 2012 on PIER 94 in the Hudson River……outstanding talent was invited to create over 40 “Tabletops”….and Room Settings.  Architects, artists, designers and students created a fantastic world for entertaining.

 

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There were many more……..I will try to share them with you each day of this week.  I hope you find them full of ideas to re-create in your own dining room.