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Monthly Archives: July 2010
Why I had no idea I was livin’ in Hollywood!
What Do Sting and Donald Trump Jr. Have in Common?
As told by www.myupperwest.com, bloggers in my hood:
“Do you know? It’s a tough one… both sold their Upper West Side apartments last week. Sting likely had some mixed feelings after selling his duplex to Michael Naify, former CEO of United Artists. The four bedroom, 6,600 square foot apartment at 88 Central Park West (near 69th) sold for a reported $17.75 million, a 29 percent decrease from the 2006 listing price of $24.9 million and significantly less than the price when it last went under contract, $19 million. The rocker had purchased the apartment from Billy Joel in the 1980’s, and currently lives in his new $26.5 million home at 15 Central Park West (near 62nd).
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Upper West Side, Donald Trump Jr. has finally sold his condo in the Trump Place buildings at 220 Riverside Boulevard (near 70th). He and his family moved from Trump Place to East 58th Street last year, likely escaping the drama at Trump Place after he was ousted from the condo board in 2006. Now, the sale has gone to public record. Curbed reports that the apartment, #11F, was sold to Brazilian model Isabeli B. Fontana for $1,845,500.”
You gotta love the drama in this city!
(Photo provided by Suzan Bright)
What to do on a Friday evening? Check out MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art. What could make it even better? Free admission, compliments of Target. I specifically wanted to view Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography since I will soon begin a course with the New York Institute of Photography. What better way to fuel the creativity and provide inspiration!
I left the third floor in awe of the work of two photographers in particular:
First was Roni Horn, a native New Yorker. Her water photography was mesmorizing. Interesting that I’d just taken the above photo while in Minneapolis and really hadn’t put my finger on it as to why it intrigued me so. She nailed it with one of her comments; “Water is sexy, the sensuality of it teases me when I’m near it.” So true. I felt it, but hadn’t found the words.
Second was Anne Brigman, born in Hawaii in 1869 and passed away in 1950. Her photograph,The Wind Harp, was so mystical to me. Interesting that many of her images taken between 1900 and 1920 focused on the female nude, dramatically situated in natural landscapes or trees. What a trailblazer!
The perfect tonic to start the weekend. MOMA should absolutely be on your “must see” list when visiting MY city!
I felt so urban…picture me on Spartan (my around town bike) making my way down the west side bikeway into Soho. Flowing t’shirt, capri jeans and wedge heels. Destination: dinner with a group at L’Ecole, the French Culinary Institute at the International Culinary Center.
Food was mediocre as I’ve been spoiled with having some of the best chefs in my life (such as Chef Bob and Chef Ezequiel to name a couple) and the attention to detail needed improvement (I should teach a class on presentation and service) but the icing on the cake? A Riesling flight. Yum. Yum. Fell in love with a 2008 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten. You gotta love the description…a racy, juicy wine with some delicate springtime blossom and spiced apple. It is opulent yet refined. Need I say more?
Lesson learned? Remember next time to bring a light for my bike.
One of the main reasons for a weekend trip to Minneapolis was to attend a fundraising event for tiny Tim & friends. TT&F’s mission is to provide medical, educational, vocational, and nutritional support for HIV+ orphans, vulnerable children, and pregnant women in Zambia.
So how did this come about? It all started with an invitation from a good friend in Minneapolis to come and support this fun event on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Her parents are the founders and her brother, Dr. Tim Meade, is the executive director. It all started back In 2003, when a pregnant woman with AIDS was found living in a bus terminal in Lusaka, Zambia. After delivering the baby, Dr. Tim and a team of volunteers took turns bringing warm formula to the child. Unable to care for her newborn son, the mother asked Dr. Tim to take care of the baby. As a sign of gratitude, she named the baby Tim. Today, Dr. Tim is the Medical Director of Corpmed Medical Centre in Lusaka, Zambia and a volunteer physician at several area orphanages and hospices. He lives with his adopted son, tiny Tim.
Loved meeting Dr. Tim (who happens to be beautiful in so many ways) and his son (who happens to be adorable) and learning about all the accomplishments of this organization. Of course I couldn’t resist “helping” by purchasing this purse the women made out of recycled plastic grocery bags. And yes, I realized I purchased their “marketing” bag, but how fun! Hmm….I think I see a trip to Zambia in my future.
Check out their website – www.tinytimandfriends.org – better yet, DONATE!
one discovers Nature Valley Granola Thins with dark chocolate (only 80 calories!) along with Sheryl Crow’s newly released album 100 Miles from Memphis (mixture of rock, soul and country.) So happy she returned to her southern roots with this one! Check em out!
P.S. Hey blogger Queen – this treat is up there with the new pretzel M&M’s!
Cycling in Minneapolis is a breeze when you don’t own a bike! Great new program providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program for residents and visitors. What a healthy and fun way to get around town. I’d say…mission accomplished! Well done Minneapolis, well done.
Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis headed to Joe’s Garage for beers and turned the corner…who would have ever thought? Perfect setting for tango lessons.
lunching at The Local…napping…dining at W.A. Frost in St. Paul…sleeping late…cycling around the lakes, Minnehaha Falls and wealthy neighborhoods… watching cute guys kayaking…lunching at Longfellow Grill…fundraising for tiny Tim & friends on Lake Minnetonka, listening to brazilain music at the sommerfest celebration at Peavey plaza…sleeping late…cycling along the Mississippi River…dining at Zelo…all with low humidity and 80 plus degrees. One great weekend with fun friends!