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Tag Archives: upper west side
Death and Destruction in New York City
As my travels continue and take me to the real Holland where I’ll share about my time with new fabulous friends and their beautiful country…there are a couple of updates…
Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ve heard about the horrific destruction and devastation Hurricane Sandy has brought to the Northeast of the United States.
This morning I ventured out to assess the damage and found my neighborhood to have fared extremely well in comparison to Lower Manhattan, the remaining boroughs of New York City, New Jersey and other Eastern States. The parks in the Upper West Side of Manhattan where I live were the hardest hit due to high winds.
Central Park and Riverside Park (my front and backyard) will require major cleanup and replanting to bring it back to the beauty that all New York residents enjoy and love, as well as tourists from all over the world. But, that’s small in comparison to what others have encountered and will continue to experience as weeks and months go by. My heart goes out to all those who have been impacted by the wind and water damage.
But this week my heart is heavy for a very different reason. We can rebuild from the hurricane. We can replant trees, reopen businesses, clean up the mess over a period of time, but nothing will bring back the two little children brutally murdered (allegedly) by their nanny a few days ago.
This unimaginable horror occurred on the same street where I live and passing the growing memorial at the entry of their apartment building is beyond heart wrenching. People continue to pay their respects with flowers, candles, cards, stuffed animals, Halloween candy, and little pumpkins. A loss I can’t even shake, so imagine what these parents are experiencing. The death of someone close is always a devastating experience, but don’t you know the deaths of these two children have turned that family’s world completely upside down while trying to have some normalcy (if there is such a thing) for their one remaining child.
As I’ve walked my neighborhood these past couple of days, I’ve sensed families holding their children’s hand just a little tighter as they’ve been reminded that anything is possible.
Leaving Central Park on Sunday I noticed the parents photographing their two little ones in the autumn leaves. Both children had an uncanny resemblance to the two children murdered. Smiling, laughing and probably knowing the costumes their children will wear for Halloween, where the family will gather for Thanksgiving and perhaps ideas for gifts for the upcoming holidays. But the family with the horrific loss? Just putting one foot in front of the other each day will be an undertaking. My heart aches for them.
Incredible views…a prime location…a statue in your living room?
Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi provides an experience we all could only dream about as his installation allows us to experience the statue of Christopher Columbus like never before. Nishi is brilliant in providing an up close and personal interaction with one of New York City’s best known landmarks right in the heart of the Upper West Side…Columbus Circle. After climbing six stories you’ll enter a modern living room filled with sofas, chairs, and of course a TV along with Mr. Columbus himself. Not to mention the incredible views of Central Park and midtown Manhattan! It’s free, but you will need to reserve passes in advance through the Public Art Fund. A must if you’re in the city, but only through November 18th!
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief.
And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
The San Remo apartment building in the Upper West Side
overlooking Central Park is probably one of THE most photographed buildings in NYC.
So I thought perhaps a different perspective was needed!
”There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Is it too early to say those words? With warm temperatures here in the city we’re already spoiled with spring like days. Before we know it this wall of ivy on West 89th Street here in the neighborhood of the Upper West Side will be splattered with green. But is it just a tease? Are there more winter days ahead?
Sleeping in after a late night, I was motivated to finally get up by the calling of a latte and almond croissant at Patisserie Margot. After a nice, slow, ease into it, read the paper kind of day…I thought about it and decided I would pass up the croissant…
So I went to Cafe deux Margot and had the nutella and strawberry crepes instead!
And then I walked for two hours…
How often does one get to hang in a very artsy and homey apartment in the upper west side and talk photography all evening long and get a personal slide show from a world renowned photographer?
Eli Reed was raised in poverty, worked as an orderly in a hospital’s cancer unit and put himself through Newark School of Fine and Industrial arts where he learned photography and the art of printing. He then worked at a newspaper and years later became a highly respected photographer, not only at Magnum but built a reputation as one of the best photographers in the motion picture industry. And oh, what a storyteller he is! His amazing stories took us through a time he accepted a volunteer position to help teach photography to inmates at a prison in upstate New York, putting himself right in the middle of a prison that the Ku Klux Klan was heavily represented… to his numerous experiences everywhere from war zones to the White House.
Today he makes his home in Austin, Texas and works as a professor of photojournalism at the University of Texas. What advice does he have for his students and other young photographers? Stop talking theory…don’t over-think the image…trust your instincts and listen to people. What a pleasure and an unforgettable experience…
Often ignorance is bliss and last night was one of those times.
Having walked in the rain from the Howard Greenberg Gallery to see the Vivian Maier exhibit, a cozy bar to duck into was in order to cut the chill. Something close to 25 Central Park West as the next stop was to attend the PWP’s opening reception, 22 imaginings. But before I continue, let me tell you a little about both of these events. First, if you aren’t familiar with Vivian Maier’s work, her photography was recently discovered by a young man (John Maloof) in Chicago. He came across thousands of rolls of film, prints and negatives of Vivian’s work at a local auction house. These images were shared with virtually no one in her lifetime. She was a master of self-portraits and concentrated mainly on children, women, the elderly and the indigent. Her photography is just incredible. There’s only a few days left of her exhibit here in the city, so if you’re in the area this is a must see. Now on to the Cuba exhibit. Exhibits at 25CPW are always enjoyable and the images captured by 22 incredible photographers’ journey to Cuba did not disappoint. A great space to showcase photography, but very intimate as well. The talent in this group is mind blowing and I’m so happy to be a member!
OK, now its time to go to the ignorance is bliss part. There’s a small red awning located on West 68th Street with Joanne written on it. A glance through the window revealed a warm cozy atmosphere. Yep, exactly what’s needed to take the chill away. A grey goose on the rocks fit the bill, and Zack our bartender was excellent with his pour(s). While chatting, a woman approaches and introduces herself as Cynthia and offers to give us a tour of the restaurant. Not realizing it upon entry, the restaurant wasn’t officially open yet. Just the bar was “open” and she was so eager to showcase the adorable outside back patio, the chef’s table for private dining, as well as make introductions to the chef and others. Local, small, warm, a good pour at the bar and a wood fired oven in the kitchen immediately told me a return visit was in order.
So imagine my surprise this morning when I checked out their website (which is still in the works) and made the connection. This is the restaurant that is owned by Lady Gaga’s parents. Cynthia is her mother. I am so happy for the ignorance part. It made the introduction so much more exciting AFTER connecting the dots! Absolutely, a return visit is in order and if last night’s experience is any indication as to their future success, I can tell you Lady Gaga herself is NOT needed here. Her parents have it going on! So happy to have this restaurant in the hood here in the Upper West Side. Stay tuned for a future review!
Just love getting up and facing a new day…the fresh air…the early rise of the sun…the city starting to stir…watching the magic happen!