Monthly Archives: December 2013

Le Grainne: Manhattan

Posted in Dining, Out & About, Signage |

One of the cutest signs yet regarding what not to throw in the toilet. Sorry about the dim lighting restroom ambience. Part of what I love about New York are these transporting neighborhood cafés where one can linger over a meal like breakfast today with crepes, as one friend ordered, or a poached egg atop a chèvre infused potato pancake atop a mountain of ratatouille as I ordered enjoying the food and the lively conversation before heading down the street to visit Chelsea galleries. Bliss. br />


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Riverside Church: Manhattan

Posted in My Life, Out & About |

I know this isn't a particularity interesting shot- old tiles... Really? But when I tell you that I was in this beautiful cathedral, filled with perhaps 2,000 people, to participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, you will understand why I had to make a posting. The highlight of the hour I was able to stay was the opening procession which was led by 10 women dressed in white and playing African drums and gourds. Lucky me to have chosen an aisle seat in front I which they passed.


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Private Home: Upper West Side, Manhattan

Posted in Art, Homes, Out & About |

I don't get to this neighborhood much these days and even less often am I in a 4 story private brownstone filled with wonderful folk art. A real treat to wander around as well as to look at the jewelry which the owner designs. This is what I call a twofer.

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The Modern: Manhattan

Posted in Dining, Observations, Signage |

The ultimate unisex bathroom sign as well as setting. The food in this Danny Meyer restaurant always holds up to the MoMA exhibitions that either precede or follow it.

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Perez Art Museum Miami: Miami,FL

Shame on the architect for designing such a faulty closure. This museum has only been open for 2 days and look at what has happened to the wall. Otherwise quite a breathtaking space with a terrific permanent collection and a moving retrospective of Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei.

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Richmond Hotel: Miami Beach,FL

This retro deco restroom is definitely the coolest thing about this hotel which is sorely in need of some updating and better restaurant. Won't be staying here next year... if I even come.

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Wynwood Kitchen and Bar: NE Miami,FL

What is so special about this toilet seat you are wondering? It has been hand wipes by an employee that's what. He does this for each of the 5 restrooms before the next person can use it. "Mrs. Goldberg insists," he said. Funny that a Jew owns a Cuban fusion restaurant.

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Rubbell Family Collection:NE Miami,FL

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Only in Miami do you find so many museum like private collections and this is one of the best. Makes sense that the signage in the restroom would be in art installation style. This year the public was treated to works by 29 Chinese artists. Most interesting art seen this far.

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Ola Restaurant at The Sanctuary Hotel:Miami Beach,Fl

Posted in Decor, Dining, Observations |

What a concept- finding a sanctuary in Miami Beach. The stone wall feels calming and cooling. The rooms which open on the central courtyard with its interior pond and vegetation would be a sanctuary except it is crowded with tables am diners. Yes the restaurant is in the middle of the space. So who gets to be in the sanctuary?

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Art and Culture Center:Hollywood,FL

Fun being in Art Deco country- notice the floor tiles. This round stall knob could be a challenge after a couple of cocktails, but was not too big a coordination challenge at noontime. This old mansion turned funeral parlor turned art center is a staple of the community with shows of rising and mid-career artists as well as local student work. The display was impressive. Totally thrilled to see my friend Francine Bishop Good's exhibition of photos in the main gallery.

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