The NY Times has a great slideshow and piece by Michael Wilson touring the Vinyl shops remained in East Village which still hosts the most arty and musical scene in NYC.RB
Other Music, 15 East Fourth Street, (212) 477-8150.
Indie rock, classic rock, what we call, Jazz, soul, reggae
Norman’s Sound and Vision on 67 Cooper Square, (212) 473-6599/
Rockit Scientist, 33 St. Marks Place, (212) 242-0066
Academy Records, 415 East 12th Street, (212) 780-9166,
classical and jazz music
C.O.Bigelow is the beauty products landmark in NYC, if you will. It’s the oldest apothecary-pharmacy in the U.S. Founded in 1838, this West Village institution has unparalleled selection of hard-to-find cosmetics and homeopathic remedies. Besides the international skincare lines, Bigelow’s has its own brand of affordable, smartly-packaged soaps and many made from historic recipes. My friend in Paris can’t live without their mint body scrub but doesn’t really suggest the day face cream which has a scrub effect ! RB
414 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014
nr. 9th St.
Brooklyn Bridge Flea takes place under the beautiful bridge with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and the bridge overhead but can’t avoid the noise coming from the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge and that’s bad news. You’ll find many of the same vendors as in Fort Greene Flea. Check it out you always find a treasure : great Gucci vintage bags, Elma Blint‘s fresh, creative and elegant jewlery, rare outfits and many others things. Don’t miss the chocolate at Jacques Torres. Brooklyn Bridge Flea is open from 11am to 6pm every Sunday. RB
This week, with Krauetler, their new partner, Hasted Hunt‘s gallery opened a new space right on 24th between 10 and 11th whereas the one on 20th is situated on the 2d floor.
The gallery represents a bunch of really cool photographers as Mark Cohen, Aaron Siskind, Erwin Olaf and Joel Witkin. For their first show, they are holding the beautiful Edward Burtinsky’s exhibition about oil. His pictures are like paintings.
RB ©Edward Burtynsky
537 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
New York lost one of his great city-dweller : Irving Penn died yesterday morning in his apartement. He was 92 years old.
Today Christie’s had an auction which had some of his photos that went from $17,500 to $72 000. RB ©Irving Penn
Last night, the opening of Joel Meyerowitz’s Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks was held at the great upper East Side Museum of the City of New York.NYC is incredibly green. The city has 29 000 acres of parks and green spaces.
Meyerowitz was there, hanging out with people dressed up and had a hug with Mary Ellen Mark ! Needless to say that the work is amazing. I didn’t know that he is the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program. That makes the work even more powerful.
A book published by Aperture can be use as a start to organise a green itinerary in NYC during week-ends.
Legacy : The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks runs till March 7th, 2010
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
The Standard Hotel opened one year ago. It was an event in NYC. Andre Balazs owns it ! The building itself is tasteless but its location is unique. The hotel is built in the Meatpacking district right on the river -you can see the sunset reflecting on the hotel’s windows- and on the Highline where you can have the most romantic and friendly strolls ever in NYC. Though, Roman and Williams did an amazing job with the interior design.
One year later, the Standard Hotel became the place to go for a nightlife -The boom boom room- , for dinner and for sex. In June the NY mag had a piece telling that passer-by could witness a bit of nooky thanks to the windows facade … also Olivier Zam, super trendy Purple publisher and editor, chose the place to report on his horny life.
The Standard attracts a trendy, fashionnable, arty scene. Maybe not the most interesting butfor sure the most glamour and shiny one.
Rooms starts at $195, the average price in NYC.
848 Washington St.
(12th and 13th Sts.)