Happy New Year!

2014 has begun and its COLD... cold and snowy. Not one to stay cooped up in the house for too long, I ventured out. I took a little trip to the Time Warner Center. I walked around in the warmth like a suburbanite in a mall. But hey, its a really pretty mall!

Bill Cunningham

I got to see photographer Bill Cunningham in action! He was on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue snapping a picture of a woman in big furry brown coat.

In case you have no idea who Bill Cunningham is, he is a staff photographer at the New York Times. Mr. Cunningham is known for his street photography. He rides around NYC on his bicycle taking photos of people who catch his eye. To view his images, just click here.

There is a wonderful documentary on him. Here is the trailer for it...

He also seems to be a very kind person.

Marilyn Monroe in New York

Don't you love seeing art in the subway? I even like the whole Poetry in Motion campaign.

Anyway, I was in the Bryant Park station and as I was leaving I saw Marilyn Monroe. Duggal and the Shaw Family Archives are displaying photographs taken by Sam Shaw of Marilyn Monroe in New York. The images are so fun and glamorous.

Holiday Cookies ❤

Every year around this time my apartment becomes a bakery. It is serious cookie time in here. I used over 2 dozen eggs and 10 pounds of flour. So far.

It is so wonderful having a home smelling of freshly baked cookies. My neighbors love me!

I bought the polka dot waxed paper at Container Store and painted dots on the boxes to match. Keeping it festive!

Hope your holidays were/are happy and bright!

Puffin Chalk Series

A Glimpse of Glamour has a post about the new books published by Penguin. They are gorgeous! And since the cover are done in chalk, Penguin decided to be cute and call the series "Puffin Chalk". I love it!

Click on this link to see the post and a wonderful video of the artist, Dana Tanamachi, creating the artwork. Enjoy!

Monday

Monday was super foggy in NYC. I was on the south side of Gramercy Park when I took this picture. It gave me the perfect view of one of my favorite buildings. The Chrysler Building, the world's tallest brick building, is an Art Deco beauty!

"'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown"

The only time I lived outside New York was the year I spent in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After going to Detroit a few times I was asked what I thought of it. I would say it is beautiful. That answer got me some strange looks.

Yeah, its broken down. Yeah its been in some serious financial trouble for a long time. Yes the city filed for bankruptcy back in July. But there are some incredible old buildings and really wonderful people. I believe Detroit will make a comeback. I hope so. I'm rooting for Detroit!

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre photograph broken down places. Detroit is one of the places they documented. Below is one of the stunning images from their book, "The Ruins of Detroit". You can see more images on their website.

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel, Detroit

The title of this post is from here:

"'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown"
-Frou Frou. "Let Go." Garden State Soundtrack. Epic, 2004.

Watch out for 8 Foot Snails in Central Park!

I saw the biggest snails in Central Park the other day. Huge I tell ya! There were 8 of them.

Check them out...

According to their website:

NEW YORKDec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Galleria Ca' d'Oro and Villa Firenze Foundation are pleased to announce their installation at Columbus Circle. Named after Cristopher Colombus, the Circle is one of New York's most iconic intersections, also the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.

Eight Giant red snails have been placed around the famous monument created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo, erected as part of New York's 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Americas. Curated by owner and director of Galleria Ca' d'Oro, Gloria Porcella, the exhibition will last through January 6th, 2014. The event was sponsored by Cassia and Dumbo Moving, and it was done in collaboration with Villa Firenze Foundation. Cassia is famous for building ocean reef villas in Florida, and takes its name from one of the most emblematic ancient Roman streets. Dumbo Moving has been for 6 years one of the leading moving companies in NY.

The eight foot snails are part of the REgeneration Art Project and are made of recyclable plastic obtained from landfills. The snails are a creation of the Cracking Art Group consisting of six international artists. The Group's intention is to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment, and a revolutionary and innovative use of different recyclable plastic materials.

Before arriving to Columbus Circle, the snails had been displayed in Central Park's Rumsey Field. The project had been possible thanks to Villa Firenze Foundation who sponsored Galleria Ca' d'Oro of Rome, Italy of an outdoor Italian Contemporary Art Exhibit as part of what has been proclaimed by the President of Italy as 2013 the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. The exhibit was under the patronage of the Ambassador of Italy to the United States. The extravagant red snails are esthetically pleasing and attract attention. During this event hundreds of children and adults have stopped to admire the snails. Many more people are expected to appreciate the joyful and, charming installation around the Circle during the holiday season.

From December 4th the snails will be also displayed in Eataly, one of New York's most renowned gastronomic locations, a purveyor of gourmet Italian foods. Galleria Ca' d'Oro is demonstrating once again its international prestige and acclaim by embarking in so many events in several hot spots of NYC, one of the leading places in the art-world.

The Galleria Ca' d'Oro is one of Rome's best known contemporary art galleries located in Piazza di Spagna. It was established in 1970 by Antonio Porcella, who is a member of the De Chirico Foundation in RomeGloria Porcella, who now heads the Galleria, has brought the experience and expertise of the Rome Galleria to the United States. In 2010 she opened a Galleria inFlorida featuring pink snails of the REgeneration Art Project.