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Enjoying Brooklyn

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Yes, it took a few visits, but I am really enjoying Brooklyn this visit.  Chester and I walked to Brooklyn Baked Goods for coffee this morning.  I’ve always been a little particular about the brew I drink, but it has only taken two cups for me to be totally addicted to the coffee at BBG.  It doesn’t hurt that there is a hook for Chet’s leash , and the door has a silky height window in it.We were going to sit at the little park near the domino sugar factory so I could drink my coffee but, it was too windy.  Mind you, I’m not complaining about the weather.

I loved our tour on Sunday, I love spending time with you and Mike.  It warms my heart to watch the two of you together.

I’m going to wear Cathy out this weekend, taking her to all the places we think she would like to have on her places to visit in NYC.  (BBG, Mood, Folk Art Museum, Brooklyn Bowl, the hamburger place are on the list so far.)


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March 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

Life is short . . .

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Stacey lost her dad and Hutch lost his soon to be father n law this morning to cancer.  Reminds us that everyday is a gift.  Thinking of them today. They’re getting married in June . . . i know that he’ll be there in spirit.  😦

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March 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

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Sisters in the City

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I’m catorigizing this under “Bev’s Travel Adventures” because you and Kitty in the city together unsupervised will certainly be an adventure.

Here is the buger place that we really like – Williamsburger

Here is the bowling place we went to on Sun – Brooklyn Bowl

Two great breakfast places – Cafe Colette and egg (you need to go here right at 9am to get a table, though)

Places for pizza – La Nonna and Patricia’s

There is Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Fette Sau BBQ and Lodge

As far as things to do  . . . you can walk over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Chinatown and have soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai.  Or you cab it or take the car over to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  Or you can just walk around and look at all the cute shopes like this one:

Greenpoint’s Newest Marvel
Seven Wonders Vintage Shop Opens

Last night someone in Greenpoint charmed the pants off us.

The culprit: Melissa Blumberg, proprietor of Seven Wonders Vintage. Her just-opened shop is the antithesis of overpriced (nothing more than $100) and overrun (one piece out, one in).

Blumberg hunts at upstate estate sales and in her native Florida for Boca sundresses, cropped tanks, and cheeky sweaters. She also stocks early ’70s garb — minus the poly — preppy tees, and animal prints (horses, fish, birds).

A few designers (Valentino, Coach) make the cut, as well as corduroy blazers, pearl money clips, and silk ties for dudes.

The atmosphere is sunny, with thick-cut pine floors, cacti, industrial pipe racks, and a hilarious retro family portrait in the dressing room. Brogues line the walls; tooled-leather purses, Mexican turquoise and silver, and eclectic jewelry (a Parisian beaded seagull necklace) sit atop an antique wood table.

DailyCandy readers are invited for wine this evening. Don’t be surprised if you drop your skirt.

Seven Wonders Vintage, 606 Manhattan Avenue, at Nassau Avenue (954-609-2403).

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March 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

Red, White and Fiber

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Ironically, Ellen sent the following articles over today for me to share with you. 

What’s Red and White and Quilted All Over?

Wall Street Journal


New York quilt collector Joanna Rose received her first quilt, a red and white blanket with a schoolhouse design, upon the birth of her first child in 1957. She hasn’t stopped collecting since and has amassed more than 1,300 quilts. When Ms. Rose, who belongs to a prominent New York real-estate family, recently turned 80, she decided to put her entire collection of red and white quilts—some 651—on public display.

 ICONS quilts

Gavin Ashworth

A vortex quilt by an unidentified American, 1890-1910, from Joanna Rose’s collection, part of the Armory show.

Hosted by the American Folk Art Museum, “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” at the Park Avenue Armory, beginning next Friday and ending March 30, will be the largest textile exhibition ever presented in New York City.

Red and white is a classic color combination in quilt making, popular since the early 19th century as a result of the remarkable colorfastness of Turkey red dye, discovered in the Mediterranean and derived from madder root. Ms. Rose’s quilts, made in a variety of patterns and designs, span the 19th to the 21st centuries. No two are identical, and most bear the unique signatures of their makers, sewn neatly at the corners. Elizabeth V. Warren, the exhibit’s co-curator, discovered that two of the quilts, bought separately years apart, were created by the same quilter.

To display the collection, the exhibit’s curators decided on a strikingly modern design. The American Folk Art Museum held a competition for the quilts’ display, inviting submissions from a range of design firms, and ultimately decided on Thinc Design, a New York-based firm that is known for contemporary work. The company is responsible for the interiors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Beijing Olympic Games Pavilion.

Thinc’s design organizes the quilts into tiers and spirals, ascending to the rafters in three-dimensional circular pavilions and transforming the 55,000-square-foot space of Manhattan’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall at the Armory. “It’s more of a happening than an exhibit,” says Ms. Warren, comparing the project to an indoor version of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates,” a site-specific project featuring 23 miles of gates positioned around Central Park in 2005.

A 2010 Quilting in America survey, conducted by TNS Global Inc., indicated that quilting is now a $3.6 billion industry, with upwards of 21 million quilters active in the U.S. alone.

The auction market for quilts has fallen somewhat from its peak about 20 years ago, when quilts became extremely popular with Americana collectors. In 1987, a Baltimore Album Quilt dating to 1840 sold for $176,000 at Sotheby’s; a pictorial Civil War-era quilt sold for $264,000 at the auction house a few years later.

Though the market has cooled off somewhat since then, a rare, beautiful quilt in perfect condition could still fetch $100,000 or more today, says Nancy Druckman, Sotheby’s folk art specialist.

By presenting the exhibit free to the public, the Folk Art Museum hopes to attract new audiences. “This should not be looked at solely as a quilt exhibition,” says Ms. Warren. “The design is so extraordinary that it should appeal to those with an interest in design and graphics.”

She also sent this along . . . looks very cool . . . you can stop by on your way back to the city.  🙂

Sheila Hicks: 50 Years
March 24 – August 7, 2011
at ICA Philadelphia

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, the first major retrospective to honor this extraordinary American artist. Sheila Hicks has built an international reputation with her two- and three-dimensional works in fiber. Her remarkably far-reaching artistic focus has encompassed painting, sculpture, photography, weaving, fabric design, writing, publishing, teaching and collaborations with architects. Her early work of the 1960s was at the forefront of experimentation in sculpture. By the 1980s it had taken hold. Since that time, her unique work has explored the dynamic interactions of color and the skills required to hone an aesthetic vision in multiple media.


I looked on her website . . . such beautiful stuff.


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March 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

We are together!

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I am happy to be in Brooklyn with Dara, Mike, Chester and their other guest…Vicki’s dog Beanie.  Last night I arrived to a Supermoon party.  Ashley, Steve, and Mike had fun preparing to take pictures of the moon with huge cameras that actually need to be focused and steadied on tripods.  We ate at a newly opened mexican restaurant.  Kitty will love it there, the walls were red.  A HUGE crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling.  We were tired and fell asleep before the end of SNL.

Thanks for setting up this blog.  What fun to share our life this way!

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March 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm


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“Rare” and “Beautiful” Supermoon expected on March 19

By definition, a supermoon is simply a full moon that happens to be close to the earth.

On March 19, the supermoon will be one of “rare size and beauty,” said NASA’s website.

How rare is it?

“The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” said Geoff Chester of the US Navy.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is oval; therefore, sometimes it’s close to the earth and sometimes it’s farther away.

The distance between the farthest point (apogee) and the nearest point (perigee) is about 50,000 km.  The perigee moons are 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than apogee moons.

On March 19, the moon will be less than one hour away from the perigee, according to NASA, so it’s near “perfect.”

What’s the best time to view this beautiful moon?

According to NASA, “the best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon…That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view.”

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March 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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NYC Weekend

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Thank goodness its Friday! Soooo . . . what do you want to do this weekend?  We have many options.

Since you’re getting in late on Sat Mike and I think we want to take you here.  We’ve heard nothing but good things about it.


NY Mag Review

“Even before you’ve finished your first Wizard cocktail, you notice the floor is tilting. But the disequilibrium contributes to the charm of this snug, just-rehabbed-enough 1926 dining car. A beyond reductive menu offering “soup,” “burger,” “spinach,” and at brunch, “hot cereal” misleads at first. Specials might include succulent pork loin with caramelized cipollini and tender lamb ragout with white-bean gratin.”

Its a old diner car – tiny – so we may go here if its too crowded.

On Sunday we can go to the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden.


There is also The 10th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show which could be cool and inspiring.

I’m in need for a mani/pedi so I may drag you to my favorite place in the neighborhood.

Mother nature must not know you’re coming to visit me.  The forecast for this weekend is 50s and sunny.  🙂

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March 18, 2011 at 9:46 am