Saturday, April 16, 2022

NYC skyline, Easter 1956.

New York Ciy, Easter 1956.


“Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows, blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district. This scene, photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building, features 150-foot-high crosses in the City Services Co., City Bank Farmers Trust Co., and the Forty Wall Street Corp. buildings.” – Oxnard Press-Courier, March 31, 1956.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Saturday, September 11, 2021

A poignant photograph, nº2.

The Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers at sunset, photographed by Jake Rajs.

A poignant photograph.

Photo taken on September 1, 2001.

via Flickr.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Italian Spaghetti Chairs.

Spaghetti Outdoor Lounge Chair. Made in Italy. Designed in the 1970s.

Summer afternoons in my Nonna's and Nonno's backyard encapsulated in one object.

Monday, August 2, 2021

I'd like to be here...

Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2014.

... sipping my morning coffee.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Hot, sunny New York.


Source: unknown.

It was hot and humid today,and the sunlight was exactly this color. Funny enough, it's precisely on this kind of summer day when the Big Apple gives me the warm nostalgic fuzzies.

Friday, May 28, 2021

I love butterflies...


Source: unknown.

I just saw my first butterfly of the season delicately fluttering around my garden today.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

February oasis.


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Wish I was here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Rolex two-tone President bracelet.

Al Pacino, photographed by Harvey Wang. Palisades, NY, 1984.

I'm going to go out on a limb and venture to guess that Pacino is wearing what looks like a Rolex Day-Date with a two-tone President bracelet... Either way, I think it's a pretty iconic look (for a pretty iconic guy).

Monday, February 15, 2021

Monday morning schlep.

Gillian Anderson in The North Face Nuptse jacket, 1998.

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How I greeted the week. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Layered gold necklaces.

Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson, circa 1973.

I love what Anjelica Huston is wearing in this photo, from her effortless eye makeup to the black silk dress that conforms to her lithe frame. But I most especially love the detail of her casually layered gold necklaces because they look like something she never takes off and are just a part of her, no matter what she is wearing.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday morning cuppa.


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If someone asked me to sum up daily, routine life in NYC in a picture, this is one I would personally choose: a cup of coffee at a local diner.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Buon anno 2021 with Sophia Loren.

Sophia Loren, circa early 1960s.

Happy New Year! And a Sophia Loren glamour shot for good luck.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Holiday game night with Carte Napoletane.

Spanish-suited cards of the Napoletane deck, which is widely used across central and southern Italy.

The Negroni: my favorite cocktail and symbol of the Italian aperitif.


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I'm preparing to celebrate the end of the year with a relaxing and enjoyable night at home...

The origin of this iconic drink is said to date back to Florence in 1919, when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender Fosco Scarselli at the iconic Caffè Giocosa, to strengthen his favorite drink, the Americano, with a shot of gin in place of the usual soda water.

Ingredients
1 ounce (30 ml) gin
1 ounce (30 ml) Campari
1 ounce (30 ml) red, semi-sweet Vermouth (aka Vermouth Rosso)
Ice
Slice of orange or a sliver of orange peel for garnish

Preparation
1. Fill a low tumbler with ice until it is ¾ full.
2. Add the gin, Campari, and Vermouth to the tumbler.
3. Stir until combined and well-chilled.
4. Garnish with a slice of orange (as it is served in Italy), or with a sliver of orange peel (as it is served outside of Italy).

Friday, December 25, 2020

Gloria 'n cielo e pace 'n terra!

The Mystical Nativity or Adoration in the Forest, painted by Fra Filippo Lippi, c.1459.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth... For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 1:1,14, 3:16)

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve, 2020.

The Neapolitan Baroque Crèche and Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Friday, December 4, 2020

Warm lights.

1. The New Yorker Hotel sign and the Chrysler Building. 2. The New Yorker Hotel sign and the Empire State Building, photographed by Jay B. Wilson.

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This is a cozy sight to me. For some reason, it reminds me of this time of year in particular, like heading out on a blustery December night for dinner reservations with some friends. The holidays and lots of lights: two things that make this city so viscerally memorable.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Red nails.


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I'm on the prowl for just the right shade of red nail polish for my complexion. Unfortunately, it mostly ends up looking berry or fuchsia on me, which must have something to do with my undertones. Who knew a classic color could be so complicated? But I take comfort in the fact that I am not alone in my dogged pursuit.

N.B. So far, Chanel Pirate (year-round) and Essie Clambake (summertime) have met the required standard.