Saturday, May 25, 2013

impossibly elegant African boy


oh baby, we Thai'd one on

We are lucky to have Ceetay over on Alexander.

But I wanted a Thai neighborhood, 
so we headed out to Queens.

I Am Thai restaurant is lauded online, plus it’s at the Lincoln Avenue subway stop, an encouraging coincidence.

It’s not fancy.

And very small.

But the last time I had smoky shrimp padthai this fine I was on a steaming ferry in Sydney Harbour.

Red pepper ground chicken with fried eggs was fairly hot, I thought, when ordered “medium.”

The glass noodles are served warm and luscious; the lettuce, peanuts and the squid are cold and crunchy. Delicious.

And the green papaya salad was so good I wished we’d gotten another and brought it home.

Warm duck in cold plum sauce in a wrap? COME ON. 
These were really good.

Only the pumpkin in the mixed vegetables wasn’t up to par, perhaps understandable since real pumpkin doesn’t arrive until October.

But what a feed, two salads, three entrees plus the duck wraps, 50 bucks. And a romantic skyline view on the way home.

Two blocks from 52nd street on the 7 out in Queens.

If you are heading out, let me know. 
(more shrimp pad thai) ;-)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

this doesn’t look so good

Then again.

 I could be wrong.

I ♥ graffiti

20 Bruckner Blvd.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

drawer score

Two Platinum ELFA mesh dressers

Purchased 7 weeks ago, brand new, perfect condition.

Originally $179.97 each.

Sacrifice for half, 
$179.97 for both, or best offer.

Easy knock down for transport.

Great reviews.

no way I’m lipsynchin’ without you

I was one of the very fortunate few in the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981, opening night of Michael Bennett’s DREAMGIRLS.

A newcomer named Jennifer Holliday brought the house down with a searing, career-making performance of her song “I am telling you I’m not going.” The audience leapt to their feet and just erupted!

New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich referred to Holliday's performance as "one of the most powerful theatrical coups to be found in a Broadway musical since Ethel Merman sang “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” at the end of Act I of Gypsy.”

 "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" remains Holliday's signature song. It was the #1 single on the Billboard R&B charts in 1982.

This clip from the early 1990‘s shows why Will Smith went on to become such an international star. He’s hilarious!

Monday, May 20, 2013

not a ghost of a chance 

Most haunted houses are based upon an architectural style called “Second Empire.”

Popular between 1865 and 1880, this style just predates our 1886 Richarsonian Romanesque ClockTower, but both are part of the Victorian Era.

The Ladies Mile along Broadway from Union Square north offers several great examples of these “haunted houses”, the best (in my opinion) is the Constable Building on the corner of 19th Street, the home of ABC Carpet.

Built in 1869 and expanded until 1896, this was the leading department store of its era, widely known as the 
“Palace of Trade.”

I think it is seven stories of sheer awesomeness.
Clients a few years back asked for “something historical”, but declined to build this house I designed for them in Armonk. 

I can’t imagine why. lol