~greetings from an old friend~

January 6th, 2011

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Waiting mural by Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, 1999. San Francisco International airport. Detail here. Below, a Los Angeles grid.

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~nyc addendum: all stars donuts~

January 5th, 2011

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“Wannadonut?” Ali slyly asks as we circle our neighborhood, looking for milk for morning coffee or a parking space, whichever comes first. This is how post Taxi-Subway-Airtrain-JFK-SFO-Bart the kids hit terre ferme and immediately homing pigeoned to All Stars Donuts. The inside sign looks at first glance like Donuts & Drunks, which is what you’d expect at joint open 24 hours (and I understand it has something of a rep for this), but all we’ve ever encountered at any late night hour are doughnut hounds intent upon whatever has been freshly drawn from the vat and dipped in maple glaze.

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~nyc day twenty: goodbye skyscraper national park~

January 4th, 2011

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~nyc day nineteen: ghost lanterns~

January 3rd, 2011

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Last full day in NY. Lamb shwarma at Kuti’s and a walk through Morningside Heights and Central Park.

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~nyc day eighteen: bklyn~

January 2nd, 2011

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Brooklyn: saw Fred Tomaselli show and walked through Prospect Park after a brunch at Dressler. Then hosted evening with friends that eventually (d)evolved into wigtime. Splendid day.

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~nyc day seventeen: new years day~

January 1st, 2011

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~nyc day sixteen: new years eve~

December 31st, 2010

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~nyc day fifteen: houdini~

December 30th, 2010

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We walked through Morningside Park to the last address of Erik Weisz, son of a rabbi, immigrant, vaudevillian, escapologist, anti-Spiritualist, Harry Houdini–a brownstone at 278 W. 113th. We then headed down to the Houdini show at the Jewish Museum, a Christmas tradition begun with a fantastic show on Sarah Bernhardt. A picture of the two is below, as well as some library of Congress footage of a straight jacket escape dangling in the sky of NYC.

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~nyc day fourteen: frank!~

December 29th, 2010

P1120915Dinner at our second date and long time haunt Frank. Molto squisito!

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~nyc day thirteen: frozen moon~

December 28th, 2010

We thought we’d walk through the blizzard in Central Park. Got as far as the reservoir steps before retreating, whipped by wind, pelted by ice, every last inch of us wet and then freezing. This footage does not do justice to much of the magic of that night–thundersnow: lightning in a snowstorm! actual frozen hair!–but dig those ghostly snow fingers wafting from the rooftops…

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