Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Handicapped Accessible Sign

Pink Handicapped Accessible Sign
Photos By Gail

I’ve never seen one of these symbols in any colors other than white or blue, so of course this Pink Handicapped Accessible Sign caught my attention immediately. This symbol was spotted on 29th Steet just east of The Ace Hotel.

Pink Handicapped Accessible Sign


ABC Plasters Immersive Roseanne Reboot Ads in NYC Subway Cars!

Roseanne Train Car Interior
All Photos By Gail

If you want to see one of the coolest Subway  Car Wrap ad campaigns in recent memory — if not of all time —  head over to with either Grand Central Terminal or Times Square 42nd Street and hop on the S Shuttle train that runs exclusively between those two stations, because the cars have been transformed into the legendary living room set of the soon-be-rebooted Roseanne TV show.

Roseanne Train Car Interior

As I was pleasantly surprised to discover a couple of weeks ago, the subway seats have been camouflaged to look like the Conner’s famous couch, down to the appearance of the iconic afghan. Meanwhile, the ends of each subway car are patterned after a fireplace, with photos of the Conner family and other tchotchkes on the mantle. The walls feature portraits of Roseann Barr, John Goodman and the rest of the original cast, who are all returning to reprise their roles for the reboot.

Roseanne Train Car Interior

These photos were taken on two separate trips and both were during rush hour, so it was virtually impossible to get a photo without people in it, sorry!

Roseanne Train Car Interior

Roseanne debuts on ABC on Tuesday, March 27th, and the ad campaigns should be up through March 30th, 2018.

Roseanne Train Car Exterior

Roseanne Train Car Interior

Eye On Design: Beaded Culottes Dress By Norman Norell

Beaded Culottes Dress
Photos By Gail 

In 1960, Norman Norrell  created one of his most daring and sensational innovations, the first culotte-skirted, wool flannel day suit. Soon thereafter, he debuted the culotted evening dress. Although it took years to gain widespread popularity, Norell responded to the fact that modern women were more mobile than ever and needed clothing to match their lifestyles.

Beaded Culottes Dress
Pale Pink Beaded Culottes Dress (1961), Chiffon with Glass Beads

Because he was convinced of the culotte’s value and insisted that it be made perfectly, Norell offered to give away his pattern to other Seventh Avenue clothing companies free of charge.

Photographed as part of the Exhibit, Norell: Dean of American Fashion, on View Through April 14th, 2018 at the Musuem at FIT in Manhattan.

Benares Indian Restaurant: Cozy Fine Dining in Tribeca

Table Top Art Shot
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If you’re looking for delicious and authentic Indian cuisine in NYC, it really isn’t hard to find. There are even a few neighborhoods — like East 6th Street or Curry Hill — with a concentration of reliable eateries that can satisfy any craving you might have for Indian Cuisine from a variety of regions. Great Indian restaurants are everywhere, but I have a couple of favorite places that stand out for me as being worth going out of my way for, and one of those is Benares. My foodie friend Anne and I attended an event at Benares back in 2012 to celebrate the opening of its now-former midtown location, and I still recall the delicious small bites and refreshing craft cocktails, along with gracious service and a comfortable but classy vibe that we experienced. So I jumped at the chance to revisit Benares now that the restaurant has relocated to Murray Street in Tribeca. We felt welcome the minute we walked in the door.

Recessed Ceiling Lighting
Room Shot

Benares takes its name from the city  located in the Western state of UP (Utter Pradesh),  and the extensive menu includes a medley of Indian dishes, with an emphasis on the cuisine of that  region. The city of Benares is known for vegetarian dishes, and the restaurant features over 20 delicious and unique vegetarian specialties, making it an ideal destination for groups with diverse dining tastes or dietary restrictions.

Rice Puffs with Dipping Sauce

Benares‘ menu also has many unusual seafood and meat dishes. Chef Peter Beck (formerly of Tamarind) prepares his signature dishes such as the Sevai Tomato Kurma (mussels, scallops, rock shrimp and crab claws tossed in a garlic tomato sauce over Indian style rice noodles) and the Tandoori Hen ( whole Cornish hen marinated in lime, ginger, cumin, garlic and garam masala and cooked in the tandoor oven). These are dishes that you will not find in other NYC Indian restaurantsI I brought Anne along with me, and we are served a tasting menu that included an enormous amount of indian specialties. Here’s what we ate!

Cauliflower Khasta Gobhi

Among a half-dozen or so appetizer bites that started off the dinner, we especially loved this Khasta Gobi: lightly batterrd and crispy fried cauliflower with garland crushed pepper in a tangy sauce.

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka: Tandoor grilled tender pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices.

Spicy Lamb

Makkai Ka Soweta Lamb with Fresh Corn

Makkai Ka Soweta: Lamb Shoulder marinated in yogurt, tumeric, chili , ginger and glare (very spicy) with fresh corn. Delcious!

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Grilled Shrimp!

Table View with Full Meal

Our feast of several entrees — both meat and vegetarian — arrived quickly and included many of our favorites!

Basmati Rice
Basmati Rice with Saffron and Peas

Naan Bread
Freshly Baked Naan Bread

Malai Kofta

One vegetarian dish that I had never tried before is the Malai Kofta: a Vegetable and Cheese Dumplings served in Cashew and Onion Gravy. It is perhaps comparable to an Indian Matzhoh Ball! Very tasty!

Saag Paneer

Saag Paneer is a popular dish that everyone loves: Cubes of Indian cottage cheese served in creamed fresh spinach with mild Indian spices.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is another mildly spicy meat dish that is a universal favorite, and a great introductory entree choice for anyone who has not had Indian food before. In this dish, tandoori grilled tikka of chicken is cooked in a smooth tomato gravy, rich in cashews and, as the name implies, finished with butter. Sublime!

Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Rogan Josh is dish that always makes me think of the American journalist and political analyst, Josh Rogin, but the two are not related! Rogan Josh is signature dish from Kashmir, consisting of succulent pieces lamb in a sauce flavored with cardamom, aniseed and paprika. The meat is excellent quality and has the texture of very tender beef. If you think you aren’t going to like lamb, I would recommend that you try this dish, and be won over!

Atom Bomb

We were understandably stuffed after indulging in so many amazing dishes, but our host insisted that we have dessert, and how could we say no to this gorgeous creation which they call an Atom Bomb: Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Rose Petal Ice Cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. It tasted as wonderful as it looks. Rose Petal ice cream is a delicate treat that I highly recommend. The subtle but distinguishable essence of rose gives this ice cream a very light and unique flavor. It is fun to try new things!

Diners at a Table

Benares‘s beautiful interiors and intimate dining spaces make it a perfect restaurant  choice for any occasion from a business lunch to a first date or just a get-together with friends. Theres something for everyone on the menu and they will make you feel so welcome you will return again again.

Benares is located at 45 Murray Street (take the 2, 3, A or C trains) in Tribeca, NYC. See more photos, full menus, and make a reservation to dine at Benares by visiting Benares NYC Dot Com!

Table View

Modern Art Monday Presents: Custom Print 1 By Peter Phillips

Custom Print 1
Photo By Gail

Before attending the Royal College of Art in London, Peter Phillips (b. 1939) studied graphic design and technical draftsmanship. He applied his skills to establish a style marked by the juxtaposition of images, like the Pinup Model and Car Part in Custom Print I (1965), which were sourced from magazines and other mass media in montage-like compositions. The title of this print —  the first in a series three — refers to custom auto-body shops where a polished enamel sheen is appleid to cars. Phillips worked with Chiron Press, a screenprinting studio that produced posters and greeting cards. The press encouraged him experiment with nontraditional materials such as silver foil and glossy inks, which complement the artist’s brash and vibrant style.

 Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Video Clip of The Week: Super Whatevr, “Telelelevision”

Top Ten Things I Like About This Weeks’ Video Clip, “Telelelevision” By Super Whatevr

1. Superwhatevr are a band from Orange County, California, which is where I am also from. Represent.

2. This song is called “Telelelevision,” and watching Television is in my top three favorite things that I like to do! Yay!

3. On weekend mornings, we should get to watch cartoons, right? This clip is animated, so that’s like a cartoon. Win Close enough!

4. Musically, “Telelelevision” sounds like it could be a lost Pixies‘ song. I like The Pixies.

5. Also, back in the ’90s there was a one-hit wonder, post-Grunge band from California called The Flys, formed by a couple of brothers who were most famous for making sunglasses and surfing. I am pretty sure I interviewed them at one point. Anyway, their hit was called “Got You Where I want You,” and “Telelelevision” sort of reminds me of that song.

6. Pink is my favorite color, and this video features lots of pink, and various shades of pink, so I enjoy watching it, as it pleases my eyeballs.

7. The video was animated by Eat The Danger, who has done the videos for “Lisbon” by Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett’s “Dead Fox.”

8. The fluid nature of the animation makes the video especially optimal for watching while you are high on any kind of even mildly psychedelic drug.

9. I like the part where the protagonist rides a big Rubber Duck.

10. “Telelelevision” can be found on Superwhatevr’s debut full-length, Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records. Enjoy!

Super Whatevr.

Staying Productive While Managing Chronic Pain

Nevada Chronic Pain
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Chronic pain is often a debilitating condition which can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life as well as their prospects for the future. Treating and managing chronic pain presents a challenge for both doctors and patients. Current treatment regimens generally revolve around both physical therapy and the use of pharmaceutical painkillers. The use of addictive drugs such as opioid painkillers in treating chronic conditions remains a controversial practice, especially against the backdrop of a spiraling opioid addiction crisis.

There are a multitude of underlying causes which might lead to chronic pain in an individual, fortunately we have gotten much better at treating these underlying conditions and so many patients have been able to live a normal quality of life. However, there still exists a significant subset of patients whose chronic pain cannot be alleviated. For these individuals their pain affects all areas of life, including their ability to stay productive and organized.

Why it Matters

Chronic pain is associated with a markedly increased susceptibility to depression and other psychological illnesses. These psychological issues, as well as the underlying pain itself, can make it considerably more difficult for patients to stay organized and productive. This in turn can lead to patients falling behind with their treatment regimen and can prevent them from engaging fully with their doctors and others involved in their care.

Staying organized and productive will reduce the amount of stress in patient’s lives while also making it easier for them to stay up to date with their treatment and therapies.


When pain is a constant feature of every day life, patients often find that their motivation for daily activities can also begin to ebb away. Staying motivated is half the battle for chronic pain patients, and indeed for most patients who are suffering, wholly or partly, from a psychological condition. When a patient is able to keep their motivation up they will be able to tackle those day to day tasks which can otherwise be draining.

Many people find that an effective method of staying motivated is to produce a list of goals at the beginning of everyday. These goals can then be crossed off as they are completed, giving the patient a visual representation of how they are doing in achieving their goals for the day.

Another effective way of staying motivated is to remember to reward yourself when you have earned it. Rewards will reinforce positive behavior and ultimately will make such behaviors second nature.

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Reducing Pain Without Drugs

Anything that the patient can do in order to reduce their pain levels can help to improve their quality of life and will make keeping on top of everything much easier. There are a variety of non-pharmaceutical techniques and therapies that you can try. For example, those with chronic back pain might benefit from an inversion table; you can find the best inversion table reviews here. Always consult with your doctor before pursuing any kind of treatment so that you can be sure it won’t interfere.

Finding ways of staying motivated, productive and organized can make a big difference to the outlook of a chronic pain patient. Once you have found a set of techniques that works for you, you can then begin to work on putting these new skills to good use in overcoming the challenges of your condition.