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Neon Google Doodle, Headquarters Lobby, NYC

Neon Google Doodle
Photo By Gail

Jamie and I were walking down Ninth Avenue towards 14th Street to catch the bus after having a fun time at the opening party for Chris Stein’s new exhibit of Debbie Harry Photos, which was held at the fabulous Dream Hotel on West 16th Street, when we passed  by the headquarters of the Google. I was, of course, immediately attracted by their huge Neon Google Doodle sign on the wall of the building’s lobby, which I was able to shoot through the locked revolving doors with a little adjustment of the camera lens. Very Nice.

Hilariously, just a few feet down the road, we saw the neon sign pictured below, which I discovered (via Google – Ha!) is by Lower East Side icon Clayton Patterson. Apparently, “Elgoog” is a thing, but I don’t feel like going into that right now.

elgoog by Clayton Patterson,
Photo By Gail

Chris Stein Presents Blondie 4(0) Ever at The Dream Hotel

Debbie Zebra
Debbie Harry Photographed By Chris Stein (All Event Photos By Gail)

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, in conjunction with the Dream Downtown Hotel is currently presenting a collection of fine art photographs by legendary Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. A student of NYC’s School Of Visual Arts, Chris started taking photographs in 1968. In 1973, he met and began working with Debbie Harry and together they founded the band Blondie. Chris was always taking pictures in the environment that surrounded Blondie and, lucky to be on the inside, was able to mingle with many pioneers of the new wave and punk music scenes.

Debbie with Shades

Stein’s photos of Deborah Harry helped establish her as an international icon. This exhibit, celebrating Blondie’s 40th year as a band, focuses exclusively on his photos of Debbie; some that will be familiar and others that we are seeing for the first time.

Debbie and a Car

Last Friday, the Dream Downtown Hotel hosted a fun party to kick off the exhibit the night before its official opening on Saturday, May 10th, and what fun time it was! Here are some photos of the evening.

MHG Table Top

Awesome DJ

This awesome DJ warmed up the room with an incredible set of classic punk and new wave that included bands like The Clash, X-Ray Spex and The Buzzcocks. As his song selections advanced through the years, at one point he played The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” followed by The Charlatans’ “The Only One I Know” and Blur’s “There’s No Other Way,” at which point my head exploded.

Bar

There was an open bar for at least part of the evening, which served a very potent Texas Cherry Limeade.

Texas Cherry Limeade

My friend Jamie and I toast to a fun evening!

Rational Animal Booth

The Rational Animal charity organization had a Booth where they sold raffle tickets to win a guitar, with proceeds going to help Animals. They also gave away these cute and yummy dog cookies (Clarification: Cookies shaped like Dogs, not Cookies for Dogs) which Jamie and I played with before eating. The frosting had a bit of orange zest in it – very tasty!

Dog Cookies

Here are some more pictures of Debbie.

Debbie on The Bridge
Debbie on The Bridge

Debbie in the Subway
Debbie in the Subway

Debbie at the Airport
Debbie at the Airport, she looks amazing!

The light wasn’t great in the space, but you work with what you have.

Debbie in Undies
Debbie in Her Underwear

Chris Stein is releasing a book of photography later this year and you’ll be able to own it and have these photos (and others) of Debbie all to yourself.

I’m not sure how long Blondie 4(0) Ever will be on exhibit, so you’ll have to investigate further on your own to find out. Here is where you need to go:

The Dream Hotel Downtown is Located at 355 West 16th St, Just East of 9th Ave, New York, NY.

Gail Takes the Purity Vodka Taste Challenge!

Taste Challenge with Hash Tag

Do you like Vodka? I sure do, but I admit I had not heard of Purity Vodka (From Sweden) until I was invited to take the Purity Vodka Taste Challenge – at a party held for that express purpose at Manhattan’s downtown Dream Hotel, nice! — just last evening. Here is how that went down.

Purity Vodka Challenge Ballot with Glasses

First, participants in The Challenge were presented with two unmarked flutes with a bit of vodka in each. We were instructed on the proper way to taste – sniff, tilt glass to check for “legs,” swirl, sniff again, then sip. Taste one glass, then repeat the process with the second. Ceremony! We were then given a pen and asked to tick a tiny box next to the glass holding the vodka whose taste we preferred.

Purity Vodka Challenge Ballot

I did as instructed, liking one vodka much more than the other, and then a nice spokes-model lady came over with an infrared light device and was able to deduce that I had chosen Purity Vodka over the competitor, Grey Goose!

Purity Vodka Challenge Reward Bracelet
Swag

I was rewarded with a stylish Purple Rubber Bangle bracelet in exchange for the performance of my fine palate. We were then invited to move along to an adjoining room where a cocktail party was just kicking off. And you know how much I love a cocktail party.

Purity Vs Grey Goose

Apparently, Purity Vodka is making the rounds with this challenge to promote the fact that one in two Grey Goose drinkers prefer the taste of Purity Vodka — which is distilled 34 times (read: a lot of times). Also, it is the most award winning Ultra-Premium Vodka in the world, according to its nice website. Well, I took the Challenge and I did like Purity Vodka better, so I am just going to agree with whatever they say about this stuff. Smooth!

Here are some additional photos of the party, which was pretty fun!

Purity Collins

The drink above is a Purity Collins, which is like a Vodka Lemonade – sweet and refreshing. I had two of these and I was pretty toasted before I finished the second one, after which, I cut myself off.

Purity Martini

Look at what an attractive Martini it makes!

Purity On Ice

Here is a bottle lounging in some ice. Because Vodka should always be kept chilled!

Crab Cakes

There was a bit of food also. Above: Tiny Crab Cakes. Very tasty.

Lobster Cobb Salad

This is a Lobster Cobb Salad. Yes, there was bacon in it. Yummy.

Bar Shot

Highly efficient bar tending professionals kept the drinks flowing!

VIP Area

Hilariously, the room had this tiny, velvet ropped-off VIP Area, where no one was sitting. Maybe it was just for the vodka.

Crowd in Room

Everybody had a good time and we all got drunk for free! Purity Vodka!