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Let’s Go: A Summer Evening Walk on the High Line!

Path View Looking Uptown
All Photos By Gail

Hello, and welcome to our second installation of Let’s Go: a fun, informative and photo-heavy column in which I tell you Where To Go…in NYC, for summer sun and fun! This week, we are taking an early evening walk on the NYC High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, and snakes along between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Purple Fluffy Flowers

Geoffrey and I can often be seen travelling to and from the Chelsea Galleries via the High Line because, while it is usually way crowded at this time of year, it is still less congested than walking at street level, where you have to stop for traffic lights and look out for cars and idiots playing Pokemon Go.

This walk took place on a Saturday night in June, at around 7 PM. Please enjoy!

Purple Flowers

First of all, would not even believe the variety of gorgeous flowers, and flowering  trees and plants, that you will see sprouting up just everywhere. It is like a botanical garden of urban delights.

Fluffy White Flowering Tree

This tree looks like it has dandelion puffs all up in its branches. Dandelion Tree!

Pods

What kind of plant has pods like this? I want to know. To me they look like gnocchi.

Roof Tops with ESB

As I walk along, I enjoy taking artsy fartsy photos of the tops of buildings. You may recognize the tall silver one.

Window Spy Pic

It is cool to test the zoom capability of your camera’s lens by taking spy photos into the windows of luxury high rise buildings that border the path. Super fun.

HL 23 Building

This is an elevation shot of the HL 23 Building, which you can also see just left of center in this post’s top photo.

Zaha Hadid Building

This curved residential building — soon to be full of multi-million dollar condominiums — was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid. You can read more about the building at This Link.

White Flowers and Track

I don’t know what these are, but they sure do smell good.

Yellow Flowers

You may feel like you are in the country, but you’re not. You’re in the jungle, baby!

Pig People Graffiti

Sometimes you can find interesting graffiti; sometimes, not so much. These little dudes that look like dancing bulls; I see them everywhere.

Graffiti Tags on Building

You can also see many different kinds of legitimate Public Art on, or from, the High Line, most of which was commissioned specifically for the park.

Long Purple Flowers and Buildings

Purple Daisies

If you walk all the way to the end of the High Line, close to Javits Center it is a good place to watch the sunset over the Hudson River.

Sunset on the High Line

This not the best photo of a sunset ever taken, but you get the idea.

Flowers Through The Cracks

While it is still summer, you should take a walk on the High Line.

Pink Fluffy Flower

Cheese That Looks Like a Cake

Cheese Cake
Not a Cheesecake (All Photos By Gail)

The French Cheese Board opened its first US concept store in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in Mid-May, and we attended the opening party; because, free cheese! At this boutique storefront, which is located at 41 Spring Street, Certified Cheese Masters will showcase their knowledge of flavor chemistry and cheese and beverage pairings. The flagship location will also serve as a customizable venue for cuisine, art, lifestyle, education, and more. The FCB plans to leverage its partnerships with industry and pop culture influencers to create private events in year-long programming.

Sweet Cheeses

They also try to make the cheese displays look like art, or sweets, which is fun. However, you can tell by the way it smells in there, that they are selling cheese. Just giving you a head’s up on that.

Cheese Art
Cheese Art

The mission of the FCB, the umbrella organization for French dairy products, is to create awareness about the variety of cheeses from France available on the U.S. market. The organization also provides a platform for information, communication and exchange of ideas between French cheesemakers, researchers of the French dairy sector, artists, designers and chefs.

Big Bling in Madison Square Park

Big Bling
All Photos By Gail

Wednesday night was a beautiful night in the city; so warm and clear. It was not surprising to see so many people out in Madison Square Park, many of whom were not even in line for Shake Shack. Geoffrey and I had some time to kill before heading to an event in the neighborhood, so we ventured into the park to find the new resident public art project, which they have in the park every summer. Barely into the park’s east side at 24th Street we saw what looked like a giant elephant sculpture with big gold nose ring, just ahead to the west. “There it is,” we said in unison.

Big Bling 1
Big Bling

Big Bling is a public sculpture by American artist Martin Puryear (b. 1941). This forty-foot-tall work – the largest temporary piece he has created – is built of wood, the artist’s signature material, and a chain link fence. A shackle covered in gold leaf is anchored near the top of the structure.

Puryear has described Big Bling as “an event”; it is a short-term phenomenon. Through abstract means, he has crafted an on-going dialogue with history, art history, identity, and politics. Here, “Bling” – a slang term for flashy jewelry and accessories – is rooted in the urban youth, hip-hop and rap culture of the ‘90s.  It is exceptional for Puryear to summon contemporary vernacular in titling his work. The name of the artwork and its placement in the heart of Manhattan demonstrates his recognition that Big Bling is a reflection of the character and the inhabitants of dense urban environments.

Big Bling Detail
Big Bling Detail: It Reminds Me of an Ear

Big Bling Front Shot

Big Bling is part animal form, part abstract sculpture, and part intellectual meditation.

Do Not Climb Sign
Do Not Climb Big Bling

Big Bling 2

See Big Bling in Madison Square Park Through January of 2017!

Prince Mural at the Graffiti Room

Prince Mural
All Photos By Gail

I was on a Street Art Safari when I came upon this big game; a  mural of Prince (RIP), located on the side of the Graffiti Room restaurant at the corner of Kenmare and Mott Streets in downtown Manhattan. It looks like they are also having an Instagram contest:

Graffiti Room Contest

So, head on down to the  Graffiti Room and get to snapping and ‘gramming!

Prince Symbol

Movie Review: Weiner, A Documentary That Fully Satisfies

Weiner Movie Poster

Anyone living in (or anywhere near) NYC during the city’s 2013 Mayoral campaign should be familiar with Anthony Weiner; the former US Congressman who became a walking punch line in 2011, when a sexting scandal (Weiner sent pictures of his junk to several female followers on Twitter) forced him to resign his position. Weiner’s inability to keep it in his pants was not only personally humiliating for the married congressman, but ultimately a huge loss for the citizens he represented, as Weiner had been a passionate advocate for the people during his tenure in Congress; particularly with regard to supporting civil rights for an array of minority groups, and pleading the case for healthcare for 9/11 first responders. That he had no one but himself to blame for his situation made Weiner’s resignation a shame on all fronts.

Weiner Post Cover

But America loves a good comeback story, and when Anthony Weiner staged a high profile race to win the 2013 Democratic nomination for NYC Mayor, two filmmakers, Josh Kreigman and Elyse Steinberg signed on to document the campaign from the inside. It wasn’t long, unfortunately, before his past returned to haunt him, as new sexually explicit texts sent by Weiner to women he had met online come to light. But instead of shutting down the film, Weiner encouraged Kriegman and Steinberg to keep the cameras rolling, as he forged ahead with his campaign. The result of those efforts is Wiener, a new documentary film which is so wildly engaging and surprisingly hilarious, it must be seen to be believed

When the 2013 scandal made the news, it gave me a very negative opinion of Anthony Wiener — and I was most definitely mortified for his wife,  Huma Abedin, who is also in the political arena as close advisor to Hilary Clinton. But the truth is didn’t know anything about all the good Weiner had done while in Congress until I started watching this movie. And no one was more surprised than me when, ten minutes into it I thought to myself, you know what, Anthony Weiner is adorable. As a down-to-earth politician, he comes off as genuinely charming, sincere and intelligent, with an unbelievably quick wit. He’s also a badass force to be reckoned with when it comes to facing his adversaries. Some of Weiner’s most entertaining moments occur when he gets into verbal sparing matches with those who would take him down. It is easy to understand his popularity, and why women threw themselves at him.

Weiner for Mayor
Anthony Weiner and Wife Huma Abedin in a Scene from Weiner

Wiener is consistently fascinating as it reveals the disgraced politician’s effort to come clean and spin the controversy, steadfastly refusing to quit his campaign and drop out of a race he feels he can still win, while doing damage-control on his home life with Huma and their baby son. Abedin is all over this movie, and her ability to present a united front with her husband while maintaining grace under fire, and never denying his misdeeds, is admirable and to be respected. Huma Abedin is a class act, for sure.

No one is denying that Anthony Wiener made some really bad decisions, and paid for them dearly with loss of his career and a blow to his marriage. But the film makes no judgments; it just shows you what happened, and lets you make the call. Personally, I’d like to see him try for another comeback. If he got therapy for his lack of impulse control, and remained scandal free through another campaign for office, I’d vote for him.

Weiner, which won the Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, is one of the most riveting docmentaties I have ever seen, and I enthusiastically recommend it. The film opens theatrically on Friday, May 20th, 2016, and will be showing here in New York City at the IFC Center.

The Worley Gig Gives Weiner Five out of Five Stars.Watch the Trailer Below:

Pink Thing of The Day: White Girl Rose Ad on Building

White Girl Rose
Photo By Gail

“We’re All Pink on the Inside.” This advert on the side of a building was photographed by me, while walking west on Prince Street towards Broadway in Soho, NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: “God Save Queens” Tote Bag

God Save Queens Tote Bag
Photo By Gail

Photographed in the Gift Shop at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York.