“From the ruins, lonely and inexplicable as the sphinx, rose the Empire State Building.
And just as it had been tradition of mine to climb to the Plaza roof to take leave of the beautiful city extending as far as the eyes could see, so now I went to the roof of that last and most magnificent of towers.
Then I understood. Everything was explained. I had discovered the crowning error of the city. Its Pandora’s box.
Full of vaunting pride, the New Yorker had climbed here, and seen with dismay what he had never suspected. That the city was not the endless sucession of canyons that he had supposed, but that it had limits, fading out into the country on all sides into an expanse of green and blue. That alone was limitless.
And with the awful realization that New York was a city after all and not a universe, the whole shining ediface that he had reared in his mind came crashing down.
That was the gift of Alfred Smith to the citizens of New York.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, My Lost City: Personal Essays 1920-40
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A night so full of life, dancing, love and music I could swear the gorgeous old wooden floors of Gramercy Park’s Players Club were going to crumble under the vibrations from jazz tidal-waves coming through the halls and echoing off the historic molding. The stomping of feet was so completely committed it was as if they would die if they stopped moving. Being a photographer gives you the certain advantage of being a true observer of life. I’ve been to so many wonderful parties around the world, but this night I saw something different. I saw people in love, I witnessed couples so lost in their own world, so wrapped up in each other’s embrace, it is as if nothing else existed – not the room, not the day before, not my camera and not tomorrow. So here is to 2014, here is to love, and to a group of people in New York keeping the old standards swinging into a new age…
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It’s that time of year!
Starting this Thursday I will be live blogging New York Fashion Week! We are talking shows, events, presentations, street style, backstage, fashion portraits, a whole new set of “Daily Style Icons” and of course cinemagraphs!
I hope you will join me on this adventure as we jump into the world wide wonder of fashion…
New York Fashion Week runs from September 8 – September 15 / Above image: Anna Wintour & André Leon Talley front row @ Donna Karan this past February, Leica & Kodak Tri-x 400 film
A very special pre-thanks to Tumblr for the opportunity, support, and platform to create and share and a huge thanks my management team at DBA for the amazing work we are about to create together!
Reaching for the sky, have a soaring weekend!
Recently Cup of Jo & Pinhole Press hosted a little get together and I could not get over these freshly hand picked flower arrangements by Amy Merrick. She said she likes to create arrangements inspired by how the flowers grew in the wild because they are naturally beautiful just the way they are… so lovely right?
Specials today at the cafe
Pastis / New York
The view outside her bedroom window.