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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Strolling through Greenwich Village

I was thrilled to get myself back to the village in 2018, it was a while since I walked around the area. It is still fantastic, doesn't feel like you are in New York City at all. How adorable is the place above?  

 


Many gorgeous doors here with wonderful architecture and wrought iron. I love walking past these treasures!  





If you have never made it to this area of the city, you really need to. It is a fantastic experience!  


 

Glorious flowers available for sale all through the streets!  
A fantastic meat market, like the kind you have in a small neighborhood.  



I really loved the color of this door!  


If you enjoy pastry, Rocco's is a must to visit and enjoy a sweet treat!  
Struffoli is a Neapolitan dish made of deep fried balls of dough about the size of marbles. Crunchy on the outside and light inside, struffoli are mixed with honey and other sweet ingredients. This was one of my Mom's favorite desserts as her Mom used to make it at home.  
Pure heaven !  
Lobster tails filled with oh so darn good cream! I prefer these to the seafood lobster!  
Joe's Pizza is what they call the best pizza. We will be doing a food tour of the village next and I did get to try this pizza. It was quite good, very thin crust and totally yummy! Long lines can be found here on a daily basis, but it is worth the wait. 

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day 2018


Father's Day for me is very emotional since my Dad passed away in 2004. I cannot believe it will be 14 years this September that he is gone. It does not seem like that long at all. On days like today, I really remember all the good times with him. He had a heart condition, so we were lucky to have him as long as we did. My dad was a shoe repairmen, as you can see from one of the photos, and that was quite an art. A skill that not many have today. He would make a really run down pair of shoes look completely new. His shop was the kind people went in and socialized along with getting their shoes repaired. Being an only child, we were very close which was great. You only have one father, and if you are lucky enough to have a great one like I did, be sure to cherish them today and everyday. I read an interesting post about What Father's Day Means When You Never Had a Father, the author really makes you smile in the end. Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there, as well as my own!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday "Bloomingdales"


You have to love my favorite store, Bloomingdales, and this amazing shot from 1935. I could stare at this for hours. Here is some of their history from their website:
    • 1860-1879
    • A Store Is Born
      To think it all started with a 19th century fad - the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies' Notions Shop in New York's Lower East Side. In the late 1800's, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale - their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a "Department Store".
    • 1880-1929
    • Moving Up In The World
      In 1886 came the visionary move uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's, Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block.
    • 1900-1910
    • Read All About It
      Flexing his marketing muscle, Lyman created splashy ad campaigns to bring people in the door. People started seeing the "All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdale's" slogan everywhere - on billboards, delivery wagons, and even ladies' beach umbrellas.
    • 1940's
    • Lights - Camera - Action!
      Print ads couldn't say it all. The store had to be experienced. So Bloomingdale's became the stage for gala events and fashion shows, including "Woman Of The Year, 1947." With music, lighting and sophistication, it was retailing as theater.
    • 1960's
    • It's In The Bag
      It's not just what you buy - it's what you take it home in, too. We've always looked for new ways to be creative. In 1961, the Bloomingdale's team came up with the first designer shopping bags. Since then, many have become collector's items.
    • 1970's
    • Not A Store, But A Destination
      By the 70's, everyone was stopping by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for a look - including Queen Elizabeth. People came to see and to be seen. Once there, they were dazzled by the cutting-edge fashion of designers like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Norma Kamali, who got their first truly big opportunities at Bloomingdale's.
    • 2000+
    • Looking Forward
      Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, we're always finding ways to set our stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's.

































  • What is your favorite place for shopping therapy in New York City ?

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    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Gallery of Tiffany Lamps at NY Historical Society Part 2


    Part 2 of the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps at the NY Historical Society is just as impressive as Part 1. 



    Seeing all these together in a gorgeous setting is really just so beautiful. The colors and designs are so lovely. 






    It is really hard to decide on a favorite here. 


    This view from above was just brilliant. They really did a top notch design for this display. 







    I loved seeing the photograph of the studio where they made these works of art. Very cool. 







    It was very neat to see the shade above wooden mold. 




    Loved the crown shade! 



    I own a few replica Tiffany Lamps and I just love them. They bring so much joy to a home's decor. If you get a chance to see this exhibit, please do so. You will not be disappointed in the least. You probably will want to go back a second time!!

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