George Bellows, “A Morning Snow: Hudson River” (1910)

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George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925). A Morning Snow–Hudson River, 1910. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Daniel Catlin, 51.96

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Quick Reads: Frank O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them” (excerpt)

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Frank O’Hara’s poetry collection “Lunch Poems,” first published in 1964, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

I own a small used paperback copy of “Lunch Poems” that I bought two years ago. I had heard that O’Hara wrote many of these poems during his lunch breaks while working at the Museum of Modern Art, so I thought I might occasionally read a poem or two during my own museum-job lunch breaks.

Here’s the first stanza of “A Step Away from Them,” written in 1956. It’s a vintage slice of New York in summertime.


It’s my lunch hour, so I go

for a walk amongst the hum-colored

cabs. First, down the sidewalk

where laborers feed their dirty

glistening torsos sandwiches

and Coca-Cola, with yellow helmets

on. They protect them from falling 

bricks, I guess. Then onto the

avenue where skirts are flipping

above heels and blow up over

grates. The sun is hot, but the

cabs stir up the air. I look 

at bargains in wristwatches. There

are cats playing in sawdust.

 

To read the entire poem, click here.

To read a short New York Times article about the anniversary of “Lunch Poems,” click here.

Image: Leonard Freed, Wall Street, 1956.

Covet: Joya x Katz’s Deli Chocolate Egg Cream Candle

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Joya Studio is an independent, New York-based company that makes high-quality candles (often in very artistic packaging) and the occasional perfume. Joya has teamed up with other local businesses for special projects from time to time, but this latest collaboration might be my favorite yet. It’s a chocolate egg cream-scented candle—a collaboration with the legendary Lower East Side eatery Katz’s Delicatessen.

I’m not usually a fan of gourmand-fragranced candles, but I’d make an exception in this case. And just look at the box, with its vintage-style label, and the candle container, which looks like an actual drinking glass that would be used to serve up an egg cream at Katz’s.

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Covet: Cityscape Vintage Dress in NY Times

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I would wear this dress in a minute, if I could afford it — it was just displayed at New York’s Winter Antiques Show by an antiques dealer who priced it at $135,000. (Yes, six figures.) It dates to the 1930s, and its textile print resembles a photo-collage of New York City during those years of Deco and the Depression. The Times has written an interesting little focus piece on this dress; you can read it here.

I Heard a Rumor: Annick Goutal Boutique Coming to Bleecker Street in NYC?

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I’ve just heard a delightful rumor that Annick Goutal will be opening its first United States boutique in New York in 2014. Am I the last person to know this? I don’t think so.

I’ve just done a quick internet search, and there appears to be some basis to this rumor: according to the New York Post (ugh, I know! but bear with me!) and  The Real Deal, high-end real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman announced its deal with Goutal back in June 2013.

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According to these sources, Annick Goutal will open a 900-square-foot storefront at 397 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. This location is the street level of a townhouse conveniently located near Bleecker’s other shopping destinations, including Diptyque, Bond no. 9, and Jo Malone, not to mention MAC Cosmetics, Cynthia Rowley, Lulu Guinness, and more Marc Jacobs than anyone could possibly need.

Annick Goutal is one of the first “niche” fragrance houses that I ever loved. Its future was a bit unclear for a while, but now it seems to be going through a revival of some kind, with new bottle designs, revamped shops in Paris, and now this NYC location. I’ll post an update as soon as I hear more. I really hope it’s true.

Images: perfume photo via Annick Goutal website; 397 Bleecker rendering via Elliman.