On the Street: William Carlos Williams, “Poem”

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On the sidewalk of East 41st Street between Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue, otherwise known as “Library Way.”

The rose fades
and is renewed again
by its seed, naturally
but where

save in the poem
shall it go
to suffer no diminution
of its splendor

         — William Carlos Williams

On the Street: Lilly Pulitzer, Madison Avenue, NYC


The designer Lilly Pulitzer, who was famous for her brightly colored, whimsically patterned mini-dresses and other resort wear, died on April 7th. (You can read her obituary here.)

I walked by the Lilly Pulitzer boutique on Madison Avenue this afternoon; things seemed to be business as usual. I expected some sort of tribute display in the window, perhaps a photo of Mrs. Pulitzer herself with some vintage outfits arranged around it. But the current display, just a row of cheerful shift dresses against a splashy floral backdrop, could have represented any day in the designer’s business from the 1960s through today.

On the other hand, there’s something just right about that.

You can listen to a short National Public Radio story about Lilly Pulitzer and her designs here.

Image: photo by Tinsel Creation, with a little editing help from Picasa.

On the Street: Manhattan Mini Storage’s Esoteric Humor

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I hardly ever take a cab, but I was riding in one a few days ago, passing through an area of Manhattan that I rarely visit, and it stopped at a red light in front of a Manhattan Mini Storage location.

Manhattan Mini Storage’s ads often make me laugh, but I’ve never seen this one before. Here’s a close-up:

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If this warning doesn’t inspire a bout of spring cleaning, I don’t know what will. Only in New York, kids—because you either get it or you don’t.

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Images: Manhattan Mini Storage photos by Tinsel Creation. Little Edie photographed by Tom Wargacki, January 8, 1972, via Gettyimages.