Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RIP Lenny Cecere, 1921-2015

From a 2008 Post "Lenny Cecere runs a small Greenwich Village institution called Something Special. Here, the 82-year old Matt Lauer look-alike rents mailboxes, performs notary services and distributes sage wisdom and sly humor to the folks who use Something Special as local watering (or caffeine) hole and all-around hangout. The store sits on the street level floor of Lenny's landmark-designated building, and is particularly popular among SoHo's rich and famous who regard Lenny's mailboxes as their personal address away from home. The Beastie Boys, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Patti Smith, Famke Janssen and other showbiz notables can regularly be seen picking up their mail at Lenny's. Sarah Jessica Parker even served coffee in years past when her schedule in the city was less than sexy.
A typical day at Something Special finds Lenny holding court and serving coffee as fellow seniors -- like 'Philly' DeCicco and his brother Jimmy, who in the '70s were on a first name basis with Sullivan Street mobster Vinnie 'The Chin' Gigante and Frank Sinatra -- shoot the breeze, argue about the Mets and Yankees or pass a summer day watching the endless people parade that courses down Houston Street."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Inside PS1

Long Island City's old public school turned into art museum includes staircases with walls exposed to reveal the past... 

Friday, February 13, 2015

High Line, 2008

http://walkinghighline.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-07-08T18:41:00-07:00&max-results=7

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Goodbye Norms!

I love California's Googie architecture. Love it. But as in NYC, LA can't wait to smash the beautiful old and replace it with the plastic, crap-tastic modern shite of today. "We just learned that the new owners of Norms La Cienega have a demolition permit for the iconic Googie coffee shop at 470-478 La Cienega Blvd. The Conservancy and our Modern Committee submitted a local landmark nomination for Norms late last year that the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission will hear tomorrow (Thursday). We don’t anticipate the new owners acting on their demo permit today, but just in case, if you’re in the area, please keep an eye on it. If you see anything happening – such as the removal of the signage (fence going up, big equipment, guys in hard hats), please call the Conservancy immediately at (213) 623-2489. We’ll keep you posted. Learn more about this issue on our website: https://www.laconservancy.org/issues/norms-la-cienega-coffee-shop "    

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Closed! De Robertis Pastry Shoppe

A tragic loss to the East Village, De Robertis didn't close due to a rent hike or greedy developers. No, the owner is retiring and the kids aren't bakers. Photographed by the great James and Karla Murray. http://jamesandkarlamurray.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 6, 2014