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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015