Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
Practice, Practice, Practice!
by Molly Denver
past weekend marked an exciting event in my family. My sister-in-law, Stacy, sang at Carnegie
Hall with the Monmouth Civic Chorus. They
performed Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Sitting
in the great hall, I could not help closing my eyes and wishing I could be
transported into the past. Amazing...
Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake
by Carl Baker
Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau cured his Tuberculosis by
spending as much time as possible outdoors in the environs of Saranac Lake NY,
his prescription for a cure (complete bed-rest while simultaneously breathing
fresh mountain air) led to a new building type. The architectural fashions of
the day were modified to...
Darwin D. Martin House
by Andrew Dolan
Darwin D. Martin House; Buffalo, NYAs
a young American child aspiring to one day design homes, I idolized Frank Lloyd
Wright. Of all his homes that I’ve toured, my favorite is his Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo,
NY. The first time I visited the house, the complex was abandoned and half the home
had been demoli...
The New York Harbor
by Laura Smiros
Harbor is an amazing place. We all
know millions have traveled through this harbor with twelve million immigrants
coming to Ellis
Island alone. Today we travel over, under, play on, work on, and live off this
remarkable and serene harbor. A quiet Saturday morning on the harborIt
is a simple ob...
Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway
The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our
6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills
Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a
weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday
by Ross Padluck
July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of
Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic
process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly
forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants
The New York Earth Room
In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft
with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The
22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The
New York Earth Room, an interior earth
sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth
Room sculpture executed by...
Exploring Manhattan’s Village
Six months ago, on a cold February day, I relocated from
Detroit to Manhattan. I rented an apartment with a friend from college in the
Upper East Side for a few months. Between searching for jobs, interviewing, and
seeing old faces, I took the time to explore this great city.I dedicated every afternoon to exploring diffe...
by Molly Denver
At Christmas this year, my husband and I found ourselves
hosting 10 family members in our small house, so we had to create more bedrooms
in a hurry. We decided to take on the
attic. I couldn’t find a proper “before”
picture, but this is it in its early stages.First, we put down plywood over the floor j...
Art of the In-Between
On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above) Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ...
Wild blueberries on the property inspired the name for our
cabin in the woods.This past winterIn 2012 my husband and I were looking for
a place to getaway on weekends and bring our two boys to connect with nature. We found this quaint cabin in the Pocono Mountains about two hours from our home in New York. Sit...