Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

12/07/17

Practice, Practice, Practice!

by Molly Denver

This 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... Read More

11/22/17

Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake

by Carl Baker

When 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... Read More

10/19/17

Darwin D. Martin House

by Andrew Dolan

The 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... Read More

10/05/17

The New York Harbor

by Laura Smiros

The New York 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... Read More

09/07/17

Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

by Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The 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 evening... Read More

08/08/17

Concrete Jungle

by Ross Padluck

Every 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 ... Read More

08/02/17

The New York Earth Room

by Dora Dmitriev

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... Read More

07/27/17

Exploring Manhattan’s Village

by Philip Marcantonio

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... Read More

07/06/17

Garret Room

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... Read More

06/14/17

Art of the In-Between

by Dora Dmitriev

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 ... Read More

05/23/17

Lakeberry Retreat

by Jennifer Overton

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... Read More

05/11/17