What a beautiful day we had!! Waiting for the brunch to arrive at Bottega at Maritime hotel, NYC
Usually, Easter means a big lunch with bunch of friends for us. We would roast a big chunk of Lamb and some meaty green veggies, fresh salad and usual Easter sweets just came out of ” the Easter Care Package” from my In- laws in Italy. I could say, Emi and I have had hosted it for all for these many years, but this time, we got all lazy and just couldn’t get bothered and somehow decided to go out for a stroll and an easy brunch in Manhattan. The weather has been really dreadful in NY for the last many months, I felt SSSoo lucky to have such a lovely afternoon for the day!! We had parked the car in the meat packing district hoping we would get a small table out on the terrace of Standard hotel, then we turned and headed out to our all time favorite outdoor terrace of Bottega at Maritime hotel!
There were plenty of NYC folks in Easter spirit around the town as we strolled, and I hope all had a lovely one!
Chilled and relaxed. Good time in Easter!
What else do you need?
Main lobby of Mckittrick Hotel comes back to a life with “SLEEPNOMORE“, 530 west 27street between tenth and eleventh avenue, NYC
So Alex and Lara stopped by one night to pick up some hair product from Emi. It has been a while we all got together as everyone’s so busy with work. A glass of wine and some chatting felt so good. It’s always nice to have unexpected friends stopping by! Shortly before they headed back home, Alex talked about this interesting play, performance, dance sort of that interacts with you walking, touching, watching and browsing. ” Sleepnomore”
A quick history of the hotel here that I really don’t want to talk about it too much as YOU should be really GOING there and EXPERIENCE the whole thing and just get lost in the middle of all but I try to make it short as possible to share what this is all about at least a bit. Mckittrick Hotel was built back in 1939 to be the finest hotel that NY would ever have, then World War II had just started only 2 weeks before the opening date made Hotel never be able to open to the public till today. British theater company, PunchDrunk collaboration with Off Broadway company Emursive brings the hidden space in this long years of silence back to the life for this most intriguing and unique theatrical experience that you would ever have. Even in the city like New York.
The audience in simple yet modern and beautiful white masks freely walks around, follows the happenings, touches everything they wish, tries on, opens up, flips through and just “Be”. The hotel is completely and interestingly decorated for the play room by room and floor by floor that must have many original details of the hotel when it was built to open. Audience choose his or her own pace, path, spots and story lines of that moment what is happening in the hotel. You can even take a break if you wish. Each one of the audience becomes no one behind the mask yet is an absolutely most important part of this big play. Why? Because this theater and this play or performance whatever that is sssoooo need you to be there to physically follow after everything that is happening by interacting with all the details of this play down to the small prop.
Here are a few of my visual images to tell you what it all felt like. Myself behind that mask feeling somewhat safe from everything that was surrounding and happening then feeling somewhat naughty hiding my face from everyone, my mind was going through so many muses, tear sheets, dreams, films and stories, music and all. Mostly visually and attitude wise at least. Then there’s a surprising story line you will finally realize what this play was based on at the end!
First and definitely, I was in the movie of Stanley Kubrick,”EyesWide Shut”
then also I was maybe in one of HBO’s series, Carnivale!
then it also so much felt like the great “Great Gatsby “! Especially the costumes and general attitude of artists. Even this cover feels like ” Sleepnomore”!
Then there were also ” The others” moments…
Then the last supper in All versions…
How about Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express!
Then here we are with Shakespeare’s Macbeth! Or no?!!??
And…for the actual pictures of Sleep No more from NY Times’ review, Click on THIS.
Anyway, Go check it out yourself to know what it is all about!
It is a hell out of time you will have! One of the most stimulating things I have done in a long time…!
It’s an annual “Crazy week” at P.S 11 this week. Preparing for the ” Crazy Hat day”.
Gael now approaching big 8 in this up coming June is getting taller and super skinny, loosing teeth, does better job tying shoe laces, so into dancing and singing is a best friend with Emi and the Wii world cup soccer match partner who always seriously gets upset when Emi makes a goal and a still my little not so little son. Gael takes 4 after school programs like Capoeira, Mad science, Hip Hop dance and his on going passion for Soccer. Gael’s developing his list of favorite & non favorites and also started faking speaking French all of sudden and enjoys imitating his friend Kofi’s Trinidad heavy accent! He totally is amazing and fluent in Italian that makes me nervous that I need to really bring his Korean up to the level so by the next summer We can keep up with Dad’s side of family!!!! (competition!)
I so don’t want to miss this time and this moment Gael growing up so fast so I thought I would pause a little and document what he’s into and up for right now.
The crazy battle field hat we are making! Gael was so excite confident about his would be the best one ever! Emi and I labored a couple hours picking things out and sewing them all up with Gael. It was a great fun project to do together.
Mastering Wimpy Kid. All of them and the Movie as well. He loves it!
A note maker. So these days, I find Gael’s notes left every corner of home including on the last page of my note book. He talks about concerns, upsetting things and simple facts just like this. His soccer shoes are too tight!
He has lost 4 teeth so far and got one set of new teeth.
Italian tooth fairy just doesn’t leave a dollar for your tooth. She takes your very first lost tooth away and put a gold crown around it and deliver it back! Fancy…!
Gael’s recent favorite Youtube watch is sophisticatedly shot beautiful 7 minute short film series of ” Original Skateboards“. Especially ones in shot in Puerto Rico. They are beautiful. You should check it out!
Brotherhood. Bonding with Marlowe, Philipp and Kit’s little baby girl. Gael loves her..!
More to come…
A new handsome home for “Artists & Fleas” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. North 7 between Whythe and Kent.
So I’ll say the real golden time for the Flea markets in NYC was then about 10-15 years ago when Manhattan was still managing some low rises and a few empty lots including outdoor parking lots near Chelsea. Remember the big parking lot with $1.00 admission? It was real chilled and cool same time with ton of vendors bragging awesome mint condition vintage clothing’s picked out from some old ladies’ closets from the upstate NY or kicking mid century Danish numbers or Art deco pieces under the beautiful summer sky of sexy Manhattan Island. We always spotted John Galiano in his acid wash disco jean or Anna Sui in her blacker than black bangs and her whimsical yet dark outfits. I learned how petite the designer Alaia was then while I was trying on this big 70′s Miami floral floor length caftan over my shorts and a tank top. Every Saturday was me, Jaehee day spending pretty much an entire day browsing, trying on and bargaining on pair of little heels or cutest sun dresses. Ahhhh I loved it sooo Much!!! Also then vintages were that much younger so they were in better condition. My impressive collection of vintage clothing had really started then. I just loved it all.
When Millennium arrived, things started changing. NYC went crazy riding on so called ” Luxury Condo” business buying up all the empty lots including my beloved weekend flea lots. Ahhh… So disappointing and heart breaking. Ugliness of Home Depot tasted not so luxury buildings were coming in pushing away charming and fun filled such NY things away. There’s still one left inside of parking place called ” The Garage” on 25th street on Sundays in Chelsea area still keeping the tradition in authentic styles and vibe. Then Hell’s Kitchen and all others started but they are just not the same at all. But today is bit different. Manhattan being over developped in general forces to find alaternatives outside of the city. The answer? It’s Brooklyn. Housing, Restaurants, Art, Music and Flea Markets. Young, talented and broke handsome people of city started flowing into down town Brooklyn like Fort Greene and Williamsberg from lower east side and east village. Bettern rent and less compettition brought in new kind of mainds and brains for new food culture in Brooklyn. There are so much more undergournd scenes in Brookly now especialy for fashion and music which goes side by side. Things are ineterstin ghere in Brooklyn. And that includes also Flea markets and vinatage shops!
Artists & Fleas houses many independent designers and numerous excellent vintage vendors. This one above I love! It’s very Janis Joplin from the 70′s. Hippie, Rock and Roll and bit of Voo-doo all mixed in. This booth is located right by the entrace to your right hand side.
Then there is a New home for Sunday portion of famous and beloved ” Brooklyn FLea” also in Williamsberg right by the “Artist & Fleas”. North 6 between Kent and East river. Below, one of over 300 vendors at the Brooklyn Flea. You will also find him on Saturday Brooklyn Flea at Fort Greene, Layfayette between Flermont and Venderbuilt.
Yummmm! The Porchetta Sandwich guys at Saturday Brooklyn Flea. And here check out the vendor list.
Then there are Vintage shops in Brooklyn. Many. There are many especially in Park Slope now! Check out ” Guvnor’s” on 5th avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Love the shop. It’s small L.A in Brooklyn! Two vintage motos welcome you at the entrance.
Here at Govnor’s, you will find equal amount of boys and girls vintages complete down to accessories.
Just about a block away from the Govnor’s, there is ” Odd Twins” more of feminine version with bit flea market vibe. Check it out!
Hey there will be a party at Odd Twin on April 15th celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Free beer and a live band!
By the way, nice floor at the Odd Twin.
While Emi picking out a few vintage records, I picked up a set 5 very cute grid printed glasses. I think they are awesome! $4.00 each any vinyl and $35.00 for the glass set.
There they are where I spotted. The shop has small objects everywhere up for sale.
And here’s my own shop and showroom, Lacasapark! 542 Washington Ave between Fulton and Atlantic.
I carry ton of awesome jeweleries, high end designer vintages to rare find collectibles!
And here are a few of my favorite vintage places in Brooklyn!