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NYC – fashion on Madison Avenue – East 70’s

Today I walked up Madison Avenue from east 70th Street to East 86th Street.( We city folk do a lot of walking!) I was impressed with some of the store windows and the quality of what they were selling.C ertainly, fashion is alive and well in this area of Manhattan. Here are my photos of the current styles being offered this early spring. This post is a little longer than usual.


These photos show 3-dimensional  replicas of people. They use a 360 degree photo scanner of you. Amazing new technology.

This is a “pop-up” store called Doob.

Several stores displayed “Young Adult” clothing.

Of course, several stores displayed your needed accessories.

Note: click on photos for enlargement


Added these for fun.

The fashions  through a slight glare of the store windows.



Ralf Lauren

Paul Morelli


Spring Flowers

Frederic Malle




Carolina Herrera

Tomas Meier

F.M. Allen


Morgane Le Pax



Lilly Pu;itzer

Eileen Fisher

Davide Cenci



Rebecca Taylor


Eli Saab


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NYC – enjoy a private art gallery

NYC – enjoy a private art gallery


NYC offers you an opportunity to visit many famous museums. Often though, you may find some of best art there the “other” place might be appreciating works of art in a private gallery.

Sometimes it is great to imagine yourself   a person of means. Walking  around  the city, you can’t help but encounter shops that sell high-end goods.  It is  fun to go inside to enjoy seeing items that, I am sure,  cannot be seen anywhere else..

Today I entered the world of high-end art – The  Bartoux gallery – Central Park South and 7th Avenue. The gallery is quite impressive with large street windows and a deep interior with walls covered with brightly colored art. The staff was very friendly ad welcomed me and allowed me to take photos. You will find that most galleries welcome visitors and are most cordial in answering questions.


The gallery host art from leading artists (partial list)


Welcome to a sample of what is inside



Damien Hirst



Noe Two – The Last Hope Spray paint and acrylic on cnvas




Julien Marinetti is a sculptor and engraver. All of these animals are bronze and painted with lively colors.

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Spring Cleaning Time

Posted March 29, 2017  Will be cleaning up my files during the next few weeks. If I find anything interesting, I will post. If not, I will be back shortly,

Note” if you recived a post  “Bank Notes” please let me know…. my system has been acting funny and this would be a good timeforme  to correcc any problems

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Images of Value

The Artwork Behind U.S. Security Engraving 1830s-1980s


Grolier Club – 47 East 60th Street February 22-April 29, 2017

I happened to come across this exhibition by chance. In a previous post I mentioned going to the St. Pat’s parade and finding a 9 ft. Statue of Liberty on East 61st Street. Well. Coming back, on East 60th Street,  I noticed that the Grolier Club had an exhibition about money – my grandson has always had a fascination with coin-paper collecting so, it was a must to go inside for a look.

The Exhibition Hall

Before the Civil War, banks were chartered by the states, and most local banks issued their own bank notes. This created a large demand for quality paper money and gave rise to a thriving group of bank-note engraving firms, effectively making the U.S. the world leader in security engraving by the late 1850s. Picture engraving was the key defense against counterfeiting.

Exquisite miniature drawings needed to be drawn in the (often very small) size to be engraved.


The exhibition surveys 150 years of images in watercolor drawings, prints, photographs, and oil paintings that were used as engraving subjects by US bank-note firms as well as other. Also, bank notes of 15 countries, from Argentina to China, are represented. Each of which was produced in the United States.




From beautiful genre and Civil War watercolor drawings of the nineteenth century, to large allegorical oil paintings of the twentieth century, to a range of prints and photographs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the art that graced currency and securities can be seen.


Engraving for use on expensive wine.

Visitors can see a remarkable range of original wash drawings and paintings, period photographs and prints used to engrave the images on documents of value.

These were classified as engineering drawings


Great choice for your bank note.



My Notes

The exhibit was arranged very well. It started from the earliest use having to etch engravings on small pieces of metal to the use of wash drawings and then to photography.

I left with a better impression of what miniature etchings artists had to create and to see their finished engravings on actual notes was worth the visit. Even better, it was free.






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Macy’s Flower Show – 2017

Saturday, I missed my subway stop and head to go to the next one. Adjust and switch platforms, go back and regroup…End result I had to get off at Herald Square. I walked out of the subway looking straight at Macy’s windows full of flowers. Well it wasn’t my original destination – which was Korea Town – but a look inside had to be done.

This was the first day of the annual Flower Show kicks and runs through April 9. I didn’t spend too much time inside but here is a brief summary. I just explored the main floor and a few of the windows facing Broadway. There were floral displays of bumper cars, roller coasters and a Ferris wheel, all designed a “Carnival” theme. The following photos will walk you through the main aisle of the store.

For additional events during  the week go here








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NYC – Statue of Liberty – Mini

Today,  I was off to watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade. I thought that the area  around the east 60’s and Central Park would be best. From the subway at Lexington Ave I made my way down Lex to east 61st Street On my walks I slow my pace and try to enjoy the walk and maybe find  something new. (at least to me.)

I found myself outside of 667 East 61st Street looking at a 9 ft tall Statue of Liberty. My first thought was that somebody made a smaller copy and placed it here in front of a building to attract a passer-by.

The plaque  gave me more details:

It cost over 1 million dollars – and according to French law, only 12 copies can ever be made from the original mould. She’s the only one here in the United States.


I did not think to get up close (should have known better) but later found out that you  can see details that you cannot be seen looking at the larger statue.

For example, did you know that there are broken chains at her feet? They represent our freedom from oppression and tyranny.

From Google











The seven-pointed crown she wears represents the seven seas and the seven continents of the world.

From Google










The statue was purchased by The Hartz Group where it  now proudly sits.

Added Bonus

Hint: don’t ignore the insides buildings… this  lobby has a museum quality 16th century Knight’s of Armor and an original 17th century Royal Goblin Tapestry. Only in NYC.

Oh by the way, the parade was great!

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NYC – Chelsea – Rubin Art Museum

NYC – Chelsea – Rubin Art Museum

Chelsea is known for its art galleries, hotels, restaurants, and nightlife that cater to an energetic crowd. It is home to numerous galleries, with the epicenter of the art scene out on 10th and 11th avenues.  and the area of West Chelsea  has become a new global center of contemporary art, home to over 200 art galleries.  Along with the art galleries, Chelsea is home to the Rubin Museum of Art, with a focus on Himalayan art.

There are delightful discoveries at the Rubin Museum of Art. The exhibitions represent a splendid diversity of Asia’s cultures, regions, and iconography – beautifully curated and exhibited in creative and innovative ways, including through the vehicles of community events and multimedia presentations. The museum’s permanent collection of art from the Himalayan region is expertly documented and engaging and there is always something new to learn about and enjoy.




Prayer Wheel

The effect is created by handmade kaleidoscopes that are mounted on the camera lens and built with glass and crystals from the region. By allowing natural light to filter in, the resulting images evoke an inverted triangle, a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that represents the search for equilibrium and equanimity. Continue Reading »

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