Hell’s Kitchen has gone through remarkable changes over the past few decades, transitioning from a slummy collection of tenements to Midtown West. But some things never change, like the carriage house at 451 West 54th Street, which despite a recent sale, will remain devoted to the photographic arts.
You are looking at a photo of a man in a coffee shop. He is wearing a straw hat, frayed around the edges. His hair is white underneath, and long. His hand is grasping a coffee cup, but he is not looking at it. He is looking at someone out of frame, making a gesture with his free hand: fingers extended, palm pointed slightly diagonal and down. The universal sign for “This is the important part.” In mid-gesture, he is animated. He does not seem to know he is being photographed.
This is how Denis Piel might have posed the scene of himself being interviewed about his latest book, Moments. The photographer with the flair for the cinematic is set to release a coffee table collection later this month with Rizzoli. Moments is a series of images, mainly of models and actresses, that Mr. Piel shot on the set of various advertising and editorial campaigns during his tenure in the ’80s as of one the magazine world’s Big Names.
Richard Avedon’s fashion and portrait photographs may have “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century,” as The New York Times claims, but apparently his taste in home decor was not nearly as impressive.
Or, at least, what else is one to think upon learning that the late celebrity photographer’s Read More
If $90 million is too much to ask for an Upper East Side home, how about $10.5 million. While this townhouse at 407 East 75th Street may not rise to seven stories and cover 18,000-square feet, like the Woolworth manse, this 8,475-square-foot, 25-foot-wide redbrick number has been thoroughly renovated as well.
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It’s Saturday night, and Izzy Gold is in what looks like his natural environment.
In the back of the long, tubular space on Broome Street called GoldBar, behind parted curtains of gold chain, he stands at his turntables. He’s wearing clunky headphones around his neck, one akimbo DJ-style, and a T-shirt of his own Read More
A new Eliot Spitzer ad hits television tonight. This one “Simple, Fair, Important” is about cutting property taxes, an issue that both John Faso and Tom Suozzi have attacked him on.
“We can’t bring New York back if people can’t afford to live here,” says Spitzer, with a slight sentimental crack in his voice. Read More
Roger Prigent sat in the front room of his Upper East Side store, Malmaison, gently stroking the arms of his gilded chair. After the touch came the recognition.
“That’s Russian,” he said, his white mustache dancing under his nose. “I like Russian chairs; they’re more whimsical than French ones. This one’s from 1825.”
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BUYERS SAY THEY NEED TO ESCAPE THE DRONE OF SAG HARBOR IN AUGUST Jerry Seinfeld passed on it because the beach was too rocky. But a couple from about a half-hour down the road signed a deal in early April to buy photographer Richard Avedon’s 7.5-acre mini-compound for almost $9 million.
If you could call Read More
When you enter the Gianni Versace exhibition in the lower depths of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, what you find conspicuously inscribed on the walls of the show are a number of quotations from Marcel Proust’s great novel, Remembrance of Things Past. One of them declares that “What artists call posterity is the Read More