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Rainy day

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 | All Things

I felt the first drops of moisture as I emerged from Penn Station. By the time I reached my destination three blocks away, the skies had opened, sending rivers of rainwater running through the streets. Only then did I think of my umbrella, hanging dry and useless on the coatrack in my office.

I waited for a lull, snapped this photo and bolted back into the subway station, dodging raindrops the entire way.

Rain

Later in the evening, at the Makor party, I met several members involved in the volunteer programs, including AH who participates in the Sojourners Detention Center Visitor Project, visiting new immigrants being held in federal custody as they seek asylum in the United States. Upon learning that I’d grown up in New York City, AH immediately followed up with the inevitable, “Which high school?”… despite the fact that we were both obviously years out of high school, and presumably had gone on to other schools since. Then we laughed, jointly recognizing one of the peculiarities of interactions among city kids meeting for the first time.

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Whitney’s Full House preview

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 | All Things

Attended the preview opening of “FULL HOUSE: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75” last night. I’d probably seen a good portion of what was on display in various forms (including pieces that were either identical or similar to ones I viewed at the Dia: Beacon last year). Probably enjoyed most the fifth floor Edward Hopper retrospective. On the way up in the elevator, I overheard some other patrons bemoaning the “ugliness” of the other exhibits. Citing a video installation of a woman twirling a barbed-wire hula hoop, one older gentleman sardonically remarked, “Ach, why? Life is hard enough!”

Indeed.

Whitney

No photos allowed inside the galleries. This was the scene at the post-wine and cheese reception. The humidity and threat of rain seemed to keep most attendees inside. Also, perhaps, the museum’s decision not to set up bar stations on the patio this evening.

Whitney

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On the roof

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 | All Things, Friends

After the sale of some commercial space on the ground floor, R’s building recently added a few amenities to the already enviable roof deck, including a brand new, and rather massive, Viking grill, an ice maker and an outdoor shower. Although it wasn’t quite warm enough – or appropriate – for an al fresco rinse, given our relative inexperience with the grill, we were glad to have the water source so close at hand.

Most impressive (though not new) was the 360 degree view of lower Manhattan. The lit spire of the Empire State Building to the north disappeared into a hazy mist, casting a surreal glow over the panorama. I made mental note to tote my camera around more often for just such occasions.

As we sat down to our dinner of gazpacho, chipotle grilled corn salad and lamb/chicken/shrimp shish kabobs, the artist (and Moby cohort) Damian Loeb stopped by to remind us to dispose of our garbage when we were finished. Does it speak to a lack of sophistication that despite having lived in New York City almost my entire life, I still get a slight thrill out of seeing semi-famous people in such commonplace and unexpected situations?

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