Category New York City

Sarajevo sunset


I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul. Physically and metaphysically, I was placed. In the Sarajevo I knew, you possessed a personal infrastructure: your kafana, your barber, your butcher; the landmarks of your life (the spot where you fell and […]

cheating on new york…

but not really. I’ve just returned from a few days on the other coast.  And it was lovely.  San Francisco’s charms are myriad…as evidenced below: clockwise(ish) from top left: 1. blue bottle coffee 2. oyster picnic at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company 3. Gandhi ji overlooks the farmer’s market at the Ferry Plaza 4. iconic […]

how it might look – imagining lives at Doyle’s HOME auction

I previewed Doyle Home yesterday. It was a glorious grab-bag showing the silverware-to-needlepoint-cushions contents of 10+ estates. The fun part, one of the fun parts, of previewing auctions is the projection – fantasy. Assume identities then feather their nests. Here are two I imagined, and their attendant trappings. We’ll call the above assemblage: Bachelor’s Rusticating Refuge. Clockwise from […]

Falling in love again

via I’m not sure what precipitated this, but I find myself falling in love all over again with NY city… Maybe it’s the lot of an immigrant – someone who adopts a city as their own; or perhaps it’s because I’m suddenly seeing it through a new filter – as one who blogs; or maybe […]

Gong Xi Fa Cai…

or Kung Hei Fat Choi! Yesterday, whether in Mandarin or Cantonese (other languages too), the salutation invoking wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year ushered in the Year of the Snake across the globe…  via Not least of all, throughout our most excellently multi-cultured city… via Lunar New Year celebrations hold a special place […]

and in reality…Christies Interiors sale, previewed in person

We went (to Christies), we saw (the Interiors Auction preview – bidding begins tomorrow on art and prints, continues on Feb 6 with furniture and lighting – there’s still time to place, bids, register…) and we assessed… Above is an approximate “we said” (in-person photos) . Below is Christies “they said” (how these pieces looked on-line). Unlike real […]

on-line auction previews vis-a-vis on-line dating

Shanti and I have been previewing Christies Interiors and Doyle’s Belle Époque upcoming auctions on-line this week. Clicking without commitment, browsing a better-kitted-life from the privacy of our office, saving nice pictures in albums – has been lovely. But, as we’ve stated before and often, MANY things look and read awesome on-line but have saggy bottoms and unworkably aggressive personalities in person. Antiques […]