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Easter Parade???

New York City seems to have a parade for nearly every holiday, and Easter is no exception. Unlike typical New York City parades, the Easter Bonnet Festival and Easter Parade is a less formal affair, with spectators and participants mingling along a car-free stretch of Fifth Avenue. This year’s parade takes place on Easter Sunday, and you’re sure see some very elaborate Easter bonnets and outfits that folks wear for the occasion. The area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade. The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

I think I may skip the parade and just dye some eggs instead!



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I want to let all of you know that I am now maintaining two blogs – one for personal interests (nyc sunflower) and one for professional interests (LOFT22).

I will still be faithfully posting on this blog, but I will be splitting my days. Please follow me on LOFT22 as well – it’s a blog dedicated to creative direction and branding. If you have any interest in fashion, art direction, photography, branding, marketing, advertising or digital media, LOFT22 will definitely keep you interested!

Thank you for following!!!

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R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

His presentation for McQ was meant to be today at Milk Studios, but has been canceled. So sad…

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Snow, Snow…

I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed with our non-existent snow this past weekend while my family members in Pittsburgh and DC had the real deal…although they would argue that they wish they hadn’t been dumped on! However, the mother-load MAY be coming to NYC tonight and tomorrow…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST THURSDAY

Mayor Bloomberg has already closed NYC schools tomorrow:

Here’s our forecast: Snow is expected to develop by late this evening – with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches by daybreak. The snow will be heavy at times tomorrow, with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. By the end of day tomorrow, total accumulation of 10 to 16 inches are expected. As the storm intensifies, winds will become strong and gusty. Winds of 35 to 40 MPH will cause blowing and drifting…near blizzard conditions at times with possible power outages.

Let’s see if this is another false alarm. Even if it does snow…I will still be at work…the trials of working in a city where no one drives!

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6 More Weeks of Winter…PHIL says!

I am livid this morning because I just learned about Chuck, the Staten Island groundhog!!! Who in the world decided that Staten Island should create their own groundhog to compete with Punxsutawney Phil? And he even conflicts with Phil’s predictions! I am 100% positive this was a move by the Staten Island Zoo to try to create some reason for people to come out to Staten Island or pay attention to their news one day of the year.

Staten Island Chuck is noted as the official groundhog meteorologist of New York City who predicts the duration of winter each February 2 on Groundhog Day – the same day as Phil! He makes the prediction based on whether or not he sees his shadow at 7:30 A.M. on Groundhog Day. The ceremony at the zoo is often attended and officiated by the Mayor of New York City. Last year, Chuck BIT the mayor – what a sweet groundhog?!?!

Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog resident of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, the United States will have six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early. The date of Phil’s prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada – it is not the day of CHUCK! During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his “wife” Phyllis. A select group, called the Inner Circle, takes care of Phil year-round and also plan the annual ceremony. Members of the Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos.

You can tell from these photos that Phil is the cuter, sweeter, original groundhog for Groundhog’s Day – why else would the movie have been filmed in Punxsutawney – not in Staten Island – well, actually, I can come up with a few other reasons! Here’s to 6 more weeks of winter…because that’s what PHIL predicted…

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Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower

I am not an architect nor do I really know much of anything about architecture, but I do appreciate and love design. One of the architects who has gained my attention and admiration is Frank Gehry. I mean, you know he’s famous when “the Simpsons” includes him in an episode…

My fascination began when I watched a documentary on the Guggenheim Bilbao museum in Spain. He actually built it with steel from PITTSBURGH! That is just fantastic!


One of his buildings is in New York is the IAC Building in Chelsea. In daylight, it looks as though they forgot to remove some sort of white window tape – then you realize it is part of the design. At night, it really looks beautiful and adds a lot to a drive down the Westside Highway.

Why am I writing about Mr. Gehry? He is the designer of the new Beekman Tower downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge. Today, the building reached its highest height! There was a small ceremony to celebrate the last piece being hiked to the top, and when Mr. Gehry came to the microphone he showed humor by simply stating, “No Viagra,” pointing straight up with his finger. It is his tallest building by far.

Beekman Tower

Frank described his inspiration by saying, “We built many models of this. I holed myself up two days in a tall hotel room here and just looked at the skyline while I was designing it.” The folds in the building were inspired by Bernini folds – the folds on the clothing of marble sculptures carved in the 17th century.

The ways that Frank Gehry opens our eyes to the possibilities of architecture shows us that it is an art form…and his descriptions are like poetry.

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where will all the magazines go?

Magazines are dying all around us…Conde Nast has announced that they will stop publishing Gourmet, Cookie, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. They have also been going through layoffs, which I am sure is making 4 Times Square a war zone this week.

Stewart Townsend has also announced that they will be moving aggressively in the digital direction. The Observer quotes him: “The changes will enable us to pursue new ventures,” he wrote in his internal memo. “In the coming weeks, we hope to announce initiatives to develop digital versions of our brands that will make use of new devices and distribution channels.”


I knew this day was coming – in fact, I talked in great detail with a digital media professor at NYU regarding the same issue last Spring. The question still remains – will magazines completely die or will there be some resemblance of the decadent era that has amused, entertained, educated, and thrilled so many all over the world for decades? Will a website fulfill the same excitement as receiving the monthly Vogue in the mail and spending evening after evening digesting all of the articles, photos, tips, and news? What about the smell of the paper or the thrill of flipping the page to look up close at the model and how the hemlines of her skirt ruffle ever so slightly against her strangely alluring fuschia tights?


I may be getting a little emotional or sound crazy to some, but I think we can all relate to loving at least one magazine publication. I also love the Economist – for a different kind of education – but, I think those publications rely less than the fashion mags on advertisers or an economy of excess.


I continue to receive my monthly magazines at home, and I hope that none of them will soon disappear. Signing onto is a fun distraction every once in awhile, but it will never make me as happy as seeing Vogue’s glossy face in my mailbox…

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