New York Redux circa 2006

by Angeliska on September 13, 2009

Oh my. It’s been a while since I was last in New York.
I just dug up these pictures from the last time I was there,
and I’m flooded by memories of how much fun we had..
Now I’m even more excited about visiting again-
it really is one of my favorite cities, and I feel that we have
and affinity for one another. Very important in a city like that.
If a city doesn’t like you- sometimes there just ain’t much you
can do about it. Make ritual offerings of flowers and goatmilk?
Get to know each other better? Maybe a mediator.
Luckily, New York and I are exuberantly fond of one another.


I can’t wait to go to my favorite Indian restaurants:
Milan I and Milan II – otherwise known as:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY INDIAN FOOD! If you know, you know.
So magical. It’s like being on the inside of a piñata.


I get to see my beloved Dana Kitten! My ravishing sister with the most
incredible stormy blue violet eyes. It will be so lovely to see her and
her dashing beau, Mr. Mark Dion- I haven’t seen them in ages and ages!


She is an amazing artist, and creator of confectionery oddities.


Wild Irish Rose, gone feral in the bogs! Beware her thorny parasol!


The incomparable Lord Whimsy led us on a fantastic tour
of his favorite stomping grounds, the eerily beautiful Pine Barrens.
We spent a lovely day there, hunting for carnivorous plants,
fungi, and the ever-elusive Jersey Devil! I’d love to camp there someday.


Sadly, I cannot recall the name of this very rare bloom! Whims, refresh me?
We parted ways at dusk, after an afternoon of tromping in the woods,
and junk hunting! We bought an enormous (4 or 5 feet tall!) glass bell jar
that had originally housed a waxen saint doll, who tragically melted
years before. Oh, how I wish I could’ve seen her! I ought to mention
that in a fit of folly, we um- attempted to have this incredible thing
shipped. How foolish we were- of course it shattered en route.


We rushed back for a dinner party, and what a soiree it was-
always attended by the most fashionable zombies, of course.


Dana and Mark’s elegant apartment is filled with all manner of exciting
taxidermy, and their collection has grown exponentially since my last
visit here. More pictures to follow! I’m in a paradise of artful living here.


It’s enough to make you swoon- especially if your waist
has been narrowed to 18 inches by silk and whalebone!
Too tight? Of corset is!


Sadly, my sweetheart wasn’t able to accompany me on this trip..
I took this picture of him when we were last at Coney Island,
and it remains one of my favorites. Isn’t he dreamy?


Little lost goat, wandering through the blue dioramic mountains-
don’t you wish you had a guide to the big city? Luckily, I have
a long list of favorite places to re-visit, and new things to explore..

Rachael Gibson’s (Fur Coat, No Knickers) Super-Big New York Guide
is proving to be extremely helpful, however! Anything else
on your personal New York list I absolutely mustn’t miss?
I’ve fully entered the whirlwind, and am running literally
from dusk ’til dawn- more current updates as soon as I
can catch my breath! Until then, back into the fray!

9 comments

i know exactly that indian restaurant! and is that a magnolia flower? it looks similar. yes your sweetie is tres dreamy.

i hope you have a wonderful time. i have little doubt it will be anything but that. :)

by suzanne on September 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm. #

Sad that I am not able to play with you in NYC, that most magical of all cities. xo

by Nica on September 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm. #

Dana, Mark, and Indian food from Milan- there’s not much I can add to that!

by Sorrel on September 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm. #

I LOVE those goats – I used to sit in that gallery when things got stressful (dreaming about escaping into the painted panoramas…)

Here are things I’d love to do if I were in NY this month:

Kayak Tours of the Hudson:
http://hudsonvalleyoutfitters.com/

Historic Hudson Valley Events this weekend:
http://offmanhattan.com/2009/09/11/hudson-river-heritage-weekend/

Dances of Vice: The Cursed Circus:
http://dancesofvice.com/home.html

Fall Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island:
http://www.dreamlandorchestra.com/calendar.php

GANGS OF NEW YORK AND THE BLOODY FIVE POINTS – historic walking tour
http://joycegoldhistorytours.com/pubtours.html

Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City:
http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current/mannahatta-manhattan-a-natural-history-of-new-york-city.html

The Met Museum (For a lunch break, I recommend the museum Petrie Court Cafe & Wine Bar – delicious food & wonderful atmosphere. The Great Hall balcony bar is also nice)
http://www.metmuseum.org/

New York City Strand bookstore – “18 miles of books”
http://www.strandbooks.com/

“Best NYC Chocolate Stores” (if you go to Mariebelle, I recommend getting some Dark Obsession Chocolate Rose tea.)
http://gonyc.about.com/od/shopping/tp/best_chocolate.htm

Alice’s Tea Cup
http://www.alicesteacup.com/

Aedes de Venustas – a really lovely perfume boutique with many of the less well-known brands (maybe you’ll find your perfect vetiver there.)
http://www.aedes.com/

Oh, & here is a potentially helpful website (LOL):
http://www.nyrestroom.com/

Have a great trip! :)

by OdetteOdile on September 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm. #

sent you a recommendations list (blog wouldn’t let me post – probably too many links)
Have fun!

by OdetteOdile on September 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm. #

Loved the Barrens when I was Stateside. The romance of Winter; nothing like it in Australia. And that’s some beautiful corsetry.

by S on September 14, 2009 at 1:47 am. #

I used to love hanging about St Marks place and the lower east side, but sadly it seemed to have become somewhat banal last time I visited that section of the city.

by Gabriel on September 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm. #

That is the famous Franklinia alatamaha, which has been extinct in the wild since 1803 but lives on in cultivation.

by Whimsy on September 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm. #

Where is your beautiful necklace from??

by Martine on October 2, 2011 at 9:21 am. #

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