Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
i want to move.
i want to move to morandi.
yes, morandi, the restaurant.
it’s a perfect plan—pretty west village spot, right there on waverly and 7th avenue south. (i used to live a few blocks away, i know it will be easy to fall back into a routine...reunite with the dry cleaners on 8th, the guys at the magazine store on hudson. i could start running again, by the water…)
if I lived at morandi, when the weather is nice, i could start the day with breakfast at 8--or ease into the brunch hour-- at a table outside.
i could have a skim latte and something simple—a selection from the basket of sweet breads. everything in it has a distinct and delicious ring, and indeed there are enough for each day of the week: brioche with chocolate and hazelnuts to make the monday less mopey; cherry spirals on tuesday; a simple cornetti, midweek; sweet pistachio bread on thursday; the panetti al forno-–a bit more savory, with prosciutto and raisins--for the friday morning after the night before; bombolini –little italian donuts!--as the precursor to a more luxurious weekend brunch; and, ricotta fritters to celebrate the 7th day.
is it working for you?
there are eggs, served with salt cod or skirt steak or more simply, with grilled tomatoes and country bread.
there’s salad: arugula or escarole, seafood, or spelt.
a more serious commitment can be made--meatballs with pine nuts and raisins, or an egg pasta with a classic meat sauce. (i’m not sure i could make that my first meal of the day—but i wouldn’t dream of messing with you, if you could. in fact, you could wind up being...my hero.)
but that is how a day could start at morandi. imagine where we could go from there?
sounds like a nice little life, ay?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
sukkah city was an invitation to reimagine the sukkah – a temporary structure created for use for one week during the jewish festival of sukkot, as a symbol of the transience of life and dependence on god, and to foster a reconnection with nature. the international competition received 600 entries from 43 countries; a jury of 14 designers selected 12 works as finalists. those pieces lived temporarily, appropriately, in union square for 2 days, on september 19-20. a "people's choice" winner will remain in the square through october 2.
from an architectural standpoint, this presented an interesting design challenge, both conceptually and formally, with its strict parameters regarding size (it must enclose a minimum square area of at least 7 x 7 square handbreadths), dimension (at least 3 walls, but the third doesn’t have to be complete; if it has only 2 complete walls “the third wall of at least 4 handbreadths" must be within at least 3 handbreadths of one the complete walls), materials (no bundles of straw for the roof, though individual sticks may be okay. the roof may also not be made of utensils or food). questions of orthodoxy apparently factored into the voting--at least for the people's choice competition-- just as heavily as the innovative design elements.
as public art it seemed to serve its function: to inspire engagement, calm, thoughtfulness, curiosity, crowds, education...and photography.
here are a few shots from monday afternoon:
but my neighborhood, on sundays in the summertime, lies directly in the path of a number of national pride parades--which means several midtown streets that intersect madison and fifth avenues are closed, even to pedestrian traffic. it's annoying to be forced 6 blocks and 2 avenues out of your way when you're really only block away from home. you learn to avoid that part of town all together.
on some occasions, like yesterday, my block serves as the staging area. luckily, i live in a rear-facing apartment--shut the windows, shut out the street noise.
but once you leave the building, you get a load of this: