New York 2011 — Painting the Town!

Our New York play day was one of the best I've had.

Katey, Emily, Amanda and Mary


After lunch at the re-opened 2nd Ave. Deli, Katey, daughter Emily, friend Amanda and Aunt Mary joined me for the real business of the day -- seeing New York!


We didn't have to work at painting the town — it had already painted itself!


random building

Aunt Mary has an extensive knowledge of building design and art history, so she and I often lagged behind the others as we discussed cornices, lattices and offices.

While Mary and I gazed skyward (which is where all the buildings go in Manhattan), Katey and Emily discovered the joy of street vendors.

Scarves were purchased, but jewelry didn't impress. Food might have impressed if we weren't already stuffed.

Street Vendors grab our attention

Our first goal was the icon of Art Deco architecture, the Empire State Building.

Empire State Bldg Lobby

I insisted we pause for a photo at another iconic building on 5th Avenue --the New York Public Library. The lions that guard the doors have become famous through dozens of movie scenes, but my favorite is in the movie "The Wiz" — a 1970s version of Oz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson — in which one of the statues comes to life as the Cowardly Lion. This was especially appropriate with Em wearing her Nittany Lions sweat shirt.

Clients Emily and Amanda

We also stopped at St. Patrick's Cathedral to say a prayer and light a candle, but no photos were taken.


More outrageous shoes

Once we passed the library and the Cathedral, we began the tour of New York that I love most — Fashionista Row. Aldo, Armani, Chanel, Diesel, Escada, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, and ending — right across from Trump Tower — at Prada. I'm not going to even pretend to know which photos were taken where.

Some of these photos were taken with the cell phone, others with an actual camera, but all suffered from the glare of sunlight on glass and multiple reflections.


Black lace jacket luxurious fabric
Black lace stilleto heels and jewelry to match

The black lace jacket was interesting; the black lace shoes made the outfit. The draped claret gown requires only the right body; the diamond and tourmaline necklace with it would be a real fashion statement. Sadly, they were in different windows, since fashion and jewelry rarely coexist on 5th Avenue.

Men's fashions went from mismatched to downright odd. Imagine wearing that striped sweater without a perfectly vertical body. And the color of the suit behind it is certainly not meant for the office. In the central photo, the knight holding skis is better-matched than his more contemporary friend. The gray and brown shadow stripes in the last window are fine; if only they weren't on the same model. Really, people, how am I supposed to teach my clients how to dress when this is what Diesel and Armani are showing?

Cpnservative and loud at the same time? mismatched models

gray and brown wool suit


Divine crimson gown memories of Givenchy

Who could wear a gown like this besides Audrey Hepburn? I imagine some lithe, dark-haired goddess I don't know. The hot pink quasi-miltary jacket looks like something Ms. Hepburn wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," making it at least appropriate for the locale. The white jacket would make someone with the best posture look terrible.

As the two models below show, it's hard to mess up brown Italian leather. That stunning men's jacket would look great with some other pants, and the wool coat with seamless leather trim and a beautifully matching scarf would be lovely if we ditched the belt. The other suit is perfect; it's a good thing my IPhone lost a lot of detail on the tie.

more men's suits brown wool coat with leather trim


Trump Tower Clock

Some people just have to put their names on everything (says the owner of the DeLoggio Achievement Program, DeLoggio LSAT Prep, etc.).

And some people don't notice the moss growing on the side of the fountain. For those of us who either studied botany or were Scouts, the moss is indeed growing on the north-facing wall.

A drink at the bar at Trump Tower is more trendy than High Tea at the Plaza Hotel across the street, and we all agreed the liquor was fine.

Moldy fountain wall

That drink ended our tour of 5th Ave. We walked over to 6th for dinner. Marisa, a 6th-year associate at Biglaw, enlivened the evening for my two law school applicants, and fascination with her delightful 20-month-old daughter Sydney kept the Moms happy. We ended our play day with work, scouting out the Forum hotel and meeting another admissions officer or two.

We skipped a fancy dinner Friday night for MoMA's "Free Friday" visits, (formerly sponsored by Target.) Sadly, I was disappointed. The two huge Monet paintings were crammed into way too small a room. Two Seurats, one or two Dalís, and way too many Picassos (capitalizing on the current tour), combined with the closure of the outdoor sculpture garden because of rain (clearly not MoMA's fault), left me with less than I had hoped for. However, I did discover that I really like Tanguy, am fascinated by Max Ernst, and would love to see what a psychiatrist has to say about Kandinsky.

Thanks to Katey, Mary, Emily, Amanda, Marisa, Sydney, Gary, and all the admissions officers for making my return to Manhattan after a three-year absence as delightful as a day in New York can be.

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