Saturday, July 24, 2010

About Town

I've often heard that fifty or sixty years ago respectable Hudsonians rarely ventured below Fifth Street. Living in sight of the river, I have to confess that the reverse is true for me: I rarely venture above Fifth Street--particularly not on foot. But someone tipped me off to the existence of this installation in a garage on Warren Street, close to Worth Avenue, so I headed up there to have a look. Brightly colored woven straw bags are suspended in front of a reflective backdrop of aluminum foil, with a fan going to keep the bags in gentle perpetual motion.

An installation definitely worth a trip to see are these Mad Men windows at Five & Diamond. The peignoir is so Betty Draper, the little black dress so Joan Harris, and all of it so very clever and so well done.

A reader sent me this picture, taken this morning. This sign out in front of John L. Edwards makes it seem that they may be running a zoo there this summer. Too bad it didn't occur to the person composing the copy that MEALS might be a more appropriate word than FEEDING in this context.


  1. Lisa Durfee's windows at Five and Diamond are more and more interesting. This one, of course, coincides with the return of Mad Men on Sunday on AMC. Brilliant!

    Also worth a look is the viewing station called Incident Report in the window of Kermani's Oriental Rugs at 348 Warren. Incident Report is a project of a group of artists who provide a revolving series of installations, the current one being about food. Nancy Shaver, who owns the shop Henry next door is a member of the group. Have a look. --Ellen

  2. Max Goldfarb, not a group of artists, curates Incident Report.

  3. Regarding the "Summer Feeding Program," I learned from a reader that "feeding program" is USDA terminology. I guess I shouldn't have faulted the school district for not editing the federal government to adopt more sensitive terminology.

  4. Carole, though I don't think you're insinuating such, the opening of this post sounds like you believe respectable Hudsonians of today don't venture above Fifth Street. Many of us do, on foot even; some of us live there, no less, and love it! Please don't call into question our respectability.

  5. Huh? I gotta say, Anonymous, you seem to be working pretty hard to find an insult here. I neither said nor implied anything about the relative respectability of people based on their location in Hudson today. I was simply trying to point up the irony that two generations ago, or so I've been told, certain people tended not to venture below Fifth Street, while today, for at least one person living below Third, the opposite was true. And it's not because I'm afraid to go above Fifth (as I get the impression was the case in the past with the areas below Fifth) or because that part of the city holds no charm.

    I was also trying to acknowledge and subtly apologize for what might be perceived as the "downstreet" focus of Gossips. My on-foot reconnaissance is mostly done with a twelve-year-old dog--a BIG twelve-year-old dog--who doesn't like to walk very far anymore, especially when it's hot.

    I'm truly sorry that you were offended.

  6. Carole, I wasn't offended. In fact, at the end of my sentence "Please don't call into question our respectability," I came very close to writing "tongue-in-cheek" or the modern equivalent "lol" but thought it was silly so I didn't. I do appreciate that you're trying to cover the whole of Hudson, not just the "downstreet" areas, though I've never felt slighted in that regard either. Gossips is great; keep on, despite the badgering of readers.

  7. The uptown garage installations have been a delight for at least the past two or three years. I have no idea who does them, but the change every so often and are particularily appealing at night as the are extremely well lit and moving parts spin and reflect light. I have been
    enjoying them very much.