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A peach grows in Chelsea

My mom noticed it first. She was standing on my balcony, looking down, and said "look, there's a peach tree!" I am embarrassed to say that my first thought was that Mom must've forgotten her glasses. I mean, a peach tree? On 19th Street? I doubt it. But guess what? It's true. I was reminded just the other day as I looked down upon almost-ripe, orangey yellow round things that are most definitely peaches. Organic, no less! How did they get there? The girl who lives in the ground floor apartment has no idea - the tree has been there longer...

Gorbachev is into Leather?

It's hard to describe the confusion I felt when flipping through the latest issue of either Vogue or Vanity Fair and coming upon a spread featuring Mikhail Gorbachev. But it's not an editorial. It's an ad for Louis Vuitton. The ex-President (and actually last leader) of the former Soviet Union is in an ad for Louis-friggin- Vuitton and - get this - it's shot by Annie Leibovitz with the BERLIN WALL IN THE BACKGROUND. The ironies just keep coming! Interestingly enough, there's no info about it on Mikhail's own snazzy flash website - (http://www.mikhailgorbachev.org/). ...

I *heart* this guy

Seen on 23rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue- One very stylish couple, color coordinated. All very nice. But check out the guy's jeans. Yep, those are red leather or leather-like hearts on his ass. Several of them. I was impressed - it takes a real man to wear his heart(s) on his ass, instead of the usual below-the-belt location. Note the color coordination with the shirt, belt, shoes and (although you can't see it in this picture) boxers. Loving! ...

What a hoot, part 2

Is it a trend? Should I take this as some sort of a sign? Two weeks ago, I was in San Francisco, where I spied this lovely residential window display. Clearly someone is obsessed. And talented - check out the macrame! ...

What a hoot?

Ever seen an owl in a palm tree? Me neither, until this week. I was scouting locations at the JW Marriott in Phoenix (a gorgeous property - really) and there, in the palm trees, were not one but two owls. Apparently a whole family of them live here. relevant domains Go figure. ...

Fresh Fruit

The other day I had my first experience with a Plumcot. It's a lovely marriage between an apricot and a plum - the skin is very apricot-y but the first bite is giving you the tartness of a plum with the smoothness of the apricot. web page speed Dee-licious! I got them at Citarella. Here's a picture: ...

A Poem

It's rare to get a thank you note, even more rare to get a thank you poem. I got this today and thought it was worth sharing. It's by Natalie from Mobos (ilovemobos.com). Rima is lovely Rima is grand She's full of joie de vivre You want to shake her hand She's smart and sassy It always fun to meet her She's a crackerjack writer No one else can beat her! Thank you so dearly From the bottom of my heart I hope New York's readers Enjoy our MOBOS Wall Art...

Say "butterfly chair" to the average New Yorker and they'll probably imagine a wood or metal framed, modernist item that's easy to slip into and almost impossible to get out of (especially after a couple cocktails). But the Domestications catalog has forever changed my visual memory for the term "butterfly chair." I don't think there's anything else to say except show the picture and mention they're $129.99 each at ...

Could it be, Hermes?

At a quick glance, maybe. Is it the H sandal? Nope! But it's a pretty damn gorgeous slide for just $17.99 at Payless. And guess what? You buy one, you get another pair of shoes at 1/2 price. So you can buy more than one color. A true score. buy it at: www.payless.com>...

I like it raw

Prior to a luncheon today at Pure Food & Wine I was kind of anti raw food. I hated restaurants that would listen items on their menu like "steak" and "lasagna" only to find out it was the raw food version of each. Totally disappointing when, say, you really want a steak. expired domain list Not a mushroom that looks like it could be a steak. But today I ate at the aforementioned Pure Food & Wine (where yes, they have a "lasagna" but at least it is thoroughly described on the menu) where I...