View of Financial District taken from Gold Street, NYC.
Took a walk in the Flatiron district and ran into these beauties.
Until recently, the coffee cup was singularly a container for hot liquid, but as I adventure the streets of New York, it has become the quintessential way of grabbing free wifi in a warm place.
The coffee cup: a way to transport hot liquid, a canvas, and key to the interwebs.
Hypergraphia: The Cup Drawings Studio in the Prow
“My drawing surface of choice since 2007 is the cardboard coffee cup. The slightly off-white, matte surface of a sturdy unadorned cardboard cup is a wonder and delight. It takes beautifully the jet-black and the earthy colors of the Faber and Castell India ink brush pens that I favor.
I save the cups from the hot drinks I buy and occasionally collect them from other artists with whom I meet for tea or coffee around town. I wash and dry them and record on the bottom the date, place and occasion, as well as the drink that was consumed, thus capturing the social moment just passed.” - Gwyneth Leech
Phone Photography (Midtown NYC)
Village Voice Responds to Birthday Questions
Here I stand, celebrating my first birthday living in New York City, not knowing where to go, definitely not equipped with enough time to investigate and staring at enough options to cause a fella with a severe case of “fear of missing out” to rip his hair out.
So I calmly and confidently made my decision. Someone else can choose.
Instead of stressing out about picking the perfect location, I asked the Village Voice for help- AND THEY ANSWERED!
Do you agree with their picks?
Dear Village Voice,
After a brief stint in Delaware (12 years), I am finally making my return
to NYC (commence the quoting of the ever-famous Wayne’s World) and I am
beyond excited to get back to the hustle and bustle of the city that never
sleeps. So, here I stand, equipped with the faintest trace of that weird
Delaware accent and a whole new set of friends, on the cusp of turning 30
(shhhh…. i hear 30 is the new 21!) and looking for the perfect location to
throw a Birthday Party “Hangout” . I am looking for a bar or restaurant
that can accommodate a casual “hang out”, where 20-30 people can meet and not
have to shout over Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” (although, I do LOVES
me some Katy Perry - you should see my dance moves). I would love for my old
friends to meet my new friends while toasting over some decently priced
handcrafted beer or some soul warming wine. I’m looking for a casual
atmosphere were people can have fun, drink and be merry - and if dancing
accidentally happens later in the evening, i won’t fight it.
-Christopher A. Peters
Dear Christopher: First off, a hearty welcome back to the Big Apple! That in itself is cause for celebration, don’t you think! While it’s true that the city that never sleeps boasts a lot of loud bars playing Katy Perry, here are some more relaxed spots that I think would make for a fun celebration.
I think Berry Park might be fun, because the space is huge…
GPOYW: Accidental Penis Edition
Perhaps the best hidden secret of Cornwall NY - and most hilarious I might add - The Wang Tree conjures adolescent giggles to all that bask in its glory.
It brings a whole new meaning to the concept of wood.
Also, this tree literally has a penis.
When you have a cold, there is nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup to help push you through the day. BUT, when the cold is outside and the rain just won’t quit, there is no question that staying warm with Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate will keep you smiling for the remainder of the storm.
Possibly one of the creamiest, “stick-to-your-soul” treats in the city, this Wicked Hot Chocolate features allspice, cinnamon, ground sweet ancho chili peppers, smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers and decadent, silky melted chocolate ( can you hear the heavenly choir in the background? ).
Its flavor notes hit the same chord as a pumpkin latte but follow through with a smoky and spicy after kick. Not too sweet and not too savory. I’m in love.
You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be wearing my flannel shirt and enjoying this treat throughout the rest of the Fall AND learning to make this at home has suddenly jumped to the top of my priorities list.
Check out Jacques Torres at 285 Amsterdam between 73rd and 74th Street and the other 7 locations throughout NYC.
Male / 25-40 / Any Ethnicity Officer William Mills was a fine NY policeman… before he got into a car accident and was transformed into a cannibalistic zombie. Eager to break into an apartment to satisfy his lust for flesh, Mills, the creature, will stop at nothing to get inside Marjorie Davies’s apartment. This role is mostly in zombie form, though an essential element of the script involves Officer Mills appearing as a human being.
I saw this ad on the craigslist. I chuckled when I read it, but then I started to think it could be a fun acting gig. Would you be a zombie?
High Line NYC June 27, 2011
I’m on the hunt for a perfect peach in NYC. You know the kind - a gentle touch perfumes the air with memories of childhood and summer’s freedom. A succulent bite sends streams of this stone fruit’s nectar down your face, spilling onto your playful hand. A fruit that prevents you from using your laptop. A gem that evokes a child’s laugh from deep within.
The peaches in Chelsea Market are falling flat and lack the depth of color I am looking for. Anyone know where the perfect peaches are hiding in NYC?
Enjoying Corn flavored ice-cream on this lovely spring evening, listening to a doo-wop group on the corner. Oh nyc you are beautiful.
Restore the historic marquee of the Beacon Theater in Beacon, NY.
We have the opportunity to help my friend Christine Manning and 4th Wall Productions restore the Historic Beacon Theater in Beacon NY. Pepsi will donate a significant portion of money to have the project completed if we can get enough votes. So, vote below or use your facebook account to spread the word. This is a fantastic way to show your support for the arts and please share this link with all your friends!
The Beacon is a 76-year old art-deco former movie theater/vaudeville house in the City of Beacon, NY that has remained dark for several decades. Amidst the city’s renaissance, a non-profit theater group has purchased The Beacon, but needs to restore the legendary marquee that once lit Main Street. Watch the plans here.
The plan to renovate this historic landmark is alive thanks to fervent support from the community, and it begins with the marquee. The light from the marquee will lead tourists and Beaconites alike from the west end of Main Street to the East, stimulating business down the Main Street mile. Staying true the original design with a modern, green twist, the new marquee will use classic design based on the days of old while using environmentally friendly LED lights, highlighting upcoming events. The new owners and City Planning are committed to making the theater the East End Cultural Anchor. There is ample, affordable retail space for unique businesses to occupy and for show-goers to enjoy such as a candy shop and an Art-Deco styled martini bar. A fully functional theater will create jobs, internship/volunteer opportunities, and will further solidify the sense of community that lies between the Hudson River and Mt. Beacon.
Artist Garin Baker features Ryan Peters in latest work, The Point
Trained as a traditional painter Garin’s work builds on the great traditions of American Illustration. From Howard Pyle to Norman Rockwell, Garin’s work continues on the path of realism in illustration and provides his clients with the very best in this genre. Garin’s clients include: Avon, Bantam, DoubleDay Dell, Disney / Hyperion, Hallmark, Harlequin, Oxford University Press, Pocket Books, Putnam Pub, New York Magazine, The Daily News, Cosmopolitan Magazine, as well as countless advertising agencies and corporate clients. Awards for his work include: The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club and RSVP as well as many others. Garin is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp, in NYC, and his work can be seen in American Showcase as well as view his Portfolio on line @ www.theispot.com.
See the guy in the gray sweat-shirt, holding the net? That’s my brother, Ryan! He is in a painting; that means he is famous. Also he is a lord and a conquistador!
I can say that without a doubt, Ryan is the best fisherman in the world. No Jokes. He stands next to any body of water and the fish will jump right into his hands. It really is quite a sight to see. He has more than conquered the skill and patience required to master the art of fishing.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Baker on all his successes. I am very impressed with the level of talent that he has. These paintings are quite phenomenal.
Ryan, congrats as well. You have made your mark and will forever have a place in history showcasing your passion.