Playtime in Industry City. On a sunny but bitterly cold day last week, I went with both mom and sister to see a floating M.C. Escher exhibit that’s set up shop in one of these converted industrial waterfront buildings. Beforehand, we met at the new Japan Village (both a market and a collection of stalls where you can order ramen, soba, sushi, bento, yakitori, and onigiri for lunch). I stepped into one of the green courtyards for a moment to make a phone call when I caught a mom with her young daughter chasing each other back and forth. A year back in NY and I still don’t take it for granted that I can spend these lazy, totally indulgent weekday afternoons with my family.
Little known fact about the Brooklyn Bridge: When originally built, there were hidden wine cellars beneath the bridge. 🍷🍾 The wine cellars had originally been constructed as a sort of compromise. As chief bridge engineer, Washington Roebling developed plans for a roadway connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, the question loomed over what to do with two establishments that were in the path of construction. On the Brooklyn shore of the East River, Rackey's Wine Company was doing steady business, and on the Manhattan side, Luyties & Co., sold its liquor to thirsty New Yorkers.
Roebling saw an opportunity to offset some of the bridge's massive $15 million construction costs. It was an ingeniously perfect fit. The design of the bridge would allow for two wine cellars, one on each shore, along with several other vaulted chambers, to be incorporated into construction. The chambers would be rented out to local businesses, which used them mostly for storage, to help pay off the city's debt. Over the course of the next 40 years, several different liquor vendors would utilize the cellars below the bridge. Storing wine under the bridge made perfect sense. The caverns below the 60,000-ton granite entrances were dark and consistently cool, ideal places to house even the most delicate vintage Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne. These cellars were built in 1876, about seven years prior to the official opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. From their inception, they housed the choicest wines in New York City.
One: Do Ho Suh. This exhibit is so powerful. A visual representation of migration & cultural identity, this is a recreation of the artist’s New York apartment, which was his first home since moving from his native Korea. He had a strong connection to it - he spent 18 years renting there & had a good relationship with the landlord. As a way of literally preserving the physical memory of it, he made a replica of it in translucent fabric. Every detail has been accounted for - light switches, staircases, oven dials, etc. Places have such an impact on us. This is such a meaningful way to honour it.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Such a moving exhibition featuring works throughout 1963-1983.
3 242:47 AM Jan 17, 2019
sun on my face ☀️ keeps me from turning into an icicle ❄️ my winter essentials for staying stylish when it’s too cold to really care went live on Tuesday 🤩 have you checked it out yet?!? #linkinbio What’s your favorite winter accessory to speak your style through ?? 📸: @michelledufflocq
‘’I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path’’ -Unk
5 603:08 AM Jan 15, 2019
I love that every neighborhood in this city has its own vibe ✨ there’s really something for everyone! A new vlog went up yesterday that’s a lot of fun [there might even be a clip of me attempting a hip hop combo LOL] 💃🏽another week of content creating before I return to my real world routine and I’ve got some good stuff coming!! as always 📸: @michelledufflocq