Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Undercover Instagram

Party, Party in New York City!
by Duane Hampton

DPC and I were having dinner one late summer evening,
and I was telling him about my increasing enthusiasm for my Instagram experience – visiting beautiful places I’d never visited, re-visiting places but seeing them through a different lens; pulling out old photos; as well as seeing what friends (on Insta) were up to; re-connecting with old friends, making new ones.
"I don't believe less is more. I believe that more is more. I believe that less is less, fat fat, thin thin, and enough is enough!
After DPC took me home in his fabulous Mini Cooper I immediately went to look at NYSD’s Instagram account. I loved its record of New York happenings and photos that were usually tied into more in-depth descriptions (and many more photos) on NYSD's pages.
From the passenger seat of DPC's snazzy convertible briefly halted in its glide through the NYC traffic.
Then David, after looking at my all-over-the-place Insta-life, suggested that he and Jeff Hirsch – co-founder of NYSD and also an excellent photographer for all things NYSD – meet with me to discuss how I might "add" to their Instagram page with some around-the-town new and old photographs of my own. Jeff linked me into their account so that I could switch back and forth from @darlingduane to @newyorksocialdiary – and a new project was born. After I’d contributed a reasonable number of images to their page, Jeff suggested we make a collection of them as sort of a debut Insta-column.
Diana Vreeland next to someone's view of how she looked ... hum?
On September 24th, the 131-year-old sailing ship, Wavertree, sailed from Staten Island (where it underwent a 16-month renovation) back to its berth at Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport Museum. Welcome back, beautiful!
On display in New York City grocery stores — this was in September!
The houses along New York's side streets were creatively tarted up for Halloween — always such a treat!
On loan to New York's Jewish Museum from the Tate in London is John Singer Sargent's, "Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children." Adele Meyer was a patron of the arts an avid suffragette in the 1890s.
Three student ballerinas, Fallon de Castro, Cristina Elena Baron, and Isabel Lavery, doing their interpretation of "walking the red carpet" before suiting up for their performance at ABT's Fall Gala on Oct 20th at Lincoln Center. Maybe one day they'll be headliners?
As the Fall ballet season began, we looked back at an 1980's photo of New York City Ballet's co-founder Lincoln Kirstein (the other was George Balanchine) and New York City Ballet Director Peter Martins, with one of their favorite balletomanes, Anne Bass.
On the ice at Rockefeller Center though the temperature was 62 degrees (in late October).
The almost cathedral-like atmosphere at TEFAF (The European Fine Arts Fair) at the Park Avenue Armory (which ran until Oct 26th) had people moving as if in a dream and talking in hushed tones; and then, there is the art ...
A little touch of Halloween, from TEFAF. There were lots of non-macabre things to see plus the wonderful over-the-top luxurious concept for the fair itself.
Bill Cunningham waiting to snap notables attending the "Fete de Famille" on the street outside Mortimer's sometime in the '80s.
Mary Hilliard positioned on the street to photograph the same '80s "Fete de Famille" party.
Autumn in Central Park as seen from the Time Warner building. The traffic is traveling east and west on 59th Street, and at the bottom of the photo, is seen beginning to wind around Columbus Circle where 59th Street meets 8th Avenue. (And there's just a glimpse of Central Park West on the lower left.)
Here's a clear depiction of NYC's "grid" pattern.
New art gallery in town — and it's not in Chelsea! Instead, it's located above a boutique at 223 E. 60th St. where the famous mid-century Bodley Gallery once displayed Warhol, Klee, Matisse and Picasso. Its current show features works of Stylist to the Stars, Sabina Rojas (including the canvas front and center in the window); Sabina shares the gallery show with one of her stars, Rosie O'Donnell.
Rosie O'Donnell's ironic treatment of one of her Emmy Awards.
Looking north from 4th Street (the southern edge of Washington Square Park) at the Washington Square Arch and--in the distance--the Empire State Building.
A cheerful view of an early fall street fair.
Petra (in the form of a food cart) comes to 57th and Park Avenue; a meeting of legendary places--crossroads of their vastly different worlds!
City waterfall at the 53rd St. subway stop at Lexington Ave.
The Metropolitan Museum at twilight as seen from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 81st street.
An astonishing sunset in Manhattan -- viewed from 94th Street and Fifth Avenue.
A night on the barricades (construction, that is) in New York City.
The back of a Diwali float in a parade celebrating the "Festival of Lights."
A replica of Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of the auction house's founder James Christie was part of a kiosk in front of the New York City branch of that venerable institution at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. Happy Anniversary! (Christie seems to be looking across the street at 30 Rock. Hoping for Alec Baldwin? Tina Fey?)
The Gagosian Gallery at 976 Madison Avenue is currently showing "Picasso's Picassos" from the collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, the painter's daughter; the show is up until December 17th.
New York City votes; red doors, blue signs and a red, white and blue stroller.
The New York Public Library candlelit under a Supermoon for a buffet dinner/book launch of David Monn's gorgeous doorstop tome called "David Monn The Art of Celebrating." Supermoon/SuperMonn, get it?
The beautifully restored Rose Reading Room in the New York Public Library.
This year's Christmas Tree being decorated on Fulton Street, part of the South Street Seaport complex in Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge.