Check out my friends at Wild Honey Catering!

September 14, 2016

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I met Daniel Stein at an opening reception at an art gallery. He was (in my way—just kidding!) at the buffet table. I confided to this stranger, “Wow, I was hoping for crackers & cheese, but these fabulous-looking canapes are awesome!” He thanked me. “Excuse me?!” I retorted. “Oh, I’m the caterer; my partner is in the kitchen!” So I went right to Sylvia Becker, to gush further…

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Well, they’re both also as handsome as they are sweet-hearted—and those qualities are commensurate to the well-matched excellent front-of-house/back-of-house skills that this dynamic duo provide…

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Check out “My Winter Walkabout” with Cynthia Kirk!

March 5, 2016

In NYC, on the Highline, and to several art galleries,
to a coffeeshop and a restaurant,
and to a Broadway play

On March 3rd, the birthday of dear Jim Leisy

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I took the train into NYC, from Millburn, for the first time. Direct to midtown—very civilized. She came up from Fulton St., where she had gone to the TKTS booth to score us tickets to see The Crucible, on Broadway. We rendezvoused (so much easier, to coordinate, with mobile phones!) on 8th Ave. & 30th St. We walked over to the Highline, and then down it, to 17th St. We stopped at Caffe Bene for a respite. Then we checked out the lobby of the awesome building that is now the Highline Hotel. Then we went up to the Gagosian Gallery (522 West 21st Street) for an exhibition of 31 very large/interesting photographs by Gregory Crewdson, whose work both Cyn & Jim had seen/appreciated.

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Check out my friend Carissa Borraggine!

February 17, 2016

on bricks350.com

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“Small business owner
serving healthy, delicious options”

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“Serving fresh food, to downtown Newark, since 2007”


About the place:

Harvest Table

 

 

About the person and her team:

Carissa Borraggine

on bricks350.com

 

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Check out Frank Zappa in Pictures!

December 1, 2015

FZ biz card

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Check out some of my business cards when I was at Salomon!

October 1, 2015

Starting at One New York Plaza (in 1986), then to 55 Water Street, then to Two New York Plaza, all in a row, downtown, on the water near South Ferry.

Salomon Brothers Inc

See the building address, here?! We moved the world headquarters (somewhat) uptown. (Over many weekends!)

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Years later that building came crumbling down. (Nobody I know was hurt. [I did lose one (ex-Solly) friend, who was at Cantor FitzGerald (at the top of one of the twin towers) in 2001.]) And it has been rebuilt.

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Check out “My Brooklyn Walkabout”!

September 15, 2015

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And I didn’t stay in this one spot for all the hours
in between these two shots!

I walked for mmmiles, around Williamsburg,
including over the bridge, to Manhattan, and back!

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Click one of the photos to see my slide-show.
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Check out (my friend) Ed Palermo!

August 6, 2015

And the Ed Palermo Big Band.

The [semi-]short (back) story is: Walking in NYC’s “The Village” one time, looking for something to do. Saw a sign, at the Red Lion, for a musical double-bill: Project/Object [the repertoire of Frank Zappa] [and please see my other posts, about him (and about books about him), on this blog, including this one] and Mahavishnu Project [the book of… you guessed which Orchestra.] I took a gamble and walked in. Both bands blew me away. I signed onto the e-mail list for P/O. Then, on a subsequent tour, they asked for volunteers for “local crews.” Help the band load in & out and get free admission & beer! I wrote a long letter about all my skills & attributes and care while handling other people’s expensive/delicate equipment. The leader, Andre Cholmondeley, chose me and I met him at Maxwell’s in Hoboken one (fateful) afternoon before their gig. Fun!

The next year I volunteered, for them, at BB Kings. The next year I volunteered at Mexicali Rose. The next year I volunteered at Iridium. Etc. I’ve lost count. But have made a good friend in Andre (a killer guitarist [as was FZ, not everybody realizes]). (The rest of the players have rotated.) [And met both Ike Willis and Ray White, from some of FZ’s best lineups!]

And I met Katie Jacoby, electric violinist [did you love Jean Luc Ponty’s time with FZ?!] one time at BB King’s. We now think, the first time I met Ed Palermo–the hero of this current story–and, when he first met her, too. Of course, we both were enamored of Katie. I photographed her (and everyone/all evening, of course). Ed invited her to sit in with his group. Now she’s (a regular) in his band.

Oh, so, one time, hanging out with Ed in some NYC venue, after meeting at least several times, we realized that we both live in the same town in northern NJ!

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The current recording. One disc of Ed’s music; one disc of his arrangements of Frank’s music. [Click to go to amazon.com]


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