You can say that every day is a show on Warren Street, put on by some of the best retail/show people in the country. So who needs a movie theater right in town? (Actually I do….but our stores make a stroll up the street a consistenly engaging enterprise. So who needs Planet Fitness? Actually I do, etc..) The following are a few of the personal highlights spotted a day or so ago, when the weather was balmy enough to have been able to be pleasantly surprised every other block or so. Ah the old days.
A colony of Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chairs at Vincent Mulford antiques, which are often mistakenly called ant chairs. (Jacobsen did those too, and they look very similar). Yup, mid century modern is still here…get used to it! Decorative arts genius that he is, Vince only does it when it’s something very special, and these chairs, designed by the Danish designer for the Fritz Hansen furniture company in 1957, are as desirable as ever.
A painting by David Levine at the Terenchin gallery. Terenchin always manages to come up with terrific art within reach, and this painting by Levine, who became famous for his biting caricatures for the New York Review of Books and other publications, is a find. Compare the lushness of the artist’s paint strokes with the deadly accuracy of his ink and pen works, one of which of his most famous is displayed here.
Frontal fashion on Front Street and Warren, at Kasuri, a new clothing store for men and women in a long unoccupied retail space, kicks off Warren Street with appropriate panache.
A recent gambol around the various nooks and grannies of Hudson revealed a number of its gorgeous buildings undergoing a glorious state of undress, i.e the removal of their vinyl/aluminum/asbestos siding or unsightly paint jobs to uncover the natural wonders laying underneath. Even though, as Historic Preservation Commissioner Rick Rector admits, “removing any siding is not as easy as it would seem and is often costly,” there is increasing evidence that property owners care enough about the town’s architecture to make the extra effort. It’s even happening on Robinson Street, that quotidian yet venerable part of town, the cultural value of whose tightly packed houses have been the focus of some debate in the past. Seeing the naked original wood and hearing workmen proudly declaring that the bad siding that used to cover it would be gone forever gave this observer a lift that lasted more than three hours. (No immediate medical attention was needed.)
Bravo to the owners of the buildings pictured above: 339 Allen (The Inn at Ca Mea); 117 Warren Street; 15 Union Street; 211 Warren Street (mauve paint blasted off); 233 Robinson Street; and 237 Robinson Street. – Scott Baldinger
Guests who can swing a ticket to the Hudson Opera House’s Spring Fling Gala Dinner tomorrow night will not only be among the last to view the second floor performance hall before its renovation (hallelujah!). They’ll also see firsthand the handiwork of artist Ken Polinskie who, for the event, stitched together a series of Sumi ink and watercolor works on rice paper to form a vernal backdrop on the Opera House stage. It’s quite a beautiful sight, not just because of the dramatic quality of the work in total, but because of the hints it gives of possible productions to come in the future: perhaps A Little Night Music? — Scott Baldinger