Whenever the demonic heat of the summer lets up a bit, as it did this weekend, it’s physically possible to engage in one of the town’s favorite aerobic (and social and cultural) activities: walking up, down and around Warren Street, checking out the window displays outside and the latest wares inside at one or another of its talented retailers.
The following are a sampling of the many photogenic items from one such “workout.” A single piece from a rotary farm tiller, above, at David Dew Bruner (610 Warren Street/ 914-466-857) is a great looking example of found art; it costs $200. (David has also managed to fit a massive plaster horse from the 1920s, once used for a veterinarian’s office; an exhibition of paintings by David Roth; and the wonderfully macabre sculptures of Lee Musselman, among many other striking items, into his cozy space.)
Not so much “found art” as art found are a few busts by the noted midcentury sculptor Walter Rotan, $350 each at Mark’s Antiques (612 Warren Street/ 518-701-5382). And below right, for free, a fabulous window display at Lisa Durfee’s Five and Diamond vintage clothing store (502 Columbia Street/518- 828-1557), heralding the new season of Mad Men, the year’s most talked about and retro-stylish show. I can feel the burn!
— Scott Baldinger