Monday, October 17, 2011

New York in a Random Flash

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~* Tuesday *~
:: despite my nervous anxiety, I was able to make it from JFK airport, to the airtrain to Jamacia station, to the LIRR, to Penn station, to the F train at 34th & Herald SQ, to the 2nd Ave stop, to my hotel on E. Houston.
:: phew
:: my hotel room was a closet of a place, but clean and up on the 5th floor away from the ground level noise.
:: after dropping off my stuff, I set off for some exploring in the afternoon... Anthropologie at Rockerfeller Center, NBC News, Times Square...
:: then back to Soho for coffee with a Rochester knitting friend... HI MARY ELLEN!
:: she was taking a class at a place I've lusted over in advertisements... Purl SOHO... oh yes, I brought a few skeins home with me
:: then I met up with my editor, Erica Smith, for dinner at Frankies 17
:: I recommend the ricotta and honey crustini... amazing
:: Erica and I hit it off like we've known each other for ages
:: excitement over starting the big shoot in the morning had me tossing and turning til 4am... ugh

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~* Wednesday *~
:: excuse the bags under my eyes... I told ya I couldn't sleep!
:: rather than navigating the trains, each morning I walked the 1.5miles to 48 West 21st St to the photo studio of the fantastic Jack Deutsch
:: naturally I stopped for Starbucks along the way
:: just like Totally Twisted, we started by picking the backgrounds for photos... the techniques are on a lovely light blue linen, the wire on an old plank of drift wood, and the process shots on cream
:: could not be more excited about how these shots came out... amazing
:: and Jack has a full time retoucher, Priscilla, so despite chipping my manicure while working the wire, the photos will all look lovely
:: I loved Jack's space... it reminded me of my studio... high ceilings, exposed brick, wood floors... love
:: 9, yes nine, hours later, we wrapped for the day and went out for sushi
:: apparently I was having sushi with Mondo from Project Runway, but only Erica noticed
:: back at the hotel by 7:00pm, I couldn't go to sleep...
:: so, I made my way back to midtown to the Top Of The Strand for a visit with a dear friend from high school

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~* Thursday *~
:: another 10 hours of shooting... so many projects, so little time
:: you are going to love every project!
:: despite exhaustion, there was still enough energy for a site or two
:: Eataly is CRAZY! so we didn't stay
:: who in the world could resist going into a Marimekko store if give the chance?
:: oh yes, that fabric will be inspiring beads
:: I had the best cheeseburger... e.v.e.r... at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park
:: and some how managed to get myself back to the hotel in time to catch the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy... you know how much I love Grey's, right?
:: and yes... another sleepless night.

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~* Friday *~

:: on the final day of shooting we had amazing thin crust pizza
:: and managed to crank out 10 projects in about 6 hours
:: as soon as we finished packing everything up to ship back to my studio it down poured... so we sat on Jack's couch and imagined future book projects for me...
:: a lampworking book? hmmm...
:: Jack gifted me the most amazing gadget for my camera!! can't wait to show you what it can do
:: when the rain let up, it was time to make my way home
:: it took more than 8 hours to get from NYC to Rochester by plane... I could have drove home and been in my bed faster
:: and no mister officer at the sobriety check point on the way home, we have not been drinking, we are on our way home from the airport, ugh
:: oh how I love my home and my comfy bed and perfectly shaped for me pillows and my hubby by my side
:: I still can't believe I was gone for 4 days... it felt like a moment


Alice said...

What a great time you had!!!!! Your photos are just amazing. I haven't been to NYC since I was a young teen. I'd love to take our family to this amazing city!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I think you could have saved so much time by taking Amtrak. Next time take the train!
Looks like it was a great trip!

Laura Twiford said...

Wow what a whirlwind! Love all the pics, I haven't been to the city in about 19 years! The food really is fantastic there and those shops! Glad you're back home safe and sound and resting hopefully!

Shel said...

Wow - amazing photos! Looks like you had a great time!

Brandi said...

I love this, Kerry! You look like you had an AWESOME time!!! Maybe the next time you're in NYC, I could meet up with you...

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

How exciting for you Kerry! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Mary Ellen said...

HI KERRY!! Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to see the book. You're giving me lots of ideas for the next trip. Marimekko here I come.

Cindy said...

So good to finally catch up and hear the scoop! Thanks for the blow by blow and all of the pictures! That Shake Shack sounds wonderful. I had a fat free chocolate milk shake today and it just didn't cut it. The Interweave team sounds like fantastic people - everyone worked hard and knew how to play hard too. 4 days is a long time, but you sure packed a LOT in. Wow. NYC memories that will last forever!

TesoriTrovati said...

Outstanding! Your chronicles of your time in NYC are making me want to GO! I am so excited for your next book. The first is one of my go-to faves. The color alone that you are showing is inspiring and I can't wait to see what you have up your pretty little knitted sleeve! ENjoy the day!

Sally Anderson said...

I grew up north of NY and always took the train. Also went to college near you and would frequently take a train to Albany when I went home (if I couldn't get a ride). I totally recommend a train instead of flying into NYC. Of course, driving is good too but the cost of parking is about equal to the cost of the hotel. Ridiculous!! You made me miss NY so much. This post even had some of that NY vibe to it. Good writing!

Sabine said...

Lucky! Marimekko's new flagship store! And Mondo - too bad you could sneak a shot, but you were being good blase New Yorkers. How fun!