Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

Above image from the New York Times A rendering of the virtual reality rendition of the Maison de Verre. CreditDiller Scofidio + Renfro

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, On view at the Jewish Museum in NYC, November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017.

Having toured the actual Maison de Verre (Glass House) in Paris, I was curious to see how the exhibit could possibly compare to the ingenious interior design and workings of this 1932 home. But in using virtual reality and clever silhouette images, the exhibit is as innovative as the house was. Chareau combined industrial glass, wrought iron, and precious woods in highly original and daring ways and fine craftsmanship. Many actual furniture pieces and lighting are in the exhibit, but the other surprise was learning that Pierre Chareau and his wife Dollie were patrons of the arts. Several works by Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques Lipchitz, and Max Ernst are on view as well. Read more ›

Sing-A-Long in NYC

Sing-a-long in NYC

Dark and dim but not dismal, this historic piano bar draws gays and local musical theater talent belting out Broadway tunes with gusto. Doesn’t matter whether you can carry a tune. Sing-along or not.  Dress down and expect to stand unless you get lucky with one of the few bistro tables.

The most elaborate thing a midst the gaiety is the mirrored bar depicting the American Revolution or perhaps the French. This is an old-time West Village joint said to have been the location of a brothel in the 1800s. Named originally for Marie DuMont, the bar added Crisis as a nod to Thomas Paine who supposedly died in this location and authored “The Crisis Papers,” a series of essays in support of our Independence from  Britain. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls…” He could well have written it today. According to http://www.ushistory.org/paine/crisis/, “General Washington found the first essay so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.”

These days, the piano bar singing inspires more revelry then revolution, nonetheless…

Open until the wee hours:

Mon.–Sat., 5:30 p.m.–4 a.m., Sun., 6 p.m.–3 a.m.

59 Grove St. (near 7th Ave.)

(212) 243-9323