Monday, September 7, 2009

Pics of the Day(s)

It's Labor Day and I decided to celebrate by looking through some pics from last week. This water tower's for you, Kristine! My mom came to town to see some of the early rounds at The US Open. She also accompanied me to a hair appointment at Laicale Salon in Soho, where she got to meet my awesome stylist & all around great gal, Simone Saint Laurent :) We wandered in & out of shops like FACE (dog sits in window below) bought a fab lipstick called Seduction and Paris Style at Taschen Books.


7 Train to Flushing Meadows gave us the chance to enjoy these musicians each day. They are a lot of fun!





We went to the Open W, Th & Friday with our grounds passes, which allow you entry to every court except Arthur Ashe Stadium where the top of the top are showcased. Of course, you can upgrade to that or enjoy seeing the very best players in the world on the smaller, easy to view courts. It's really a blast to pick up a schedule and circle your must-sees for the day!

I will be posting a full piece about the experience later. I knew little about it until 2006 when my parents decided to come up for it. Above is the iconic world sculpture and crowds exiting the 7 train at Willets Point, Flushing Meadows, Queens.





Roger Federer has a chance to win his 6th US Open & 16th Grand Slam! Whew... if you have the chance to see him play, do so. He is most certainly the best to ever play the game.

I happened to see Murphy Jensen a great doubles player, who won the French Open with his brother, Luke in 1993. He now hosts a couple of terrific shows on the Tennis Channel -- Open Access (profiling players) and Murphy's Guide (to various cities around the world on the tour). He told me he is also on Wake Up with Al 6am each dayon the Weather Channel :) He is quite funny, charming & seemingly indefatigable. Watch him sometime, particularly great with the players.

Above is my personal favorite, David Ferrer from Valencia, Spain. He is a superb player who is fun to watch for his athleticism, speed, agility and overall adorableness ;D He has been as high as #4 in the world and is currently ranked #19. Below is a newspaper from Barcelona /Spring '08 after losing in Final there to his friend, Rafa Nadal. Cava was flowing! It hangs in my studio :)



Below are Jill and her mom, Patty from West Va. We met them after Ferrer's Wed match. They are big fans of tennis and incredibly nice! They had been to the tournament in Cincinatti (series on road to Open) and had some wonderful photos (think she could put together a super calendar) Apparently, heat there this year forced many to practice sans shirts-- nice!





Federer practices above... wish I were closer, oh well. Will share better pics from '06 later, as well as some terrific ones of Serena.

Below is Tommy Robredo another fantastic Spaniard!! He's been as high as #5, currently ranked #14. Unbelievable how tough and great these top Spanish Palyers are, not just Rafa out there-- though he is a force of nature! Tommy plays Federer this afternoon (Monday/Labor Day) televised on CBS.



We saw him play on Court 10 Thursday afternoon :)

Kristine Lombardi Fine purveyor of Illustration, Hand Lettering & Design came along on Thursday and met her new love-- the Vanilla Oreo ;) Initially mistaking him for a jumbo tennis ball, had no effect on his confidence or pursuit of her. I'm happy for them both!



Ride home on 7 Train cut short after a bad signal at 42nd Street forced us to turn back to Hunter's Point after 20 minutes hanging still on track. Kristine took advantage snapping numerous shots. It was a beautiful sunset & night sky. Not as fun exiting in LI City, calling car service, then watching as a total ass took our car. 2nd call to service, MetroLine sent another right away at least :)





Took mom to High Line on Sunday, only couple pics of area here, since I posted fairly extensive piece recently. Mom pretty thrilled to find Ronny Brook Farm Dairy chocolate milk here :D YUM



Love the look and color of Chelsea Modern

Below is Baco Cafe in Dumbo. It's a lovely, tasty (Mediterranean fare) cafe and vintage shop (in back) owned by a super nice couple, Motti & Miritika. They also own Baco Living custom renovation & design, the showroom is also in Dumbo. Full post to come this fall...




En route from Dumbo to Vinegar Hill ... liked this festive car lot and clean, mod building below.





Love the small town feel of Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn. Glad we finally tried Vinegar Hill House too! It was all delicious and the interior is so cozy and quaint!! I highly recommend the cast iron chicken, plus the chocolate cake with cream cheese icing was perfect-O :)

Couldn't resist taking photo of Leslie's cute sailor look.




It's a beautiful day! Hope you are out enjoying the sweet weather!! I'll be here watching some tennis-- Federer v Robredo just got started at 3:15 :) Congrats to young American, Melanie Oudin for making it to Quaterfinals!

4 comments:

ahoward0005 said...

I have just returned home after
a great trip to Brooklyn and
the USOpen with Allyn. The Open
is such an exciting place the
first week when you can walk
around and see all the world-class
players on the various courts
and even practicing! Anyone
who enjoys this international
sport should give the USOpen a
visit!

Allyn always makes certain that
I go to great restaurants on my
visits ... places such as Buttermilk Channel in Carroll
Gardens, Frankies Court Street,
Luna Rossa (Court Street)...try
the Rustica pizza ... wonderful!
Last night we finally made it
to Vinegar Hill House with her
friends Leslie and Michael....terrific place!!!

I thank Allyn and her darling
cat Lena for my good time this
past week!

mzexter said...

cute pic of doggie in the chair and of the tennis dudes. It looks line Lena is waving hello to the Hello Kitty!

janelorenzo84 said...

hi, i enjoy your posts a lot. this is great about tennis, i love the spanish players!! i have tennis channel and wish they showed more of them all! nadal,verdasco,lopez,robredo,ferrer such cuties ;0)

Allyn said...

Thanks Jane! I agree. Wasn't Nadal/Monfils match amazing?? Hoping for Nadal/Federer Final, like most :)

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