Ruddy Was Here

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I absolutely love this bold piece by artist Bradley Theodore. Little Italy is really turning into a hot spot for artists to showcase what they have to offer. Right now you can find at least 5 walls that have some of the best NYC street art all within a 3 block radius.
Find Karl Laguerfeld and Anna Wintour on the corner of Mott and Kenmare Street.
Follow Bradly and enjoy his unique and fun point of view on instagram @bradleytheodore
Photography by Ruddy Harootian

I absolutely love this bold piece by artist Bradley Theodore. Little Italy is really turning into a hot spot for artists to showcase what they have to offer. Right now you can find at least 5 walls that have some of the best NYC street art all within a 3 block radius.

Find Karl Laguerfeld and Anna Wintour on the corner of Mott and Kenmare Street.

Follow Bradly and enjoy his unique and fun point of view on instagram @bradleytheodore

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

Let me use this “throw back Thursday” to showcase one of my personal favorite coffee shops in NYC and what I believe to be one of my best photographs. There is just something about this shot that looks dreamy and inviting, like a fantasy. I had written about Ground Support back in August of 2012 and I definitely feel it deserves a re-post.
ruddywashere:

Weekend people watching in SoHo would not be the same without the little coffee shop gem that is Ground Support. Grab a cappuccino and a pastry, then sit back to enjoy all of the fashionable New Yorker’s that walk on West Broadway. AMAZING ginger cookies as well!
Photography by Ruddy Harootian
Ground Support
399 W Broadway (between Broome St & Watts St) 
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-8722

Let me use this “throw back Thursday” to showcase one of my personal favorite coffee shops in NYC and what I believe to be one of my best photographs. There is just something about this shot that looks dreamy and inviting, like a fantasy. I had written about Ground Support back in August of 2012 and I definitely feel it deserves a re-post.

ruddywashere:

Weekend people watching in SoHo would not be the same without the little coffee shop gem that is Ground Support. Grab a cappuccino and a pastry, then sit back to enjoy all of the fashionable New Yorker’s that walk on West Broadway. AMAZING ginger cookies as well!

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

Ground Support

399 W Broadway (between Broome St & Watts St) 

New YorkNY 10012

(212) 219-8722

36 Hours in Seville, Spain

After sending so many of my clients to Seville I am happy to see a lot of what I have them do in this article by the New York Times. A tapas crawl, tickets to a flamenco show, private tours, the metropol parasol - all things I suggest and arrange on a regular basis. Seville truly is the heart of Spain.
Go on a tapas crawl, take a high-tech tour and even do a little late-night dancing during a weekend in the Andalusian capital.
Photography: Feria Market, one of the city’s oldest.Credit James Rajotte for The New York Times. 

There’s a fresh new wall on Kenmare Street in NYC’s Little Italy. Artist Shok-1 has laid down a rainbow full of bird bones. Go taste the rainbow before someone messes up the artwork (corner of Kenmare and Mulberry).

There was actually a ton of trash next to this piece, but there was no way I was leaving (or was going to give up after traveling over 30 minutes) without photographing the wall in all it’s colorful glory. I moved the trash and then it was free for everyone who passed by to pose with it. One good deed at a time people.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

As I went down the subway station steps I realized I had the perfect shot of the Flatiron building. Another win for mobile photography!
Photography by Ruddy Harootian

As I went down the subway station steps I realized I had the perfect shot of the Flatiron building. Another win for mobile photography!

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

There are some cities, like Lisbon, that I have a special connection to. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the places I have traveled to alone, but never really felt like I was by myself. The buzz of city life is all around you and in some ways it was as if the city itself and I were on a date.

This Intersection: Lisbon’s Stylish Crossroads video from The new York Times Fashion & Style section is a great way to get a peek at Lisbon and what people are wearing. The Bairro Alto neighborhood is alive and one of the best places to people watch.

Via New York Times

The most current installation at Madison Square Park is by Chilean artist Ivan Navarro and is called This Land Is Your Land. At this point I think it’s safe to say that the Madison Square Park conservancy has become a pretty strong presence for art in the city. Now I am always on the look out for which artists they will work with next.

This particular artist works with neon lighting often. I suggest going to see this at night to see the full effect. At least wait until dusk. MAKE SURE YOU GO CHECK THIS OUT BEFORE APRIL 13!

Below is the description of the installation via Madison Square Park Conservancy.

"The site-specific installation presents three water towers inside of which neon reflections repeat infinitely. The sculptures merge a staple of the New York skyline with the street-level landscape of the Park. The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the beloved 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population. The towers are elevated to a height above visitors’ heads, allowing them to walk underneath and look up into each sculpture to view the content within. The exhibition is on view daily from February 20 – April 13, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Navarro’s water towers—each measuring approximately seven feet in diameter and standing on roughly eight-foot-tall supports—will function as vessels for a vocabulary of the political and personal experience of immigration. The interior of one tower will feature the words “me” and “we”, another will feature the word “bed”, and a third will display the image of a ladder—all of which will be composed of neon light. An internal arrangement of mirrors will enable each word or image to repeat perpetually through a seemingly endless vertical space.”

Installation by artist Ivan Navarro

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

This past week has been a blur. Everyone is gearing up for Spring 2014 and so am I. Here’s what went down on instagram:

  • Lunch at Cafe Fiorello made me go to carb heaven. The Spaghetti Carbonara with lobster was a revelation. Why have I not been frequenting this place? I hear the pizza is a must.
  • Roxy Brooks did a special birthday performance at Hardware Bar in NYC and totally touched my bulge during her show. I laughed so hard I cried. To get my revenge I grabbed her boob while we posed for this picture. After Roxy performed various songs by the wonderful Eartha Kitt she definitely has some new fans, myself included. I am so impressed with her. Support your local drag queens!
  • Tretorn’s have kind of become my signature sneaker. Get into it and get your Spring 2014 look started.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian on instagram

Brunch at Kefi Restaurant is my new Greek indulgence. I was actually extremely full, but I made a commitment to finish everything on my plate because it was all so good. My friend had this wonderful breakfast that came in the iron skillet and her potatoes were seasoned perfectly. I also really recommend sitting at the bar or anywhere in that first amazing sunlit room when you walk into the restaurant.

Do you see those brussels sprouts? Do you see that skirt steak? I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Tip: Wash it all down with the Greek martini. It’s half priced during brunch and has a splash of delicious pomegranate juice.

Kefi Restaurant - 505 COLUMBUS AVE - NYC 10024 - 212.873.0200

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

Dominican artist Roxiny propels us into a cosmic trance with a beautiful video for her new single “Hero”. This is a breath of fresh air coming from an artists that is completely inspired and producing original material that  reflects her own personal believes and the way she lives her life. It’s a spiritual ride to the highest power. #TeamRoxiny all the way!

Follow Roxiny on twitter @roxinyuniverse​

Fashion and architecture aficionados take note; Bill Cunningham’s new exhibit at the New York Historical Society is not only a study in style, but an important series of photographs that highlight some of the coolest buildings we have (or had) here in New York.

Along with his friend Editta Sherman, Bill was able to work on this project for 8 years. Facades is an exhibit that shows how wonderful contrasts can be. I was particularly smitten with the images above, especially because the muse in them looks so in love with the camera. You can tell that Bill was inspired by her charisma and she makes many of the images interesting just with the movement of her body or look of her face. Look at that amazing hat Editta is wearing by Grand Central Station! Bill selected this hat particularly because he said it complimented the crown at the top of the building.

The exhibit is running until June 15th, 2014 and I highly suggest it. Also, try to watch the

Photography by Bill Cunningham

How do I get my hands on one of these!? I would love to have one at my desk at work.
Via thelifeofasolotraveller:

Life’s true face is the skull | art by ninamarlena

How do I get my hands on one of these!? I would love to have one at my desk at work.

Via thelifeofasolotraveller:

Life’s true face is the skull | art by ninamarlena

Actress Julia Kelly works it out in the streets of Brooklyn while she dances to Pharrell’s “Happy”. This fun project by Geoffrey Stevens is heating up and you can participate too!

By the way, I am so lucky I get to sit next to this great gal at work. My day is always better with her around.

Find out how to join in on the Happy in NYC site.

Via happyinnyc:

Julia Kelly is happy in the snow on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and apparently a lot of other neighborhood folks are, too.

Last week I saw a flamenco show at La Nacional Theater (just above the tapas restaurant), took my mom to get our favorite fruit tarts at Balthazar bakery, and ate some really good Dominican food at 4am after a night of dancing.

Let’s focus on this plate of food for one second. We Dominicans call this a “tres golpes”, which means “three hits”. The crazy thing is that it’s a Dominican breakfast staple. Can you imagine eating so much food in the morning?

The three hits refers to the eggs, salami, and fried cheese combination that is served with the Mangú (mashed green plantains). This soaked up all the alcohol and put me right to sleep. It’s like having a babysitter, but for grown ups. Get your plate at La Casa del Mofongo if you happen to be uptown in Washington heights.

Follow me as it’s happening on Instagram, screen name @Ruddy_was_here

Photography by Ruddy Harootian

Asian comfort food for lunch is something I could get used to. I work by the flower district just above Chelsea and I have to say the options for lunch are lacking. Thankfully there’s a Mooncake Foods on 30th Street. The restaurant is always pretty busy, but waiting times are never long. The short ribs pictured above, as well as the smoked white fish salad hero, are just 2 of the reasons you should bookmark this spot.
Photo by Ruddy Harootian

Asian comfort food for lunch is something I could get used to. I work by the flower district just above Chelsea and I have to say the options for lunch are lacking. Thankfully there’s a Mooncake Foods on 30th Street. The restaurant is always pretty busy, but waiting times are never long. The short ribs pictured above, as well as the smoked white fish salad hero, are just 2 of the reasons you should bookmark this spot.

Photo by Ruddy Harootian