When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
What makes a great portrait? Is it the ability of the artist to capture the spirit of his subject beyond the moment of the sitting? Somehow a great portrait is able to tell us from where our subject came, and posits where she will be as the paint dries. We can see that ability here in Lifshutz portraits of Carmen and Sugar Chaitman. What might you expect from the these two beauties, rendered in the prime of life? Carmen is the active older and dominant sister who pounds the pavement 9 to 9 to bring home the bacon, after running two daily laps around the Reservoir. Sugar is never more than 10 days away from her next coif, or 10 steps away from one of several daybeds on which she spends her days relaxing. One thing we can all agree on here in the DOG listings, we can't love, nor get enough of, our dogs.
We love what Scott's clients say about him, so we leave it in their ...