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FeelingSick (2)With all the disease causing viruses going around—from influenza to ebola—it’s surprising and troubling that hospital workers in NYC routinely wear their hospital garb on public transportation.

IFAAS2014eIFAAS2014cIFAAS2014IFAAS2014dThe 26th International Fine Art & Antiques Show runs through October 23, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

MeranoWineFestival2014MWF2014-MastroberardinoThe Merano Wine Festival, brainchild of Helmuth Kocher, now in its 23rd year passed through NYC yesterday. This years festival featured 42 wineries from 15 Italian wine regions.

Our favorites were: Baglio di Pianetto from Sicily, Citari from Lombardy, Casale del Giglio from Lazio, and Mastroberardino from Campania.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

IndianOn October 12, 1492 Admiral Christopher Columbus, leading a squadron of three Spanish ships, anchored off an island (in the Bahamas) which he later named San Salvador.

After 522 years of ‘progress’ in the Americas, some are realizing that the best hope for humankind is a return to some of the Old World ways.

ComicCon2014Helvetika Bold, the social justice superhero, is seeking a ‘paradigm shift’ at New York Comic Con (or perhaps regression in the service of development).

Photograph: Stephen Wise

WaldorfBuzzAt the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel (recently purchased by Bejing-based Anbang Insurance Group), the culinary staff has come up with a honey-flavored brown ale, made with honey produced by bees housed on the roof of the hotel (bottom photo).

The Honey Brown Ale is a joint venture with Empire Brewing, located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. The limited batch is only available at the hotel’s Peacock Alley, while supplies last.

The ale’s hint of caramel and nuttiness, with a subtle sweet finish, offers a great beer drinking experience, alone and with food.

WaldorfBees (2)Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

ISIS-CIAA wall in Queens, NY, painted by Banksy last October, now has this message.

PolishParade2014jPolishParade2014PolishParade2014gWestPointCadetsThe 77th Pulaski Day Parade — recalling General Casimir Pulaski, hero of the American Revolution,  marched up Fifth Avenue today.

Today concerned Poles seem defenseless to counter Poland’s bought political leaders, who have fallen in line with disordered U.S. foreign policy (in Ukraine), which is out of step with truth and goodness.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

SaulLeiter (2)American photographer Saul Leiter (1923-2013) is being remembered with a show of his early black and white street photography, along with early color images, and painted photographs, at the Howard Greenberg Gallery through October 25, 2014.

A reception to launch Saul Leiter: Early Black and White (Steidl, 2014), was held at the gallery last evening. German book publisher Gerhard Steidl was on hand, along with Howard Greenberg — being photographed here by Hank O’Neal (former CIA man).

Top Photograph: Saul Leiter

Greenberg-Steidl

WeRoll“That’s how we roll.” President Obama

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