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Temple.JPGtemplestclairJewelry designer Temple St. Clair is out with her magnum opus, “The Golden Menagerie” — a glimpse at the mystery and process of her stunning designs.

samesky-lefrak2016samesky-ethicalshoppingsamesky-ringssamesky-menSuggesting that “we need to have a lot more gratitude” (for what we have) and greater consciousness for, and connection with, those who are making the things we buy, Francine LeFrak introduced Same Sky’s latest jewelry at an evening of ethical shopping on Wednesday.

Same Sky employees women who were victims of war and genocide in Rwanda, as well as female parolees in the US, to make their distinctive jewelry. Hundreds of women’s lives have been improved and transformed by the efforts of Francine and Same Sky, with none of the parolees returning to prison.

There is a Same Sky kiosk with their jewelry for sale this month at Newark airport, as well as online. Of special note are the new rings for women, and cuff links and wrist bands for men.

sterling-tiffanyshotglassThis handmade Tiffany Sterling Silver shot glass (c.1960) is worth no more than the price of the silver ($19/oz.) — to several silver dealers we spoke with recently. One said that people are buying Tiffany more for the box than for what’s inside.

Much of what had value (and price) in America years ago is worth nothing today.

waldorf2waldorf3The Waldorf Astoria, as it is presently known, will be no more as of March 1, 2017.

NYNOW0816NYNow0816eNYNow0816bNY NOW, billed as “the market for home, lifestyle and gift,” is at the Javits Center through August 24, 2016.

Of special note at this year’s show are chocolates from Louis Sherry (NYC), and products from Taiwan, especially those made by David Hsu, with Treether — a hybrid wood/leather material.

We also recommend Whodini Sisters Bloody Mary Potion for cocktail seasoning and marinade.

Happy to offer two splendid twentieth-century works of American art.

Painting-WasleyPainting-DudashTop – Thom Wasley, “Squall Eastward (Buckroe Beach, VA),” 1960s; acrylic on English flax canvas (23″ x 28″)
Bottom – C. Michael Dudash, “Picnic,” 1993; oil on canvas (8″ x 10″)

For more information: stephen@lotuseditions.com

 

DunkinDonutsThe opening of a new Dunkin Donuts in Woodside (4 stores within 16 blocks of each other), included placing a company sign on a poll that has been a memorial for a Filipino man murdered on the same spot.

No doubt the new Dunkin Donuts will have a similar effect on the Filipino bakeries along that part of Roosevelt Ave., known as Little Manila. One wonders why city planners are so uninspired in their approval of such business zoning. Perhaps they would say “Dunkin Donuts is better than nothing”—which given the rent situation (that politicians also helped to create) has resulted in substantial commercial vacancies and made starting a small business in NYC undoable for most, except for the 200+ Dunkin Donuts franchisees in Queens.

FourSeasonsAshTraysLotus Editions is offering a set of vintage ashtrays from The Four Seasons restaurant (now closed), with matchboxes. They were made in Japan, most likely in the 60s. For pricing information contact: stephen@lotuseditions.com

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TheFourSeasons1TheFourSeasonsOne day after The Four Seasons Restaurant, a modernist monument once considered the most important restaurant in the world, auctioned off the last of its Philip Johnson banquettes and Mies Van der Rohe chairs—and turned off the lights, president Obama told the DNC, the US is “stronger and more prosperous than when we started.” Mr. Obama likes to take credit for saving the country from the Great Recession of 2008-09, when in fact all he did was to create another bubble, instructing others to: change the accounting rules (allowing Wall Street to run wild again), print and borrow trillions of dollars, and fudge the unemployment numbers. The result was not a recovery but rather a country in the twilight zone, a failed thug-state that undermines humanity (starting with consciousness) and world peace.

GarageSale2016aGarageSale2016bIn America’s garages, innovation is leading to liquidation.

 

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