November 11th

The morning sun breaking through trees at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery this morning.


Shopping Debrief!

Ok guys, don't read the following post. Here is (tadaaaam)... the girly article of the month.

You can imagine how hard it is to NOT go shopping when you live in New York. Soho, 5th Av, East Village, Williamsburg... damn it, temptation is everywhere. Here are my lucky finds of the month:

Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder by Urban Decay
Easiest name ever...

I'm fan. Great packaging and quality. I wouldn't use anything else.
And Urban Decay doesn't test on animals, which is important.

No-rinse hair cair with Papyrus Milk by Klorane
Simply French, ladies...

It makes my hair smooth, soft and easy to brush.
100% pure princess style.



The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo: 30,000 copies sold a week.

Before talking about the NY Fashion week extravaganza... Here is another recent "International Sensation":

Stieg Larssons, a Swedish journalist known for his attacks on Neo-nazis and other extremist groups, died at the age of 50 from a heart attack. 6 months before his cardiac accident, he had brought 3 manuscripts to the main Swedish publisher: Norstedts (http://www.norstedts.se/Om-Norstedts/In-English). The books were published after his death and became a huge success. The first book, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (whose first title was "Men who hate Women") was published 2 years ago and is still Number 1 in the New York Times Best Seller List.

The Swedish film adaptation is just great, very realistic and gritty. Maybe the first time that I am not disappointed by a movie after having read the books!! The actors and actresses look a lot like normal than in the US movies by the way... (I don't know why...)

The story deals with an intriguing mystery. Henrik Vanger, a rich octogenarian industrialist hires a journalist to investigate the disapearance of his great-niece, Harriet. Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old computer hacker with a lot of private issues, teams with the journalist (Mikael Blomkvist) to solve the mystery. She is "The Girl with the dragon tattoo".

The original Swedish title was: "Men who hate Women"and most of the men of the book are violent misogynists...

I read the first book and saw the first movie. I would highly recommend you to read the books but you may become super addicted for a few weeks.............


Have a seat

This week, in Steinway St. Subway station

Back to school time

We are lucky: it’s still unbearably hot here in New York City. BUT it’s already Labor Day and the city is starting speeding up again. Well, it’s time for a FALL 2010 TO DO list:

- Starting hunting for a new coat. Unfortunately, the new Zara E-shop is not available yet in the US but when you are in the City it’s hard to ignore the “camel trend” coming up.

Camel is the new black! By the way the NY 2010 Fashion week is scheduled from Thursday September 9th to Thursday September 16th 2010. Those "Super Bowls of Fashion" will take place at the Lincoln Center for the first time. It's just a few blocks from where I work, so count on me to post tons of pictures on the blog very soon.

- Adopting the smoky eyes. I just made an expedition to Sephora (the one in Soho so it was a real expedition) to buy some girl stuffs. And I tried it and it looked great.

- Exploring more the city and Long Island! My fall resolution would be to visit a new place every week: Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Gardens, Art galleries, the Hamptons... I still have plenty of places to discover in the area.

- Still reading a lot. Business literature, New York Times, blogs...

- Starting practicing Yoga again. Because I miss it so much and because I just found out that there are some "pay as you wish" yoga classes in Prospect Park.

OK kids. Quit drinking Rosé wine, Fall 2010 is coming...


Heat wave in NYC

Pictures from 1910-1915.
100 years later, I see the same scenes replayed everyday in my neighborhood. In our world of technology, Mother Nature still shows a strong hand...


"The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment" Vik Muniz

Waste Land, a documentary from Vik Muniz, in NYC at IFC center for only a week...:


The Wild Horses of Sable Island

Roberto Dutesco presents a collection of pictures of the already quite famous wild Horses of Sable Island at 13 Crosby Street in Soho, NYC.

Roughly the length of Manhattan and the width of Central, Sable Island is a narrow Canadian sand bar situated in the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008, only 5 people were living on the island! The place is famous for having been the host of "The Perfect Storm" but also for its wildlife. The Wild Horses are now the only terrestrial Mammals on Sable Island. Since the 1960s the horse population has fluctuated between 175 and 450 individuals.

The pictures of the horses are amazing and represent a time period of 15 to 16 years of work... You can almost feel their fur and their breath... The exhibition is a place to visit if you are in the city!


Waiting Sitting Wishing... for the Soccer World Cup

The 2010 World Cup trophy travel case, commissioned by FIFA and designed by Louis Vuitton:

The Color Purple

One of the advantages of having to ride the subway everyday in NYC: you have time to read A LOT. Here is my last crush:

The Alice Walker’s novel received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. A few years later it was adapted into a film and musical. The book is about an abused and uneducated black woman’s life in rural Georgia during the 1930s.

"A saga filled with joy and pain, humor and bitterness, and an array of characters who live, breathe and illuminate the world."
Publisher's Weekly

It’s about oppression in general. I found this book very intimate and inspiring. It will give you a good illustration of the issues faced by minority women but it will also give you a sort of strength and encouragement to fight against oppression and injustice. The novel is well-written and really suspenseful. I recommend it!

Some quotes from the book to convince you a little bit more... :

"Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do that better than a good sound beating." Part 1, pg. 42

"Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do that better than a good sound beating." Part 1, pg. 42


Sex and the City 2: world premiere in NYC

at Radio City Music Hall on May 24, 2010: They are back!

Museum of Arts and Design

From April 27 to October 24, 2010, the museum presents the exhibition “Dead or Alive”, showcasing the work of 30 international artists who transformed natural materials (feathers, dead insects, bones, plants…) into art. It’s a really daring and original exhibition that I personally enjoyed a lot. Check it out!

“All art is but imitation of nature”.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Landscape I, Levi Van Veluw, 2008 & Detail

Untitled #150 (Black Chicken #1), Simen Johan, 2009 & Detail

Cauda Equina, Keith W. Bentley, 1995-2007 & Detail

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

2 Colombus Circle


------------------ In French: -------------------

Du 27 Avril 2010 au 24 Octobre 2010, le musée présente l'exposition "Mort ou Vivant", mettant en scène le travail de 30 artistes internationaux qui ont su transformer des matériaux issus de la nature (plumes d'oiseaux, cadavres d'insectes, os, plantes...) en oeuvres d'art. J'ai vraiment adoré l'originalité de cette exposition. Allez-y faire un tour!


First steps – Premiers pas

New York City is fascinating. Its energy, its multiculturalism, its skyscrapers, its magnetism… New Yorkers lives a fast-paced life in a city of perpetual change.

“The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost"
John Jay Chapman

Let’s start by the beginning, with the History of New York State and New York City.

During the sixteenth century, Manhattan, Long Island and Staten Island were just a big archipelago full of oysters, sturgeons, wild turkeys, and ducks. A few thousand of Amerindians were living there.

In the early seventeenth century, many Dutch sailors started to explore the area. The main objective of the Dutch was to develop their commerce. In 1609, Henry Hudson left Amsterdam on his ship, the Halve Maen (Half Moon) and was the first to explore the New World. Then, many groups of merchants explored the region, all attracted by the fur trade. To make those trips easier, a few merchants formed the New Netherland Company in 1614.
The Dutch settled here permanently in 1624. This settlement recognized the property rights of the Amerindians and had therefore to buy Manhattan “for the price of sixty florins”. For 40 years the Dutch ruled over the colony of New Amsterdam.

View of New Amsterdam, seventeenth century.

In 1664, the English conquered this booming port and renamed it New York in honor of the Duke of York. New York finally declared its independence on July 9, 1776 and became of the 13 first states of the Federal Union.

The destruction of the Royal Statue in New York, July 9, 1776

On July 9, 1777 George Clinton was elected Governor of the State. A few years later, George Washington became President of the United States on the balcony of City Hall on April 30, 1789. New York was the official capital of the country.

George Washington inaugurated as the first US President, New York City, 1789.

Then, New York's economic and industrial growth made appropriate the title "The Empire State," an expression possibly originated by George Washington in 1784.

“Of all the cities on the continent, New York is the one called by its
position to the greatest destiny”
La Rochefoucauld Liancourt

From 13,000 inhabitants in 1750, New York rose 123,000 in 1820 and became the largest city of the US. During those times, New York experienced two huge fires. The first on September 21, 1776 destructed 500 homes, a third of the city. The second one, in August 1778, destroyed 60 buildings.

The New York fire (September 1776)

Then reconstruction began. In 1811, the Common Council finalized a coherent development plan for New York. The lands were separated in rectangles with twelve vertical avenues and 152 horizontal streets. Fifth Avenue was in the middle, like the vertebral column of this new organization. The First Street is on the Ocean side and the last one, on the north, on the land side. This plan was a turning point in the city’s history.

The port’s growth led to the development of New York’s financial district. The city became a metropolis and counted more than 2.5 million inhabitants in 1890. The expansion of New York and Brooklyn, “New York’s dormitory” according to Charles Dickens, made urban transportation an important issue. Soon, the “El”, the elevated railway became a success.

A curve on the elevated railway, 1895

New York was the heart of the new economy and large businesses were greedy for offices and more space. The congestion of the city led to vertical growth and the creation of a forest of skyscrapers. The first subway line was also opened in 1904 and the population grew from 3.5 to 7.5 million between 1900 and 1940. The city was also becoming a cultural and artistic reference with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera Company, and large publishing houses.

Since the nineteenth century, America has become a haven for many of the oppressed people all around the world, and New York City became the "melting pot." The Statue of Liberty with its famous inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," was the first symbol of America's mission. The international character of New York City has been further enhanced by becoming the home of the United Nations, capital of the free world.

Times Square, on January 1st, 2000

I moved to Brooklyn, New York, on May 8th, 2010 and I am excited to take my first steps in the Big Apple!

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New York City est une ville fascinante. Son énergie, son mélange culturel, ses gratte-ciels, son magnétisme… Les New Yorkais vivent une vie à 100 à l’heure dans une ville en perpétuel changement.

“Le present est si fort à New York que le passé est perdu”
John Jay Chapman

Commençons par le commencement avec l’Histoire de l’Etat de New York et de la ville de New York.

Au cours du seizième siècle, Manhattan, Long Island et Staten Island n’étaient qu’un large archipel peoplé d’huitres, d’esturgeons, de dindes sauvages, et de canards. Quelques milliers d’Amérindiens y vivaient.

Au début du dix-septième siècle, plusieurs marins Hollandais ont commencé à explorer la région. Le principal objectif des Hollandais était de développer leur commerce. En 1609, Henry Hudson quitte Amsterdam sur son bateau, le Halve Maen (Demi Lune) et est le premier à explorer le Nouveau Monde. Plus tard, plusieurs groupes de marchands explorent la région, tous attirés par le commerce de la fourrure. Pour faciliter tous ces voyages, plusieurs marchands décident de former la «New Netherland Company» en 1614.
Les Hollandais s’installent alors définitivement dans la région en 1624. Cette nouvelle population reconnait la propriété du sol aux Amérindiens et doit donc acheter Manhattan “pour le prix de six florins”. Durant 40 ans, les Hollandais ont régenté la colonie de la Nouvelle Orléans.

En 1664, les Anglais conquiert le port en plein développement et le renomme New York en l’honneur du Duc de York. New York déclare finalement son indépendence le 9 juillet 1776 et devient l’un des 13 premiers états du pays.

George Clinton est élu gouverneur de l’état de New York le 9 juillet 1777. Quelques années plus tard, George Washington devient Président des Etats-Unis sur le balcon du City Hall le 30 Avril 1789. New York est la capitale officielle du pays.

La croissance Economique et industrielle de la ville de New York rend dès lors approprié le surnom de “The Empire State”, une expression qui tire surement son origine des propos de George Washington en 1784.

“De toutes les villes du monde, New York est celle qui, de par sa position, est appelée à la plus grande destinée”
La Rochefoucauld Liancourt

De 13 000 habitants en 1750, New York atteint les 123 000 en 1820 et devient la plus grande ville des Etats Unis. A cette époque, la ville fait face à deux grands feux. Le premier, le 21 septembre 1776, détruit 500 habitations soit un tiers de la ville. Le second, en Août 1778, détruit 60 immeubles.

La reconstruction commence alors. En 1811, le conseil de la ville finalise un plan de développement pour New York. Le territoire sera séparé en rectangles avec 12 avenues verticales et 152 rues horizontales. La 5e Avenue sera au milieu, comme la colonne vertébrale de cette nouvelle organisation. La Première avenue sera du côté de l’océan, et la dernière, au nord, côté terres. Ce plan est un tournant dans l’histoire de la ville.

La croissance du port débouche sur le développement du quartier financier de New York. La ville devient une mégalopole et compte plus de 2,5 millions d’habitants en 1890. L’expansion de New York et de Brooklyn, “le dortoir de New York” comme l’appelle Charles Dickens, rend les transports urbains cruciaux. Le “El”, le train en surélevé devient un succès.

New York est le cœur de la nouvelle économie et les grandes entreprises ont de plus en plus besoin de bureaux et de nouveaux espaces. La saturation de la ville pousse à l’expansion verticale et à la création d’une forêt de gratte-ciels. La première ligne de métro ouvre également en 1904 et la population de la ville passe à cette époque de 3,5 à 7,5 millions. New York devient aussi une référence en matière d’art et de culture avec par exemple le Musée d’art Modern, l’Opéra et de larges maisons d’édition.
Depuis le dix-neuvième siècle, l’Amérique est un paradis pour les peuples opprimés de toute la planète, et la ville de New York est un vrai « Melting Pot ». La statue de la Liberté avec sa fameuse inscription « A moi les peuples réunis fatigués, pauvres, désireux de respirer librement » est le premier symbole de la mission des Etats-Unis. La présence des Nations Unis accentue encore plus le caractère international de la ville de New York, capitale du Monde Libre.

En ce qui me concerne, j’ai emménagé sur Brooklyn, dans l’Etat de New York, le 8 mai 2010 et je suis excitée de faire mes premiers dans la Grosse Pomme!